Join us at the museum (4127 18th St.) from 7-9 for the latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, "Race and the LGBTQ Community" will offer a multigenerational conversation about race relations among LGBTQ people. Free admission, $5 donation welcome.
A panel of historians, veteran organizers and younger activists (see below) will discuss the how the LGBTQ community has dealt with issues of race over time and how this history of challenges and successes can help inform today's intersectional resistance movements.
Picture of the March from the Castro to the Mission following the Pulse Nightclub massacre (June 18, 2016)
No es que la vea muy a menudo o que platiquemos frecuentemente pero saberla lejos siempre ha tenido un efecto multiplicador en mí; amor, tristeza, melancolía, ganas de besarla y/o abrazarla pero multiplicado por mil. J.S.
We took a *very* close look at the Tsavo lions this morning, by X-raying the taxidermy mounts. (Just in time for #Catsgiving!) 🐱🐱
Why? We want to confirm that the right skulls are associated with the right skins. When the Museum first received these lions over 90 years ago, they were flat skins with the skulls inside. We removed the skulls to be able to study them, and the skins were mounted into the lifelike forms you can see at the Museum today. At that time, we believe a substitute skull was put into the standing lion so it could be posed with an open mouth showing teeth.
Fast forward to 2009: a study looked at isotopes in the lions' hair and original skulls to get more information about their diets—they were maneaters, after all! But this study also suggested that the skulls should actually be swapped. Since this was the opposite from what our records had shown for decades, now we're taking another look—this time, for bullet holes. The standing lion was shot in the head, whereas the crouching lion was shot in the body.
By X-raying today, we're hoping to confirm that:
-The skull currently in the standing lion is definitely a substitute, because it doesn't have bullet holes. -We know for sure which skulls are associated with the two lions, based on bullet holes in one of the skulls and in different locations in the skins, which were so well-mended it's hard to observe with the naked eye.
After a radiologist takes a look at the X-rays, we should have more answers...stay tuned!
Do you know North America's rarest mammal? Meet the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), a nocturnal carnivore about the size of a mink. They prey almost entirely on prairie dogs, and prairie dog declines nearly caused the ferrets’ extinction in the 1980s. All black-footed ferrets today descended from seven wild ferrets bred in captivity. Although captive breeding has been a success, disease outbreaks in the wild hamper their recovery. As of 2015, there were about 295 wild-born mature ferrets distributed among several re-established populations located in western states.
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