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Well, well, well. We got a call the other day from dear old punkpink you remember pink now don’t you? That rabble rouser, tell it like it is, no holding back or holes barred, (now that would be fun to work with that statement) type of person. Yeah dear old punkpink gone off to the wilds of Vermont studying twigs and berries and forging for food, chopping wood, living the good life among goats, chickens, and other barnyard animals. Yes, dear old revolutionary punkpink. Well pink called us the other day and said, “Now I may be out of sight but I will always be in your readers minds and yours too for a matter of fact. So you’re doing essays I see on LGBTQ Ourstory month, how about publishing one that I wrote?” Well how could we refuse but which one should we publish? May Day suggested the essay that ended Part 2 of ourstories We applaud our Revolutionary Sisters and Brothers. A lesson in Ourstories. Okay sounds good, sort of puts it where its at, rings true still and needs to be said. So punkpink here it is your contribution to our LGBTQ Ourstory stories for the month of October 2017. (ha ha ha, yes baby we are all all ready as the straights say history)

Mr. and Mrs. Jones be Dammed. I never liked those fuckers and would rather kill them than be like them.
or, Why Do They Hate Their “gay” So Much That They Want To Be Straight?
by punkpink

I asked typist to do my essay all in pink so no one in their right mind would think that I was a straight person. I’m as  queer as queer can be. I like pink and pink likes me is a slogan that I have above my writing desk. I have taken from articles that I wrote and that have been published on furbirdsqueerly to form this essay.

Hello from the woods of Vermont, where I stopped working my back woods person butt off for a few, to write these lines to you. No don’t worry I don’t claim to be a poet cause I can rhyme a few lines and get away with it. No not me. Too busy chopping wood, shoveling snow,(when it does, I thought this was winter in Vermont) taking care of the goat and chickens and doing what way out in the woods folks have been doing for years. Waiting for spring but trying hard to enjoy the winter and not eat all of the food that has been put by for weather such as this.

So Mommy and Daddy or Mr. and Mrs. Jones is what I am suppose to write about, those dear folks who represent all that was and is wrong with everything, those folks who we escaped from so many years ago, who we claim we would never be like in a million years even if they tied us up and make us squeal like a piglet. Nope not us. We were determined to burn down the old world and from the ashes a new world was to be in birth. Well something derailed the liberation train way back in December of 1969 back when all heaven was breaking loose all across americkkka and “gay” folks were acting up just like other oppressed folks. Well in that cold winter month nineteen people met and formed what was called the Gay Activist Alliance. Their goal was to be completely and solely dedicated to securing basic rights for homosexuals to the exclusion of the other movements. The Alliance wanted to win acceptance within the country’s institutions. So sad and how different from those whom I called comrade, friends, lovers for our mission was to topple and transform the country’s institutions. To set in their place justice and freedom. Institutions that cared about all of the people not just the comfortable class of war makers, the bourgeoisie, the white middle class and any one else who mindlessly waved the red, white and blue and rah rah over dead Vietnamese. The key here of course is to “win acceptance within the confines of that which was strangling so many of us all around the world, to win acceptance even today with the institutions that are still strangling folks all around the world. I don’t think that any of us reading this need a listing of the corporations that straight gays have cozied up to, to begin to understand what we are talking about.

Yes back in that December on the road to liberation a dreadful turn was made. The ugly place we had fled from, the place that looked at us and said burn fag burn became our grabbing new reality. The place we all swore up and down that we would never be a part, we began to delight in. And they said, “If only we had some rights then we could be free. Let’s march on up to the state capitol and get some of that good americkkka that the straight folks enjoy. If we just tuck and tweak and reform it a bit we will be okay. After all we are just like straights except for what we do in bed.” Those who wanted to be just like mommy and daddy were able to wrestle the movement away from those who rejected such a plastic boring selfish straight vision of what life was and what it could be. This horrible sameness this stench of war and bosses, this get what we can in this good old apple pie land. Yes boys and girls cozy up to evil and you become just that. Yes this gay elite, these white middle-class boys had their eyes set on the americkkkan prize carrying along all the movement with them for their own good and the good of those just like them. They have spent so much of their time straightening their genes that slowly but surely they became one with the enemy. (more…)

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Please do not put it off, do not say I will read the article some other day. Get to it today. Read the articles listed below. Very important work by Rev. Kittredge Cherry that we must know to understand our people’s stories. Important work in helping to find our place, to throw off the straight jackets. Up from out of between the lines! Out from the darkness of someone else usually straight telling the story. We celebrate this work!

