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Here are three video’s on the LGBTQI+ struggle. Videos by Jerimarie Liesegang and Richard Nelson.

Sylvia Rivera, She was more than Stonewall.

 

 

Queers Without Borders Presents;  Ct. LGBT History 1960-2000

 

 

Ct. Transgender Movement.

 

 

Enjoy these three videos A collage in the service of the people.

We received notice via them. that our sister liberation warrior, mother of the Trans Latinx community in Queens New York Lorena Borjas has died from the Covid-19 virus. Wren Sanders writing in an excellent article about Lorena opened the announcement this way:

“Lorena Borjas — a human trafficking survivor and lifelong defender of immigrants, sex workers, and trans folks — died this morning from complications due to COVID-19, according to tweets by Bianey Garcia, Borjas’s chosen daughter. She was 60 years old.

Known as the mother of the trans Latinx community in Queens, Borjas earned the reputation through a roughly 30-year career as a community organizer. Beyond leading some of the first marches to specifically honor the trans women of Jackson Heights, Borjas advocated for her sisters through organizing HIV testing opportunities for trans sex workers, establishing a fund that would bail out folks who were arrested on prostitution charges, and through running syringe-exchange programs for trans women taking hormone injections. She was a leader in her community, a voice of wisdom, and a guide for activists in generations to come.”

Please follow the link to read the article HERE.

From us at Furbirdsqueerly we can only say, Rest In Power Liberation Warrior Lorena Borjas and thank you for all that you have done for our people.

We all know how sick this Capitalist System of Amerikkka is and that Donald trump is just one symptom of this dirty rotten system. He and his boys and girls bring this system to another low.  This man is a danger a big danger.

ut all the while we have artists making art exposing him and his dirty tricks.  Some art that once again tells it like it should be told. Art by our dearly loved Randy Rainbow. While we are at it let’s once again say, Thank you Randy Rainbow.

 

On 24 December 1920, biracial lesbian and gay rights icon Stormé DeLarverie was born in New Orleans. Her mother was African American and her father was a white man.  She is credited by many as sparking the Stonewall riots, as according to some eyewitnesses and her own account she was the “New York butch” who was arrested and attacked by police. Bleeding from a head wound, she began to fight back and called to the crowd “Why don’t you guys do something?” The famous words that we have heard that were spoken about the Stonewall Rebellion came from Storme’ when she said, “The cop hit me so I hit him back!” Years of oppression began to fall away with that action, those words. When she was thrown into a police van the crowd erupted and the Stonewall rebellion began. As well is working as an MC, bouncer and bodyguard, she carried a gun and patrolled the streets of the Village, protecting other lesbians from street harassment or assault, and also raised money for survivors of domestic violence.

She is remembered as a gay civil rights icon and entertainer, who performed and hosted at the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall. She worked for much of her life as an MC, singer, bouncer, bodyguard and volunteer street patrol worker, the “guardian of lesbians in the Village.” From 1955 to 1969 DeLarverie toured the black theater circuit as the MC (and only drag king) of the Jewel Box Revue, North America’s first racially integrated drag revue. The revue regularly played the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as well as to mixed-race audiences.

She worked at the Cubby Hole and Fat Cat’s, two popular lesbian bars in the West Village. Storme was often working the door at both clubs as a bouncer.

About Stonewall Stormie’ had this to say: “It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience — it wasn’t no damn riot”, she declared at a public and videographed SVA-sponsored “Stonewall Symposium”, referring to the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Stormé was a part of the uprising on the very first night, Friday, June 27th. “The cops were parading patrons out of the front door of The Stonewall at about two o’ clock in the morning. I saw this one boy being taken out by three cops, only one in uniform. Three to one! I told my pals, ‘I know him! That’s Williamson, my friend Sonia Jane’s friend.’ Williamson briefly broke loose but they grabbed the back of his jacket and pulled him right down on the cement street. One of them did a drop kick on him. Another cop senselessly hit him from the back. Right after that, a cop said to me: ‘Move faggot’, thinking that I was a Gay guy. I said, ‘I will not! And, don’t you dare touch me.” With that, the cop shoved me and I instinctively punched him right in his face. He bled! He was then dropping to the ground — not me!”

