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Juana Inés de la Cruz & Lisida, Condesa de Paredes

Sor (Sister) Juana Inez de la Cruz (born Juana Inez de Asbaje y Ramirez de Santillana, November 12, 1651 – April 17, 1695) was one of the most influential figures of the Mexican baroque period. An accomplished playwright and poet, she wrote a central document in the history of women’s emancipation, Respuesta a Sor Filotea (Reply to Sister Philotea, 1691), in defense of women’s right to knowledge. (P: Retrato de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. por Miguel Cabrea, 1750)

In her early years she served as lady-in-waiting to the wife of the Viceroy of New Spain. In 1668 she entered the convent of San Jeronimo. She became well known for her intellect and she amassed a large library on science and the humanities. But officials of the Catholic Church eventually forced her to sell her library, insisting that she should be devoted to God, not the pursuit of knowledge.

Though we know nothing for certain about her sexual life, her passionate orientation is made clear in her poems, particularly those addressed to paintings of her friend and patron, the Condesa de Paredes (or Lísida).

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 3962-3970). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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