Queer people played a significant role in the winning of the second world war, from the famous story of Alan Turing to the hundreds of names behind the scenes. One of those names is Elvira de la Fuente Chaudoir. In any remembrance of this woman’s work, it must be noted that while her work was done below the radar, her life most certainly was not. The daughter of a Peruvian diplomat, she was a woman who loved parties and “favour[ed] the companionship of women who may not be careful of their virginity” according to Deputy Chief Constable Josef Goulder. She was not well-respected, but she was well-known. Considered to be a beautiful “good-time girl” who loved the spotlight and was dismissed because of this, her identity was only revealed years after the war had ended: Agent Bronx. (Read full article)
Hi ! I was wondering if you have links or whatever about early queer history not in the US ? Like in Europe for example ? (I'm French) but also if you have things from other continents that would be amazing, thank you !
We have a few articles you might be interested in! We very recently tagged all the article on our site with their relevant countries, and there are currently dozens of different countries!
Some of our earliest articles, no later than the 17th century:
Khnumhotep and Niankhknum, and Occam’s Razor (Egypt)
Zimri-Lim, King of Mari (Syria)
Sappho, the Poetess (Greece)
The Bitten Peach and the Cut Sleeve (China)
Elagabalus, the Empress (Syria & Italy)
Eleanor Rykener (England)
The Golden Orchid (China)
Catherine Bernard: A question in studying asexual history (France)
And for the heck of it, all of our articles about folks who were born in France, lived in France, or died in France can be found here.
[Image Description: Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy, a white trans woman with curled and styled orange hair. She is wearing a white camisole nightgown and poses facing the camera.]
A sentiment that is found all throughout our project is the idea that just by existing queer people have the ability to change the world. This idea is rooted in the fact that by living and thriving in a world that wants you to be ashamed and erased, you are performing your own subtle revolution. And while subtly was not exactly Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy’s forte, we find this basic philosophy very visible in the impact her life left. (Read Full Article)
AIDS Film “BMP” Won’t Be Nominated for an Oscar:
The French film BPM (Beats Per Minute), about ACT UP Paris in 1992, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year and has been a hit among the HIV community (and others) stateside, where it is still being released. But, alas, the movie won’t be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Why AIDS Film “BPM” Has So Many Love Scenes—and So Much Dancing:
Released in France, where it won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the film BPM (Beats Per Minute) follows ACT UP Paris in 1992.
POZ spoke with Robin Campillo, the movie’s director and cowriter, who was a member of the AIDS activist group, and two of the film’s stars, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (who plays Sean, an HIV-positive activist) and Arnaud Valois (Nathan, Sean’s HIV-negative lover of sorts).
Magnus Hirschfeld, the Founder:
While the Institute was one of his most prestigious achievements, it is not his only one. As a doctor, Hirschfeld spent much of his life researching queer people and their lives, believing knowledge would be the bridge to equality. He was the first recorded person to run a scientific survey of queer people, and while some information he gathered has since been disproved or modified, he was still years ahead of his time.
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