Storme’ DeLarverie died in her sleep at 93 on May 24, 2014.

Now that the climate in amerikkka is once again turning against our people we must remember our people who stood up, who never apologized for who they were and who when they had to fought back.

So in honor of this great freedom fighter this Lesbian, Trans liberation warrior let’s have a little fun. We can be sure that Storme’ would love this tribute and it comes from our full heart to you. We can just see her clicking her fingers along to the song. Happy Birthday Storme’ and a big THANK YOU!!!

If you are anywhere near Hartford Ct. and can make it out on a Wednesday night come out to the show, the Pansy Craze. This show presented by the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus is sure to not only be a delight but a wonderful teaching tool for all of our community. What was the Pansy Craze? Why was it important to our people? Go out and find out.

 

Just one of the wonderful performers that you will meet at the Pansy Craze.

Ray Bourbon worked on stage and in nightclubs, in and out of drag. He, in no particular order, claimed to have run guns for Pancho Villa and had a sex change operation. Why did this pansy die in jail? Find out in The Pansy Craze.

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More research on Ray Bourbon will be done. We love the idea of running guns for Pancho Villa and want to know the full story. Any one who would advocate for the poor and for land reform and help the revolution is a friend of ours.

RAY BOURBON PRESENTE’

Check out the facebook page for The Pansy Craze at https://www.facebook.com/events/420788622197419/permalink/433246837618264/?notif_t=event_mall_comment&notif_id=1575779003939390

Hello to all

Important things have been happening in the background and a rumbling is heard. I am very proud to announce that Jerimarie Liesegang has finished her video documentary on Sylvia Rivera. The documentary Sylvia Rivera Was More Than Stonewall is one of the few possibly the only one that looks at the complete life of this Revolutionary Transgender Warrior. Twenty years ago I was honored to introduce Sylvia at the Ct. Stonewall Congress and to this day hold her dear in my heart. What fun myself, Regina Dyton, Tim, Paul and a few others had visiting with Sylvia and her family outside as we smoked and laughed and then laughed again. Sylvia indeed as a revolutionary Trans leader whose words ring true today. Sylvia who believed in a multi issue revolutionary movement where all of us were and are included. Sylvia who fought hard for her people in the Trans community and was thrown off the bus, and under the bus so many times.

We need more Sylvia’s in our movement today. If there were we all know the one issue or issues only of a LGBT nature would not exist. We would understand and see the connections with all other communities and not only act when it involves a LGBT person. We would understand fully that when the bombs drop on the people of Palestine it is our issue. We would know that when Democrat or Republican deports immigrants it is our issue. We would fully understand that when people all across this country can not afford medication that is needed, or a home to live in it is our issue. We would fight back when the least among us are hurting and become one with all. This I believe is what Sylvia Rivera would do as she proved over and over again this is what must be done. This was the inspiration that pushed us towards a new day before a wrong road was taken so many years ago. We must, let us repeat that we must move back to those days when we fully understood that we are here, there, and everywhere so there for all issues are our issues. It is the only way we will survive.

Anyway there I go again up on the soapbox but wanted to give just my little introduction to Jeri’s video.  Of course this type of work is best viewed on full screen for a full viewing pleasure. While you are over at the Ct. Trans Archive page check out all the work that Jeri has been doing lately as she posts and gets her archives in order to send down to CCSU.

My best to everyone
Richard Nelson

P.S A birdie told me a new Ct. movement documentary is now in the works. It’s good folks really good or so the birdie saw.

The documentary is found here:

Full Length (cradle to grave) documentary on Sylvia Rivera

Lovepiece – Community Performance & Discussion

Hosted by: Kamora’s Cultural Corner
1023 Albany Ave Hartford CT 06112
Friday, September 20th 2019
Arrive 7pm – Performance @ 7:30pm – Followed by a community discussion. Free!

Kamora’s Cultural Corner will host Arien Wilkerson/ TNMOT AZTRO for their premiere of a special version of their oeuvre “Lovepiece.” After the performance there will be a community conversation on queerness with topics drawn directly from the show. Tnmot Aztro and KCC are targeting black leaders in the North end on cultural competency in the queer community by inviting the public to have discourse and education on sex working, HIV, coming out in the POC community, queer violence, being queer and poor, and safety.

