Category: lesbian

MAY 19: Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)

365daysoflesbians:

Lorraine Hansberry embodied the phrase “young, gifted, and
black.” She was the very first black woman to pen a Broadway play and the very
first black person to ever win a New York’s Drama Critic’s Circle Award and today
would have been her 87th birthday.

Lorraine Hansberry at her typewriter in her Greenwich Village apartment. Photo by David Attie (x). 

Born on May 19, 1930, Lorraine was the youngest of her
parents’ four children. Her mother was a driving school teacher and her father
was a notable real estate salesman in the South Side of Chicago. In 1938, her
father bought a house in the historically white area of Washington Park Subdivision.
After the white residents of the subdivision tried to keep the Hansberrys from purchasing the home, Lorraine and her family were engulfed in the now
famous case of Hansberry v. Lee. The publicity the case received not only
resulted in the Hansberry family becoming close friends with several iconic
black activists such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson, but it also led to the
creation of A Raisin in the Sun, the semi-autobiographical play that would put Lorraine’s name on the map.

After spending her college days deep in political
activism, Lorraine decided to move to New York City in 1950 to try and make it as a writer. She
eventually moved to Harlem and began working for Freedom newspaper, a progressive, black publication. In 1953,
Lorraine married a prominent Jewish songwriter and political activist, Robert
Nemiroff. The marriage was short lived and the two separated amicably in 1956,
most likely because it is around this time that Lorraine came to terms with her
lesbianism. After separating from Robert, she became involved in the
LGBT activist scene in New York, joined the Daughters of Bilitis, and began
contributing to the lesbian magazine The Ladder under her initials “LHN.” Lorraine’s
personal journals and letters reveal a deep and distinct understanding of her
own sexuality, which you can read more about here!

Cigarette in hand, Lorraine dances with James Baldwin – one of her closest friends who was also a gay black literary icon (x).

In 1957, Lorraine completed her magnum opus, A Raisin in the Sun. The play opened on Broadway
on March 11, 1959 and at the age of 29, Lorraine became the first black woman
in history to have written a play performed on a Broadway stage. A Raisin in the Sun went on to win the New
York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, once again making Lorraine both the
first black person and the youngest person in history to ever win a Circle Award.
After her breakout success, she wrote two more plays, tried her hand at stage
directing, and stayed firmly planted in the heart of social activism.
Tragically, Lorraine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1963. She died on
January 12, 1965 at the young age of 34. Her play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window coincidentally celebrated its
closing night on Broadway the night of her death.  

-LC

MAY 18: Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

365daysoflesbians:

Jeanette Rankin went from a small town Montana girl to a
staunch women’s rights activist and the very first woman to ever be elected to
U.S. Congress! It was on this day in 1973 when she passed away at the age of
93.

One of Jeannette’s most quotable quotes was “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.” (x).

Jeannette was born in Missoula, Montana on June 11, 1980. Her
mother was a schoolteacher and her father was a Scottish-Canadian immigrant who
worked as a carpenter. As the eldest of six children, Jeannette spent her
childhood helping to raise her younger siblings and laboring on the Rankin family’s
ranch. It was her experience of doing equal work as her brothers but receiving unequal
recognition and respect that would become the foundation of her feminist
identity. Originally graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in
Biology, she then enrolled in the New York School of Philanthropy to study
social work. It was in New York when Jeannette first became involved in the
American suffrage movement and when she became politically awakened.

In February of 1911, Jeannette became the first woman to
speak before the Montana legislature when she gave a speech advocating for
women’s suffrage. She and her fellow suffragists would work hard for two more
years before Montana finally granted women full voting rights in November of
1914. In 1916, Jeannette changed history by running and winning a seat in the
U.S. House of Representatives; she was the first woman to serve in Congress in
U.S. history! After running a grassroots campaign from Montana train stations
and street corners, she was officially elected on November 7, 1916. Throughout
her political career, Jeannette was a notable pacifist and champion of women’s
rights. She famously voted against America’s entry into both World War I and
World War II (she was the ONLY member of Congress to vote against entering World
War II).

Waving in front of a campaign car draped in a banner that reads, “NO MORE WAR,” Jeannette not only talked the pacifist talk but she also walked the walk (x).

Jeannette never married and is generally understood to have been
a lesbian. After her first college stint at the University of Montana, she took
a teaching job in the town of Whitehall, only to be booted from the position
after she was discovered to be in a romantic relationship with another woman. The
details of the incident are unknown; in the Rankin family’s letters, it is only
ever referred to as “Jeannette’s embarrassment.” She went on to have a brief
relationship with the journalist Katherine Anthony, but the two eventually
separated and simply remained lifelong friends. Despite the few short-lived
affairs, Jeannette dedicated her life to social justice work. One of her last
public appearances was a 1968 march in Washington D.C. where she led over 5,000
women in protest of the Vietnam War. When she passed away on May 18, 1973, she
left her entire estate to the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund in
hopes it would support “mature, unemployed women workers.”

-LC

Hey you 🌚🌹 I’m Luu I’m from Mexico City, …

Hey you 🌚🌹 I’m Luu I’m from Mexico City, I’m 19 tumblr: @larrystylinsonluu IG: @larryxmcr I’d like to meet new people and see what happen ✨ I love hanging out with friends, go to the park, my dog, and I do really like girls. 🏳️‍🌈✨ Pleaseeeee send me message, don’t be shy.

