Posting History for Remembering LGBT History
|Do I Really Want to Write This Diary?
I have been sitting here for thirty minutes struggling with that question. Why? Because of a diary sitting at the top of Community Spotlight section on Daily Kos written by kay3295 titled "My ...
|Riots: From Stonewall to Baltimore
The unrest in Baltimore, brought on by the death of Freddie Gray, has been the source of a lot of commentary in the world of social media. My Facebook feed is full of people offering their opinions ...
|LGBT Literature: We Are Everywhere (and a call for writers)
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to ...
|One Of The Most Important (Constitution) Edits In US History And How It Affects Marriage Equality
Oral arguments in the marriage equality cases will be heard by the SCOTUS justices on April 28, 2015. Much of the discussion will center around the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, and ...
|Shocking 1975 Letter From The INS Shows How Far The US Government Has Come On Gay Rights
There have been a few (surprisingly few) same-sex couples who have tried to get legally married prior to the 21st century. Probably the most famous couple was that of Richard John Baker and his ...
|The False 'God Vs Gays' Narrative In The RFRA Debate; Matthew Vines, The NYT, And The Advocate
Too many folks still believe that it's an either/or proposition ... you either side with the gays and are for their rights or you side with G-d/Christianity/religion and reject rights for gay folks. ...
|LGBT Literature: Men Like That: A Southern Queer History
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to ...
|Top Comments: A Gay Wedding in Waco Edition
Working on the dissertation can be a dark, lonely task that often makes one question the life choices that have led them to such an undertaking. There are many days when I wonder if I really like ...
|Malcolm Boyd, Openly Gay Episcopal Pioneer, Passes Away At 91
There are a number of christian clergy/ministers who have lead the charge to make many of the Christian denominations more LGBT inclusive. I know more about the Reverend Troy Perry (Founder of ...
|You aren't invisible, and you aren't forgotten.
Every night before bed, the alarm on my phone reminds of two things. One is to take the pill that helps to keep me alive, and the other is just how incredibly lucky I am to count myself among the ...
|CPAC again excludes Gay Conservatives from its annual event.
It would appear that the growing tide of public support for gay rights has yet to reach the National Harbor in Maryland where the unfortunately named Gaylord National Resort will host the ...
|Top Comments: A Little-Known LGBT Landmark Edition
Two men seal vows with a kiss And then they were wed...HE to HIM Newspapers from Denton, Texas, to Singapore carried headlines of what was then a strange curiosity: a gay wedding. The movement ...
|US District Court Judge In Mississippi Gives History Lesson On Anti-Gay Discrimination
Judge Carlton Reeves was nominated to be a US district court judge for the Southern District Of Mississippi by President Obama in April 2010. He was confirmed by the US Senate in December of 2010 ...
|Top Comments: Judicial Gay-Bashing Edition
I've spent the past couple of weeks on a slight diversion from my dissertation, although not a complete diversion since it will be more than useful to me down the road. I've been going through the ...
|Happy National Coming Out Day!
Today is October 11, 2014. It's National Coming Out Day . Happy day to everyone. There's been quite a lot of good advancement in the cause of equality this past week, and one of the most important ...
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|LGBT Literature: Announcing the Series Reboot and Seeking Writers
This is going to be a quick diary, and I apologize for the lack of substance. This month has been a whirlwind, as I'm in the throes of dissertation research, so all I'm going to do in this diary is ...
|The Great God Kerrigan
Jack Warren Kerrigan 1912 - The first true movie star was dubbed "The Great God Kerrigan" 100 years ago the most famous and popular man in the silent films was George "Jack" Warren Kerrigan ( ...
|1931 Berlin's Gay Community and Their Message for Us
A thriving Gay community emerged in Berlin in the late 19th-early 20th century. German law still condemned homosexuality, but many factors emerged making things easier for the culture to prosper. ...
|This Week In Marriage Equality - Justice Ginsburg Hints That The Sixth Circuit Could Hold The Key
This week, the Seventh Circuit granted a stay in the Indiana marriage cases pending resolution by SCOTUS. The Tenth Circuit has put the Colorado marriage equality case on hold pending further ...
