Author: Making Queer History

Simon Tseko Nkoli:

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“If you are Black and gay in South Africa, then it really is all the same closet…inside is darkness and oppression. Outside is freedom.”

— Simon Tseko Nkoli

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Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz — Making Queer History:

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Princess Isabel of Parma and Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen:

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“What should the daughter of a great prince expect? Her fate is unquestionably most unhappy. Born the slave of the people’s prejudices, she finds herself subjected to this weight of honours, these innumerable etiquettes attached to greatness…”

— Isabella of Parma

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Reinaldo Arenas, Rewriting Castro’s Legacy:

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Fidel Castro, as is well known, was the dictator of Cuba from 1926 until his death in 2016. Reinaldo Arenas is perhaps lesser known but was the Cuban author who killed himself twenty-six years ago.

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Cássia Eller:

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 “Mas sou minha, só minha, e não de quem quiser.”

(“But I am mine, only mine, and not of whomever.”)

— Cássia Eller

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde:

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FannyAnn Viola Eddy, Speaking Against Silence:

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Early in life, FannyAnn was forced out of her country and into a refugee camp because of the civil war. Despite the danger she lived in, being both a refugee and queer, Eddy was never silent. In those years, Eddy revealed the strength of her character and compassion.

She could have reasonably gone on living her life in safety and only dealt with the problems in her own life, because of the freedom Sierra Leone’s convoluted laws gave her, but she didn’t. She fought to have the needs of others in her community acknowledged, and she fought hard, not stopping a moment for convenience or even her safety.

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