Queer African American Women and the History of Marriage


I recently read and wanted to share this piece from The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History regarding African American lesbian weddings that pre-date mainstream campaigns for same-gender marriage rights.

Quite rightly, it is important for all of us to remain mindful and never lose sight of the fact that men and women have been leading alternative lifestyles as well as building alternative families for many years in Europe and North America as well as various groups all over the world upholding kinship traditions unlike those we consider to be “traditional”.

As important as the Marriage Equality movement is, we should also continue to promote a broader and more inclusive understanding of what that might actually mean in terms of family rights and attempt to reduce obscurement of a more global perspective of marriage and kinship.


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