“Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’””

The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)

Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7AxQd82H8

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This makes me laugh every time I see it.

(via tamorapierce)

okay but what if the xmen are at some important meeting and charles is like "no mutants aren't dangerous at all, there's nothing bad about us." and then someone knocks off scott's glasses and he vaporizes a table and makes hank beast out and charles just puts his head in his hands and starts crying

hey if anyone is considering experimenting with digital art and doesn’t wanna commit to some really expensive tablet yet, I’m selling my old wacom bamboo fun on ebay for 20 bucks. it’s a good starter tablet, and still totally functional.

the uh. auction ends in an hour. (~10pm EST)

seattle area: need roommate(s) starting in october!

so! I am going to be moving to Seattle probably around the beginning of october, and my dog and I need a place to live. I’ll be looking on craigslist &c too, in a bit, but maybe tumblr can help me out. Hoping to find some nice queer- and dog- friendly people (or person) who know they’ll be needing a roommate around then.

who we are & what I’m looking for in a living situation under the cut!

(Signal boosting would be awesomely helpful, if you don’t mind. I’ll probably repost this periodically until I find a place, so I apologize in advance for that.)

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thegingermullet:

Did they ever reveal how Captain America was thawed? Because I’m picturing a bunch of Shield agents with hair dryers and I don’t think that’s quite right.

kateordie:

bevsi:

if-dementors-were-pink:

can we just take a moment to imagine little cute nine-year-old hermione reading matilda

and peering into this book about a smart, bookish girl who could move things with her mind

and then can you imagine her concentrating very hard on the books on the bookshelf and slowly, slowly, getting them to move

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Sometimes I get huffy about tumblr but then I see that 260,000 people got the same kind of chills I did reading this…

twilight-deviant:

- “This gun. I’m still holding it. Ew. Babe. Help.”
- “Give it here.”

pipistrellus:

essyltinexile:

The Vision and The Scarlet Witch #6 by Steve Englehart and Richard Howell

Just remember: no matter how embarrassing your family or awkward your Thanksgiving gets, it will probably never be as bad as having an estranged ex-supervillain father over on Turkey Day.

that page is just so full of beautiful details

dr stranges tiny teacup

namor, shaking his fist

wanda is probably literally incapable of saying ‘father’ without a dramatic pause in front 

namor came to a thanksgiving get together in his underpants

 

Neoclassical problems

roachpatrol:

stuckinabucket:

We’re all familiar with the sexy-armor problem, right?  You play a game or watch a show or flip through some art, and if there’s a lady in armor, it’s like the least useful suit of protective gear ever conceived of.

(NSFW under the cut)

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do yourself a favor and read this