Black History Month
Who are the queer pioneers of color? Who is doing the work now? NOGO Arts remembers James Baldwin and Marsha P. Johnson (photo composite attributed to Andy Warhol).
We are taught to write, to construct sentences following established rules of grammar and conventions of syntax. We are taught that certain styles of writing merit more attention and reverence than others.
After the parade, Jeanne became a sort of honorary mom for the gay community. The Manfords were listed in the phone book, so people would call or sometimes show up at their doorstep. Without fail, Jeanne would welcome them in, listen to their stories, and provide what support and advice that she could. At times, Jeanne would even call the parents of whoever had come to visit, to provide support to them and help answer questions that they had.
There are places where choice and agency can feel like viable options for queer people, and maybe when we are in these places time does seem to stand still where we can make decisions based on ‘and’ instead of ‘or.’ The spaces and places that are marked as gay or queer are few.
Remember Marsha P. Johnson? Well, she was at Stonewall. She was at Stonewall with many other people of color and people we now might refer to as trans*. Remember that Stonewall was fought by these women and men of color and not just cisgendered white men?
Day jobs, real jobs, money jobs. If you are an artist, then it is likely you have one of these. The job that ostensibly supports your art. Whether it is helping to buy paint, make rent, pay a voice teacher, or rent rehearsal space, the other job might feel like a distraction. It is not what you really want to be doing, but it helps you do the work that fulfills you.
'Fruit' as a homophobic epithet really doesn't play anymore. It was still around a bit when I was a kid. But even as crappy names went, it felt old, something your grandparents might say. It also felt relatively benign and even pleasant: he's fruity; he's a fruit; a bowl of fruit; fruit of the loom. I wish people would have called me a 'fruit.'
These early Apricot posts will likely not be seen until the site goes live later in 2018. Still, we want to be sure to recognize people important to NOGO Arts. March is National Women's History Month. Since 1987, this has been a Congressionally recognized event.
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