Category: wlw history

JULY 16: Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)

365daysoflesbians:

American screen legend Barbara Stanwyck was
born on this day in 1907. The lesbian starlet spent many years of her life as
the highest paid woman in the U.S. and as an icon for the LGBT community. 

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In her heyday, Barbara Stanwyck was famous for her film noirs, and in her later years, she rose to prominence once again for her western films (x).

Barbara was born as Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907
in Brooklyn, New York. She was the fifth child born to working-class
parents and would experience a traumatic childhood after the death of her
mother and the mysterious disappearance of her father – two weeks after Barbara’s
mother died from complications from a miscarriage, her father took a job digging
the Panama Canal and was never seen again. Barbara’s older sister Mildred did
her best to raise her younger siblings, but Barbara and her brother Byron were
eventually placed into foster care. Barbara ran away from the foster care system at the age of 14 and joined her sister Mildred
working as a showgirl. 

Her big break came to Barbara just two years later; when she was 16-years-old, she auditioned for and was given a part with
the Ziegfeld Follies, one of New York’s premier theater groups of the 1910s and
1920s. Later in life, Barbara would say, “I just wanted to survive and
eat and have a nice coat,” but it was with the Ziegfeld Follies that she
made a name for herself choreographing dance numbers at the Texas Guinan gay
and lesbian speakeasy and where she met the famous director Willard Mack. Willard cast
Barbara in his play The Noose, which
was a breakout success and eventually found its way onto Broadway. It was also
Willard who gave her the idea to change her name from Ruby Stevens to Barbara
Stanwyck – Barbara for the name of her character in The Noose, and Stanwyck
was stolen from another actress who was in the production. And just like that,
the Barbara Stanwyck we know today was born.

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Between her starring roles in films such as Breakfast for Two (1937) and A Message to Garcia (1936), Barbara earned a reputation as a more masculine leading lady compared to many of her contemporaries (x)(x). 

The 1927 silent film Broadway
Nights
was Barbara’s very first film role; although she played a minor
role, she would go on to star in over 40 films and 4 television series throughout
her career! Some of her most iconic films include Double IndemnityThe
Lady Eve
, and Night Nurse,
and she was awarded two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and three different Lifetime
Achievement Awards before her death. One role that secured Barbara’s legacy in
film history was that of the very first out lesbian to be shown in American
cinema – Jo Courtney in Walk on the Wild Side. Despite the film’s portrayal
of Jo Courtney being far from progressive, the film did earn Barbara a huge
lesbian following and piqued the media to her own not-so-secret lesbian past.

Although Barbara
was married twice, the rumors of the day said that they were both “lavender
marriages” – a term coined in the theater community to mean a gay man and
lesbian who married each other to avoid media speculation into their sexuality.
When a journalist named Boze Hadleigh famously asked Barbara about these
speculations in 1962, she reportedly kicked him
out of her house. There are stories about Barbara sleeping with almost every other
popular actress in her day; from Greta Garbo to Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead. However, in Barbara’s later years, her
serious partner was her live-in publicist Helen Ferguson, whose “friendship”
with Barbara lasted almost 30 years.

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Barbara and her longtime “gal pal” and publicist, Helen Ferguson (x).

Barbara Stanwyck
died on January 20, 1990 due to congestive heart failure.
According to her will, no funeral service was given and instead her ashes were
scattered over Lone Pine, California, her favorite destination which she had
come across while filming several of her western films. In the book
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture by Luca Prono, Barbara’s legacy
and importance to the LGBT community is summed up with: “Stanwyck acquired the
status of icon within lesbian communities…Stanwyck was a woman…whose screen
persona challenged respectability because of the strong and independent women
she embodied in the 1940s.”

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JULY 12: Else von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-19…

365daysoflesbians:

On this day in 1874, the “Mama of Dada” was born. The Baroness
Else von Freytag-Loringhoven, as she was known, was an eccentric bisexual woman,
a living work of art, and the originator of the iconic art piece Fountain.

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Else photographed going about her daily life in Harlem, New York on January 10, 1921 (x).

