The Queer Caucus

Episode 16: Angelic Troublemakers

January 25, 2018

In honor of MLK Day, we discuss Bayard Rustin, one of the unsung queer heroes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Rustin was responsible for organizing the March on Washington, but his significant impact on the Civil Rights movement is not well known, largely due to the erasure that occured because of his identity as a gay man. 
We also discuss Kiyoshi Kuromiya, a Japanese American author and civil rights activist who fought for the rights of individuals living with HIV and AIDS until his death in 2000.

Jill and Cassidy also discuss the recent deaths of several black lesbian women in the U.S. We refuse to let their deaths go unnoticed, and their identities erased. Say their names: 

  • Kaladaa Crowell and her daughter Kyra Inglett
  • Kerrice Lewis
  • Shanta Myers and Brandi Mells and their children, Shanise and Jeremiah

We wrap up by discussing the gay erasure of the upcoming NBC scripted show, Rise. Once again, we are screaming at the top of our lungs for Hollywood to DO BETTER.

Relevant Links:
https://www.bustle.com/p/4-black-lesbians-were-murdered-in-a-week-lgbtq-groups-are-condemning-the-silence-7865374/amp?utm_content=buffer0b6fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.buzzfeed.com/steventhrasher/walter-naegle-partner-of-the-late-bayard-rustin-talks-about?utm_term=.sskP2L632#.gaOmkqo7k