Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Y'a quelque chose de la vie
Dans tes yeux qui rient
Y'a cette petite flamme qui crie
Qui brûle et qui brille
Juste un regard pour comprendre
Que c'est dans tes yeux
Que j'me sens le mieux
Juste un sourire pour te dire
Que j'ai besoin de toi
Reste et regarde moi
Y'a quelque chose du bonheur
Dans ta voix qui vibre
La réponse de mon coeur
C'est qu'il se sent libre
Libre d'être moi quand
Tu m'serre dans tes bras
Libre de vivre un amour qui m'apprend tous les jours
Quand j'suis loin de toi, J'pense à toi
A ta p'tite flamme, à tes yeux
Et je me sens mieux
...et je me sens deux
Y'a quelque chose d'universelle
Dans notre histoire
Une petite étincelle
Pour bien plus qu'un soir
Est-ce que tu veux me donner ta main ?
Pour tout l'temps qu'on s'ra bien ?
Est-ce que tu veux partager mon chemin ?
Moi j'dis oui pour le tien.
There is something of life
That laughs in your eyes,
There is this small flame that cries out
That burns and that shines
It just takes a look to understand
That it is in your eyes
That I feel the better
Just a smile to tell you
Than I need you
Stay with me and be with me
There is something of happiness
That resonates in your voice
My heart response is
To feel free
I feel Free when
You hold me in your arms
Free to live a love that teaches me everyday
When I am far from you, I think of you,
Of your little flame, of your eyes
And I feel better
...and I feel that we are together
There is something universal
In our story
A small spark
But for well more than an evening
Do you want to give me your hand?
So that all the time we have will be grand?
Do you want to share my life with me?
I tell you yes that I want to share mine with you.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Barbara Gittings 1932-2007
Gay Civil Rights Pioneer
Founder of the New York chapter of the early Lesbian rights group, The Daughters of Bilitis Barbara had attended her first meeting in California in 1956 where she had made the acquaintance of the society's founders, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin.
Two years later Lyon and Martin asked Gittings to form the first New York chapter of DOB. Although the travel from her home in Philadelphia was a challenge, Gittings embraced the project.
It was at a Daughters of Bilitis picnic in 1961 that Gittings met Kay Lahusen, herself an activist. The two fell in love and soon became partners for life. The bottom photo at the top of this post is of Barbara (l) and Kay(r) still cutting the activism rug in later years.
Barbara became editor of the DOB newsletter The Ladder for several years and studied widely in the just-a-bornin' homosexual rights movement of the late 1950s through 1960s.
In the mid 1960s, Barbara met and befriended Frank Kameny, the leading gay rights activist of the past 60 years, and signed on to his embracing of peaceful non-violent demonstrations to call the public's attention to the injustices faced by gay people. This diverged from the approved tactics of the DOB, and she left that group, which later sort of became less relevant as the gay rights movement matured. The top photo above is of Barbara picketing at an early "demonstration" for "homosexual" rights in 1965 in Washington DC.In addition to being instrumental in having homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders, she also worked tirelessly within the American Library Association to make materials with glbtq content more accessible to the reading public.
Following a brave battle with breast cancer, Gittings died on February 18, 2007. She was survived by Lahusen.
Together with Lahusen, Gittings was active in glbtq organizations until the very end of her life. Fittingly, the couple planned eventually to donate their extensive collection of books, documents, and photographs to libraries and archives, where they will undoubtedly be a boon to scholars and other readers as well as a fitting tribute to the couple's life of commitment to activism for gay rights.