Born Else Hildegard Plötz in Pomerania, Germany, Else’s
father was a mason who afforded the family middle-class status. She began
training as an actress and vaudeville performer at a young age and eventually
moved off to Dachau to study art. After finishing her studies, Else relocated
to Berlin – the heart of German Dada. It was in Berlin where she found a
community of like-minded artists who challenged the era’s gender and sexual
mores and refused to separate their selfhood from their art, but still, she was
one of the few women actively involved in the community. Other women included
the writer Mina Loy and the expressionist painter Gabriele Münter, both with
whom Else had affairs. 

In 1901, she married an architect named August Endell
and the two had an open relationship until they divorced in 1906. She was soon
married to a translator named Felix Paul Greve, and although this relationship
would soon fall apart as well, Else’s marriage to Felix would change her life.
In 1909, finding himself penniless and in mountains of debt, Felix convinced
Else to help him fake his own death. The couple’s plan was to disappear from
Germany forever and start a new life in America, but after Else joined her
husband in the U.S., he abandoned her and Else was left alone in a foreign
country with no friends.

In America, she was forced to start her life from the ground up; she found work in a
cigarette factory and she also started modeling for photographers in New York City. It
was through her modeling career in New York City that she met and became
friends with legendary photographers such as Man Ray and Berenice Abbott, powerful connections that, once again, allowed Else to become involved in an artistic society. In
1913, she was finally able to give up the hustle and focus more on her art when she
married the wealthy Baron Leopold von Freytag-Loringhoven; during this time,
her poetry was picked up by the prestigious journal The Little Review and her sculptures/“living collages” began
being shown in galleries. In recent years, it has
been discovered that legendary Dada artworks like Fountain
and God that were once attributed to
male artists and close friends of Else, Marcel Duchamp and Morton Livingston
Schamberg, were actually created by Else herself.

In 1921, Else left New York and moved back to Europe. First,
she returned to Berlin, but found it to be a devastated shell of her former home in the aftermath of World War I. She eventually settled in Paris, where she
struggled to make ends meet and had to be financially assisted by her wealthy
friends such as Djuna Barnes and Peggy Guggenheim. Else died a mysterious death
on December 14, 1927; she was found dead in her home, curled up with her beloved
pet dog. The cause of death was pronounced to be gas suffocation, but the exact
circumstances that led to the gas being left on in her apartment are unknown.

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JULY 11: Orange is the New Black premieres (20…

365daysoflesbians:

On this day in 2013, Orange
is the New
Black premiered on Netflix. Ever since the show burst onto
everyone with an internet connection’s radar, it has been praised for its fresh
depictions of women’s stories and has been introducing baby lesbians to their
new celebrity crushes with characters like Poussey Washington, Alex Vause, and
Nicky Nichols.

The ensemble cast of Orange is the New Black pose for a promo photo for season one (x). 

Loosely based on a 2010 memoir titled Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the show
tells the story of Piper Chapman, a wealthy white woman who is sentenced
to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary for having been involved in her
ex-girlfriend’s drug smuggling business 10 years prior. Although Piper is in a seemingly happy marriage with her husband Larry, her relationship status is complicated when she discovers that her ex-girlfriend, Alex Vause, is also doing time at Litchfield. Piper is technically
the main character of the series, but she has been described as a “Trojan horse” by
the series’ own creator, Jenji Kohan; it is through Piper’s perspective that
the audience enters Litchfield, but when there, the show is undeniably stolen by
her nuanced and lovable supporting characters. Piper’s privileged life is put in stark contrast
with the unprivileged lives of her prison mates who are varyingly lesbian, trans,
low-income women of color.

Take a trip down memory lane and watch the trailer for season one of the series!

The fifth season of Orange
is the New Black
was just released in June of 2017 and, to date, it is the
most viewed original series Netflix has ever produced. After the first season
was released in 2013, the series won an impressive 12 Emmy wins and has been nominated
for a collection of Emmys and Golden Globes ever since its debut. Although the
show attempts to tackle social issues such as the prison-industrial complex and police
brutality, it has often missed the mark and received backlash,
particularly for the killing of Poussey Washington in season four who was a
beloved fan favorite and one of the few black lesbian characters in today’s
television landscape. Despite the criticism, you can expect to see Orange is
the New Black
back on your laptop or television screen for at least two more
years as it has been renewed for a sixth and seventh season. What are your
thoughts on the show? Who is your OITNB crush?

