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Today in #blackhistorymonth, we recognize the black women in “Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book,” edited by Avery Cassell and Jon Macy. Thanks to the artists who drew them for increasing their #visibility.
1) Amina Bakalia aka Cherifa, 1928-late 1990s, Moroccan grain seller. Cover Art: Avery Cassell. @avery_g_cassell
2) Donna Burkett, 1946-unknown, a tomboy who knew she was a lesbian at age 7. Burkett and her girlfriend applied for and were denied a marriage license in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 1, 1971. Art: Ajuan Mance.
3) Anonymous. Demonstrator at the first statewide march in the U.S. for lesbian and gay rights. Albany, NY, March 14, 1971. Art: Maia Kababe @redgoldsparks
4) Gladys Bentley aka Bobbie Bentley, 1907-1960, blues singer, pianist and entertainer in her signature white tuxedo and top hat. James Wilson writes, “…she exerted a ‘black female masculinity’ that troubled the distinctions between black and white and masculine and feminine.” Art: Phoebe Kobabe @phoebekobabe.psd
5) Barbara Smith, 1946-present, a groundbreaking activist and theorist of intersectionality, she co-authored the 1978 “Combahee River Collective Statement” and co-founded the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. The coloring book editors pondered Smith’s identity and concluded they saw butchness in her assertive stance and androgyny. Art: Soizick Jaffre @soizickjaffre & Diane Kanzler.
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