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
This makes me laugh every time I see it.
I don’t care how many times this appears on my dash I must reblog it every time.
after the war, charlie weasley lets his hair grow long and wild. the order had made him clean up his wild-man look in order to recruit foreign wizards to their aid, and just as she had when he was a boy his mother had shorn his red locks painfully close to his head. but he is free now— the whole wizarding world is free— and charlie plans to celebrate. he goes back to his dragons, his work, the love of his life. he goes back to the dragon sanctuary for a while, then realizes he can start his own— after all, the more safe places there are in this world for dragons, the better. he takes off to travel the world in search of the perfect place for his dragons, and for himself.
and every time he goes back to visit family, his mother gasps at the tangles of his hair, but he never lets her cut it again. in his curls are the memories of everywhere he’s ever been, of the dragons he loves and protects. and his hair grows long and wild— just like he is.
A League Of Their Own (1992)
In fairness, apparently Ewan McGregor did exactly the same thing with his lightsabre during filming of the Star Wars movies, he kept making the “Zhhhhwuh” sounds when swinging it.
So, as I promised.. here’s Mijbil Creatures’ Toothless Giveaway! :)
This OOAK figurine is just 1 inch high, handsculpted, handpainted, glazed three times for protection and ready to be adopted, cuddled and trained. :)
Here are the rules - not many, I promise!
- just reblog this post to enter the giveaway
- you do not need to follow me.. but hey, dragons! there are always tiny dragons at Mijbil Creatures, and kittens, and general cuteness, so maybe - maybe - after all it would be an awesome idea to follow me. Just saying.. ;P
- if you could find the time to like my Facebook page, that would also be awesome - still, not mandatory, but you’d gain my endless gratitude :)
- I will ship to any country in the world, so anyone is welcome to join, but please you need to be at least 18 to enter the giveaway
- the winner will be chosen randomly on August 10th 2014
Ok, I think that’s pretty much all.. Good luck everyone, and big hugs from Sweden! <3
No one is more excited about Batgirl’s new costume than Kara.
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