Kristina McCurley’s Homage to Marsha P. Johnson, It’s an Embroidered Quilt … In Time For LGBTQ History Month
“Pay it no mind …”
Did you know that in the USA, October is LGBT History Month? A simple Google search will uncover a treasure trove of content, such as the history of the community symbol and more. There will also be plenty of feeds to follow, and I hope you do. In my other life, I’m working on several LGBTQ-related film projects and there are so many important stories still to be told. Sometimes these stories get lost in the mainstream or the experiences of people within the community are not told at all. It can be hard for individuals who identify with the LGBT community to get along in workplaces that are slow to put progressive values in place. If they were to adopt diversity and inclusion strategies, working environments could then be far more welcoming to people from a diverse range of backgrounds. At the end of this post I made a list, check them out and get in touch if you have questions or would like to arrange a screening for your community.
Take for example Marsha P. Johnson … on June 28, 1969, in New York City, the Stonewall uprising occurred. Johnson is known for being one of three key people who pushed back against the police during the uprising.
Marsha was known for saying the phrase “pay it no mind” and she used it sarcastically when questioned about her gender … in fact, she is known to have said that the saying is the origin of her middle initial P! And … if you look close at Kristina’s quilt, you can see she even embroidered it with this saying!
Thank you Kristina McCurley for allowing me to share your quilt, wonderful work! Kristina has donated the quilt to The Black Tie Dinner, and a Texas-based LGBTQ charity, and it will be auctioned off at their annual dinner on Saturday, November 3rd.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STONEWALL UPRISING
LGBT Film Projects
Below is a list of LGBT-related projects that I have worked on or am working on presently. Check them out and get in touch if you have questions or would like to arrange a screening for your community.
- 50 Years of Fabulous
- Desert Migration
- Paternal Rites
- Black Is Blue
- The Watermelon Woman
- Surviving The Silence
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