I won’t be here 300 years from now, but I hope this earth and others will be, and maybe some- thing I’ve said will contribute to making that more possible. — Audre Lorde, Above the Wind (via blackfeminismlives)
Don't Stop Talking 2: My dear Georgia, how do I say good by? -
By: Joan Nestle
The word came to me: “Georgia passed this morning.” For morning after morning, I heard your voice. You said, I have endured so much but I know I have to endure more. You told me about your father and growing up in Georgia, how you worked with him to lay the food market’s floor and I heard the love for him in your voice through all the miles between us. Never had we been so close as in your final months—the word final sticks in my throat. The triangle of love between Paula, you and me—Let’s talk memories, you said and we did. The Black Lesbian Studies Group you ran in the dining room of 13A, way back in the 1970s, the LHA slide show trip you, me and Deb took to Boston, the coldness of the night, and how we walked the streets trying to find some warm food, and laughed and laughed. Off Broadway should dim its lights tonight, for the love you had for the wonder that was the theater, sometimes lugging your oxygen tank from Hoboken to Broadway. We spoke of old lesbians friends, you listened while I read Ms Hampton’s words to you of her North Carolina childhood and I promised you I would read Cheryl Clarke’s new speech to you. We laughed with delight at De Blasio’s win and spoke of our memories of the Combahee River Collective, with Chirlane in the midst of it. Look at her now. Every morning for so long as the nurses turned you, as your friends brought you bologna sandwiches, your favorite, as you kept trying to take responsibility for your own care, always thanking those who touched you with care but firm in your needs, your knowledge of the body you had managed for so long, the telephone putting me at your bedside and you in our dining room. I would tell you of Melbourne weather, of the parakeets in the gum trees, trying to give you moments of relief, of flying out of the room that held you. You are loved by so many, dear Georgia for all you were, for the caring you gave others even when your body did not know itself anymore, I am grateful you would say, it’s a journey, you would say, exactly you would say when we took the same breath. Now I know the full weight of living so far away from where our lives met. How I would like to be with Paula, Deb. Morgan, talking of your dignity and strength of purpose, of your love for the archives, your second home, you said. I love you very much, you told all those who some how managed to be there with you, with your final moments of strength you loved.
Join me this Friday, December 6, 2013 in New York City for 40th Anniversary The Lesbian Herstory Archives Art Benefit where I personally donated the above 14 x 14 still print on behalf of my elder and dear friend, Georgia Brooks, who recently transitioned. The Lesbian Herstory Archives was one of her favorite places to be and she wanted very much to be able to attend this event, so please show your support if you can.
Johannes Vogt Gallery, 508 West 26th Street #205, New York, NY 10001-5518
Friday, December 6, 2013
FREE->Preview & Public Viewing Hours: 4pm - 6pm
Raffle & Reception: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Participating Artists (subject to change, list still in formation):
Meredith Allen, Marina Ancona, Elaine Angelopoulos, Nancy Azara, Elvis Bakaitis, Hannah Barrett, Arianne Benford, Shirley Bernstein, Monika Bittman, Darla Bjork, Lula Mae Blocton, Nancy Blum, Lizzie Bonaventura, Katherine Bradford, Deborah Bright, Nancy Brooks Brody, Rosanna Bruno, Christine Callahan, Jennifer Camper, Jean Carlomusto, Ana Castillo, Candace Chaite, Kim Charles Kay, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Liz Collins, Tee Corinne, Maia Cruz Palileo, Liz Deschenes, Cecilia Dougherty, Angela Dufresne, DAM! Dyke Action Machine, Rachel Farmer, Sarah Ferguson, Tina Fiveash, Su Friedrich, Chitra Ganesh, Dana Gentile, Andrea Geyer, Leah Gilliam, María Elena González, Michela Griffo, Barbara Hadden, Barbara Hammer, Harmony Hammond, Vanessa Haney, Sharon Hayes, Clarity Haynes, Karen Heagle, Kate Huh, Happy Hyder, Lorraine Inzalaco, Xylor Jane, Angela Jimenez, Christina Kelly, Lisa King, Liliana Kleiner, Leigh Klonsky, Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez, Katharine Kuharic, Julia Kunin, Ginger Legato, Elisha Lim, Christina Long, Marget Long, Thessia Machado, Shelley Marlow, Christina Mazzalupo, Nancy McCarthy, Tiona McClodden, Julie Mehretu, Leeza Meksin, EE Miller, Sharon Molloy, Carrie Moyer, Ulrike Müller, Allyson Mitchell, Dona Nelson, emily north, Alice O’Malley, Sherley C. Olopherne, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ann Pachner, J. Pasila, Michele Pearson Clarke, Sheila Pepe, fierce pussy, Jessica Rankin, Ras, Lisi Raskin, Debi Ray-Chaudhuri, Emilisa Robles, Katia Ruiz, Jessica Rybak, Carol Saft, Joi Sanchez, Eve Sandler, Mahlot Sansosa, Sue Schaffner, Saskia Scheffer, Sarah G. Sharp, Dixie Sheridan, Alexandria Smith, Laurel Sparks, Annie Sprinkle, Linda Stein, Veronica Stein, A.L. Steiner, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Gail Thacker, Julie Tolentino, Genesis Tramaine, Maria Tsaguriya, Adriana Varella, Sam Vernon, Joan Watts, Fran Winant, Mette Winckelmann, Suzanne Wright
In the late ’40s, 1950s and 1960s, it was hard to find images of black lesbians in popular fiction, particularly on the covers. Lesbian pulp fiction, as it’s now known, wasn’t known for its racial diversity. Here’s a handful of lesbian pulp fiction covers, along with the bible of lesbian coming out reading back in the day: The Well of Loneliness. …We’ve come a long, long way.
"Don’t let my looks deceive you. I’ve been where the wild goose went." —Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley on HBO, premiering Nov. 18, 2013.
"Blackness is an inestimable bond. My having established a positive relationship to mine years ago is a major reason that I’m still alive."—Barbara Smith, writer, activist, former publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press