Activists go to jail for marriage equality

[Description: Blurred out text frames a photo of Nancy and Toby in the upper right corner the Headline: “Free Nancy Davis and Toby Schneiter Gay Marriage Now” dominating the middle.] Today, most of us in the U.S. show our support for political causes through “clicktivism”: we “like,” “share,” and retweet stories on our social media feeds. Sometimes we’ll sign an online petition. A few of us … Continue reading Activists go to jail for marriage equality

1971 television footage of African American lesbians applying for marriage license

Video of Donna Burkett and Manonia Evans applying for a marriage license. Last week I interviewed Donna Burkett, an African American butch lesbian who spent her lifetime working in factories because she refused to wear a skirt. We can be proud of Donna for taking a stand against sexism in the workplace but the fact is she was not a political animal. She had marched … Continue reading 1971 television footage of African American lesbians applying for marriage license

Are there degrees out ‘outness’?

In the history of lesbian and gay politics, historians put a lot of stock in whether or not the people we study were “out.” But what exactly does “out” mean? This past week I interviewed Robert W. Wood, author of 1960 book Christ and the Homosexual Wood is a retired United Church of Christ (formerly Congregationalist Church) minister who knew since high school that he … Continue reading Are there degrees out ‘outness’?