Care Packages through the end of June are a celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. I know it’s not much, but I want to put as much support as I could into the world, and this seemed like a good way to add a bit more. Happy Pride Month.
Poetry: I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman
Art: Clarity Haynes’ Robin
Quote: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life. Define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
Travel/History: All the entries here through the end of June come from nyclgbsites.org, an excellent website that documents the historical and cultural locations in New York City that are associated with the LGBTQ community.
In 1957, Franklin “Frank” E. Kameny was fired from his job as an astronomer by the federal goverment because he was gay. He went on to become the first person to take the case of his firing to the U.S. Supreme Court, but previous case rulings were upheld. Kameny went on to be an LGBT activist for the rest of his life. He grew up at 103-17 115th Street in Queens. For more information, visit www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/frank-kameny-childhood-residence/.
Song: Fight Like a Girl by Zolita