WINDY CITY TIMES
||Jane Addams center of discussion
by Yasmin Nair
This article shared 3149 times since Wed May 14, 2008
Was Jane Addams a lesbian? Does that matter? And should Adams be posthumously inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame?
Such questions were engaged by panelists at a May 7 Center on Halsted forum, 'Love on Halsted Street.' The panel's keynote speaker was Louise W. Knight, author of the Jane Addams biography, Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy.
It's widely known that Addams had close and long-standing friendships with Ellen Starr, who co-founded Hull House with her, and Mary Rozet Smith. According to Knight, 'whether Jane Addams ever had sexual contact is not known,' because her private letters were burned at her request. According to Knight, 'we're convinced that nothing is more transcendent than sex.' But, for Knight, Addams' feelings for women fall within a late-19th-century discourse that connected love and friendship to political action. Given that the women were Addams' intellectual companions as well, 'the point is what they aspired to ... place the mind above the senses.'
John Burton, professor of American Studies at DePaul, addressed what he called the difficulties of finding queer role models in the past. For Burton, 'Jane Adam's story provides lessons in what makes powerful and strong relationships,' because her life rested on 'ideals based on intimate love that was also deeply intellectual,' and demonstrated 'shared lives in a larger social mission to the community.'
For Beth Kelly, professor of Women's Studies at DePaul, Addams' life spoke to the fact that 'the meaning of love for women is something we have to expand.' Echoing Burton, she said, 'We need models that affirm what we're doing in all aspects.' Kelly saw the need to recognize Addams as a lesbian, given that the Nobel Prize winner was one of the most significant Chicagoans of her day. According to Kelly, the more people know of lesbians like Addams, 'the less we'll be the targets,' and 'the less [ we'll experience ] internalized homophobia.'
Bill Greaves, the mayor's liaison to the community, spoke about inducting Jane Addams into the Hall of Fame. He read a statement from John D'Emilio, professor of history at University of Illinois at Chicago, who supported the move. According to D'Emilio, to not do so because the category of 'lesbian' was not used by Addams was to 'penalize individuals of a pre-gay era' and 'repeats the cruel logic of blaming them for living then rather than living now.'
This article shared 3149 times since Wed May 14, 2008
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|'Homophile' organization New Gay Liberation Front launches|
The New Gay Liberation Frontwhich described itself in a press release as a "homophile organization"has launched. "Homophile" is a term that was used by some gay and lesbian groups in the 1950s. According to the University ...
|MUSIC Lil Nas X wins top award at MTV VMAs|
The MTV VMA Awards took place Sept. 12and an LGBTQ+ artist took home one of the night's top awards. Lil Nas X won Video of the Year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," besting Cardi ...
|Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby|
Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is breaking her silence to NBC News about the comic/actor's release from prison two months ago, Deadline noted. In a brief clip, Constand tells Kate Snow she "was really shocked ...
|PASSAGES Pioneering lesbian business owner Susan Mazer dies|
Susan Mazer died August 31 due to COVID-19 complications. She was 77. At the time of her death, Mazer was living in Port Saint Lucie, Florida with her wife Janet Norton. Mazer was born May 10, ...
|HIV AT 40: Global activist Phill Wilson talks Chicago, the '80s and vaccines|
Phill Wilson is one of the best-known HIV/AIDS activists/educators around the globe. The Chicago native was the co-founder of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention. He ...
|TENNIS U.S. Open to celebrate Pride on Sept. 1|
Rainbow flags will be flying at the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wed., Sept. 1, as the USTA celebrates and welcomes the LGBTQ+ community to the first-ever Open Pride ...
|Report features eight Illinois child-welfare agencies working with HRC Foundation |
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released a new report ...
|ART 'Frida Kahlo: Timeless' extended to Sept. 12|
"Frida Kahlo: Timeless," hosted by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD), has been extended an additional week to Sept. 12. To date, "Timeless" ...
|WORLD Trapped in Afghanistan, lesbian pioneer, anti-gay crimes, Valencia's bid|
Among the Americans trapped in the suburban areas of Kabul, Afghanistan, under Taliban control was Josie Thomas, 32, a transgender government contractor for the U.S. State Department and former U.S. Air Force Sergeant, The Washington Blade ...
|Nat'l Black Justice Coalition, James Baldwin Legacy Awards honor Black elders |
--From a press release - On Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 12:00pm ET, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and AARP, will host a virtual celebration entitled the James Baldwin Legacy Awards in honor of the invaluable contributions of Black men ...
|COMEDY Cameron Esposito at The Den on Oct. 2|
The Den Theatre will present out comedian Cameron Esposito Saturday, Oct. 2d at 8 pm on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.. Esposito is a standup comic, actor and writer who has appeared across television ...
|GLAAD highlights how Olympians used Tokyo Games to call for LGBTQ acceptance|
--From a press release - (August 11, 2021) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is highlighting how this year's historic number of out LGBTQ athletes repeatedly stood ...
|LGBTQ women's music event 'Still Rising' on Aug. 21|
Still Risingfor LGBTQ women DJs, producers, promoters and their allieswill take place Saturday, Aug. 21, at Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave. There will be a mixer, workshops and, of course, music at ...
|NATIONAL Biden nominees, San Diego crime, HRC, Fox News contributor|
President Joe Biden reappointed out lesbian Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum as a commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which is an advisory post pertaining to issues of religious freedom, Gay City News reported. ...
|Jered Pruitt, CASL COO, honored as a Crain's Chicago Business 2021 Notable LGBTQ Exec |
Chicago — The Chinese American Service League (CASL), the largest AAPI social service agency in the Midwest, is proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Jered Pruitt was honored as a Crain's Chicago Business 2021 Notable ...