Queer Elders

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Gloria Anzaldúa

“You say my name is ambivalence? Think of me as Shiva, a many-armed and -legged body with one foot on brown soil, one on white, one in straight society, one in the gay world, the man’s world, the women’s, one limb in the literary world, another in the working class, the socialist, and the occult worlds. A sort of spider woman hanging by one thin strand of web. Who, me, confused? Ambivalent? Not so. Only your labels split me.”

Bayard Rustin

Andrea Jenkins

Kitty Tsui, Nellie Wong, and Merle Woo

Leslie Feinberg

Lorraine Hansberry

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

James Baldwin

"Love has never been a popular movement. The world is held together, really it is, held together, by the love and the passion of a very few people. Otherwise, of course you can despair. Walk down the street of any city, any afternoon, and look around you. What you've got to remember is what you're looking at is also you. Everyone you're looking at is also you. You could be that person. You could be that monster. You could be that cop. And you have to decide, in yourself, not to be."


Osh-Tisch, left, with spouse

Stormé DeLarverie

Lady Shug

"My pride is about giving hope for a better future and strength to my friends who are afraid to come out or be themselves...To have family -- given and or chosen -- to love and accept you, to have equality in healthcare, education, government and general norm of society."

Arvind Kumar and Ashok Jethanandani

Sylvia Rivera


Willi Ninja

John Francisco Rechy