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Have you heard anything about abraham lincoln …

Have you heard anything about abraham lincoln being in love with a man? An author gave a talk at my school about it and I wanted more info on it/wanted to let others know because I had never heard anything about him being lgbt before!

I heard that before! And there is a lot of interesting discussion around that, and I do believe that he was queer, which was one of the more surprising realizations from when I started this project. A book about this that people have recommended to me is The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C A Tripp, so you could check that out for more info!

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@unihex thank you for being great

do you know of any influential lgbt from south…

do you know of any influential lgbt from south asia?

Hmm, I think the first person I would think of would be when you ask that would be Rituparno Ghosh!

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wild-blooms replied to your post “What is one part of LGBT+ history that you wish more people knew…”

@makingqueerhistory​ those are both great responses, thank you! 🙂

Of course! It was a great question!

Do you know of any famous south asian poets/wr…

Do you know of any famous south asian poets/writers who were lgbt, preferably lesbians?

My first thought was Khush: South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association would be a great place to start looking at this. It was in Canada, so it explored a slightly different experience, but I think you could definitely find a lot of what you are looking for by researching them. 

This is probably because I am Canadian, but a couple more activists within Canada to look at who is queer and work heavily within the South Asian community we have here is Alex Sangha and Farzana Doctor.

My last suggestion would probably be Shamim Sarif, who is a director who everyone should honestly check out. 

I hope this helped if anyone else has any additions feel free to add them.

Hey there, my name is Lia, and I am one of the…

Hey there, my name is Lia, and I am one of the two queer creators of a Tumblr comic called Indomitable Spirit!!!! IS!!!! is about queer POC and taekwon-do and it’s generally just a lot of fun. Check it out @indomitablespiritcomic!

Alright everyone, check this out right away because this sounds super awesome!

@indomitablespiritcomic

So you said queer history didn't start wi…

So you said queer history didn't start with Stonewall, which is not even surprising at all. However, that's all I've ever been told, so I don't know anything about the time before Stonewall. Do you have a tag, a masterpost, or some articles or something for me to read so I can learn about queer history before Stonewall? And I'm sorry if this comes off as rude or anything; I just genuinely want to learn the untold history of the community I'm a part of. Thanks 😊

First, thank you for coming to us, you didn’t come off as rude at all. 

Well, we don’t have a tag or masterpost, but I can create a list of articles we have up at this point (May 14, 2018) that focuses on queer subjects from before Stonewall.

Sappho, the Poetess
Kristina, King of Sweden
Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, and Occam’s Razor
Josephine Baker, a Woman with Eclectic Talents
Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust
Magnus Hirschfeld, the Founder
Institute of Sexology, a Place of Learning
San Domino, Gay Island
The Bitten Peach and the Cut Sleeve
The End of the World War 2 Series
Vita Sackville-West: Creating a Legacy
Langston Hughes: the Poet
The Marriage of Jane and Paul Bowles
Bjornstjerne Bjornson, the Advocate
Osh-Tisch, the Warrior
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Sir Ewan Forbes, the Doctor
Frida Kahlo: Lover of Self and Others
Albert D.J. Cashier
The Golden Orchid
Queen Christina, Queer Codes and Queer Coding (Part 2)
Queen Christina, Queer Codes and Queer Coding(Part 1)
Different from the Others, the Beginning
The Story of the Ladies of Llangollen
Wilfred Owen: Dating Your Heroes (And Writing Through Hard Times)
Virginia Woolf: Struggling (And Never Being Perfect)
Tamara de Lempicka’s Legacy
Tamara de Lempicka’s Life
Federico Garcia Lorca: Words that Scared a Country
Bricktop, and the Happy Ending
Bricktop, the Fabulous
Frank Kameny
Sophia Parnok, Russia’s Sappho
Annemarie Schwarzenbach
Alan L. Hart, Part 2
Alan L. Hart, Part 1
Defining Identities in North America, Part 2
Defining Identities in North America, Part 1
Alan Turing
Hatshepsut
Hamish Henderson
Elagabalus, the Empress
Billy Tipton and the Question of Gender
Takatāpui
Yukio Mishima
Kitty Genovese
Catherine Bernard: A question in studying asexual history
György Faludy
Edward Carpenter
Dawn Langley Hall
Zimri-Lim, King of Mari
Coccinelle
Lesbia Harford
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
Frieda Belinfante Part 2 
Frieda Belinfante Part 1
Eleanor Rykener
Redefining the Dandy: The Asexual Man of Fashion

I hope this helps! 

Hi!! I'm a trans|non binary English MA ca…

Hi!! I'm a trans|non binary English MA candidate putting together an anthology of poetry by trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, 2S, intersex, agender, etc poets age 21 and under, and am looking for as many submissions as I can get, as well as an artist to do a cover! Would you please share the submission page with your followers? It's @transphoriaanthology .

Of course! That sounds like an amazing project, everyone check this out here: @transphoriaanthology

What is one part of LGBT+ history that you wis…

What is one part of LGBT+ history that you wish more people knew about?

Can I say all of it? 

No that would be cheating, but I may bend the question a bit and say a huge focus for me is showing queer history outside of the United States and UK. 

If I was forced to pick a particular moment that I wish people knew more about I would say the Hays Code, just because it would make it so much easier to discuss queer media in a nuanced way with more context. 

Articles focusing on that:

I am sure there is some hypocrisy in saying history outside of the US and then listing off something that happened in the US, I will make it worse and quote the American poet Walt Whitman:

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

I know in modern history of the queer movement…

I know in modern history of the queer movement in the us, lesbian and gay men solidarity is pretty new. How about at other times in the past?

This is a complicated question because queer organizations as they exist today are quite modern, but that doesn’t mean that queer solidarity is. 

If you want to look at organizations that included lesbians and gay men, my first thought would be the Institute of Sexology, though it wasn’t particularly focused on lesbians since their main focus was repealing paragraph 175 which focused on relations between men, and research, lesbians and gay men worked together and there is a lot to look through here.

If you are looking for a broader example I would really urge you look through the history of rainbow marriages, while it wasn’t institutionalized solidarity it is still really worth the look and displays some of the most incredible stories of solidarity between gay men and lesbians I have ever seen.