Posts Tagged ‘Places’

Pride Project #26 – Leonard Matlovich

June 30, 2016

Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich won the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War but was discharged when he came out as gay to his superiors and refused to sign a pledge to “never practice homosexuality again”. This was a calculated move to try to test anti-gay […]

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Pride Project #25 – Sylvia Rivera

June 30, 2016

Sylvia, like many queer kids, became homeless as a kid because her family (in this case, her grandmother who was raising her) didn’t approve of her queer identity. The queer community, especially drag queens, took her under their wing and christened her “Sylvia”. Her experiences hustling in Times Square and living at the Christopher Street […]

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Pride Project #24 – Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

June 29, 2016

Sor Juana, a nun who lived in New Spain (colonial Mexico) in the 17th century, taught herself to read in her grandfather’s library and entered the convent to continue her studies (the only avenue open to a girl at that time). Her living quarters, filled with books, became the salon of the day, where contemporary […]

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Pride Project #20 – Lesbian Pirates

June 20, 2016

Although some accounts differ and some have been clearly “straightened up”, there is enough evidence to count Anne Bonney and Mary Read as Lesbian Pirates, who not only established reputations as among the toughest of the rough-and-tumble pirates on the high seas, but were a couple as well. Anne was known in her hometown of […]

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Pride Project #19 – “Gay Bar” Is Published

June 20, 2016

In 1955, a straight divorced woman named Helen Branson writes about her experiences running a gay bar in Los Angeles. The book is groundbreaking in its treatment of queers as regular people, and casts them in a (mostly) positive light. Branson writes about their “normal”, everyday jobs – they are plumbers and printers. She writes […]

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Pride Project #18 – Gladys Bentley

June 20, 2016

“La Bentley”, as she was sometimes known, was famous in the Harlem Renaissance for her talents (as a musician and charismatic performer who invented obscene lyrics to current pop songs), her sexuality (she bragged about marrying a woman in Atlantic City), her size (she showcased her 300 pound frame almost exclusively in white tuxedos) and […]

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Pride Project #17 – Jewel’s Catch One

June 17, 2016

More on the importance of gay bars, both to honor Pride Month and the murder victims at Pulse in Orlando. Jewel’s Catch One in Los Angeles was THE nightclub to go to in the 1970s. When AIDS struck in the 80s, the club took on an even more pivotal role in the gay community: owner […]

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Pride Project #13 – Sip-in at Julius, 1966

June 13, 2016

I’m still sad and stunned by the murders at the gay bar in Orlando yesterday morning, so it seems appropriate to explore gay bars in today’s #Pride Project. At one time it was illegal for gays to be served alcohol. (Can you imagine?). This was true around the country. In the case of New York […]

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Pride Project #12 – Prince Manvendra Singh Gonil

June 12, 2016

In the immediate wake of the hate crime in Orlando last night that killed 49 people (and possibly still counting) at a gay club, this Pride Painting is dedicated to all those affected by this sad moment. It makes me indescribably sad that while I’ve been compiling important queer moments these past 12 days, another […]

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Pride Project #8 – Louise Fitzhugh, Creator of Harriet the Spy

June 8, 2016

We enter our second week of Pride Month, and continue celebrating a queer person or moment every day with a new painting. Today we honor Louise Fitzhugh, creator of Harriet the Spy. Fitzhugh was queer, though not too much is known about her, and she died at the young age of 46. Writing Harriet was […]

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With This Printing Press, I Thee Wed

March 30, 2016

To say Dr. Elspeth Pope was a lover of letterpress would be an understatement. She was a book artist, a maker of printed cards, and a printer of broadsides, and used letterpress freely in all of these media. She named all of her dogs and cats after typefaces. When her future husband proposed to her, […]

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Real Art in the Real World

March 24, 2016

I love finding real artwork outside of a museum. Just like when I see real, live flowers on a restaurant table or in an office, no matter how simple the arrangement, my opinion of the place goes up a hundred fold. I found this print (a real print, not a poster!) when I was waiting […]

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Hearing Your Work Matters: Priceless

March 23, 2016

My 7th grade English teacher, who lives in Florida, was visiting New York and decided to look up some of my work at The Sketchbook Library. This is very touching on its own, but it turns out the Library has recently relocated. My teacher hiked around Brooklyn and finally found the new Library. Except their […]

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Behind the Scenes, Part 2

March 17, 2016

“What does it mean?” “What were you thinking about when you painted this?” A few times: “I see a golfer”. It’s amused me to think of doing a series on golfers to give the people what they seem to want, but I don’t really care for golf. So instead, here’s what I was thinking about […]

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Dining in the Dark

January 31, 2016

Recently, Mia and I went to dinner at a restaurant called Dark Table in Vancouver, B.C. This restaurant offers a “blind dining” experience, that is, there is no light whatsoever. Not even a speck. The blackness is thick and complete. I may have seen a couple of static-electric sparks when I took off my jacket, […]

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