From Tony Nada

LGBTs REMEMBER 2-SPIRIT ANCESTORS
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY / OCTOBER 9TH
WE-WHA OF ZUNI (1849-1896) AND OTHERS …
Read More At Qspirit / Kittredge Cherry
http://qspirit.net/indigenous-peoples-day/

Artwork By Br. Robert Lentz OFM
https://www.trinitystores.com/…/art-i…/we-wha-zuni-1849-1896

 

We read many years ago that our LGBTQ stories had been suppressed, ignored, omitted, denied and erased. That straights wanting to grab the truth from us rewrote ourstories to suit their agenda and even many times the LGBT person chose the straight jacket over freedom and liberation. Over the last 50+ years our LGBTQ scholars, artists, our story makers have unlocked, kicked down and opened the many locked and closed doors that stood in the way of our people. We here at Furbirdsqueerly rejoice that they have given back to us that which was taken away that which was in the dark, that which was hidden between the lines. That place of not knowing was just another form of oppression keeping us all in down. As Socialist Feminist Nelly Wong said, “Exploring ideas and finding long hidden history (ourstories) is a form of finding voice.” If we ever wish to be truly liberated we must come from a place of a deep understanding of our people’s stories. We are fortunate to be living in these times when we can stand up out and proud where we can find our voice and be silent no more. Yes we can and must talk back to the oppressor. Our powerful movement for justice, freedom and liberation has come a long way since the days of Coopers Doughnuts, Compton’s Cafeteria and the Stonewall Inn but many of us realize that there is much more to do. We are being attacked daily by the present administration in Washington DC and all over the country we see our rights slowly eroding. The fascist right is on the rise and we are a targeted group. We must talk back now more than ever and we must begin to realize that reform which the LGBT movement has been so good at is a dismal failure. If we do not unite with others who are oppressed and fight back against this current threat then we shall go down in which ever way the right choses. Make no mistake about it we will go down.

Many times over the years we have been at the center of controversy when we have tried hard to get our LGBT sisters and brothers to understand that single issue fight is a dead end. So many times with the small victories that have been ours we think, “The battle has been won.” Then years later we see that our hard fought for rights are under attack and we are in the position to lose ground. Again let us remember that “the single issue is a dead end issue. It is an inevitable violation of revolutionary clarity, integrity and responsibility yet it persists because the ruling class confers respectability upon it.” …Clara Frazer. Ms. Frazer agrees that even if we win reforms on single issues like abortion rights, we wind up fighting to retain them year after year. Feminist Socialist Gloria Martin said, “We have to change the system, because as long as the system is the same, we’ll be fighting all our lives for the same thing…” This is our moto and this is our hope and this is what we work for.

ALL POWER TO A UNITED FRONT!! STAND AGAINST THE NEO NAZIS!! STAND AGAINST THE RIGHT!! STAND AGAINST CAPTIALISM!!

Note: Many articles are found over in our pages section that trace ourstories and events and struggles that we at Furbirdsqueerly has been involved in. Check them out during this LGBTQ Ourstory month. 

Yes we are old fashion we refuse to use (his)-story month. Its all of ours not just his so we use ourstory. Let’s begin with the great sign.

and may we add fuck you if you don’t like it.

Last week we published a new work about the Lee family. All the Lee’s from A to Z. Well low and behold Mr. Dickie Lee called us up and said, “Hey what about me?” “Can’t I be in the art show too?” “Well,” said Goosey Bell, “Ok,” said Mabel, “Why not,” said Richie, “Get going and look through our archives somewhere in archive land and find Dickie Lee’s work from 1994, Until We Meet Again, Kiss My Mono Print, and let’s publish it.”  Dickie was always the one who would do prints of his private parts and loved to use Portrait Pink. “You know said Emma to Moe,” I saw Dickie Lee naked once and this print does him no justice.” He must of put paint on someone else and used it as if it were his.

We hope among all of the evil going on, with all the crap coming out of DC, and with all of the drum beats for war that this piece will give some of our readers a little chuckle.

NOTE:

Back in the day Emmo O. Furbird and Cassey Role ran a mail art gallery. This work as noted was sent to them by Dickie Lee.

A Georgia Tech student and LGBTQ activist was shot and killed by campus police on Saturday, NBC News reported.

