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this week ~ Pride
june 12, 2015

We’re moving from . . . ‘he’s what?!’ to ‘so what?
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Since becoming president + CEO of GLAAD in 2014, Sarah Kate has been on a mission to accelerate acceptance for the LGBT community. Millions have pitched in to challenge stereotypes and champion equality.

There has been some serious progress for the movement as of late. In recent headlines, Ireland became the first nation to legalize gay marriage by popular vote while Vanity Fair amped up transgender visibility with a Caitlyn Jenner cover story.

June is Pride Month. It's a great time to keep the momentum going for human rights. And, to share the stories of women who’ve helped changed the narrative...from "she's what?" to "so what."


Gertrude Stein
the advocate of the avant garde

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"Let me recite what history teaches. History teaches."
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~ a Pennsylvania-born poet who studied psych at Radcliffe + medicine at Johns Hopkins

~ a Lost Generation expat who claimed "America is my country, and Paris is my hometown"

~ a witty, experimental writer who penned poetry, essays, novels, plays + operas

Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas were at the center of the modern art scene. Everyone from Henri Matisse to Ernest Hemingway flocked to their apartment on the Left Bank of the Seine to talk shop.

Gertrude was especially close friends with Picasso. What he did for art, she did for literature ~ defying tradition to create something startling + new.

It took a while for the world to warm up to her work. The first two books she wrote didn’t make it into print until after her death! But, when Gertrude channeled the voice of Alice for a 1933 novel about their life, it became a surprise commercial success overnight. The Modern Library recently reissued the well-loved Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas as one of history’s 100 best nonfiction books.

See more of the lines that saw Gertrude dubbed "an outlaw" + "a classic"...

Gertrude Stein

Annie Leibovitz
the fêted photographer

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"When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them."
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~ a military brat + aspiring Bay-Area painter who took a night class in photography

~ a camera pro who got her start snapping rock stars for Rolling Stone

~ a world-famous portrait artist who does everything from art books to fashion spreads, ad campaigns to gallery shows

Take a peek in Annie Leibovitz’s portfolio, and you’ll see everyone from Miley Cyrus to Queen Elizabeth II, along with iconic images like the last photograph of John Lennon, taken just 5 hours before he was killed. Most recently, she shot the Vanity Fair spread that introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the world.

In 1999, Annie took a break from celebrity photography to team with longtime love Susan Sontag on a new kind of picture book featuring remarkable everyday women. Susan introduced Annie’s captivating collection with ~ "This is what women are now, as different, as varied, as heroic, as forlorn, as conventional, as unconventional ... as THIS.”

Susan passed away in 2005, but her influence still shines through in Annie’s latest exhibitions of intimate photography. See the stories behind Annie’s most famous shots + the many people she has gotten to know through the lens...

Sheila Johnson

Laverne Cox
the breakout actor-producer

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"I prefer the term ‘possibility model’ to ‘role model.’"
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~ a bullied Alabama teen who studied creative writing + dance

~ a documentary producer + star of reality tv and indie flicks

~ the first trans woman of color to have a leading role in a mainstream scripted tv series + first openly transgender Emmy nominee

Laverne Cox came to fame through her portrayal of inmate Sophia Burset on the hit tv dramedy Orange is the New Black. Her other leading role? The LGBT advocate who helps show the world what is possible.

It’s a part that’s been earning the inspirational speaker major props as of late. This year, Laverne landed a spot on People’s 100 Most Beautiful People. And, Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

Laverne may be beautiful, but she also reminds us to see beyond looks. As trans people are getting more positive media attention, she’s making sure that the focus on pretty faces doesn’t obscure the issues faced by many in her community ~ like violence, discrimination and homelessness. Or, simply being able to be “who you are authentically.”

Discover more about how Laverne is “demystifying difference”...

Laverne Cox

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