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En paz descanse Chavela Vargas

Chavela Vargas passed away today at the age of 93. The Costa Rican-born singer ran away to Mexico to pursue a career in music at the age of 14. She soon became famous for her defiance of traditional gender roles, dressing as a man, drinking, and smoking a cigar. She came out as a lesbian at the age of 81, but had same-sex affairs throughout her lifetime (including, allegedly, one with Frida Kahlo), and was proud of the fact that she had never had sex with a man. Many of her most famous songs were originally written from the perspective of a man; her versions unabashedly conveyed her passion for women and life. (See “Macorina” and “Paloma Negra”; the latter became the theme song for my closeted teenage Sapphic angst.) RIP, Chavela.

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WARNING: descriptions of homophobic-sexist sadistic assault at links.

She survived. Her identity has been withheld.

Additional coverage:
Channel 8 KLKN-TV: Updated: Hundreds hold vigil for woman attacked in home
10/11 NOW: 500 Attend Vigil Supporting LGBT Member Attacked in Lincoln Home

As reported by Channel 8 KLKN-TV, “the men who assaulted her also spray painted anti-gay words in her basement.” A local resident posted a photo of the spray-painted message from the victim’s basement to the Facebook page for the Vigil Against Violence:

It reads: “uck U” (“Fuck U”; the F was cut off) and “We found U Dyke.”

For inquiries about donations (the victim does not have health insurance) or to offer words of support, please contact Vigil Against Violence.

I actually don’t mind “femme” being applied to feminine-presenting gay men and non-binary folks, but it’s pretty fucking important to remember that A) it was a lesbian term first, and B) modern queer culture has a tendency to appropriate all feminine-centered terms and ways of being and turn them into a free-for-all for any motherfucker who wants to feel special. I’ve seen femme used for straight women, effectively erasing its roots of queer resistance; I’ve seen it used as a catch-all for anyone with boobs and a vagina; I’ve seen it applied to men solely because they’re skinny and wear nail polish. This is all bullshit. Femme has a history, it was once a way of life; that doesn’t it mean it can’t evolve, but if we are not conscious and protective of that history, it’s going to be utterly lost to homophobia and patriarchy.

P.S. Where’s the love for butch women? Studs? Bois? I’ve seen femme applied to butch women who happen to look more traditionally feminine in facial features and build, regardless of how they dress and present. Butch women who look masculine and don’t in any way entertain the male gaze are utterly ignored. If we can’t celebrate queer women unless they wear hot pink lipstick, low-cut dresses and spike-covered heels, something has gone terribly wrong.

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Prove It On Me Blues - Ma Rainey

Full lyrics:

Went out last night, had a great big fight

Everything seemed to go on wrong

I looked up, to my surprise

The gal I was with was gone.

Where she went, I don’t know

I mean to follow everywhere she goes;

Folks say I’m crooked.

I didn’t know where she took it

I want the whole world to know.

They say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me

Sure got to prove it on me

Went out last night with a crowd of my friends,

They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.

It’s true I wear a collar and a tie,

Makes the wind blow all the while

Don’t you say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me

You sure got to prove it on me.

Say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me

Sure got to prove it on me.

I went out last night with a crowd of my friends,

It must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.

Wear my clothes just like a fan

Talk to the gals just like any old man

Cause they say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me

Sure got to prove it on me.




i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…
Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives




i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…

Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives


The Lesbian Poetry Archive is a project undertaken from both love and fear. The love is for poetry written by lesbians. Since I first encountered May Sarton’s Letters from Maine (a volume blessedly available from the B. Dalton Bookstore at the mall in Saginaw, MI) as a teenager, I have been searching for and gathering lesbian poetry around me as a way to both sustain and nourish myself. At every point in my life, I have turned to lesbian poetry as a way to understand my own experiences as a lesbian and to gather information and experiences of other lesbians living in the world at different locations and in various times. In my fantasy life as a reader, I was striving with these poets to create meaning through shared experiences.

The fear in this project is of losing the works of lesbian poets—and of forgetting what existed. The two decades between 1969 and 1989 represented a robust time for lesbian poetry and lesbian poets. During this time, activism flourished in the feminist movement, the gay liberation movement, the women’s health movement, and, in the later years, in collective responses to AIDS. From this consciousness-raising, political organizing, and general atmosphere of possibility, lesbian poets were writing and, just as important, printing and distributing their work. Publication of collections of poems, chapbooks, broadsides, and other small-print production through lesbian and feminist publishers thrived with dozens of small presses being founded and producing and distributing the cultural responses to the movements. Given the small print runs and the informal nature of some of the presses, there is no comprehensive bibliography of the cultural production of this time period. In scholarly work, very little has been written about the work that happened to document and interpret it for future generations. Moreover, in addition to many of the books falling out of print, only a small number of the poets writing during this time have found other publishers and remain in print. I am interested, through the Lesbian Poetry Archive, in addressing some of these conditions so that we do not lose—or forget—the work of lesbian poets, both during the decades that I have discussed and within a broader historical framework. These women’s words mattered then, and we must ensure that they matter now.


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Opening Doors London, the charity for older LGBT people, is seeking donations and volunteers.

The service, run by Age UK, offers information, help, ‘befrienders’ and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the age of 50.

It is estimated that there are 100,000 older LGBT people in the capital and Opening Doors London says many are isolated from family and friends.

Research suggests that up to 75 per cent of older lesbians‚ gay men and bisexuals live alone, compared with 33 per cent of the general older population. Ninety per cent have no children to call upon during difficult times.

The charity says many older LGBT people are still not out because of past attitudes and experiences.

Nick Maxwell, the men’s co-ordinator for the project, said: “Opening Doors London really is a lifeline for many of the hundreds of members of the project.

“For many of the service users who attend the groups or who are being befriended by our LGBT volunteers, the service is often the only real contact they have with anyone else from week to week, much less the only contact with the LGBT community.”

Opening Doors London has commissioned a short film (see below) to show how the service works, with contributions from people who use it.

Mr Maxwell continued: “We owe these men and women so much for all the rights and protections we now enjoy. What we hope to get from this video is increased awareness of the project and the needs of older LGBT people, new volunteers and of course donations to support this valuable work.”

In the short film, Wille, 74, says: “We’re elderly folk and we come from a generation where you kept quiet about it.

“It’s nice now to be meeting with people like yourself, who you don’t have to be on edge with or worry about putting your foot in it.”

Marion, 68, says: “As we get older, there’s no escaping it, we need more done for us, and so we need to be supported to make choices, by people who are informed about us and
are willing to get to know us. I think Opening Doors is terrific in that respect, as that’s exactly what it does.”

To find out more about donating or volunteering, see

(video at the link)

Just FYI, London followers.


Labeled “Mae Snyder.”

This could be two women just standing close for the camera, but take a look at the backward tilt of the one woman’s hand, reaching back affectionately to touch the other woman. Intimate. I don’t know which one is Mae.

This photo is from John Lampert’s collection of gay and lesbian vintage photos.

Among the dire results of my “unnaturalness” I had been told that I should go blind and go mad. I believed this. In a kind of cold reasonableness, I tried to teach myself to type and play the piano with my eyes shut, against the time I should be blind.
Valentine Ackland, in the aftermath of her parents’ discovery in 1922 that she and a school friend, Lana, had been lovers. She was forbidden any further communication with Lana. For Sylvia: An Honest Account, 1985. (from Lesbian Quotations, Rosemary Silva)

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A woman wearing a tank top and sunglasses holds up a sign that says "Curiosity made the cat purr. Pride 2009."

2009 New York Dyke March