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ain t nothin I can do, or nothin I can say, that folks don t criticize me. But I m going to do
just as I want to anyway and don t care if they all despise me. Bessie Smith was bisexual.
Homophobia may have stopped you from knowing about Bessie Smith. Who else does
homophobia stop you from knowing?
Walt Whitman (1819 1892) Great American poet; Believed to be gay. We Two Boys
Together Clinging. We two boys together clinging, One the other never leaving, Up and
down the roads going, North and South excursions making, Power enjoying, elbows
stretching, fingers clutching, Arm d and fearless, eating, drinking, sleeping, loving, No
law less than ourselves owning, sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening Misers, menial,
priests alarming, air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or sea beach dancing, Cities
wrenching, ease scorning, statues mocking, feebleness chasing, Fulfilling our foray. (from
the Calamus poems in Leaves of Grass). Homophobia may have stopped you from know
ing about Walt Whitman. Who else does homophobia stop you from knowing?
It s Simple Civil Rights
Special Rights. Discrimination based on sexual orientation
doesn t add up.
You can order other posters from different organizations including:
ACT UP/AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power
135 W. 29th Street, NY, NY 10001 212/564 2437
Coming Out Day posters from: National Coming Out Day
PO Box 34640 Washington, DC 20043 800/866 NCOD
Dan Kaufman Graphics
PO Box 4901 Washington, DC 20008 202/466 8878
Buttons, Stickers, Etc.
In addition to pamphlets, brochures, and posters you can passively educate your campus
through the use of stickers, buttons, and chalking. Chalking is by far the cheapest and
most accessible; you simply go out (usually at night) and write slogans on the sidewalks
and streets. This can be done with paint, markers and other substances that are more per
manent, but it usually creates less of a backlash to use chalk.
Safe Zone Campaign
A very effective sticker campaign has been conducted on many campuses across the coun
try. Small round stickers about 3 in diameter are printed with a green circle on the
perimeter and two triangles one pink and one black in the center. The name of the cam
pus is usually printed on the top and on the bottom it says: SAFE ZONE or LGBT
SAFE ZONE . A letter is sent out to all faculty and staff on campus asking them to place
the sticker in their offices indicating that their office is safe space for lesbian, gay, and
bisexual people. Sometimes the stickers are given out at a workshop or information ses
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