|Top Comments: A war hero convicted of the "crime" of being gay is finally pardoned by his Queen||Steven Payne||08/23/2014||60||81||1||-|
|Mother And Her Boyfriend On Trial For Murder Of Her 8 Year Old Son; Called Him Gay And Tortured Him
From The LA Times comes this horrific story of the brutal and hateful murder of an eight year old boy whom they (mother and boyfriend) believed to be gay. Reports state that he was beaten and ...
|What Makes a Gay Icon
The original gay icon, at least the one recorded for posterity, was Judy Garland. Girlish and sweet, but vulnerable, she captured the affections of many gay men. Accordingly, the Stonewall Riots ...
|Up Your Alley Fair -- San Francisco
San Francisco loves its street fairs, and today we experience the Up Your Alley Street Fair. It is part of the Folsom Street events which also puts on the Folsom Street Fair event in Sept. Up Your ...
|This Week In Marriage Equality: Sixth Circuit Panel Announced & Worldwide ME Map
We have news from Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Washington, and North Dakota this week. We also have news from the Sixth Circuit. In Florida , the plaintiffs pretty much threw a hail mary and filed ...
|The 1950's are alive and well at Fox News Channel as Bill O'Reilly heads to S.F. Gay Pride.
Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, along with its paid funny-guy Jesse Watters, have a long history of promoting ‘ light-hearted ’ segments within an otherwise serious-toned news ...
|[Video] Watch out Chick-fil-A fans, Burger King just chose the winning side of this culture war.
It can only be physically found behind one counter at one Burger King in the heart of San Francisco’s gay neighborhood (Gayhorhood) but customers at this location may be surprised ...
|Who are the Next Generation of Prophets?
What follows is my own story. I include it to heighten awareness of what often goes unsaid and unspoken. The problem is as old as the human race itself, but like war, it continues. Everyone with an ...
|Top Comments: The Friday of the Purple Hand - 1969 remembered
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|Reclaiming Our History
Forty-five years ago tomorrow, just after midnight, when the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, the police handcuffed transgender women, sex workers, and homeless youth, who were herded out of the bar ...
|LGBT Literature: David Levithan
David Levithan is out and proud, and so too is his young adult (YA) fiction. When asked at the 2012 National Book Festival why he likes to write so many queer books, after initially responding, "...
|Top Comments: The Incomparable Paul Lynde Edition
This would have been his 88th birthday. You didn't want to hear about Louisville again, did you? Since I'm partway through a discussion of Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp," I thought it might be ...
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|Ontario Makes History
As many people know who pay attention to Canadian politics, Ontario became the first province to have an openly gay politician as premier for the last few years, and also the first openly gay first ...
|I remember Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children Campaign" too well.
I'd like to think that HLN's Nancy "I've Never Met a Defendant I didn't Loathe" Grace as the epitome of irrelevancy. I never watched her much, and not at all since the days when her current network ...
|The Worst Mass Murder Of Gay People In US History
Before any of the mainline Christian churches or denominations became inclusive of LGBT folks, there was Metropolitan Community Churches. MCC was founded by the Rev. Troy Perry in 1968 in Los Angeles.
|Top Comments: Memories of a Penitent Heart Edition
I know. This is supposed to be my end of month music diary, but I have something more important to write about. One of our newest Kossacks, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarando,
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|Calls for effective Civil Rights protections
Monday's editorial by the New York Times editorial board Leadership on Transgender Civil Rights is a long overdue call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get visibly involved in the establishment of legal ...
|'74 PBS Gay Marriage Debate: Kameny v Socarides
Here's an important piece of homo history I wasn't aware of until this week when I read my friend Rick Rosendall's blog post for the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC. On May 2, ...
|Secrets, AIDS, family, God, inequality and love
Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarando's uncle Miguel in the hospital with his mother So many stories have not yet been told about secrets that tear couples and families apart. Death doesn't stop the secrets, ...
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|My Quiet Gay Wedding, and an appeal to Kossacks who have married their same-sex partners
Given the most recent developments on the marriage equality front , I think it's time for all of us who are, or have been, married to our same-sex partners, to make the Kososphere aware of that. We ...