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JUNE 14: Princess Nokia (1992-)

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Destiny Frasqueri aka Wavy Spice bka Princess Nokia was born today in New York City, New York in 1992.  Living in Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side for most of her life, Frasqueri lost her mother to AIDS as a young child and was moved around in foster care with her cousin until she left the system, after dealing with abuse, as a teenager. Attending parties and go-go clubs since she was sixteen, Frasqueri recorded and released her first song under Wavy Spice on her Soundcloud and Youtube in 2010. Her second release, “Bitch, I’m Posh” gained her international acclaim and her third release, YAYA, along with her support of the LGBT community and femme sexuality got her support with QTPOC artists such as Mykki Blanco and Le1f. You can listen to her track with Mykki Blanco, “Wish You Would”, here.

She released a mixtape, “Wavy Spice Presents – The Butterfly Knife Prequel”, and two more songs underneath Wavy Spice. In 2015, she released a project named honeysuckle under Destiny in 2015. Princess Nokia, Destiny Frasqueri’s musical alter ego, came out in 2014 through the track “Nokia”, and the collective released a debut album on May 12, 2014 called Metallic Butterfly.  

In 2016, she released a documentary with The Fader, called “Destiny”, which followed her as she got back into rapping and you can watch that here (with deleted scenes). She released her album, “1992”, in September 2016. A lot of her work centers around her “Brown Afro-Indigienous” heritage, sprituality, sexuality, feminism, and her life growing up in New York. In 2017, she had an altercation with an white audience member at Cambridge University, when she slapped and threw drinks at the audience member for yelling obscenities to her.

You can follow Princess Nokia on Instagram, Twitter, check out her most recent music video here, her podcast, Smart Girl Club, here, listen to her conversation at Brown University here, and download her most recent album, 1992, here.

Check out her summer tour dates here! 1992 Deluxe with six new songs will be released this summer!

 

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~lex lee. 

JUNE 12: Anne Frank starts writing in her diar…

365daysoflesbians:

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank wrote her very first entry in the
book that would later become the unforgettable The Diary of a Young Girl.
Today, Anne Frank is a heartbreaking symbol of the Holocaust, but in 1942, she
was just a young Jewish girl who had been given a new journal for her
thirteenth birthday.

The original diary is on display at The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam (x).

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She
was only sixteen when she was murdered by the Nazis in the Bergen-Belsen death
camp, but she left behind a diary that chronicles the two years she spent
hidden away in a secret apartment along with her family and four others. A lot
of people have tried to prescribe certain labels onto Anne and argue the case
that she was a lesbian or that she was bisexual. I have no interest in hashing
out how a teenage girl from the 1940s might have possibly labeled herself in 2017;
instead, I want to simply highlight the parts in Anne’s diary where she
expresses love and desire for other girls and women. On pages 130-131, she
writes:

I already had these kinds of feelings subconsciously before
I came here, because I remember that once when I slept with a girl friend I had
a strong desire to kiss her, and that I did do so. I could not help being
terribly inquisitive over her body, for she had always kept it hidden from me.
I asked her whether, as a proof of our friendship, we should feel one another’s
breasts, but she refused. I go into ecstasies every time I see the naked figure
of a woman, such as Venus, for example. It strikes me as so wonderful and exquisite
that I have difficulty in stopping the tears rolling down my cheeks. If only I had a girl friend!”

Although this section as well as others where Anne talks
about exploring her pubescent body were excluded from the first
editions of The Diary of a Young Girl,
they have slowly but surely been making their way back into the manuscript. No
matter how Anne Frank might have identified as, her words are being read by
young girls of all sexualities in middle schools across the world, and the fact
that Anne’s accounts may be the first time they are exposed to a girl loving
other girls without stigma and oversexualization makes The Diary of a Young Girl near and dear to many wlw.

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JUNE 11: Renée Vivien (1877-1909)

365daysoflesbians:

The British poet, noted Sappho fangirl, and one of the most
high-profile lesbians of Paris’s Belle Époque days, Renée Vivien, was born on this
day in 1877.

Pioneer of depressed moon lesbian culture, Renée Vivien poses with two black cats on her shoulders (x). 

