[photo description: image of Ruth Ellis, a Black lesbian woman squatting next to a car with her arms folded. she is looking at the camera and smiling.]
Black History month with Ruth Ellis.
Ruth Ellis (1899 – 2000) dedicated countless years of service to her community, and particularly black LGBT youth. In 1937 Ruth moved to Detroit with her partner Babe, the two bought a house, which from 1946 to 1971 was known as the “Gay Spot.” Not only did their home serve as a safe space for Detroit’s LGBT community, but the couple also offered lodging and support to many black LGBT youth in need. In a time before the Gay Civil Rights Movement began Ruth was a beacon of light for many LGBT youth who found themselves in the dark. In 1999 The Ruth Ellis Center was founded in Detroit, MI, which continues to offer lodging and support to LGBT youth in need. She continued working with LGBT organizations until her death in 2000 at an age of 101.
If a train doesn’t stop at your station, it’s simply because it’s not your train. Don’t try to flag down the conductor and convince them to stop there, even if their own map says that they should just keep going. You may not realize it, but there’s another train trying to come toward you, unable to get into your station because a train that doesn’t even belong there is being delayed there by your intensity.
sometimes your process can meet someone else’s process and you can process together and your combined process creates progress
but other times a process is just your process and you do not need to process your process with anyone because their process is their process and when we process in excess we sometimes forget how to
the other night under the full moon
a rat ran out in front of us and
across your feet
i wondered briefly if it was the same
rat we saw last summer when we kissed
in that same spot
under the full moon
when we’d spent all night talking
about how kissing
was a bad idea
and really i’d just been watching
your mouth the entire time
the average life span of a New York City rat
is less than one year