#QueerHeroes Day 5 – Patrick Kelly

#QueerHeroes Day 5. Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1954. His mother was a home economics teacher and he learned to sew in his teenage years. After graduating high school, he moved from Mississippi to Atlanta, where he worked in a thrift shop. He began modifying the donated designer fashions and constructing …

#QueerHeroes Day 4 – Tracey Norman/Tracey Africa

#QueerHeroes Day 4 Tracey Norman/Tracey Africa This is one of my favorite stories of queer resilience and ultimate triumph. Upon graduating high school in the late 60s/early 70s, Tracey came out to her family as a transgender woman. Despite her understandable fears, she was met with an embrace from her mother. She began using birth control …

#QueerHeroes Day 1 – Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé Delarverie

#QueerHeroes Day 1 - Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé Delarverie I can't stress enough that anyone telling you they know definitively how the Stonewall Riots began should be met with skepticism. Everyone present those nights saw the same picture from a different angle. I’ve talked with people who were there only for them …