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Are you still selling the calendars?

Are you still selling the calendars?

No! Sorry, but we are considering selling it next year as well!

I would love to support you guys!! I took a lo…

I would love to support you guys!! I took a look and it says that the support is per article. How many do you put out per month? I need to know how much I need to budget for this before I can choose which level to support.

We only ever will put out 4 paid pieces of content per month!

I'm having major feels right now about ho…

I'm having major feels right now about how the writer of Maurice (in 1911) wrote it with a happy ending for his gay main character and thought that one day soon it would be legal in Britain to be gay.

Yes, E. M. Forster, I have just started reading his books and I completely understand having feelings about this. I have just read Room with a View, but Maurice is high up on my list. 

I have been wanting to write about this man for a while.

Hi guys! I just listened to your episode on Jo…

Hi guys! I just listened to your episode on Josephine Baker and Marsha P. Johnson. We've just done our own episode on Marsha, so I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on her, especially about the importance of her direct action in terms of caring for her community. I noticed in the episode that you mentioned Marsha would go by her birth name and ask people to use he/him pronouns for her. (1/2)

I couldn’t find this mentioned in the sources you linked, so I was wondering if you had another source for this? It’s not something I came across in my research so I’m keen to read more. (2/2) 

Yes totally! This was my second or third article, so sorry if my memory is a little fuzzy but I believe it was in the book “Stonewall: the riots that sparked the gay revolution”, I generally try not to include too many sources that require payment to see them, so I probably forgot I mentioned something that only is mentioned in that source! Sorry about that, I will add it to the show notes! But if you want a source without a financial barrier, I think there is an interview with her discussing it floating around, but I can’t remember more than that, it has been a long time since I read it/heard it. There is also a mention of it on her Wikipedia page so they might have some additional sources there for your research. Good luck!


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Thank you!! This is actually in the context for an essay about psychoanalysis and queerness and a thought that came to mind so your answer is really helpful, thank you so much!

We are so glad we could help! And it was a really interesting question so we were really excited to give you a long as heck answer.

(If it is about psychoanalysis you should definitely look into Magnus Hirschfeld as well, he talks a lot more about the sciencey stuff, Karl was a lawyer)

Hey, thanks for your great blog! Just wanted t…

Hey, thanks for your great blog! Just wanted to let you know that over on Instagram @feastandfolly has been covering gay Mardi Gras for the last few days and it is amazing. Some of the pictures date back to the early 50’s as well, for folx looking for stuff before Stonewall.

Wow, I just briefly checked it out, and it’s so neat! The costumes are beautiful, and it’s really interesting to learn about the history of gay Mardi Gras. Thanks!

Question: Do you have any articles on genderfl…

Question: Do you have any articles on genderfluid people? I searched through a couple likely tags and articles on your blog and website, but couldn't really find much, figured I should double check. Also, thank you *so much* for running this project. It means so much to me and a lot of other people to have our history, to know we *have* history, especially without having to track it down ourselves. Thank you.

Hi there! 

Unfortunately, we don’t have any articles on genderfluid folks. However, that’s definitely not due to lack of interest! We have covered nonbinary folks like King Kristina.

It’s definitely something on our to-do list along with aromantic folks. There are some really rad genderfluid folks making history right now though! Drag queens like Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chacki, and Eureka O’Hara, actors like Kelly Mantle, Cara Delevigne, and Nico Tortorella, and folks like Janei Kroczaleski, who was previously a powerlifter!

We love hearing what y’all are interested in seeing from us, so please share if you know any genderfluid folks (or folks who may have considered themselves genderfluid given the language) from the past! Or even better, submit an article proposal.

I have to do a big massive history project nex…

I have to do a big massive history project next year that’s worth a significant percent of my overall secondary school points. Do you have any suggestions?

Hi there!

Wow, this is a big question! First, I’ll say you should definitely figure out what you’re most interested in—it can be anything. Are you interested in video games? Engineering? Victorian-era fashion? Ancient funerary practices? There’s queerness to be found.

Next, I’ll link you here. It’ll offer some research tips and several queer online archives that can help you out. Good luck, and feel free to let us know how it goes (or if you have any questions)!

