Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground, wrapped in a roll of barbed wire, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly.
Cleve Jones, AIDS and LGBT rights activist
Pay It No Mind
The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. “Pay It” captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha’s story lives on.
GAY IS AWESOME
Frank Kameny, [May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011]
activist and founder of Mattachine Society of DC
report on CBS News
Purgatory, Willem Arondéus, Ink and chalk on paper, 41 x 26 cm.
Kurt Hiller, lawyer, philosopher, author, poet, leftist, queer activist
Kurt Hiller, one of the “left intellectuals” of Weimar Germany, was one of the strongest leaders of the German homosexual rights movement— from 1908, when he joined the Scientific Humanitarian Committee.
Perhaps the most influential work of Hiller’s literary activism was his Appeal to the Second International Congress for Sexual Reform on Behalf of an Oppressed Human Variety. (Copenhagen 1928) in which he rejected the understanding of homosexuality as something contrary to nature, and contested traditional conceptions of same-sex love. The speech was delivered in his stead by Magnus Hirschfeld, the President of the Sexual Reform Congress and the foremost figure in the early homosexual rights movement.
Kurt Hiller, a socialist, pacifist, homosexual, Jew was on the Nazi’s detention list and ended up spending time in Oranienburg and other concentration camps. He was released in April 1934. Having nearly died from mistreatment, he managed to escape rearrest to live in exile in Prague.
He was a prolific writer until his death in 1972, in Hamburg. In 2000, Kurt Hiller Park located in Berlin-Schöneberg was dedicated honoring Hiller as the “co-founder of the gay civil rights movement.”
Photo [above]: A published collection of essays in 1922 against §Paragraph 175.
Paul Robeson, majestic singer and actor, brilliant scholar and athlete, fierce political activist and all-around renaissance man, in a 1925 photo by Edward Gooch. According to Shadow And Act, David Harewood, the British actor and star of Showtime’s “Homeland” is in talks to portray Mr. Robeson in an upcoming film. Wynton Marsalis has signed on to score the film as well.