Be sure to catch Lovepiece – World Premiere – Quick Center for the Arts September 23rd 12noon, 3p.m., 7p.m.

Lovepiece, a 30-minute dance and multimedia installation, is about the work it takes to build a healthy relationship with yourself, uncovering the process of healing from rejection, hate, poverty, and humiliation within black/brown queer romantic relationships. Spontaneous, erotic, queer, open-ended, club and Latin American-inspired melodramas, paired with transgressive experiential outlooks on love, take the audience through the lens of queer people of color and their relationships, specifically the dichotomy between black and Latino queer relationships, and the exchange of queer culture. The work features an original live score from artist, domsentfrommars, Zach Rowden, Karim Rome, lighting collaborator Jon-Paul LaRoccoon and stage design by Joe McCarthy.

Kamora Herrington (Director of Kamora’s Cultural Corner)
“This is the perfect spot to do what I do! My personal mission is to create space so that families can love their children. Moving KCC into space with a history of welcoming marginalized communities into the larger Hartford community just makes sense! Opening with Arien’s show Loveplace could not be a more perfect collaboration, we are building a foundation of love and a desire for understanding. This piece and the conversation following will be a great starting point!”

This performance is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This Performance has also received funding from the CT Dance Alliance Jump Start Award & Our fabulous 50 premiere funders. ( These Tnmot Aztro patrons are vital to the shows premieres.)

Posted by Gay Shame and written by Micah Bazant.

The SF Contemporary Jewish Museum is supported by the Israeli govt and anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-immigrant funders like the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

In their new exhibit “Show Me As I Want to Be Seen”, the museum claims to explore themes of self-determination and self-representation.

How can we explore self-determination in a museum complicit in Israeli apartheid and occupation? Whose selves count? Who gets to live to be an artist?

We are appalled by the CJM’s use of art by Jewish anti-occupation, anti-fascist trans queer ancestors Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. In the legacy of their resistance, we support Palestinian liberation. Palestinian Liberation Is Self-Determination.

Freedom of self-expression by people of color and queer people can never be premised on the oppression and ethnic cleansing of others. We support marginalized artists, but not Israel’s intentional exploitation of their work to “pinkwash” and “art wash” apartheid. Israel uses culture to brand itself as an oasis of progressive acceptance in the Middle East. But this Israeli “acceptance” doesn’t extend to African asylum seekers or Palestinians. The Israeli army bombs Palestinians, destroys their homes, steals their land, imprisons and tortures them regardless of their gender, sexuality or artistic expression. (more…)

We have been tossing around the ideas of our people the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender populations joining the military. Let’s make that clear,  let us say right now up front we all know that no one is being forced by draft to become part of this system of oppression. How times have changed, my generation did everything they could, pulled every string, every and anything out of the hat to avoid the military. Today those who are in the military are in there voluntary for whatever reasons they may have. Second we would like to ask folks who are thinking that they should join Uncle Scam’s army and stand arm in arm with this man, please stop and ask of those who survived a bombed out village, or somewhere where old Scam has tread what they think of GI Joe and Jane’s dirty deeds. As we have said before ask the mother whose children have been killed in a drone attack what she thinks of you being discriminated against in the U.S. Ask the man what he thinks about the no job thing in Amerikkka as he digs with his bare hands through the rubble to find his lover. Ask those who cities have been reduced to dust. Then stop and ask yourselves is this the type of job you really want? For what reasons? Where do your or anyone’s civil rights end and the life rights of the world’s population under the attack of the United States begin? Where do the life rights of all humans begin?

This is a short essay to examine a hero of ours. A man named Frank Little. A man who fought for freedom and justice for the working class of amerikkka. This man outspoken and murdered by those who wished to hold up not their class but the class of boss, the class of the rulers, the class of which as the IWW statement says “we have nothing in common with.” No we don’t have anything in common at all. Nothing in common in the workplace, nothing in common in the military, nothing in common at all. So we often have wondered why would anyone who has nothing in common with the bosses, why would they want to cross that line? If it be a picket line set up by striking workers or the class line. Why do so many in the working class want to cross the class line and become as Frank Little said in one of his last speeches “Uncle Sam’s scabs in uniforms”? Fighting for the rich, fighting in wars against other working class and poor people.