According to NBC News, Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old engineering student, was shot and killed by campus police, who said Schultz was reportedly holding a knife at the time of the shooting. After receiving a 911 call saying that someone was carrying a gun (which turned out to reportedly be a knife), Georgia Tech police arrived to a campus parking lot at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday, NBC News reported. In a video of the incident, it appears that Schultz was yelling, “Shoot me,” though police can be heard telling Schultz, “Nobody wants to hurt you.” When Schultz moved forward with the knife, they were shot. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the knife was a switchblade and photos show the blade was not extended when Schultz was shot.

Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance website indicated Schultz used they/them pronouns and identified as bisexual and nonbinary and was intersex. Schultz was the group’s president. In a statement posted on the website, the group mourned Schultz’s loss.

“As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years,” the statement says. “They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one’s experience on Tech’s campus and beyond. We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.”

In a posting on Facebook, Call Me They had this to say.

TW: murder, police, mental health, misgendering

Not only a “21-Year-Old LGBTQ Activist.” A bisexual, non-binary, intersex person: identities constantly erased and ignored both in cishet communities and LGBTQ+ communities.

The police SHOT them while they were distressed and holding a knife (that I will note, was a switchblade *NOT* extended… not that it MATTERS the amount of knife-ness there was or was not).

MANY PEOPLE are saying Scout DESERVED to be shot because Scout was saying “Shoot me.” The police are TRAINED to DISARM distressed individuals.

You’re telling me if I ask the police to shoot me, they should? That is ABSURD. This death was AVOIDABLE.

I feel passionate about every trans person murdered, but this one — for a non-binary sibling of mine who uses they/them, who had mental illness … — it hurts real bad.

And now in reports, I am seeing Scout repeatedly misgendered. The LEAST anyone can do is use Scout’s pronouns. To every person PURPOSELY calling Scott “he” or even more despicable “it,” you are VILE and blocked.

RIP Scout. I will not forget you.

Furbirdsqueerly says: Please always remember this-

Cops are just one component of the bourgeoisie’s repressive apparatus for subjugating the working class and anyone else that strays from the bourgeoisie norm.

Historically, cops have been perhaps the #1 most dangerous enemy of gay / trans / queer people for decades, and continue to target us today.

Check out this article published on Socialist Action site and written by Jericho Jones. It expresses much of what we are feeling about PRIDE now-a-days. Will the LGBT community ever give up their bourgeois leanings and once again as in years past join with our revolutionary queers and comrades? We do not seem to think that they will. Please before anyone says, well furbird you must go to PRIDE and pound away, block the route, scream and yell, educate. Well be goodness sakes, we have been trying that since back in the day. Been there done that. We know the day will come when the LGBT community sees the light, (hopefully) and understands. Hopefully but brothers, sisters, comrades we at our age are not going to hold our breath.

PRIDE 2017 (Photo from the Article)

 

Jericho Jones begins the excellent article this way:

“This time of year we have reason to look with rejoicing at Gay Pride celebrations around the world. Their number, persistence, and exuberance were unimaginable to this lonely queer kid growing up in the 1970s. To think there was any place you could be openly, even flagrantly gay was like oxygen. Today, hundreds of pride celebrations offer queer kids almost anywhere the hope of finding a place of relative freedom.

Yet in spite of our advances, we still live under the threat of violence driven by hate. Not two weeks ago, we marked the first anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest mass shooting by one person in U.S. history. Barely a week seems to pass between reports of vicious and deadly attacks on transsexual women. Stonewall may have been nearly 50 years ago, but we are still awash in hate.

Experience shows that facts and argument don’t counter hate, but knowing a queer person and feeling empathy can. Decades of painful, frequently dangerous coming out have given many of us a world where queer people can hope to find a place to live and prosper. The importance of showing pride to the world hasn’t become any less urgent.

Even so, Gay Pride is the season of ambivalence for me. Early on, it represented a radical demonstration that queer people not only refuse to be silent but insist on making their presence undeniable. In the years since, it has become something distinctly different. What once celebrated the freewheeling sense of possibility at the heart of queer life has become an opportunity for corporate marketing and for solidarity among queers who happen to live and look like the majority.”

To read the rest of the article go to HERE:

Jericho ends this way:

“These queer forbearers showed us that change does not come from appealing to wealth and power, but from standing against them without apology. The struggles for Black civil rights and the history of the labor movement showed us the same. That Pride would leave trans people and queer people of color behind is unconscionable. Red Rose Socialists stands—always—with the marginalized, the powerless, and the voiceless in their struggles.”