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Brooke Guinan is the FDNY’s ONLY transgender firefighter. Not only does she save lives everyday as part of her job, she is an inspiration to us all standing up for embracing who you are without fear or shame, but with pride and strength. Brooke tirelessly fights to increase the percentage of women and people of color in the FDNY as well as fight for a continually equal work environment.
Brooke is role model in the So Trans So What campaign.
Read more at So Gay So What.
We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Brooke at the GLBT Expo in NYC last year. She was such a lovely, charming, joyful person, so excited to find stories that represented her. We’re so glad to see her keeping that joy and fighting the good fight <3
It’s been a really breakthrough year for the FDNY~
Good thing [the bisexual community] can always find sanctuary among the rest of the LGBTQ groups, right? Nope. To many gays, bisexuals are considered to be gays who are just still in denial about their sexuality — and betraying the cause in the process. So they keep getting swept under the rug, whether by discrimination or by their own attempts to make their case to the world. It’s known as “bisexual erasure,” which sounds like an ’80s cover band but is even lamer.
there are people who are praising ahs for being ~inclusive~ b/c they hired a trans woman to play the role of a trans woman in a series titled “freak show” when (a) they were only looking for a man to play this role and (b) she had to audition as a dude to get it. they only got a trans woman to play the role of a trans woman by accident and against their best efforts, you can stop lauding them as progressive for calling us freaks now.
news flash: if a trans woman likes her facial hair shes allowed to keep it. she doesnt have to conform to the standards society sets out of her. u can keep ur damn mouth shut
Beth Ditto married her girlfriend Kristin Ogata on the weekend, walking down the aisle barefoot, wearing a knee-length, white tulle gown by Jean Paul Gaultier.
josé julio sarria, gay latino who ran for public office in 1961 - many many years before harvey milk
he ran for the san francisco board of supervisors and almost won by default, until people noticed there was a gay man running and immediately submitted everyone possible for the position. he didn’t win, but he still got 6000 votes, which shocked conservatives
he was also a drag queen popular at many of the balls at the time…and he still does it today (lookin good for a guy in his late 80s)!
It’s so funny how White “Queerstorians” conveniently never tell us about this beautiful querido right here. <3
Know your full queer, not-whitewashed, history!
[Image description: Photo one is a black and white photo of Sarria that appears to be from the 1960s, he’s wearing a light-colored strapless gown, dangling earrings, a long necklace and gold bracelet, and is combing his hair while looking into a hand mirror. Photo two is a formal portrait of Sarria in dark suit and tie, as candidate for San Francisco Supervisor. Photo three is Sarria in the present, in a red updo wig, with a rhinestone tiara, and a red gown with matching embroidered jacket, long necklaces, one with an elaborate rhinestone pendant, long dangling earrings and a shade of red lipstick matching the gown flawlessly.]
This photo always cheers me up a bit. It’s a front-page article from 1955 about Christine Jorgensen, one of the first women to have sex-reassignment surgery.
Since the text is a bit small and I couldn’t find a larger copy, here’s what the small blurb says:
A World of a Difference
George W. Jorgensen, Jr., son of a Bronx carpenter, served in the Army for two years and was given honorable discharge in 1946. Now George is no more. After six operations, Jorgensen’s sex has been changed and today she is a striking woman, working as a photographer in Denmark. Parents were informed of the big change in a letter Christine (that’s her new name) sent to them recently.
This article is 58 years old, and it’s more respectful of Christine’s pronoun choices and name than some publications are today. It makes me happy to see a newspaper be respectful of a trans person’s choice of name and pronouns like that :3