How good is your gaydar? I used to think I didn't have one, but now I think I can tell. AdRi says I say everyone is gay. (They probably are.) But I **really** like looking at old photos of queer life and people: can you imagine risking your life to go to a secret bar? I think there were certain code words, like "bachelor farmer" or "spinster." I can't imagine living in a place or time like that, where the reality of your life is kept secret. Yet so many people today still do.
A friend sent the following photo to me yesterday...
Ah, the gals. I love this photo. They're smokin' cigars.
And for my readers in the Portland area, there's a great show this month at Q Center, featuring photos from Portland's LGBTQ history. The photos are from David Grant Kohl’s book “A Curious and Peculiar People” subtitled “A History of the Metropolitan Community Church in Portland and the Sexual Minority Communities of Northwest Oregon.” What do you think Portland was like for us 50 years ago? What could it have been like to be a transgender doctor (pictured below)?
I don't know what that would be like, but I like to know my history, my culture and people who came before me. You can read more about the show here.