Happy National Coming Out Day! I recently interviewed my Mom about my coming out and learned some interesting family facts, wineglass in hand.
Funny mentioning, coming out while driving — I actually came out to to my mom as an atheist at 14 while she was driving… there was a sudden heavy swerve on the ‘straight’ road… and later I had to agree to go to ‘bible camp’ so they would drop the ‘issue’…
i agreed — primarily because my boy crush was going to be at the camp…
it was another 5 years, and hundreds of miles from where I grew up, before I was in a safe place to come out as queer…
It’s always good to see/hear of supportive family members.
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." James Baldwin (born August 2)
There’s a terrific article about James Baldwin titled ‘Another Country' from the New Yorker 2009.
Dr. John E. Fryer, MD, psychiatrist/activist [November 7, 1938 - February 21, 2003]
Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, John E. Fryer [ ‘Dr. H. Anonymous’ ], on a discussion panel at the annual American Psychiatric Association conference, 1972.
Fryer’s speech has been cited as a key factor in persuading the psychiatric community to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual [DSM].
Images from “FAG,” my first zine, 2013. I had an idea that, if you’re gonna call me dirty names, you should be just as prepared to say such things to the kid version of me, because I was just as much a fag then as now. I wanted there to be a high contrast between the sweetness of the photos and harshness of the words. — dgchristie
29th April 1870: An excited crowd looks on as Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park in full drag leave Bow Street Magistrates’ Court the morning after their arrest at the Strand Theatre. Thomas Ernest Boulton [Stella] and Frederick William Park [Fanny] were arrested the 10th of April 1870, in London for public lewdness.
The arrest of the flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton precipitated a sensational show trial that shocked and titillated Victorian London in equal measure. For the alluring Fanny and Stella were no ordinary young women. Far from it. In fact, they were young men who liked to dress as women. As the trial of ‘the Young Men in Women’s Clothes’ unfolded, Fanny and Stella’s extraordinary lives as wives and daughters, actresses and whores were revealed to an incredulous public. Neil McKenna