LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1968
Location: Phoenix, AZ

 I met the love of my life in 1968 and we’ve been together ever cents. I was 35 years old before I met my partner, and there were many many times I cried myself to sleep because I thought I’d never have someone to love, but I do believe that eventually the right person comes along. We recently celebrated our 47th anniversary. I never had the courage to openly tell my mother about my being gay, although since she lived with us for more than 30 years she must’ve known. My partner’s parents were very happy with our arrangement and made me feel like I was a member of the family.

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…

On this day:

1626, Vatican City: Pope Urban the Eighth gave Catalina de Erauso the right to live as a man named Francisco de Loyola who became a conquistador.

1730, The Netherlands: Two soldiers were hanged for the crime of sodomy.

2002, Croatia: First Pride parade in Croatia.

2008, Oregon: Thomas Beatie gave birth.

2009, Washington, DC: The US Government apologizes to Frank Kameny for firing him in 1957.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Female
Year: 1974
Location: North Carolina

 

There was a basketball game between my team and another girls’ team. My cousin played for the team opposing my team. She asked me to spend the weekend with her after the game. My mom agreed. During the game, which was extremely aggressive, a pretty girl on my cousin’s team hit me and grabbed the ball from me and messed up my shot. I threw her onto the court where she landed on her back. I sat on her ready to punch her in the face because I was so mad about my shot. Right before I was ready to hit her, my cousin screamed NO! I stopped dead. The girl and I were both thrown out of the game. Later that night when I arrived at my cousin’s house, my cousin’s entire team was there. It turned out that the pretty girl was my cousin’s girlfriend! Everyone got drunk and passed out except the girl and me. I ended up making out with the her in my car. The next morning over breakfast my aunt told us that the neighbors called and said they heard my aunt’s cats fighting again. 

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…

On this day:

1969, New York: The Stonewall Riots!

1970, New York: First Gay Pride Parade held, from Greenwich to Central Park.

1935, Germany: Expansion of Nazi Homosexual Acts Law which includes virtually any contact between men.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1994
Location: Davis, CA

 I attended my first pride parade in San Francisco and finally felt a sense of homecoming. I had found my community.

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…On this day:

June 27-28, 1970: First gay pride parades.
On the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the nation’s first gay pride parades are held in four cities – New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fred Sergeant, who attended the NYC parade, reflected in the Village Voice: “Back then, it took a new sense of audacity and courage to take that giant step into the streets of Midtown Manhattan. I stayed at the head of the march the entire way, and at one point, I climbed onto the base of a light pole and looked back. I was astonished; we stretched out as far as I could see, thousands of us.” Pride events now are held worldwide every year.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Female
Year: 1983
Location: Unknown

I marched in the gay pride parade in 1983 next to a woman who wore a paper bag over her head. She was a teacher and afraid she would lose her job. And I saw a minister place an actual coffin on the sidewalk with a sign that said we were all going to hell. I’m glad those days are over.

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…On this day:

2015, Washington DC: The United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is the law of the land!

2015, Chicago: The first conference of the LGBT college and university presidents!

2013, Washington, DC: The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in the US v. Windsor case, and also declined to hear the Prop 8 case.

2003, Washington, DC: The United States Supreme Court overturns Bowers v. Hardwick, removing the sodomy laws.

1964, US: Life Magazine runs “Homosexuality in America,” a twelve-page feature on gay men’s culture.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1982
Location: Westwood, CA

While rushing a fraternity at UCLA in 1982, the frat I most wanted to join asked me if I was gay. When I told them I am gay, I was told I would not get a bid.

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

___________________________________________________________________________

The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…On this day:

1972, New York City: Jeanne Manford marches with her son Morty Manford in the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade with a handwritten sign saying: Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of our Children.” She goes on to found PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

1972, USA: Openly gay William Johnson becomes the first ordained person by a major Christian denomination –the United Church of Christ.

1978, San Francisco: Designed by artist Gilbert Baker, the first rainbow pride flag flies.

1993, Washington, DC: US President Bill Clinton appoints Kristine Gebbie as the nation’s first-ever federal AIDS coordinator.

1996, San Francisco: The SF Board of Education changes the name of the Douglass School to the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.

2004, California: First Trans Rights March

2005, Athens, Greece: First LGBT Pride parade held.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Female
Year: 1965
Location: Ventura, CA

 I was eight years old when I saw the movie The Sound of Music. It was the first time in my life that I had a crush or fell in love. I fell in love with Julie Andrews and wanted to marry her. That was the first time I realize I was attracted to women. For the rest of my life, I only had romantic feelings for women, never once for men. This experience is my answer to straight people when they ask me when did you know you were gay?

What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect):

1973, New Orleans: Thirty-two people are burned to death in the gay bar called the Upstairs Lounge when it was firebombed.

1730, Amsterdam: Five men were executed for sodomy. They were strangled and burned. In 1984 the first openly gay member of the European Parliament took office. Her was Herman Verbeek of Amsterdam.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1958
Location: Akron, Ohio

There was virtually no place for a gay person to meet other gays. I knew in my mind that I was gay and I was convinced it was wrong. It was a sin! I really thought that if I prayed hard enough God would take away the sin. Unfortunately, he didn’t. Therefore I figured if I went into the ministry that would do the trick. So I went to the seminary for four years and was finally ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church in 1961. Unfortunately that didn’t work either. I remember one of the persons in the seminary had the courage to tell the Dean of the school that he was gay, and the dean simply looked at him and said, “Well, just get married. That’ll fix it.” Talk about not knowing what was going on.

What ‘s your personal history moment?

___________________________________________________________________________

The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

___________________________________________________________________________

Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect):

1952, California: Dale Jennings had been arrested in his own home for lewd conduct. Harry Hay and other Mattachine members create the Citizens Committee to Outlaw Entrapment to raise funds for Jennings’ legal defense and to publicize the case.

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Ronni

 

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1988
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

In my second year of college, I realized I was no longer going to be a medical doctor. I question my Catholic faith. And I was gay. So everything I thought that defined me to the rest of the world was a lie. So I imagine the world would be better off without me and I attempted suicide. Now I know my life has value and meeting beyond what I could ever know.

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What ‘s your history moment?

The LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

___________________________________________________________________________

Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect):

1969: Judy Garland dies. Some say her death let to the Stonewall Riots a week later.

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LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

Today’s postcard:

From: Female
Year: 1971
Location: San Francisco

 Growing up Christian in a small Texas suburb in the 50’s I didn’t know anything about homosexuality. When I first heard of it in a consciousness raising group in SF in 1971–I know–weird–I suggested to my male partner and our het couple roomies that we try out all making out together and we did and I loved making love to a woman from then on and came out first as bi and later as Lesbian and have been for over 30 years now. ___________________________________________________________________________

The LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect:

1977, San Francisco. Robert Hillsborough died from fifteen stab wounds while his attackers gathered around him and chanted “Faggot!” Both Mayor Moscone and Hillsborough’s mother blamed Anita Bryant and Senator John Briggs for Hillsborough’s death.

1997, US: The WNBA attempts to distance itself from its lesbian image. Sheryl Swoopes is the first player to come out as lesbian in 2005.

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Ronni