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|LGBT Literature: Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women
I was going to write about some essential Stonewall reading, but then I realized that next month is the 45th Stonewall anniversary, so better to wait until then. Instead, I'm going to use the month ...
|'Rainbow-washing' Larry Kramer's ire at the NYT by Frank Bruni
Someone has to hold columnists at the world's most influential accountable when they seriously overlook homo history, and it might as well be me . . . you too!
|A first as St. Louis Rams take Michael Sam late in the draft
|First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place in Arkansas!
It began yesterday, with a judge's decision, issued after all the County Clerk offices in Arkansas closed for the day... Arkansas Front Page This Morning! Times They Are A Changing! pic.twitter.com/...
|NOM Now Thinks We're Hypocrites. Pot, Meet Kettle.
A recent NOM blog post titled " Narrowing the Halls of Higher Education " accuses marriage equality campaigners of double standards: [T]he same double-standards cutting through all of the ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle 2014--My Fifteenth Bike Ride for AIDS
Tired of meta, pie fights and flame wars? This diary's for you. If you follow where I'm leading you'll be able to help me make just a wee bit of a difference in the life of someone. This is a diary ...
|Don’t let the religious right whitewash their history of anti-gay oppression
crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters The anti-gay group Concerned Women for America is furious at the National Women’s History Museum Project. According to Right Wing Watch , the ...
|How President Obama Evolved on Marriage Equality (and the Bad Book that Explains it)
Well, here we go. Jo Becker, an investigative reporter, has written a book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality , which the New York Times published a long excerpt from in ...
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|The Courage to Love: Five years ago today in Maine.
Five years ago today an astounding thing happened. Over 5,000 citizens came to make their feelings know at a Judiciary Committee hearing on the merits of a bill introduced by State Senator Dennis ...
|A Black Woman Learns that She Too has Privilege
I published a piece earlier today about my take on the way whites view racial issues. In response to my piece, an awesome DailyKos regular commented, "I've been saying for a long time now that ...
|The "Not In Our Town" Town Struggles with Discrimination
Billings, Montana, is known as the "Not In Our Town" town based a 1994 citizen response to efforts of white supremacists to establish a foothold, a response which garnered worldwide approval and put ...
|LGBT Literature: Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay South
The subfield of southern LGBT history really has come a long way since John Howard's edited volume Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay South was published in 1997. Since then, books such as Men Like ...
|Out, and Serving: Gay Men and Women in the Military - Then and Now
The Sunday review section of the New York Times has a remarkable photographic essay, and a long interview with the photographer , Vincent Cianni, conducted by Nathaniel Frank, whose biography at ...
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|Top Comments: The Walk on the Wild Side Edition
When I prepared my carefully curated diary for New Year's Day , I found myself in a quandary when it came to the late (and sorely missed) ...
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|LGBT Literature: Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.
Before I dig into the book for this week, a bit of an explanation. In the beginning of January, I had the idea of starting a chronological LGBT history series that would use foundational history ...
|California History: A Reboot, and some highlights from the first half of Western Civ
Spring Semester started at the beginning of last week, and I'm teaching California History again. This fulfills the promise I made to you when I suspended this series in mid-October of last year ...
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|Mizzou DE and NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam comes out as openly gay
Mizzou Defensive End and NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam has ...
|Ninth Circuit Court Ruling Applies Heightened Scrutiny to Sexual Orientation
This is one of those "diary me" issues that I couldn't just let sit. Because I'm not a lawyer I'm going to have to cover it as best I can and I hope anyone who comments here will do so with that ...
|A Memorial Diary for Rev. Robert Nugent, who Ministered to Gay Catholics
As I was looking at the front page of the New York Times , I found another obituary which I think deserves the attention of the community. Robert Nugent died from the effects of lung cancer on New ...
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|Top Comments: the Gary Burton edition
A look at a very accomplished musician (both as a performer and a long-time music educator) who had a moment-of-truth in revealing his sexual orientation twenty years ago, as we will see after ...
|A gay man discusses his sexual identity
Why on EARTH am I doing something like this? Because I left what I thought was a reasonable comment in (yet) another diary that tried to make the case for the idea that choice in one's sexual ...
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|LGBT Literature: Happy Erev New Year, and a List
I thought I would have something ready for this morning, but it seems that, after the semester I just had, I'll need at least two weeks off before I can write anything like a critical review. So, at ...
