Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

CHM forum looks at race and sexuality
by Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times
2012-02-22

This article shared 7160 times since Wed Feb 22, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Chicago History Museum, in conjunction with The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and as part of the latter's "Art of Dissent" series, hosted a Feb. 18 presentation and discussion, "When Identities Collide: Sexuality and Black Feminism."

The program was part of the museum's "Out in Chicago" series. The museum is also host to "Out in Chicago," the special exhibition about Chicago's LGBTQ history; it ends on March 26. Visitors can see the exhibition for free through February.

The main speaker was the scholar Kimberly Springer, author of the book Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980. Jennifer Brier, co-curator of the exhibit, introduced Springer. Following Springer's talk, the two engaged in a brief discussion about the topic of the evening before inviting questions and comments.

Brier spoke of the current exhibit and said that it was an attempt to document the "constant struggle between the experience of oppression ... and the ability of people to find the possibility of change and freedom in everyday things or a social movement."

Springer's talk expanded on that tension between struggle and freedom by highlighting the histories and struggles of five different feminist groups: Third World Women's Alliance (1968-1980), National Black Feminist Organization (1973-1975), Black Women's Organization for Action (1973-1980), the National Alliance of Black Feminists (1977-79, based in Chicago), and the Combahee River Collective (1973-1980).

Springer spoke of the common misconceptions of Black feminism that affected the historical records of such groups, the most prominent one being that Black feminism was merely an offshoot of white feminism and derived its meaning from the latter. In fact, she pointed out, the histories and struggles of Black feminism were and are unique. Rather than being derived from white feminism, Black feminism developed in parallel to white feminism and highlighted the issues of oppression, class and race.

In particular, Springer focused on the role of Black lesbians in these organizations, whose place in the movement was as controversial and as painful as that of white lesbians in feminist organizations who were once collectively dubbed the "Lavender Menace" in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like their counterparts, Black lesbian feminists were often central to their organizations, and were seen as traitors to race issues. Many of them, like Audre Lorde, went on to become central political and cultural figures.

Springer said that the costs of the expulsion of Black lesbians from their feminist organizations were the failure to recognize their history as organizers and the loss of such activists as a resource. Another result was also that it took a longer time to theorize Black sexuality. Despite these issues, Black lesbian feminists continue to be pivotal points at the intersection of race and sexuality.

The conversation and discussion touched upon the relationship between Black gay men and the Black feminist and lesbian movements, as well as Chicago's histories of alliances between various groups aligned along the lines of sexuality and gender.


This article shared 7160 times since Wed Feb 22, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Kris Mayes shatters lavender ceiling; first LGBTQ person elected Arizona Attorney General 2022-11-21
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Kris Mayes won the election for Arizona Attorney General. With this historic win, she is now the first out LGBTQ Attorney General in Arizona history. Mayor Annise Parker, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Political results, communicable-disease law, Urvashi Vaid 2022-11-13
- Sharice Davids won the election for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. In 2018, she made history when she became the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to Congress from Kansas and one of the first two Native American women ever ...


Gay News

U.S. women's soccer makes history after loss to Germany 2022-11-11
- The United States women's soccer team lost again, falling 2-1 to Germany on Nov. 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to The Guardian, it's the U.S. team's first three-game skid since 1993 ...


Gay News

Erick Russell shatters lavender ceiling; first Black LGBTQ person elected to statewide position in U.S. history 2022-11-09
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Erick Russell won the election for Connecticut state Treasurer. With this victory, he is now the first Black out LGBTQ person ever elected to statewide office in U.S. ...


Gay News

HISTORY MADE: Oregon's Tina Kotek one of first lesbian governors in U.S history 2022-11-09
-- From a press release - SALEM — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, hailed the victory of HRC-endorsed Tina Kotek in her bid to become the governo ...


Gay News

Maura Healey shatters lavender ceiling in Massachusetts; no U.S. state had elected a lesbian governor 2022-11-08
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Tonight LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Maura Healey won the Massachusetts gubernatorial race — becoming the first out LGBTQ governor of Massachusetts and one of the first out lesbian governors in U.S. history. Tina ...


Gay News

Chicago History Museum holds special screening, panel discussion 2022-11-07
- The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presented a special screening of the Youtube Originals series Supreme Models: The Documentary and a panel with an array of A-list fashion industry panelists. Among the participants were ...


Gay News

Ginsburg, Morrison, women's soccer to be honored with stamps 2022-10-26
- The U.S. Postal Service announced that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late author Toni Morrison (Beloved; The Bluest Eye) will be honored with new postage stamps next year. The sport of ...


Gay News

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs honors LGBTQIA+ leaders and celebrates LGBTQIA+ History Month 2022-10-23
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — On Oct. 21, Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted a celebration to commemorate LGBTQIA+ History Month at the state government building at 555 W. Monroe St. The event was an opportunity to reflect on ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH bell hooks: A voice of love, activism and intersectionality 2022-10-22
- When bell hooks died on Dec. 15, 2021, it was a gut punch. There was no time when bell hooks' extraordinary writing and feminist and lesbian theorizing was not part of the queer community. There was ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH Podcast sheds light on forgotten murders of gay men in Montreal 2022-10-22
- When people ask about or Google the murders of gay men in Montreal in the '90s, it all leads to the podcast "The Village: The Montreal Murders." LGBTQ+-rights advocates encouraged me to listen to the podcast. ...


Gay News

Chicago History Museum to host 'Supreme Models' screening Nov. 4 2022-10-19
- The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will host the official Midwest screening of Supreme Models and an exclusive in-person celebration on Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 'Unboxing Queer History LIVE' fall benefit 2022-10-17
- Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) held its fall benefit, "Unboxing Queer History LIVE!," on Oct. 15 at Gerber/Hart to raise funds in support of the library's mission to preserve LGBTQ+ history in Chicago and the Midwest. ...


Gay News

Legacy Walk marks 10th anniversary with newest dedications: Hart, Sarria and Sotomayor 2022-10-17
- On the afternoon of Oct. 15, the Legacy Project celebrated its 10th anniversary with the dedication of three new bronze memorials along Chicago's Legacy Walk. The Legacy Walk, which runs along Halsted Street between Addison and ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH Putting an end to the myths of Stonewall 2022-10-16
- For years, people have debated what actually happened that night in June 1969 when Stonewall was raided and a new, more militant struggle for equality was born. Due to the debates, and insistence of some to ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.