Born in London on June 11, 1877, Renée’s wealthy British
father and American mother originally gave her the name Pauline Mary Tarn,
which she would drop later on in life. She was sent to Paris for school, but was
forced to return to London when her father died in 1886. Renée made no secret of
the fact that she loved Paris and hated her family, so the move was devastating
to her. In a twist of events worthy of an American soap-opera, Renée’s mother
attempted to get her declared legally insane so that Renée would be passed over
for her father’s inheritance and all the money would go to her, but the plot failed and Renée was taken away from her mother and kept a ward of the
court for the rest of her adolescence. When she turned 21, she finally
inherited her father’s fortune and moved back to her beloved city of Paris where
took on the name Renée Vivien. . 

In Paris, Renée became a notorious figure in Bohemian
society; she wore lavish men’s suits and lived openly as a lesbian. She wrote
two novels and fourteen collections of poetry throughout her lifetime and her
writing was filled with allusions to Sappho, lavender, and her many
relationships with women. She even refused to write in any language other than
French because she found it to be the more romantic language. A woman named Violet
Shillito was Renée’s childhood best friend and her first love; when she died of
typhoid fever, Renée was inconsolable and many scholars interpret the frequent
use of violets in Renée’s poetry to be a symbol for Violet herself. Renée also
had a relationship with Natalie Clifford Barney, the American heiress and
novelist. The relationship was passionate and often rocky due to both women’s
jealous nature. However, there was a time when Renée and Natalie traveled to the island
of Lesbos in Greece in an attempt to connect with their Sapphic roots and start
a women’s artist colony.

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Renée (left) and her partner Natalie Clifford Barney (right) photographed in 1900 (x). 

Renée ended the relationship with Natalie in 1901 and she
would go on to have many more relationships with women such as the Baroness
Hélène van Zuylen and Kérimé Turkhan Pasha, but as affair after affair ended, Renée
sunk deep into depression and began to indulge even more in her party lifestyle of
drugs, alcohol, and wild sex. Her close friend Colette (who we have also covered on the blog!) was
known to base her fictional characters on real life people and she immortalized
Renée’s character and self-destructive behavior in her 1932 novel The Pure and the Impure. As

Renée’s

mental
illness worsened, she eventually died in 1909 from alcoholism and anorexia.

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JUNE 10: Yona Wallach (1944-1989)

365daysoflesbians:

Yona Wallach was a bisexual poet and rock star who was a crucial
member of the wild, Bohemian group of Tel Aviv poets that sought to make sense
of life, love, and art in Israel in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, on what would
have been her 73rd birthday we celebrate Yona’s life and work!

Yona’s name in Hebrew is יונה וולך and she has been characterized as one of the “divas” of Hebrew poetry (x). ‎‎ 

Born on June 10, 1944, Yona grew up in Kiryat Ono, Israel. Her
father was one of the founding members of the town of Kiryat Ono and although
his position offered their family a level of prestige in the community, tragedy
struck when her father was killed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Introduced
to grief and death early on in life, her writing would later tackle such dark
themes while also combining them with lively themes of love and sexuality.

In 2015, the film Yona was shown at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and translated Yona’s life story to the screen in what the writer and director called a “psychological portrait” (x).

Her hometown stood just on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, and so
it’s no wonder that when Yona grew older, the artist was attracted to the
sensibilities of the city and left home to be with her fellow artists. By frequently
contributing to the literary journals Akhshav
and Siman Qri’a, Yona found a
community and fell in with the group of poets who had founded the journals. In
1978, she won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for poetry. She was
also known for having local rock bands accompany her during her poetry
readings, for which she wrote most of their lyrics. A recording of
several of these bands, which features Yona performing with them, was created
in 1982. Although her work was celebrated, it also pushed many of the general
public’s buttons. Yona did not censor the realities of her life within her
poetry and often wrote explicitly about drug use and sex with both men and women;
this resulted in her being blacklisted from many literary publications and even
the vice-minister of the Israeli Department of Education called her “an animal
in heat.”

Tragically, Yona died on September 29, 1985 from breast cancer.
She was only 41 years old. In the time she was on the earth, Yona revolutionized Hebrew poetry and was unashamed in the face of a public that had never
before seen the likes of her bisexual, Jewish, mentally ill, artist self.