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|Alan Turing (Finally) Pardoned
For those who don't know, Alan Turing was a British computer pioneer and logician who worked at the famous "Bletchley Park" during WWII as a cryptanalyst, (codebreaker), where it is acknowledged by ...
|Top Comments: On Cecil Williams, Nelson Mandela, and LGBT Rights
It has been two weeks since Nelson Mandela, the father of the modern free and democratic South Africa, passed away. The achievement for which he will always be remembered is the obliteration of ...
|Utah Just Became 18th State to Allow Marriage Equality
Breaking from The Salt Lake Tribune : A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal ...
|Luxembourg Will Have A Gay Prime Minister AND a Gay Vice- (or Deputy) Prime Minister
In the midst of the sad news about the passing of Nelson Mandela (who supported LGBT equality), there is at least one positive development in the world. Following in the footsteps of Iceland and ...
|PLEASE REC! MONEY BOMB to end Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, a court case with nat'l implications
This could be the case that overturns same-sex marriage bans across the country once and for all Originally posted at Eclectablog . [left to right: April, Nolan, Jacob, Jayne, and Ryanne. Photos ...
|A Meditation on the LGBT Rights Movement in Honor of Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk was murdered on November 27, 1978, thirty-five years ago today. This diary began as an attempt to enlarge on something I'd said in a comment a couple of weeks ago. While I still plan to ...
|Ten Years Ago Today: The Massachusetts SJC Declares Marriage Equality
I’ve long been proud of my roots in Massachusetts, one of our most liberal states and a place that has been in forefront of many important social and political movements in our nation’s history ��
|BREAKING: Marriage Equality OFFICIALLY Comes to Hawai'i
Quickly: The Hawai'i Senate has passed SB1. Governor Abercrombie will sign the bill tomorrow and marriage equality will come to Hawai'i on December 3rd 2nd. (Thanks to My Spin for the correction.)
|The LGBT Movement: A lesson in authentic grassroots success
The day after President was elected in November of 2008, most people were still celebrating our stunning victory (or crying into their Sarah Palin t-shirts). However, LGBT Californians woke up to ...
|Top Comments: A Snapshot of Progress Edition
Today, I had a meeting with one of my comps committee members, who happens to be immersed in Houston LGBT politics outside of academia. If you didn't know, we are currently early voting for our ...
|LGBT History Month:Abraham Lincoln
The closet is deep. And the depths of the closet are not entirely of the making of those in 'the life'. Assiduous efforts have been made to straightwash Abraham Lincoln even to the point where it ...
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|LGBT History Month: Leslie Feinberg
I've read tens, if not a hundred, of thousands of books. But there has only been one author that I could truly say made my story come alive. And that is Leslie Feinberg and hir book Stone Butch ...
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|LGBT History Month: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Like a Hollywood star on a fast track, the life of Basquiat was meteoric to the point of flame out. His evocative paintings that started out as graffiti in NYC were ...
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|LGBT History Month: Eleanor Roosevelt
Since we live in a culture that demeans and criminalizes LGBT's the possibility that Eleanor Roosevelt, amongst other celebrities, had an affair with a woman has been vociferously denied. But from ...
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|All Things Bookstore: Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the “Howl” Trial
Booksellers can become political. A good example of that comes from San Fransico in the 1950s when Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the proprietor of the City Lights Bookstore (which is still very much there ...
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|LGBT History Month: How we were criminalized
Throughout the centuries there were sporadic efforts to eliminate Homosexuality and Gays themselves from various cultures. Since we use English Law as our basis as opposed to Napoleonic Code I will ...
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|LGBT History Month:Vice Versa
Vice Versa, subtitled "America's Gayest Magazine," is the ﬁrst known lesbian publication in the United States. From 1947-48, nine editions of ten copies each were authored, edited, typed and hand-...
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|LGBT History Month: Oscar Wilde
Another great artist Oscar Wilde was a wordsmith of the highest order. But again his life was destroyed in the name of morality. His poetry, plays, and writing are reeking with talent and ...
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|LGBT History Month:Open Thread, What is your story?
I was going to do a post on Joan of Arc but got drawn into some position papers regarding gender theory and haven't gotten anything written this morning. So share your bit of LGBT history.