Frank Little was a IWW rabble rouser, organizer, free speech advocate, union organizer and a strong opponent of World War I. Little fought hard with the leaders of the IWW to directly proceed with anti-war and anti-conscription agitation. Little said at that time, “the IWW is opposed to all wars, and we must use all our power to prevent the workers from joining the army. He later called soldiers serving in the war, “Uncle Sam’s scabs in uniforms.” and stated: “Wars should be left to the capitalists who start the war. “Either we are for their capitalist slaughter fest or against it.”

This blog remains against not only wars but against the Capitalist. Turn on your masters, overthrow the capitalist system! The cry is the same today. Let us break free and break free now from those chains that bind us. In another speech at Finlander Hall, Little referred to U.S. soldiers as “uniformed thugs” and stressed his opposition to the draft and the war. Why, he asked, would workers choose to fight for their capitalist masters, when instead they could end the war by turning on their masters and overthrowing the capitalist system?

The bosses tell us, protect what belongs to you. This is our country and we are under threat. We have always wonder about this “our” I can’t remember the essay that I read years ago about this “our” and have to agree I have a hard time believing that amerikkka is our anything. There is such a class divide in this country that I can say, I have nothing in common with bosses, the upper middle class, nothing at all with the wealthy and ruling class. This country is “ours” in th way a prison cell “belongs to the prisoner.” We live here, but it has never been ours. So why fight for something that isn’t ours? Does anyone expect that we will take back that something? One can not take back something that isn’t theirs to begin with. We can only topple it and transform it to what we see as a new day, a new way of living, a new world that many have told us is possible. Many years ago our people when on the right road right after the Stonewall rebellion talked about this very subject, that of toppling and transforming we did not see fit to try to win acceptance within the institutions that oppressed us and many others. We formed united fronts and fought back. But early on the road to liberation a wrong turn was taken and now so many find thenselves wanting to fit in, in any way we can. We did not listen too well and so many are still not listening.

Some will say, you are fools. What are we suppose to do until the revolution comes. We would have to answer the revolution will never come if one, two and many side with the masters and then in turn think everything is okay since the master now appears to love you. Once a person feels that way no matter what chains still bind he or she becomes a part of the problem and the weight is not balanced but suddenly tips the scales to the masters side. As we have said in many essays, crumbs shaken from the masters table cloth can never fill our bellies.

So we must ask why would anyone who is oppressed want to join with the oppressor and fight for the oppressor only to be oppressed when the fighting is over? Why would anyone want to uphold years of oppression against their own people, against others and against folks thousands of miles away? One thing we know we must get past is self centered amerikkkan idea of “us here,” forgetting that we are very much a part of a great big world. Karl Marx never said, Workers of Germany unite, or of France, but “Workers Of The World Unite.” Workers of the world unite. A most powerful idea. How about it?

We will continue to stand against imperialist war, the ruling class and must ask ourselves how can we not stand against those who help to push this agenda for any reason.  If we stand with the world then we cannot stand with anything or anyone who is a part of destroying it.

Frank Little declared that a person could make a living three ways: by working, begging, or stealing. The only conclusion he had was that the capitalist class were thieves since they did not work or beg for a living. So who wants to align themselves with thieves? To us at furbirdsqueerly the working class must be anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, internationalist and revolutionary.

Frank Little: Slain by Capitalist Interests For Organizing and Inspiring His Fellow Men.

Another question remains, when the shit hits the fan and barricades are erected all across amerikkka, which side will you be on? Will you follow orders of your captain and shoot? Will you blow the rainbow flag from a queers hands? Will you say in the future when asked, “I was only following orders.” Yes, which side are you on?

We know some folks could care less about this article. Frank Little, The IWW, anti-war work, or revolutionary movements. So many never even heard of Frank Little or even are remotely interested in what we say here. But to those who do we can only ask, Stop for a second, think about these things, before you go off and join in the chorus of inclusion that is not good. Inclusion that is no good for anyone not here or not anywhere around the world. Don’t go off and join the military, don’t be killed by the capitalist class doing their bidding. You will never be truly free in this society as to them, to the straight world you are an outsider. Of course as the old saying goes, you will make good cannon fodder. But remember you will always be an outsider and when the push comes to shove you will find that out once again. Take a lesson from history, if you must read between the lines, and run, yes run in the other direction. Uncle Scam and his murderous ways are no good for you, no good for the people of the world and no good for the planet. Let us all celebrate life and not be absorbed into the military death machine.

