My daily learning…..no words
if y’all could do me a favor and reblog this at least once, you’d be awesome.
Hello, Bet Power here. Many of you know me; some of you don’t. I am a 64-year old, disabled, transgender man; a queer historian and an activist archivist. I need your support as soon as you can give it.
For 31 years, the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA), a national collection of LGBTQI literature, history, and art, has been located in my home in Northampton, Massachusetts. I am the Curator of the SMA and I have rented the Archives House from the same family for all these years. The SMA fills my home from top to bottom and there are overflow materials, too.
Now the owner is putting the house up for sale, giving me first option to buy and, unless I can purchase the Archives House, the SMA will need to move its extensive, community-donated collections out and put them into archival storage – nearly 10,000 books, over 900 periodical sets, tens of thousands of LGBTQI subject files, thousands of music and multi-media tapes, queer art works, rare posters, buttons, t-shirts, and much more. The SMA is under threat of ceasing its operations for the first time in the 40 years that it has been providing educational resources to the LGBTQI communities.
I think you will agree with me on this: WE DON”T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!
Within the Archives House are historic LGBTQI archival materials – of which many of them can be found nowhere else on the east coast – including a full run of ONE Magazine, the Ladder, extensive queer POC subject files and books, foreign-language queer and trans books and magazines, a queer vinyl record collection, hundreds of author-signed books including a 1939 first edition copy of The World Is Round, signed by Gertrude Stein and artist Clement Hurd, original paintings, drawings, and photography, archival materials on working-class LGBTQIs, intersex persons, genderqueers, and comprehensive transgender subject files. Also in the SMA is original research on pre-Stonewall, Pioneer Valley LGBTQI figures we have developed, and stacks of research papers developed by LGBTQI students and professors over the years. Some books date back to the late 1800s; many periodicals are pre-1969 and there are hundreds of current titles, too. Learn more and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/sexual-minorities-archives/117351321685599
The Archives House serves as an important grassroots, community educational hub for all queer people and our allies. Currently our operations at the house include hosting four paid summer interns and an assistant archivist, each of whom learns and furthers the SMA queer archival methods – handling, processing and cataloging precious materials – every day. Each time a queer protects and makes accessible a piece of queer history – that is queer activism.
And this is a big AND … the Archives House is my home! I have lived with the SMA at this location for 31 years.
The Archives House sits on the bank of the magnificent Connecticut River. Watching the river flow and experiencing its beauty and power has given me and countless queer visitors to the SMA over the years the safety, strength, and inspiration we need to carry on as we resist oppression daily and work for equality. We can’t stop now. We must go forward.
Why am I looking to you to help me purchase the Archives House?
I can’t do it without you!
TL;DR? there’s a house in Northhampton, Massachusetts that contains “the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA), a national collection of LGBTQI literature, history, and art” and it has gone up for sale. the curator (who also lives there) is disabled and cannot afford to pay the full cost on his own. he needs help and a lot of it or he’ll lose the SMA and his home.
here’s the GoFundMe link!
even if you can’t donate, please reblog. thank you! :)
The Sexual Minorities Archive started 40 years ago (yesterday)! Let’s help save the SMA.
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okay but what if like werewolves transform under the full moon but there’s just this one and by day he’s a big tough guy and then when he transforms he’s a tiny dog. just fucking. just fucking turns into the tiniest fluffiest dog.
imagine that howling at the moon.
Truly a ferocious predator.
He’s the pack leader, obviously.
the big wolves are his younger sisters
One of my favorite Swedish songs is “Båtlåt" (original by Robert Broberg), which is just endless puns about boats flirting with each other.
The more you know~
World’s cutest kleptomaniac
Between Dashcon and Potato Salad, I think we can all really agree that July 2014 was the month in history where we proved the Free Market is bullshit.
except the potato salad guy has come forward and said he will be donating the money to charity
Shakira - Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
Sometimes I just feel inexplicably guilty for all the plants I’ve neglected to death.
this made me giggle.