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|LGBT History Month: Alan Turing
Alan Turing was a physicist and mathematician most notably known to have cracked the code of the German ENIGMA machine. A means of commanders contacting the dreaded U-Boats that was encoded to the ...
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|LGBT Literature: Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants
When I was in college, I worked for one of the university offices as a work-study. It was a Catholic university, and the office in which I worked was a particularly socially conservative space, with ...
|LGBT History Month: Audre Lorde
Karla Hammond : How would you define being a lesbian? Audre Lorde : Strongly woman-identified women where love between women is open and possible, beyond physical in every way. There are lesbians, ...
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|Ole Miss to require audience at Laramie Project to attend dialogue, investigation still underway
Ole Miss is still investigating reports of homophobic and disruptive behavior at a Tuesday night performance of "The Laramie Project," a play about the response to Matthew Shephard's 1998 murder. ...
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|My LTE: Ole Miss Students Deeply Insult LGBT Community
In case you haven't seen the news about how students at Ole Miss (the University of Mississippi) recently behaved at a performance of the Laramie Project, then I point you to this article : "The ...
|LGBT History Month: Why LGBT?
There is a dearth of information on Bisexuals from history compared to the rest of the LGT community. So I thought I would post on why we are seen as a whole instead of separate entities. We all ...
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|LGBT History Month: Dr. Alan L. Hart
I'm guessing very few of you know who our next subject is. I had no notion of him until less than a year ago. And what I learned put what I understood about Transgender history on it's ear. Mostly ...
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|LGBT History Month: Gertrude Stein
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Rarely do I find an author as intriguing as Gertrude Stein. Here was a woman that broke boundaries all her life in what I perceived as a life of adventure. A ...
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|LGBT History month starts today: Bayard Rustin
“When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” ― Bayard Rustin In our current American ...
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|LGBT Literature: Oddly Normal or How to Parent a Child You Think might be Gay
I remembered the byline of the writer, John Schwartz of the New York Times . Mostly about science but featured in the Enron coverage and increasingly involved with issues arising from the amendments ...
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|UPDATE: Dream Defenders Lifted (Long Ago) by Bayard Rustin - will YouTube video go viral?
UPDATE - will Agnew's YouTube video go viral? It is entirely up to us. As of this update the video has over 27,000 views (almost 10,000 additional views in the last 12 hours). I understand if you don'
|Top Comments: Russia trying to scrub the gay off Tchaikovsky. Again.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky May 1840 – 6 ...
|Bayard Rustin: PA Native, Unsung Hero of the 1963 March on Washington, Lifelong Activist
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held on August 28, 1963. One year before LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act and two years before he signed the Voting Rights Act, over a quarter million ...
|R.I.P. Jose Julio Sarria
One of the real icons of the struggle for LGBT Rights died Monday in Albuquerque. Jose Sarria provided a voice for a mostly voiceless gay community in San Francisco during the late 1950s and early ...
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|Top Comments: Louisa Jo (nee Louis) Killen Edition
This morning, I heard an item on NPR's _Morning Edition_ that I found both sad and surprising. It was sad because it announced the passing of a venerated folk musician and scholar, Louisa Jo ...
|PA mayor now marrying same-sex couples in defiance of law: "Mr. Corbett, tear down this law."
Some pretty cool stuff going on in Pennsylvania. You've probably heard by now of the civil disobedience going in in Montgomery County, in suburban Philadelphia. If not, from *S Kitchen*'s diary on ...
|Remembering LGBT History: 365 days of LGBT history, delivered right to your iPhone or Android
Much of history is hidden, especially for groups outside the mainstream of dominant culture. This group is devoted to the recovery of LGBT history, and it welcomes anyone interested in the subject. ...
|LGBT history -- Going down on the Lusitania
RMS Lusitania, New York City, 1907 Here's another small slice of LGBT history -- the relationship of two men, Henry Sonneborn and Leo 'Lee' Schwabacher,
|I'm Out, Are You? Commonmass' Annual Pride Month Coming-Out Diary
I was always out. Even before I was born, my great-grandmother said to mother "Oh, this one is going to be queer". My Great-Grandmother, 1894-1986, she had seen it all. . When I was in High ...
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