Pride: A Civil History

September 5, 2007 at 7:56 am 7 comments

Far too often schools do not teach about LGBT history. We are expunged from history books and classes. Our contributions to the arts, science, politics, medicine, business, philosophy etc are scrubbed of any hint that we too have made great contributions to society and that our history is inseparable from the larger thread of human history no matter how hard our enemies try.

This short clip produce by organizers of the LGBT Pride celebration reminds us that we need to not only learn our history, but also teach it to others.

Much love: Bilerico


Entry filed under: Advocacy, LGBT, Politics, Video, YouTube.

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  • 1. jonolan  |  September 5, 2007 at 9:09 am

    What possible difference does it make that someone is a LGBT when it comes to whether or not they did something worthy of history? Are you actually complaining that children aren’t taught that these people were homosexuals?

    As long as people like you keep making being LGBT the core of your life, you’re going to continue to be ostracized and attacked. Get over it! You’re gay, but that’s just part of what you are.

    Now if you’re saying that children aren’t told about people’s contributions because that person was homosexual, that’s a different matter.

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  September 5, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Yeah, I am saying that not just children, but adults as well aren’t told about the contributions that LGBT people have made because we are LGBT. And that is the truth.

    If you have not noticed, in many cases LGBT people are attacked and excluded from equal treatment under the law. Its not because we seeing being LGBT as the core of our lives. Its because the heterosexual majority seems to think that they are the end all be all of God’s creation.

    Heterosexual people need to get over being heterosexual and stop foisting their lifestyles on the rest of us. Heterosexuality is just another way of being human and so is homosexuality.

  • 3. jonolan  |  September 5, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Frankly I don’t give a rat’s ass who you fuck or get fucked by; that’s your choice and not my place to have an opinion on it unless you do it in front of me. Then it becomes a matter of esthetics and I reserve the right to harrass you if you’re ugly, clumsy or sound weird LOL!

    Can you cite – I’m not disputing, just asking – what people aren’t being mentioned for their contributions to history?

  • 4. Bloggernista  |  September 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Agreed. I won’t have sex in front of you and you don’t have sex in front of me. I will do a post later in the week about accomplished people who also happened to be gay such as Alan Turing:

    Turing is often considered to be the father of modern computer science. Turing provided an influential formalisation of the concept of the algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, formulating the now widely accepted “Turing” version of the Church – Turing thesis, namely that any practical computing model has either the equivalent or a subset of the capabilities of a Turing machine. With the Turing test, he made a significant and characteristically provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. He later worked at the National Physical Laboratory, creating one of the first designs for a stored-program computer, although it was never actually built. In 1948 he moved to the University of Manchester to work on the Manchester Mark I, then emerging as one of the world’s earliest true computers.

    During the Second World War Turing worked at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre, and was for a time head of Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including the method of the bombe, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine.

    In 1952, Turing was convicted of “acts of gross indecency” after admitting to a sexual relationship with a man in Manchester. He was placed on probation and required to undergo hormone therapy. Turing died after eating an apple laced with cyanide in 1954. His death was ruled a suicide.

  • 5. jonolan  |  September 5, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Since when has Turing been left out of curriculums? I was taught about Turing in both World History and Comp. Sci. Though I admit this is the FIRST time I ever heard of him being gay.

    Please make that post ASAP, if they are people who are being left out because of stuff that has nothing to do with their accomplishment; I’ll ping-back to it and try to disseminate it further.

  • 6. UAFA  |  September 6, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Thanks Bloggernista:

    I have a story about Alan Turing. When I was in university studying engineering, in one of my math classes Alan Turing was discussed. The professor went on and on about what a brilliant mathematician Turing was. The professor then closed the conversation with “it’s unfortunate that he was so insane”. After class I confronted the professor and asked him if he knew that Alan Turing was a homosexual and whether he knew that Alan Turing went to jail for being a homo, and whether he knew that Alan Turing was subjected to hormone therapy to cure his homosexuality, which in turn made him develop breasts. This is believed to be the root cause of his “insanity”. I don’t know about other males, but I would go crazy too if I grew breasts. I am proud to say that in the next math class the professor brought up Allan Turing again and he mentioned all and more of the atrocities that Allan Turing endured. Apparently he went home and did his homework.

  • 7. UAFA  |  September 6, 2007 at 2:38 am

    More gay stuff deleted from history.

    There are many homosexuals that have been almost erased from history. Once again I remember back (2002) in university when I took Russian History as an elective. The final paper was on any Russian literature and the political atmosphere at that time. So of course I approached the professor and asked him for some LGBT recommendations. His response was that he was not aware of ANY gay Russian authors or any gay communities in Russia (not until the collapse of the USSR of course). So instead of reading the typical Russia stuff I researched and researched. As it turns out, there was quite a gay movement in Russia from about 1904 to 1918. The main gay author to come out of this time period was Mikhail Kuzmin. He wrote the first Russian gay love story, Wings. After the publication of Wings a whole new genre of Russian literature emerged.


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