LGBT History: Photos from the Gay Rodeo circa 1990

Some posts back, I told you about the new photography exhibit on Gay Rodeo opening up at Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Ind. The exhibit features the photos of Blake Little who’s subjects are competitors from the International Gay Rodeo Association. Now, you can enjoy some more of the photos even if you can’t make it to Indy. Little has posted over two-dozen of the photographs to his website, blakelittle.com.

cowboy framed with twirling lasso

photo credit Blake Little

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LGBT Gamer Convention’s 2nd Year To Be The Last

GaymerX Convention was created as a “safe space” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender games, but after just two years, the convention will be shuttering the doors due to lack of funding. From Queerty.com:

Founded in 2013 as a Kickstarter project that aimed to celebrate the diverse LGBT culture in the gaming world, GaymerX launched a second Kickstarter campaign to fund this year’s meeting at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. The campaign raised over $24,000 — $14,000 above their initial goal — but the event couldn’t be sustained without the help of corporate sponsors.

“We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high…”

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Vogue as Photographic Art Form

Voguer standing in rowhouse patio

Photo via queerty.com


Queerty.com and Slate.com both report on a new photo exhibit by Frédéric Nauczyciel capturing portraits of Baltimore’s Voguers. Voguing as a dance style has been around since the 1960s, but really did not become part of the public consciousness until the 1990s with the film Paris is Burning and Madonna’s song Vogue.

From Slate.com:

Nauczyciel was in Baltimore on a grant from the French government in 2011 when he stumbled across some voguers performing in a parking lot. He posted photos of the event to Facebook and quickly found himself flooded with new connections in the ballroom scene. “Before that, I had maybe 50 friends on Facebook. Suddenly I ended up having 200 friends—voguers from Baltimore and New York,” he said. Continue reading

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LGBT Profile: The Transgender Experience, A First Person Op-Ed

From advocate.com:

I came to terms with who I am toward the beginning of my sophomore year in high school. Having the support of my family, I began to express myself in a manner consistent with my identity. Starting with nail polish and then stepping into makeup and clothes from the “girls’ section,” I felt comfortable being who I was at school. I was constantly bullied and made fun of, but that didn’t outweigh the beauty of finally being myself. Coming into my own, I thrived. I rose to the top 10 of my class at school. I ran for student body president and won. I founded the gay-straight alliance at my school and became a youth leader with Gay-Straight Alliance Network, training other young people to push back against all forms of oppression in their schools.

At the same time, I was and still am dealing with a home situation — or rather, “lack of home” situation. For the past four years, my parents, sisters, niece, and I have lived in motels across the San Gabriel Valley, unable to afford a permanent household. Continue reading

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Today in LGBT History: Mystery Drag Ball circa 1960s Kansas City

photo credit: Jack via queerty.com

Do you know these gals at left? If so, you may hold a key to an important part of drag culture history.

As reported by queerty.com and New York Magazine’s ‘The Cut’, artist Robert Heishman was rummaging around a Kasnas City salvage yard when he stumbled upon a piece of Kansas City’s Drag History:

“The first image I looked at was this picture of a man in a kimono that was incredibly colorful — it was just a stunning image to behold,” Heishman told the Cut. “There were family photos, and then I hit this line of images that were all people dressed in drag, predominantly standing in front of this beautiful mosaic outside a bar.” Intrigued, Heishman purchased the slides — for $2.

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After 30-Plus Years, DC’s Gay Bar Remingtons Closes

Remingtons DC LogoAnd another one bites the dust. Remingtons, a Washington, D.C.’s gay bar located on Capitol Hill, is closing it’s doors after 30-plus years in business.

From The Washington Blade:

[Remingtons owner Douglas Bogaev] said the new owner, which city property records identify as Mountain View Burleson, LLC, did not tell him what it plans to do with the building when the renovation is completed.

According to Bogaev, the previous owner offered to sell him the building but he declined, saying Continue reading

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Eastern Mennonite University Establishes ‘Listening Process’ on LGBT Hiring

An interesting development is taking place at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The University, located in Virginia, requires new hires to sign an agreement that marriage is only between and woman. The agreement also states that new hires will refraining from sexual relationships outside of marriage. EMU’s board of trustees has now established a “listening process” about this policy as it relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hires.

From USA Today:

During the six-month period, opinions and perspectives from the student body, faculty and the surrounding community will be heard and factored into a final decision.

“It’s really a world view issue more than it is one group takes the Bible seriously or not. And that is complicated,” [EMU President Loren] Swartzendruber says. “The traditionalist will tend to identify certain scriptures and interpret them rather literally and the progressives will tend to quote other scriptures that speak more about … God’s love for all people.”

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