Moonlight (2016) – dir. Barry Jenkins
(TW: discussion of suicide)
Tonight, with four more articles in our daily series, we are going to look at the life of Anderson Bigode Herzer and the implications his legacy has on revealing the lives of the youth in the queer community. Our community doesn’t have much information on Anderson, especially in comparison to the other people we have covered, as he was both young, and not very well known. He was a transgender poet from Brazil, but never reached the fame many of the other people in our articles have. Though he did have an eventful life, it was not a long one, so there isn’t much information on him, but we will explore what we do have.(Read the full article here)
We move now from the first noted lesbian in ancient Greece to one of the most notable transgender people in recent American history. Marsha P. Johnson was a person who- to discuss her- we must briefly address the history of queerness in the United States and how that queerness has been translated in the modern day. This translation continues our theme of the elimination of queerness over time, but in this case it is not exclusively erasure by outside sources but erasure from the queer community itself.(Read full article here)
After a long stretch of Grace stepping up and saving the day by writing the articles, Laura is back and excited to talk about Golden Orchid associations. The Golden Orchid was a collection of organizations in South China that began during the Qing dynasty and existed from approximately 1644 to 1949, when they were banned because they were associated with an attempt to overthrow the Manchu Emperor. Over the course of 300 years, however, they created an order of women who stood in solidarity with other women against heterosexual marriages that were oppressive at best and far too often abusive. While some women in this movement were possibly heterosexual themselves and avoiding marriage for reasons not involving their sexuality, it was common for members of the association to be lesbians or bisexual, as they found safety and family in the Golden Orchid that their biological relatives had never provided them. (read the full article here)
And we have options for our overt and covert queers out there, if you want a small subtle symbolic sticker or a tremendous titled t-shirt we have you covered!
With this final article in our series on queer representation in media we will look at where we want to see queer media go in the next decade, wrapping up our queer media series. Researching this final leg of the series was difficult as it is hard to research the future but we did our best. We interviewed the main team of a project in production, and the Executive Director of Represent, all of whom gave us insight into the present of queer media, and using our research into the patterns of our past we are able to get a glimpse of what a future may be like. (Read full article here)
In part two of our article about queer representation in media we continue where we left off in our last article, but a refresher for those who don’t remember. We were discussing the film Queen Christina and the possible queer subtext in the movie as seen by the audience and as portrayed by the actors. And in this article we will explore that more in depth while also looking at how queer codes led to queer coding in later years. (Read full article)
In the first half of this two-part article about queer representation in media we will discuss Queen Christina, a film about one of our favourite historical figures that is historic in its own right. Queen Christina was released in 1933 and starred Greta Garbo, and with this article, just as our last, this is not a review of the quality of the film, just the study of its contents and historical and social significance. (Read full article here)
When I write my articles I try to keep them from becoming personal. I replace the I’s with we’s because I am not representing myself but my community. This week, that didn’t feel possible. I will go back to that format next week, but this week the article is deeply personal, and it would be a lie to pretend otherwise. Transgender day of remembrance is a one day event, not a week or a month, like Pride. When researching this article, there is a very clear reason for that: because it is too much. It is too much for any person to bear to have a full week of scrolling through the names. I have also found, throughout this week, that everyone who witnesses the names is affected by something different. My fiance was affected by those without names, the ones with the least information, the ones that were hardest to remember because information about them was so scarce. My mother was affected by the words “thrown out of a moving car” repeated so often throughout the list. A friend was left sitting alone after the rest of the room at my local pride center had moved on because of one particular name: a name that was not on the list but deserved to be. Another friend was paralyzed by a name they recognized.
When I was at the podium reading my part of the list, my voice cracked every time I read the age that followed. Whether they were young with so much taken away from them, or older with their stories cut short after they had survived so much, or my fiance’s age; it didn’t matter. And this week I want to tell you about the first name I read during my research: Rita Hester. (read full article here)