It’s silly, but this made my morning. Peter Staley has been a personal hero of mine and survived the HIV/AIDS epidemic that nearly wiped out an entire generation of queer elders. This reminded me to be thankful for the power & passion of activists from that generation who gave their lives so some random Indigenous Diné queer boy could celebrate his 31st birthday. xoxo
MAP OF NEW MEXICO, 1904
Wheatpaste poster measuring 18” X 22.1”
Detailed map of the Territory, colored by Counties, showing towns, Indian Tribes, Reservations and related details, railroads, railroad stations, post offices, rivers, forts and other places of interest. .
We are stranded 5,000km away from home. Our airline canceled our tickets. We have no way to go home. We need your help.
We are in dire need to return home immediately to formalize our stay in a country where we won’t get murdered for our identities. We need 400 euros/315 pounds/530 dollars to purchase a ticket that will get us there.
Please, help these babes get home safely. If you can spare a few extra dollars, it would mean a world of difference for these two! xo
Battle Cry (ft. Sia), 2013
This song & video is everything in the world to me right now. Been listening to it nonstop like it’s chock-full of vitamins.
Angel Haze, thanks for saving me today!
Demian Diné Yazhi’
July 22nd, 2014
A memory of childhood sailing on the horizon of an Arizona sunset.
Demian Diné Yazhi’
sunset on mars (zami by audre lorde), 2014
i am re-reading this book aloud to people one chapter at a time. so far I am at chapter 19.
#bulldagger #queerlit #phags #audrelorde #zami #portland #skidmorebluffs #sunset (at INDIAN LAND)
High resolution 18” x 24” poster of punk rock, indigenous radical queer warrior, Fred Martinez. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
All my heart & power goes out to the 100+ HIV/AIDS activists who perished today. The absence in our community of elders from a generation lost to a deadly epidemic that was poorly handled & ignored by the government of this corrupt country is one that leaves a giant hole in all our lives. This is surely a great loss. Yet, I have faith in our generation & the generations to come. The power & force of those we lost burns brighter than any ball of fire burning in space.
If there is ever any moment to take on a cause & fight until something gives, then that moment is now. If you are reading this, please know that you are special & loved & capable of moving mountains!
With tears come strength. With sorrow comes energy.
And with the knowledge left behind comes a better world.
Keep the flame alive & love! Rest in power, lovers! xo
Self-Portrait, 97 Degrees Fahrenheit, 2014
#Playlist #IndigenousQueer (at INDIAN LAND)
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Untitled (For We’Wha), 2014
“When Europeans arrived in North America they were shocked that native peoples often interpreted gender differently from them. Not only were many cultures matriarchal, a great many tribes accepted three genders instead of only two.
Zuni Pueblo, in western New Mexico, honored three genders before the coming of protestant missionaries. Men who chose not to become hunters and warriors became lhamanas, members of the alternative gender that bridged the other two. While they were initiated into male religious societies, they became crafts specialists and wore female garb. They were nonwarriors who moved freely in the male and female worlds.
We-wha was a Zuni lhamana who helped bridge his culture and that of Anglo-Americans. He was one of the first Zunis to experiment with new economic activities, something essential in the changing world of his day. He was a cultural ambassador for Zuni, traveling to Washington, D.C., where no one guessed he was not a woman in the many months he mixed with “high society” there. He assisted Anglo scholars who came to record the ways of his people, but he also resisted Anglo incursions when they seemed improper — once even ending up in jail.
He was a deeply spiritual person. In this icon he is shown garbed as the man-woman kachina, Kolhamana, a role he filled during his life. His hands and face are painted ceremonially and he is ready to place the sacred mask upon his face. He was well loved throughout his life and his death brought grief to Zuni. The rainbow spirit above his head in the icon emphasizes that he is now one of the holy ones who return to his people with blessings. His photograph hangs in the tribal museum today, and gay Native Americans throughout North America remember him as a spiritual hero and guide." // —Robert Lentz
I’m just laying in bed naked listening to Laura Nyro like a good litle queer boy.