Keaton! I was wondering if you knew any good b…

Keaton! I was wondering if you knew any good books/films etc that are good to learn about queer history? any and all time period is perfect.


  • Angels in America (1991 play, 2003 miniseries)
  • Borrowed Time (1988 memoir)
  • Closer to the Knives (1991 memoir)
  • How to Survive a Plague (2012 documentary)
  • The Normal Heart (1985 play, 2014 film)
  • Unending Dialogue: Voices from an AIDS Poetry Workshop (1991 anthology)


  • Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memories (2016 book)
  • Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (2003 book)
  • Paris is Burning (1990 documentary)
  • Queer Asian American Historiography (2016 essay)
  • Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism (2015 book)
  • Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian / Pacific American Activists (2003 book)


  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003 documentary)
  • Chris and Don: A Love Story (2007 documentary, about Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy)
  • Frida (2002 film, about Frida Kahlo)
  • Pride (2014 film, about Mark Ashton and LGSM)
  • Wilde (1997 film, about Oscar Wilde)
  • Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale (2007 documentary)


  • Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community (1993)
  • Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two (1990)
  • Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 (1994)
  • Homosexuality and Civilization (2003)
  • Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (1991)
  • Queer London: Perils and Pleasures of the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 (2005)
  • Transgender History (2008)
  • Transgender Warriors (1996)


  • Making Gay History (podcast)
  • Making Queer History (online article series)
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995 documentary)
  • The Mattachine Podcast



Dynasties rise and fall but homosexual activities are a more permanent feature of city life.

‘Queer Sites: gay urban histories since 1600’, ed. David Higgs (London: Routledge, 1999), p. 1



We have a very special, top secret project we’re excited to announce soon. You can help us by sending in questions—about queer history, about folks we’ve written about, heck, maybe even about modern queer folks making history right now!

robinghood: 32/100 classes are OVER and I can…


32/100 classes are OVER and I can catch up on this now!
Mercedes de Acosta was a writer and poet. She wrote almost a dozen plays, several volumes of poetry, a novel, and a quite controversial autobiography that detailed quite a few of her relationships with women(and unfortunately also outed a few of them without their permission as well). She is usually referred to as a “notorious lesbian”, which is intended to be disparaging but honestly I kind of like it. She had quite a few affairs with famous actresses and artists, apparently once claiming “I can get any woman away from any man.” But her being out was pretty unusual for a woman during the early 20th century so she was, at least, remarkable.
When she wasn’t seducing women and writing poetry for them, she supported the Republican government that opposed the fascist regime in the Spanish Civil War, and worked for women’s rights.

redgoldsparks: In 2012, cartoonist and CCA …


In 2012, cartoonist and CCA professor Justin Hall curated the anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books) which featured milestone contributions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer comics creators. Now, Justin’s Lambda Literary Award-winning and Eisner-nominated collection is the inspiration for a documentary film directed by Peabody Award-winning and national Emmy-nominated filmmaker Vivian Kleiman. This feature-length film will bring stories from the comics off the page and give you a personal introduction to the dynamic artists and writers who paved the way. The documentary is currently running a Kickstarter campaign which is about 2/3 of the way funded- to support this project and learn more, check out the campaign! 



when you’re a gay man who just wants to write a series of essays celebrating the presence of gay male romances throughout history but you live in the edwardian era


makingqueerhistory: We at Making Queer Histor…


We at Making Queer History have been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for a very special announcement — the first annual Funding Queer History!

[ID: Two images. The first says “Funding Queer History” topped with a green carnation and a violet. It reads “New and Upgrading Patrons: Get access to bonus content & fundraiser exclusive prizes. Become a patron.” The second image shows a mug and an enamel pin with the same floral design]

Funding Queer History starts today, May 12, and runs until the end of June. New and upgrading patrons not only ensure the future of Making Queer History but also get access to exclusive content and special rewards only available during the fundraiser.

All new and upgrading patrons get access to a bonus episode of the Making Queer History podcast. Red tier patrons will receive a sticker with the same floral design—the first and only time for red tier patrons to get a physical reward! In addition to the standard patron rewards, new and upgrading patrons from orange all the way to green get a fundraiser exclusive mug. The mug features the FQH floral logo with a green carnation and violet.

New and upgrading patrons from blue to violet get a high-quality enamel pin with the same floral design.

Want to support the project but becoming a patron isn’t an option for the time being? No problem! We understand. For this fundraiser, we’re also offering a tier exclusive to FQH: rainbow patrons! Anyone who makes a one-time donation of $50 or more gets access to the same amazing bonus content and the exclusive FQH pin.

Spreading the word is key, and you’re all an important part of that. Share the fundraiser, learn more about the project, and stay tuned for updates as we go along!


anielwicz: Before Hayley Kiyoko, there was Sa…


Before Hayley Kiyoko, there was Sappho.

[William Wetmore Story, Sappho, 1862-1867, marble; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art]

Please help if you can!!


Saturday, May 19th.


Hi Tumblr, I’m Gemma and I’m so incredibly sorry to ask this but I really need your help. Is anyone may be able to send me £20 so I can buy myself dinner/supplies for today and tomorrow, or a little bit more to help me get groceries until the end of May when my benefit will be reinstated?

Thanks to some incredibly kind people, I have been able to keep my lights and hot water on for a few more weeks, but I’m still really struggling to get groceries/toiletries and general household supplies (laundry powder, dish soap, pads etc..) for this month due to my U.C benefit being under a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and has been sanctioned due to it and I don’t receive any help until the end of May.

I also understand that everyone is struggling to get by, but even just £1/$1/€1 makes such a difference and sharing definitely helps just as much a donations and nobody has to donate if they can’t or don’t want to, thank you.💖


♡My old YouCaring post with all the evidence/information about my situation and benefit sanction.

makingqueerhistory: Check out all guest autho…


Check out all guest authored articles here!

At this time, Making Queer History will be paying guest authors 50 CAD to write an article for the website. We pay using PayPal, so you must have a Paypal account.

We will also link to any social media account on the byline and all social media. We will use your name (does not have to be your legal or birth name) when citing the author. If you do not want your name or social media accounts linked, we are more than happy to accommodate.

Submit an article using the form on our site. For your submission, we ask for:

  • The opening paragraph, including a brief summary of what you are writing about and some preliminary information regarding where you plan to go with the article. This must be between 100-500 words.
  • All writers must be queer; we want to hire queer artists exclusively. If you are an ally, this opportunity is not for you.

If you’re chosen as a Guest Author, that’s great! Here is what to expect:

  1. We will need a method to communicate with you as you write your article. While we give you a lot of creative control, we do want a bit of control over the completed content, so be open to edits and critiques. We want to produce the best possible content for our audience, and we’re sure you want to produce the best content to represent yourself.
  2. Source your article.
  3. Finished articles should be over 1500 words and follow the basic template of our previous articles. Remember to add a quote if you can find one.
  4. Include a picture for your article that is in the public domain.
  5. We will pay at the end of the month through Paypal.