Ruth Bader Ginsburg first Supreme Court Justice to officiate same-sex wedding.
But the larger questions about gender raised by Manning’s transition have hardly been settled. We shouldn’t expect them to be, either: This is a case-in-point of the ways in which gender is fluid and unstable. Surely enough, copy editors will soon retreat back to the comforting certainty of their style books. But we’re always one Chelsea Manning away from having our neat system of gender classification torn asunder.
People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’
If you think a woman in a tan vinyl bra and underwear, grabbing her crotch and grinding up on a dance partner is raunchy, trashy, and offensive but you don’t think her dance partner is raunchy, trashy, or offensive as he sings a song about “blurred” lines of consent and…
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
During the months I considered leaving, I remained at the sea floor, continuing to visualize those body parts in the sand, that bus we had come upon that looked as rusted as a drowned ship. Without concentration, I could do nothing, not even close my eyes and rest.
Finding the Girl in the Photograph: Edith Lee-Payne at the March on Washington
"Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. with a Banner, 08/28/1963”
Rowland Scherman, photographer. From the Miscellaneous Subjects, Staff and Stringer Photographs series of the Records of the U.S. Information Agency
On August 28, 1963, Edith Lee-Payne was celebrating her 12th birthday by attending the March on Washington with her mother. She did not notice the photographer snap her picture. It would be more than 40 years later that her sister saw the photograph in a calendar celebrating African American history. In 2011 she shared her story of attending the march on August 28 and finding her photo in the National Archives more than 40 years later: Prologue: Pieces of History » Finding the girl in the photograph
The National Archives marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with a featured display of this iconic image from the march, a special program and film screenings of THE MARCH, James Blue’s 1964 film that documents this event.
Were you or someone you know at the March on Washington? What’s your story from the March?