Sorry if this is unclear or asking about somet…

Sorry if this is unclear or asking about something you've recently covered, but I'm drunk and have just found you and I love her: what is/are your personal/academic opinion(s) on Jane Addams? Do you have a resource about her relationships with women that could be valuable for a queer … Fan? I guess. Follower? I know it's speculated she was queer, specifically that she had a partner (I haven't read much on her, but Mary I think her name was?) Much thanks for anything you have abt her! Xx

I’m so glad you asked this! I’m from Chicago, and I have so many feelings about Jane Addams. She did so many great things for our city and she was a big ole lesbian.

That’s all, of course, my personal feelings (aside from Addams being a lesbian—while she may not have used the label for herself, I feel comfortable saying it’s the one that most accurately describes her).

The woman you’re thinking of is Mary Rozet Smith. She and Addams were together for more than three decades, and their closest friends described them as being married.

Her most notable work, Hull House, was settled by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr in September of 1889. Starr was also a lesbian, and Addams’ partner for many years. Their relationship ended around the time Addams met and started her relationship with Smith. Hull House housed social, educational, and artistic programs. It was a center for social reform. Both women worked especially with new immigrants and women—they campaigned and promoted education, autonomy, and the destruction of traditionally male-dominated fields.

The fact that Hull House existed in a poor neighbourhood wasn’t an accident. There were classes in literature, art, history, current issues, and more. All were free, and they drew in the working class folks in the surrounding neighbourhood. Addams didn’t just create those programs though, she worked with the community and led studies and surveys on the causes of poverty and then shared these with folks in the neighbourhood. She also shared them with legislatures, who she pushed for social reform.

Additionally, queer folks are typically have lower income, especially lesbians who wouldn’t have the benefit of a man’s income. Women were discouraged from working, and Addams fought against that with her classes and her push for reform. Because of this, Hull House was also a meeting spot for lesbians at the time.

Now, despite the good she did, Jane Addams was not perfect by any stretch. She was a supporter of the prohibition, mainly because of her whorephobic rhetoric. This is regularly overlooked, and I refuse to pretend that she had no flaws. I love and appreciate all of the work she did, but she still had the issue of looking down of poor folks she felt were doing something “wrong.” She had the same issue we find with early feminists (and feminists today, let’s be honest) in that she was staunchly anti-sex work.

Hull House still partially exists as the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Years ago, the museum had a project called “Was Jane Addams a Lesbian?” I’m uncertain if it still exists; it’s been a while since I’ve been to the museum. The director of the museum does believe she was a lesbian. In fact, there are few scholars who believe she wasn’t a lesbian. One scholar, for example, believes it’s we should focus elsewhere, because focusing on whether a lesbian was a lesbian might “overshadow” the good she did. We at Making Queer History believe straight historians should move on and let queer folks have fun.

I hope that was educational and helpful! Jane Addams is a wonderful part of our history, and she means a lot to me as a queer Chicagoan.

do you have any recommendations on books about…

do you have any recommendations on books about queerness in asia, especially central/northern asia and siberia? even asian americans, im not picky at all lol thank you!!

Hi there! I was really excited when I saw your ask; I’m Kazakh, and I’m always interested in exploring more Central Asian queer history. Unfortunately, Kazakhstan isn’t a great place for queer folks, so there’s not a whole lot to be found here aside from “That’s when I Realized I was Nobody”: A Climate of Fear for LGBT People in Kazakhstan by Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch report.

There’s unfortunately just very little out there about Central Asia and queerness. Here are some books I was able to find about queerness in Asia in general. I included a couple of fiction books as well.


The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat (Out June 2019) This is the one Central Asian book I was able to find, and I’m really excited to read it when it comes out!

This entire list (No Central Asian characters, as far as I can tell)


Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia edited by Chris Berry, Fran Martin, Audrey Yue

Queer Asian Cinema: Shadows in the Shade by Andrew Grossman

Gay and Lesbian Asia: Culture, Identity, Community edited by Gerard Sullivan, Peter A. Jackson

Queering Migrations Towards, Form, and Beyond Asia edited by Hugo Córdova Quero, Joseph N. Goh, and Michael Sepidoza Campos

Here are some articles that may interest you as well.

And finally, I’d recommend checking out the org Queer Asia!