Gay Icons and History: April 2010

Lady Olivier: backstage memorabilia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 28, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Fabulous rare photo of Sir Laurence Olivier preparing for a female role (...or perhaps a date with Danny Kaye)....Read More


Congrats Number Four!

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 2010 International Foundation For Gender Education (IFGE) Capital Conference started yesterday and will be running through the 25th. IFGE is a long time iconic organization in the trans community. It publishes the quarterly magazine Transgender Tapestry, does education on...Read More


Wall Street, Willa Cather and Pioneering Imagination

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | April 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The President flew to New York yesterday to both rebuke and embrace bankers. With Obama's visit, ongoing financial reform and amplified populist anger, this nation is having the most volatile monetary debate in its history. Before things get out of...Read More


The Next Time You See An Old Man On The Bus...

Filed by D Gregory Smith | April 18, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I have met a lot of interesting people in my wide and varied life. I am especially enamored of old people. Mostly because as I get to know them, I get to hear the stories of their lives- and to...Read More


Vintage Lesbian Demographics

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Found this fabulous curiosity as I surfed a "funny images" site, but have no idea where it's from. Looks at least 60+ years old. Any of the fine researchers here have ideas what book/pamphlet/magazine it's from or who may have...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Just Grab: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 13, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Suffice to say, this is my kind of military salute....Read More


Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 12, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Have the conservative Christians on the Texas Board of Education got you down? Has the board's partisan bid to impact national social science curricula made your blood boil? The antidote might just be Micaela Campos--a Chicana baby dyke with a...Read More


Goodbye Julia Sugarbaker: "She spoke the truth"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Actress Dixie Carter has passed away at age 70. She was best known for portraying the spitfire southern lady Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women. The show was a nationwide hit and was one of the first to...Read More


Giant Love: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 09, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Probably a posed photo to demonstrate the height of the tall man -- Victorians loved their human curiosities. But whatever their relationship actually was, the look in the eyes of the smaller fellow is filled with such admiration that I...Read More


African-American drag comedy: vintage albums

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two now-obscure performers hamming it up to hilarious effects. I know nothing about them but their truly strange album covers speak volumes. Hope anyone doing research in this area can tell us more about them. So much has been lost:...Read More


Turn of the 20th Century Transformist

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 07, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I've found some fascinating vintage trans images from the 1890s - 1920s, including this gem. A bit of googling yielded the info that a postcard of Grandsart is in the Andrew M. Schwartz Collection on Cross-Dressing of the One Archives...Read More


Fraternity, Sorority, Gender: 19th Century Lesbiana

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Something tells me there is more to this late 19th century postcard than meets the eye, though what meets the eye is certainly enchanting....Read More


Mr. Teazie Weasie: vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 02, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Who wants to bet that Raymond had to deal with lots of teazie-weasie from his friendie-wendies over this endorsement?...Read More


Beautiful Darling: A Positive Transgender Media Portrayal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

With all the talk about negative portrayals of transgender people in movies lately (and by the way, did you hear they're changing the trailer on the trashy one?), it's heartening to hear that some directors have class. From Wednesday's New...Read More


Janet and Solita: 1921 photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 01, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Wonderful rare photo of Janet Flanner and Solita Solano in happier days, enjoying the sunshine together....Read More