Who was Marsha P. Johnson?

Who was Marsha P. Johnson?

According to the above linked article, Marsha was instrumental in the Stonewall Riots which eventually brought us the Pride movement, bringing rights to LGBT people in the United States. The article is interesting and tells a lot about Marsha’s life, even though much of it was difficult. She was a black, trans sex worker whose death was by questionable circumstances.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute was formed, helping defend the rights of black trans people.

Stonewall Inn, New York

AAPI LGBT books

AAPI books

I have several of the books on the list in the above linked article. It is a wonderful, inclusive list, put out by Kundiman publishing. I recommend taking a look at it. Below is a list of the books mentioned in the article.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patrick Yumi Cottrell

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen

Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Imagine Us, The Swarm by Muriel Leung

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed

More Than Organs by Kay Ulanday Barrett

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Ace by Angela Chen

Bite Hard by Justin Chin

IC by Serena Chopra

We Play a Game by Duy Doan

Late Morning When the World Burns by Shamala Gallagher

Love Is an Ex-Country – Randa Jarrar

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

EXTRATRANSMISSION by Andrea Abi-Karam

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Paring by Travis Chi Wing Lau

Sāmoan Queer Lives by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Quarantine by Rahul Mehta

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok-Vaid Menon

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Migritude by Shailja Patel

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Pop Song by Larissa Pham

Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla

Corona by Bushra Rehman

Love, Robot by Margaret Rhee

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Inside Me an Island by Lehua M. Taitano

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

Dear Twin by Addie Tsai

Lucy 72 by Ronaldo Wilson

Prometeo by C. Dale Young

Barbie’s Sexuality

Barbie’s sexuality

The above linked article talks about a photo shoot from 2017 that Barbie did with Aimee Song’s doll. According the the article, Mattel says that Barbie is queer when it authorized the photo shoot. I don’t disagree that Barbie might not be only into Ken, but, really, it seems that Twitter and memes are the ones who declared her sexuality, and not Mattel.

The photos are fun, and so are the comments, but I am not sure that it was authorized by Mattel.

Barbie was not available for comment.

Re-entry Anxiety

Re-entry anxiety

The above linked article tells about anxiety about ending the quarantine and shelter in place. Now that many of us have gotten vaccinated, it has become a possibility to enter back into society.

The color tiers are slowly going away, and it seems that the state of California will be opening full very shortly.

Will we be taking masks off soon, or is it still too early? Have we been put into a state of paranoia or is it real? Only time will tell.

Interesting history

I don’t know how to link this article, but the paragraphs below aren’t my words. They belong to McCoy Anderson, it seems. The part about being piss poor and not having a pot to piss in was very interesting to me. I haven’t a clue as to if these are facts, but it still makes for an interesting read.

“Interesting history!

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor.”

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot; they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands & complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s.

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it . . . hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, resulting in the idiom, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed, therefore, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, leading folks to coin the phrase “dirt poor.”

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way, subsequently creating a “thresh hold.”

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while, and thus the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.”

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up, creating the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive, so they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that’s the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring?”

McCoy Anderson