MAY 17: Lena Waithe (1984-)

365daysoflesbians:

Happy birthday to actress and screenwriter Lena Waithe!! If you haven’t seen her in the Netflix series Master of None, it’s time to add it to
your summer watch list.

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Lena is currently working on a yet-to-be-announced drama series for Showtime that will be set in her hometown of South Side Chicago (x). 

Born on this day in 1984, Lena grew up in Chicago, Illinois and
was raised by her mother and grandmother. She has had her sights set on
becoming a television writer ever since she was seven-years-old. After
graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, one of Lena’s first gigs was
writing for the Fox television series Bones; she was
also a producer on the 2014 film Dear
White People
and the creator of the 2011 viral video “Shit Black Girls Say.”

Lena’s first big acting gig was on Aziz Ansari’s Netflix
series Master of None in 2015. Although her
character Denise was originally written for a straight white woman who was to
be one of the show’s main love interests, the head writers and producers
completely flipped the script after meeting Lena for the first time and changed the character of Denise to be a black
lesbian. Lena wrote the breakout “Thanksgiving” episode of the second season of
Master of None (it just hit Netflix last week!), which centers the character of
Denise and the experience of coming out of the closet in a black family. On the
topic of representation, Lena says: “I don’t know if we’ve seen a sly, harem
pants-wearing, cool Topshop sweatshirt-wearing, snapback hat-rocking lesbian on
TV…I know how many women I see out in the world who are very much like myself.
We exist. To me, the visibility of it was what was going to be so important and
so exciting.”

-LC

Yaz. 21. London. I have a night job that I l…

Yaz. 21. London.

I have a night job that I love so I’m usually awake at night & asleep during the day.

Moody if I’m hungry or sober. I drink Cranberry, Vodka & Lime Cordial which I can be found doing in Soho most days of the week.

I’ll come with you whilst you run some errands just so I can sit in the passenger seat with the aux.

Tomboy with a lot of girly tendencies. Playing with my undercut until I fall asleep will always win me over.

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Twitter: Idontcareyaz
Instagram: Idxntcareyaz
Snapchat: Yazsays
Spotify: Idcyaz

Jai. 22. Alabama Made. Animal lover. Hella bor…

Jai. 22. Alabama Made. Animal lover. Hella bored.

Hi, I’m Grace! I’m 18, live in northern Indian…

Hi, I’m Grace! I’m 18, live in northern Indiana, and consider myself a huge dork. Looking for friends (and possibly something more!) 💕

MAY 16: Tamara Łempicka (1898-1980)

365daysoflesbians:

The bisexual painter, Tamara
Łempicka, was born on this day in 1898. Today, she is most well-known for her
revolutionary contributions to the Art Deco style and her stylized nude portraits.

Tamara’s most famous self-portraits,Self Portrait in the Green Bugatti, circa 1925 (x).

Her birth name was Maria Górska and
she was born on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland. Her family lived a high class
life, her father being a Russian-Jewish attorney and her mother being a Polish
socialite. Tamara created her very first portrait at just the young age of ten;
her mother had commissioned a local artist to create a portrait of Tamara, but
Tamara was dissatisfied with the finished project and picked up the pastels to
create what she considered a more worthy portrait of her younger sister.

She spent much of her life
travelling around Europe painting and studying art and her first big breakthrough
did not come until 1925 when her work was exhibited at the prestigious International
Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. Spotted by journalists
from the American magazine Harper’s Baazar, Tamara’s polished Art Deco pieces
suddenly became all the rage with fashion magazines. Her highlight in Harper’s
Baazar
led to even greater success, including expositions in both Milan and
Bordeaux. She would win her first major award in 1927, the first prize at the
Exposition Internationale des Beaux Arts for her portrait, Kizette on the Balcony.

A 1933 nude portrait of one of Tamara’s female lovers, Suzy Solidor (x).

Throughout her life, Tamara was known
for her promiscuity and had open affairs with both men and women. She was
married to a prominent Polish lawyer, Tadeusz Łempicki, in 1916 and had a
daughter by him soon after, but she would have multiple affairs during the
course of their marriage. In the 1920s, Tamara started a long term affair with
the popular Parisian nightclub singer Suzy Solidor, and as a result, found
herself at the center of Paris’s lesbian circle. Through Suzy, she became
friends with such figures as Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville-West, and Colette.

Tamara passed away on March 18, 1980. Today,
her work is still considered to be high art and imbued with a sense of wealth. Much of her artwork has been featured in Madonna music videos
and multiple A-List celebrities consider themselves Lempicka collectors, such
as Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand.

-LC

hey guys its charm. 23. ( i know i look like 1…

hey guys its charm. 23. ( i know i look like 12, stop) i am a mother of 3 dawgs. it felt like i have to say that. well, hit me up 🤙🏻 😉👅
@toveloxc

Lil’ Minnesotan goofball. My friends cal…

Lil’ Minnesotan goofball. My friends call me granny thicc cuz I got a bad back but I can drop it real low.

Let’s chat about ghost or memes or cool animals. Or send me ur fav conspiracy theory.