The Beastie Boys Madison Square Garden Concert was filmed this day ten years ago and later was released on DVD as Awesome! I Fuckin Shot That
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Civil Rights Activist; Assistant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Organized largest peaceful march in the United States
LGBTQ* History and Terms
"The Lavender Menace"
*Started as a negative term
—> Betty Friedan, the president of NOW (National Organization of Women), used “Lavender Menace” in 1969
—> the terms was used to explain NOW’s fear that having lesbian members would set back the movement for women’s rights (basically, NOW felt there was not enough room to fight lesbian equality along with women’s equality)
* Changed to a term of empowerment when many of the lesbians who were kicked out of NOW joined the GLF (Gay Liberation Front)
—> The term “dyke” was also embraced as a power term during this time
(Picture above: Rita Mae Brown, in Lavender Menace t-shirt, at the Lavender Menace Action, 1970 May; original source unknown)
Musician and feminist Kathleen Hanna channeled her early feminist leaning into her music career with bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, which gave her a platform to help spark and perpetuate the underground feminist punk rock movement, Riot Grrrl.
Kathleen Hanna in The Punk Singer recounting her and Adam Horovitz writing the 1999 VMA acceptance speech addressing the rape and sexual assault that happened at Woodstock ‘99. Adam Horovitz gave the speech 15 years ago today.