NOTES:

Montana History Revealed. Remembering Frank Little. by Rich Aarstad, Senior Archivist, and Martha Kohl, Historical Specialist

Hell Raisers Journal: We will Never Forget. The Labor Martyrs Project: Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives in freedom cause.

  1. Hellraisers Journal, Saturday August 4, 1917. Butte, Montana – Strikers’ Bulletin Names Names
  2. BUTTE’S NAME TARNISHED BY THE STAIN OF LYNCH LAW FRANK LITTLE HANGED FROM TRESTLE BY UNKNOWN MOB

Frank Little By Will Rosco is a must read for many of us who are LGBT. The article is found HERE.   We want to do further research on Frank Little as a gay man which Will Rosco brought to our attention in this article.

 

 

With the renewed interest in the history of the Ct. Transgender Movement we are going to publish essays, articles, and ourstories on this site. Some of these essays are ones we have published before and some will be new essays. This site along with Jerimarie Liesegang will began to publish a first person narrative on the history of the Ct. Transgender Movement and the possibility of an exhibition on this continuing struggle next year.  We publish today for those of you who do not have the book, Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire, published by AK Press, a chapter written by Jerimarie Liesegang the mother of the Ct. Transgender Movement an a long time fighter for peace, justice and liberation.

Tyranny of the State and Trans Liberation

By Jerimarie Liesegang

“STAR is a Revolutionary Group. We believe in picking up the gun and starting a revolution if necessary. Our main goal is to see ‘gay’ people liberated and free” —Marsha P. Johnson, “Rapping with a Street Transvestite Revolutionary”[1]

“Trans Liberation is the phrase that has come to refer to all those who blur or bridge the boundary of the sex or gender expression they were assigned at birth: cross-dressers, transsexuals, intersex people, Two Spirits, bearded females, masculine females and feminine males, drag kings and drag queens. Trans Liberation is a call to action for all those who care about civil rights and creating a just and equitable society” —Leslie Feinberg, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue[2]

Anarchists (should) understand the importance in opposing the regulation of sexual and gender behavior by governments and other allied forces such as the church and capitalism. In fact there has been a long history of anarchism as a movement and a philosophy recognizing and embracing the pivotal importance of sexual and gender liberation. Within this history there has been a prominent role of queer anarchist sex radicals who kept this significant engagement at the forefront of the anarchist movement and philosophy. Yet despite the pioneering anarchist sex radicals at the turn of the century and those during the heyday of the (gay, feminist, black) liberation movements of the sixties and seventies, there has been an increasing trend by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) liberation movement toward embracing the government and its role in regulating sexual and gender behavior. And this current “liberation” movement has worked in complicity with the state simply to broaden and reform the definitions and social norms of sex and gender, as well as focus on the assimilation of LGBT within the State through marriage reform, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and by enacting laws that seek to entrench and empower the police and incarceration system through increased funding and engagement through hate crime legislation. And so we see a liberation movement that moved from a focus on fighting the state and its associated systems of corrupt police, politics, and social norms to a liberation model complicit with a state and its allied power structures that makes no excuse regarding its control, regulation, definition of, and legal boundaries regarding, sexual behavior and gender identity and expression.

This chapter details the historical roots of sex and gender radicals within the anarchist movement as well as within other allied liberation movements. From this historical perspective, we can reexamine the state of the LGBT liberation movement, and attempt to solidify and redefine a trans liberation movement outside the current so-called LGBT liberation movement. The aim of this chapter is to reconsider Trans liberation within the contexts of the current social, economic, and political environments within primarily the United States, though given the penetration of a global LGBT movement led by marriage advocates, it can also be viewed from a global lens. In this process, it is hoped to reveal that the core of the trans existence and persona is radical and anarchistic, if not insurrectionary, in its embodiment—such that pure liberation of sex and gender will not come through complicit reform within the state but rather through rejecting the state and its many social constructs. (more…)