Hi! I am interested in writing an article, but I saw on your submission form you're not looking for anything focused on the United States. Does that mean you want to avoid general pieces on the US or you would not accept a piece about a queer artist/patron working in the US? The latter is what I'm interested in writing, and I totally understand if that's not what you're looking for–just didn't want to assume! Thank you for all the work you do!
Thank you for asking, unfortunately, if it is primarily based in the US in, either way, we aren’t really looking for it. This has one exception if the person you are looking to write about is an immigrant, we are up for it!
This policy right now is just because we have written about American folks many times, but there are a lot of countries that we haven’t even mentioned, which we are trying to rectify.
Hi! I know I already asked some months ago but I was wondering if you are still looking for writers and if I could submit an article 🙂
Yes, we are, and yes you can! You can check out our rules here, but more importantly, you should know we are no longer taking articles based in America.
Any other country is fine, but we are attempting to cover every country at least once so if you have one to submit based on any of the countries below, we would really appreciate it!
Afghanistan Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Armenia Azerbaijan The Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cabo Verde Cambodia Central African Republic Chad Chile Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Côte d’Ivoire Croatia Cyprus Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic East Timor (Timor-Leste) Ecuador El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Eswatini Ethiopia Fiji Finland Gabon The Gambia Georgia Ghana Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Iceland Indonesia Iraq Jordan Kazakhstan Kiribati Korea, North Korea, South Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Micronesia, Federated States of Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Mozambique Myanmar (Burma) Namibia Nauru Nepal Nicaragua Niger North Macedonia Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Qatar Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Singapore Solomon Islands Somalia Sudan Sudan, South Suriname Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
What’s the most unexpected info you’ve come across while researching?
Actually in our most recent article I came across something that really surprised me.
In Kenya the Nandi people had this tradition of two women marrying if one woman reached menopause or was widowed without any sons. This wasn’t the surprise, the unexpected part is that they still exist. So in a country where same-sex sexual relationships are illegal, same sex marriage is legal in this area.
You can learn why and more about this tradition here:
But wasn’t Queen Elizabeth I also crowned a king or something so she wouldn’t have to share her rule? I might be wrong about this example, but I know that there was women we now call queens that were technically officially crowned King because of the difference in these roles and the power coming from them.
after a quick bit of research, I couldn’t find anything that spoke to that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. As we know all too well here, signs of people reaching outside of their assigned gender roles aren’t always the easiest to find. If anyone has any sources one or the other I would love to read them!
Have you thought about doing an article about the chevalier d'Éon? I think he could be an interesting historical character
This person might be among our most requested people to do an article on, so we will definitely have to at some point! But it may take a while, we have covered France numerous times, and are right now working to look at stories from the countries we haven’t looked at yet.
I love your texts about Kristina, and that she/they/he are refered to as king, but I've only ever heard of them referenced as the queen. Did you start calling them King Kristina or are there earlier sources that use "male" coded language with the titles?
Thank you! She is definitely one of our favourites.
Within our research, we found a wide mixture of people calling her queen and people calling her king.
The title of King just seemed to us to be what she would have preferred, especially considering the questions around her gender identity. While we didn’t end up using he/him/his or they/them/theirs for King Kristina we did want to indicate that there was some level of gender variance there. So King seemed like a good middle ground with a lot of precedents set.
We are not the first though. There is a film, and a countless number of books that also reference her in that way!
hey this is super random but there's a ballet on in london this week about Frida Kahlo and it is absolutely fucking excellent, everyone should see it
Thank you for telling us! We did a bit of research after you sent this message and it looks like you are entirely right, it seems fucking excellent.
English National Ballet: She Said review
“Composed of three new ballets by three women choreographers, it’s a campaigning first for an industry in which most of the repertory is created by men. The show opens with Anabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, an impressionistic life story of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Its first 10 minutes are extraordinary, as Tamara Rojo – a witty, vivid and ultimately tragic Kahlo – is seen first as a schoolgirl, playing merrily with carnival skeletons, and then whisked through the defining events of her life: crushed in a bus accident, confined to her bed, and eventually painting away her pain in her art.”