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#Repost @theaidsmemorial with @get_repost ・・・ . . " My twin brother Albert (pictured right) he died at 1:30am on July 29, 2012, in Texas, Central Time. I was still in Los Angeles, Pacific Time. I was not able to be there when he passed. Every flight to Texas was booked and I just couldn't make it home fast enough. . I will never forget that night. I never imagined the next time I would see him would be in his coffin. . I found an old picture of us when we were 18 or 19 years old in tuxedos for my cousin's wedding in Dallas. This had to have been 1995 or 1996. He is so damn handsome! I was so happy to stumble upon this picture. . There are good days and bad days. I think of him everyday. He had Kaposi's sarcoma, pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and neurosyphilis. And his body just couldn't fight it any longer. He put up a good fight for a long time. . He and so many of my friends that I've lost are the reason I do the AIDS Life Cycle and so many other civic engagements that help people and our community. Being healthy and doing for others gives me purpose and keeps me functional so I don't let the depression or sadness hold me back. I do it all for him and my family. But then, there are those tough days too. . Miss you #Brother #Love #Family #Always #NeverForget" ― by Robert Gamboa @txhellraiser76 . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #endaids .
#Repost @lgbt_history with @get_repost ・・・ “You're either pro-Johnnie Ray or you hate my guts." – Johnnie Ray . Picture: Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990), c. 1955. Photo © Weegee. . Johnnie Ray, who was born ninety-one years ago today, was an influential American singer, songwriter, and pianist whose career in the U.S. largely ended in the early 1960s. As one critic explained, Ray, who was partially deaf after a childhood accident, was “a sensation in the 1950s, the heart-wrenching vocal delivery of [his biggest hit] ‘Cry’…influenced many acts including Elvis and was the prime target for teen hysteria in the pre-Presley days.” . Between 1952 and 1957, Ray dominated the pop charts with hits including “Cry,” “Please Mr. Sun,” and “Such a Night,” and his on-stage theatrics—including tearing at his hair, falling to the floor, and crying—earned him the nicknames of “Mr. Emotion” and “The Prince of Wails.” For various reasons, including rumors about his sexuality, Ray’s stardom in the U.S. declined by 1960, though he remained successful in Europe and Australia until his death. . In 1951, before he gained real fame, Ray was arrested for soliciting an undercover vice squad officer; as was customary, he avoided a public trial by pleading guilty and paying a fine. In the mid-1950s, Ray married the daughter of the owner of a popular nightclub, though she was by all accounts aware of his sexuality; the marriage lasted just two years. In 1959, Ray was again arrested for solicitation, though he took the second charge to trial and was found not guilty. . In his later years, Ray, who battled alcoholism all his life, maintained friendships with icons like Judy Garland and Charles Pierce, and he was friendly with members of the queer activist community in Los Angeles. In their 1982 hit “Come On Eileen,” Dexy’s Midnight Runners referenced Ray’s legendary performances: “Poor old Johnnie Ray sounded sad upon the radio / He moved a million hearts in mono.” . Johnnie Ray died of liver failure on February 24, 1990; he was sixty-three. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #JohnnieRay
#Repost @nyclgbtsites with @get_repost ・・・ Londoner by birth, New Yorker by choice! Greenwich Village and SoHo were David Bowie's playground. Enjoy this map, courtesy @nytimes, of just a few sites special to al the Bowie fans out there.⠀ .⠀ #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbthistory #queer #gay #bisexual #DavidBowie #NYC #NYChistory
#Repost @whereloveisillegal with @get_repost ・・・ “From being called ‘sister’ by my brother, ‘faggot' by my uncle, being spit on, and being called ‘gay-rat’ by people in school, by the time I was in high school my self esteem was virtually non-existent.” Garrett is a gay man from a religious family in the #USA. After the US Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, Garrett began coming out to his community. “Maybe it's a small measure, but for the people like me who have never left my town its important someone has a voice and shows that being LGBTQ and living a happy and authentic life is possible.” - Read Garrett’s story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTI stories of #discrimination and #survival, at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove Photo provided by Garrett (@garrettmc94). This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival, follow @whereloveisillegal
#Repost @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y with @get_repost ・・・ Classssic Chelsea Lesbian Club Vibes🍷 The Gateways Club in Chelsea, London c.1953. Featured in the epic film THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1968) starring Beryl Reid, Coral Browne and Susannah York. The Gateways has been in existence at 239 Kings Road since the thirties. It became more or less exclusively lesbian during the war when a huge number of women came to London to work or were stationed nearby and needed somewhere to go and call their own. The membership fee during the sixties was just ten shillings (50p) and no guests were admitted after ten o clock to discourage people who had spent their money elsewhere. “Rowdies and troublemakers” were banned immediately, which was more than embarrassing but extremely inconvenient as the nearest lesbian club would have been in Brighton. So be good! — image and info via Flashbak/Rob Baker #lesbianculture #gatewaysclub #killingofsistergeorge #1953 #lesbianbar #lesbianclub
#Repost @nyclgbtsites with @get_repost ・・・ Jazz pianist Aaron Bridgers lived at 315 Convent Avenue with his partner, jazz great Billy Strayhorn, from 1939 until 1948, when Bridgers moved to Paris. ⠀ .⠀ Learn more about Aaron Bridgers, born on this day in 1918, via link in bio.⠀ .⠀ Photos: (1) Aaron Bridgers, left, with his partner and fellow musician Billy Strayhorn at Café Society Uptown, via Queer Music Heritage; (2) Close-up of the lower levels of 315 Convent Avenue, 1974, via NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; (3) The Bridgers/Strayhorn residence today.⠀ .⠀ #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbthistory #gay #gayhistory #blackhistory #jazz #jazzhistory #pianist #jazzlegend
#Repost @theadvocatemag with @get_repost ・・・ The Trans Latina Coalition threw its annual GARRAS Fashion Show fundraiser in downtown L.A. In addition to supporting the group’s lifesaving services, the event increased #trans visibility and declared #TransIsBeautiful. See more photos by Louis Kengi Carr at Advocate.com. #TransLivesMatter
#Repost @humanrightswatch (@get_repost) ・・・ Ghanaians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (#LGBT) suffer widespread discrimination and abuse both in public and in family settings. While some Ghanaian officials have publicly called for an end to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the government has yet to repeal a colonial-era law that criminalizes same-sex activity. #Ghana #HumanRights #HRW