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History Making: Federal Bar Association

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Designed to advocate for the people and to represent the Federal legal profession, the FBA (Federal Bar Association) recently made history thanks to its Chicago-based section chairman, Chirag Badlani. This section of the association is dedicated to the LGBT community. Badlani explained that the FBA aims to strengthen law practice for those who are practicing in Federal courts. Over time, many suggestions came pouring in that there needed to be LGBT representation in the organization. The people spoke, and the FBA listened. Through this newfound representation, several events have been organized that were designed to promote visibility amongst the community…

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Queer Blues Queens of the Early 20th Century

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The blues isn’t exactly the genre of the moment, but it sure feels apt for the times. It’s also a style that owes a lot to queer black women. The first blues queen to reach celebrity status, a business woman who marketed herself and organized her own tours throughout the 1920’s and ‘30s, was named Ma Rainey. In addition to possessing a powerful voice, she was a born performer–Charming, funny, and audacious. She was once arrested in Chicago for holding a lesbian orgy in her hotel room. A few years later, she wrote a song called “Prove it On Me…

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Outfest Review: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

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Marsha P “Pay It No Mind” Johnson Stonewall Veteran, Performer, Panhandler, Prostitute, Warhol Model. 1945 – 1992   In the early hours of June 28th, 1969, the NYPD raided New York City’s Stonewall Inn. Marsha P. Johnson is credited, along with friend Sylvia Rivera, as being one of the first to fight back against the police raid. This kickstarted the iconic Stonewall Riots and marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement. On July 6th, 1992, just over 23 years later, her body was found in the Hudson River. The police ruled it a suicide, whereas her friends insisted it was…

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