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JUNE 6: Violet Trefusis (1894-1972)

The English
author and socialite Violet Trefusis was born on this day in 1894. She is most
well-known for having been the lover of fellow writer Vita Sackville-West.

Photographer unknown, Violet Trefusis climbing through a window c. early 1900s (x).

Violet was born as
Violet Keppel on June 6, 1894 in London, England. Her father George was a notable
Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army and her mother Alice was a famous socialite and the mistress of King Edward VII. There were many
rumors that Violet’s biological father was the Conservative politician William
Beckett, but nothing substantial ever came of the gossip. Violet’s early years
were spent at the family home in London’s Portman Square. She was only four
when her mother began a relationship with King Edward VII and “Bertie,” as he
was called, visited the house around tea-time almost every day until his death
in 1910.

Throughout her
life, Violet published two memoirs and nine novels between 1920 to 1940; twelve of
her writings remain unpublished. Her active social life and friendships with a
multitude of writers and artists guaranteed Violet a place in the fictions of
writers such as Nancy Mitford, Cyril Connolly, and Harold Acton. Most famously, the character
of Princess Sasha in Virginia Woolf’s
Orlando: A Biography
was based on Violet. 

Artistic renditions of Violet Trefusis by Jacques-Emile Blanche (1926) and Sir John Lavery (1919) (x)(x). 

Despite her
prolific writing, she is most well-known today for her relationship with Vita
Sackville-West. Violet married her husband Denys Trefusis in 1919, but theirs was a sexless relationship and the real love of
her life was Vita. The two first met at a party when Violet was only ten-years-old and Vita was twelve. After bonding over their love of books, Violet began pursuing Vita and the two wrote letters back and forth
throughout their adolescence. The relationship began in earnest when they crossed paths once more in Italy and fourteen-year-old Violet confessed her love
to Vita, even going so far as to give her a ring. Unfortunately, familial duties and geographic distance frequently interrupted the courtship and their eventual marriages put strain on the
relationship.

In 1920, rumors
of Violet and Vita’s affair had reached a fever pitch and their two husbands,
Harold and Denys, interrupted the lovers’ vacation in France to bring their wives
home and restore their reputations. The final crack in the relationship
occurred when Harold lied to his wife Vita, telling her that Violet had not
been faithful. Vita then left for England, with Violet being sent off to Italy
and being forbidden to write to her estranged partner. The affair ended in
flames, although the two women were ultimately able to become friends when they
met again in 1940.

You can read the “breathtaking” love letters between Vita and Violet here

Although Violet
also had an affair with the sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, it was
always Vita who she considered to be the love of her life. The grand affair was
chronicled by both women in their writings. The love story in Violet’s novel Broderie Anglaise is based on her
experiences with Vita. Following the death of her parents, Violet retired from her
artists’ circle and became the overseer of L’Ombrellino, the large estate in
Florence once owned by her mother. It was there where she died on February 29,
1972 from complications of malabsorption disease. Her ashes were placed
alongside the remains of her parents. Violet’s turbulent life and love affairs
were presented in the 1990 BBC mini-series Portrait
of a Marriage
.

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JUNE 3: Josephine Baker (1906-1975)

365daysoflesbians:

Also known
as the ‘Black Pearl,’ the ‘Bronze Venus,’ or the ‘Creole Goddess,’ Josephine
Baker was a dancer, jazz singer, and actress. She was the first Black woman to star
in a major motion picture, and the first to be celebrated as a major star and headliner in
Europe. Indeed she
was on so many fronts, both as an entertainer and an activist – she
is often remembered for her iconic performance of the Danse Sauvage, but also for fighting in the
French resistance, or for her involvement in the Black Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Josephine Baker by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1934. © Getty

She was
born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in Saint Louis, Missouri, to a
single mother, with whom she developed a strained relationship. Poverty and
lack of formal education led Baker to have to fend for herself on the street
most of the time in her childhood and teenage years. She was married and
divorced twice before she was even 19.

 Her career started in vaudeville in her teenage years, and following her
troupe she moved to New York during the Harlem Renaissance, where she performed at the Plantation Club and in the chorus of successful Broadway shows, where
she became known for her mimicks and funny faces.

