#QueerHeroes Day 30 – Us.

#QueerHeroes Day 30 - Us. I began doing this series because I’m constantly in awe of our collective magnificence. The trans drag queens of 1890s New York who started the first trans rights group in the attic of a queer brothel. The queers who formed a kickline in the faces of the riot police outside of …

#QueerHeroes Day 29 – Gilbert Baker.

#QueerHeroes Day 29 - Gilbert Baker. Baker was an army medic stationed in San Francisco in the 60’s. He was out even then and later honorably discharged. While working to pass one of California’s first marijuana legalization bills, a fellow activist taught him to sew. He began making banners for early queer rights organizations and …

#QueerHeroes Day 25 – Crystal LaBeija of the legendary House of LaBeija.

#QueerHeroes Day 25 - Crystal LaBeija of the legendary House of LaBeija. In the late 60s-mid 70s, the drag pageants were overwhelmingly white-dominated, so much so that black contestants would score higher if they lightened their skin and succumbed to white palatability. Crystal LaBeija was not that queen. While still breaking through that barrier (reigning as …