Kinky Black History Month

LGBT History Month – African-American Icons

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Ruth Ellis, a LGBT icon

Ruth Ellis, who lived to be 101, was credited with being the oldest known lesbian and LGBT civil rights activist.

ruthellisEllis attended Springfield High School at a time when very few African-Americans enrolled in secondary education. She was aware of her sexual orientation by the time she was 16. Ellis remembered her high school gym teacher as her first female attraction.

In the early 1920’s, Ellis met Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. They became friends and lovers for more than 35 years.

When Ellis moved to Detroit in the 1930’s, Babe joined her. The couple bought a house and Ellis started a printing business. She was the first woman in Michigan to own and operate a printing company.

Their house became the local hangout for African-American gays and lesbians. Known as the “gay spot,” Ellis opened her home for parties and dances, and never turned down a gay or lesbian friend who needed a place to stay.

This sounds very much like the stories we hear from veteran kinksters about how our earliest networks were comprised of word-of-mouth associations… quite underground with a yearning to speak out and be known, or at least live freely.

Information from www.lgbthistorymonth.com. Read more about Ruth Ellis.

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LGBT History Month, each October

From the website:

lgbt-logoLGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month. Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.

—» The LGBT African-American Icons list «—

Why LGBT History Month for Kinky Black History Month?

Because intersectionality. Intersectionality (or Intersectionalism) is the study of intersections between different disenfranchised groups or groups of minorities; specifically, the study of the interactions of multiple systems of oppression or discrimination1.

Intersectionality has also been seen as defined as:

The Kink Realm believes "LIFESTYLES" should be a stated part of intersectionality. What do you think?

The Kink Realm believes “LIFESTYLES” should be a stated part of intersectionality. What do you think?

Concept used to describe ways in which shitty social constructs like -isms & -phobias are interconnected (intersectional! geddit?) and not magically separate issues.

Also used to describe how social inequality is experienced as an “intersection” of several forms of discrimination.

For instance, feminism that totally ignores racism is inevitably going to fall flat on its face, and pretending all social issues boil down to “it’s all about claaaaaass!” is an exercise in brainlessness.2

In short, the call to LGBT rights awareness is quite similar to that of ours. Of course, there are differences and intersectionality is not a game of one-upmanship, but at the least, our common denominator is the quest to exist freely without discrimination.

References:
1 Definition from Wikipedia by way of Wikitionary.
2 Definition from Urban Dictionary by thedeadlymoose.

Kinky Black History Month is a collection of things kinky, erotic & touching.

It is the celebration of POC (people of color) with a focus on those who identify as Black or African-American.

For 28 days, know that we exist, some of us are kinky and all of us are worthy.

For the remaining 337 days, know that we exist, some of us are kinky and all of us are worthy.

Many thanks go to Sir Black Ice and friends papislut & Master Alexander for your continued cheerleading and footwork, those who have provided express permission to include their works here and those who freely offered resources, ideas and input otherwise.