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More Cahun and Moore, please!

Kate Getty, I second that emotion! (see below)

… and so I've been looking for a queer role model, preferably one who hasn't produced a crappy Christmas special --- and I think I found one, well two, in Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.

Before Cindy Sherman did her Untitled film still thang, before we started to think about gender as yet another (perhaps more dire) performance, Cahun and Moore (not their real names, but rather constructed names to be more gender ambiguous!) were doing their thang: creating gender-bending photographs, resisting Nazi efforts by dressing up as soldiers and sneaking anti-war fliers and poems into German soldiers' pockets, and loving each other.

Cahun died young, in 1954, an effect of her time spent as a prisoner of war, and Moore ended up living until the early 1970s.

When I think of incredible courage, queer strength and humor, I inevitably think of these two.

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