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We Been Here, We Live Here, We Love Here: Black Lesbians’ Performance of Presence in Chicago’s Southside

  • Author(s): Williams, Rhaisa
  • et al.
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In 1993, Lisa Marie Pickens, Karen Hutt, Stephanie Betts, Julianna Cole, Saundra Johnson, and Karen Long decided that it was time for black lesbians to march openly in the Bud Billiken Parade. The women sent in an application stating their intention to theChicago Defenderto march behind a banner marking their homosexuality and were denied permission. Feeling that they were denied due to homophobia, the women sent in another application, which had the same information except they titled their group “Diverse Black Role Models”. The second application, turned in late and crumpled, was accepted.  

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