Josephine Baker in 1928, © Getty

She then travelled with the show to Paris where she performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in
“La Revue Nègre.” She was an instant success and decided to break her
contract to stay in France and perform at the Folies Bergères. Her most famous
performance was the “Danse Sauvage,” in which she only wore jewels and a girdle
of artificial bananas; she also used to appear on stage with her pet cheetah,
terrorizing the musicians. She also starred in the films Sirens of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou
(1934) and Princesse Tam Tam (1935).

While she tried to go back to the US, she never got the welcome she hoped for
and the critics were just cruel to her and her voice. She came back to Paris
heartbroken and famously revisited the lyrics to her famous song “J’ai deux
amours,” (as the lyrics previously stated her love for both her native country
and Paris, the alteration claimed her country as being Paris). This is partly
why she renounced her American citizenship and became a French citizen in 1937
by marrying French industrialist Jean Lion.

Baker performing “J’ai deux amours” on the frontline, at the Théâtre aux Armées.

During
World War II, Baker was recruited by the French military intelligence, to
perform as an informer, gathering information, providing shelter and visas to
resistance fighters. As she travelled to the French colonies in North Africa in
1941 she suffered a miscarriage (not the first one), followed by a severe
infection that led to a hysterectomy.

After the war she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Rosette de la Résistance and was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by Charles de Gaulle. The recognition of her wartime exploits as she returned to the Folies Bergères in 1949 gave her a renewed self-confidence, a new gravitas.

As she was invited back to the US, Baker started to play an influential role in the Black
Civil Rights Movement. In the early 1950s, she refused to perform
for segregated audiences, helping break down the colour barrier in the entertainment industry. 

At the March on Washington in August 1963, she was the sole official female speaker on the program. She spoke standing next to Martin Luther King Jr., wearing her Free French
uniform adorned with its medals, and introduced the “Negro Women for
Civil Rights,” acknowledging among others Rosa
Parks and Daisy Bates. photo © Getty

Josephine Baker adopted twelve children with her last husband Jo Bouillon, raising a family at Chateau des Milandes in Dordogne, France – a family she liked to call “The Rainbow Tribe” proving that “children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers.”

Beside her four marriages, Baker had several affairs with women like star blues singer Clara Smith, French writer Colette, and Frida Kahlo. However she was quite secretive and never out about her affairs with women, to the point of homophobia towards her gay fan base, or even her own children (she caught one of her sons having sex with another young man, and sent him at his father’s so he would not “contaminate” his siblings). So while Baker would now be considered bisexual, she did not embrace this sexual identity.

She died in Paris on April 10, 1975, of a cerebral hemorrhage.

sources here and here

Lise

JUNE 2: Abby Wambach (1980-)

365daysoflesbians:

Happy birthday to soccer legend Abby Wambach; the two-time
Olympic gold medalist and FIFA world champion turns 37 today!

Abby Wambach holds an American flag as she points out to the crowd (x).

Abby was born in Rochester, New York on June 2, 1980. As the
youngest of seven siblings, she recalls athleticism and teamwork being a family
tradition. After beginning to play soccer at the age of four, Abby’s natural
talent was quickly discovered and she became a local sports legend
in her family’s suburb of Pittsford. She went on to be recruited by the University
of Florida’s women’s soccer team in 1997, where she played for the next four
years.

After college, Abby began playing soccer professionally
first for Washington Freedom and later magicJack, and the Western New York
Flash. She competed in six international competitions throughout her career – four
FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and the
2012 Olympic Games in London. Abby lead the USA Women’s Team to three out of
six wins in those international competitions, bringing home the 2015 FIFA World
Cup and the Gold medal in both the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games. In 2011, she
became the very first soccer play to be named Athlete of the Year by the
Associated Press and she became only the fourth woman to ever be named the FIFA
World Player of the Year in 2012!

Abby photographed with her now wife, Glennon Doyle Melton (x). 

Abby officially announced her retirement from soccer in
October of 2015, but she didn’t play her last game until December of that year
when the USA Women’s Team played the last match of their FIFA Victory Tour. Her bestselling autobiography, Forward, was released in 2016 and
just recently she was married to her girlfriend, author Glennon Doyle
Melton, on May 14, 2017.

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