How Black Queer Lives Shaped American History, Never Forget

History books usually say more about the wielder of the pen than the past, so I’ve noticed. Those with a particular interest in cultural manipulation will do anything to make their preferred reality, the reality we all are forced to swallow as truth. Especially when it can be revealed that those who are viewed as weak or insignificant were actually the gods, the lions, the powerful ones. The powers that be will cut off the nose to spite the sphinx, so I’ve noticed.

— Myles E. Johnson

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via How Black Queer Lives Shaped American History, Never Forget | Mused


Witnessing History (again) at Ground Zero As Red Cross Volunteer

The smoldering debris at ground zero transported the late Rolla “Bud” Crick back in time to August 1946 when he was a combat reporter for the Army Air Corps. He was on the ground in Hiroshima shortly after the atomic bomb dropped. Now at the World Trade Center, he would again be a part of history as an American Red Cross spokesman and volunteer.

“When 9/11 happened, I called my wife Eleanor and said, ‘You know, I was in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb and Yokohama after the blockbuster bombing. Now I’m standing here looking at this devastation on our nation’s own soil’” Crick, who died at age 95 in 2013, said, according to a report in The Oregonian, where he once worked as a reporter.  “I had the disheartening realization that this too was a man-made attack.”

via Remembering Red Cross Volunteer Who Witnessed History at Ground Zero | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

+Note: This made me both very thankful, and also terribly sad. Having met Crick several times when I worked for the Red Cross September 11th Project he was one of many dedicated & incredible human beings that came to NYC during its hour of need and really made a difference.


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If your only reference for gays in the military is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or think what happened to Bradley Manning is somehow new, then please acquaint yourself with this nugget from almost 100 years ago:

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Within days, a committee of Newport clergymen drafted a lengthy letter to President Woodrow Wilson denouncing the Navy’s activities in Newport, specifically the “deleterious and vicious methods” used, including keeping those charged confined for months without trial. Among the signers were Rev. William Safford Jones of Channing Church, Rev. J. Howard Deming, Rev. Everett P. Smith of St. Mary’s Church, Portsmouth, and Rev. Richard Arnold Greene of Newport. The Providence Journal published the letter. It put the Navy on the defensive and named Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Roosevelt. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt angrily charged that press coverage like Rathom’s would damage the Navy’s reputation to the point that parents would not allow their sons to enlist. Also at issue, however, were the methods employed in the investigation. Rathom and Roosevelt had a “tart exchange of telegrams” disputing whether anyone in the naval hierarchy in Washington had supervised the investigation closely or authorized the actual participation of investigators in illicit acts.

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Survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis

‘ After they passed, there were memorial services to plan with no real time to grieve because when one passed, you were needed somewhere else to begin the process all over ’


‘I kept a memory book/photo album of everyone I knew that died of AIDS. It’s quite large to say the least. Who were these guys? These were the people I had planned to grow old with. They were the family I had created and wanted to spend the rest of my life with as long as humanly possible but by the time I was in my late 40s, every one of them was gone except for two dear friends of mine.’

via Survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis reveal what happened to them | Gay Star News.