Category: gay history

Dwayne Jones and the Dangers of Tragedy Touris…

Dwayne Jones and the Dangers of Tragedy Tourism:

Dwayne Jones was a transgender woman who lived in Jamaica, a country Times dubbed “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth” in 2006, and has since then been the sight of many violent homophobic and transphobic murders and mob killings. When researching her story, it can feel at first like a wide display of the homophobia and transphobia in the country. She dropped out of school because of bullying, and her father kicked her out of the family home at the age of fourteen because of her “effeminate” behaviour. She was then run out of town by the neighborhood, including said father.


Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Pictures Worth a Thousand …

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Pictures Worth a Thousand Words:

Fani-Kayode lived in Nigeria for the first twelve years of his life but was eventually forced to leave because of his father, Chief Babaremilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode, who was a prominent member of the Yoruba family. A civil war in Nigeria put him and his family in danger.


The Complex and Controversial Brenda Fassie

The Complex and Controversial Brenda Fassie:

Brenda Fassie was what many of us would refer to as a “child star.” She knew that she wanted to be a singer from a very young age and she began pursuing that dream as soon as she could. She was in many singing groups before she gained real popularity with her band, Brenda and the Big Dudes. Their song, “The Weekend Special,” sold enough records to seal her fate as one of the most popular musicians in South Africa at the time. To say she only went up from there would be an oversimplification of a very complicated life because while she did continue to garner fame and awards, her personal life was filled with more than her fair share of struggles.



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Sappho, the Poetess

Marsha P. Johnson, Pride

Khnumhotep and Niankhknum, and Occam’s Razor

Kristina, King of Sweden

San Domino, Gay Island

Institute of Sexology, Place of Learning

Magnus Hirschfeld, the Founder

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust

Josephine Baker, a Woman with Eclectic Talents

The End of the World War 2 Series

The Bitten Peach and the Cut Sleeve

FannyAnn Viola Eddy, Speaking Against Silence

Vita Sackville-West: Creating a Legacy

Langston Hughes: the Poet

The Moral of the Story

The Marriage of Jane and Paul Bowles

David Kato, the First Openly Gay Man in Uganda

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Osh-Tisch, the Warrior

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, the Advocate

The Rebellious Duchess

Sir Ewan Forbes, the Doctor

The Rainbow of Flowers

Anderson Bigode Herzer, the Poet

Antonio Variacoes, the Artist

Lesbians’ Stories

Gianni Versace’s Untold Love Story

Frida Kahlo: Love of Self and Others

Rituparno Ghosh: Exploring the LGBT Community in India

The Golden Orchid

Albert D.J. Cashier

Different from the Others, the Beginning

Queen Christina, Queer Codes and Queer Coding (Part 1)

Queen Christina, Queer Codes and Queer Coding (Part 2)

The Future of Queer Media

The Story of the Ladies of Llangollen

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Rita Hester, the Beginning of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Reinaldo Arenas, Rewriting Castro’s Legacy

Tamara de Lempicka’s Life

Tamara de Lempicka’s Legacy

Virginia Woolf: Struggling (And Never Being Perfect)

Wilfred Owen: Dating Your Heroes (And Writing Through Hard Times)


Federico Garcia Lorca: Words that Scared a Country

Kiyoshi Kuromiya: Balancing Might with Life

The Complex and Controversial Brenda Fassie

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

Dwayne Jones and the Dangers of Tragedy Tourism

Bricktop, the Fabulous

Bricktop, the Happy Ending

Yona Wallah and the Challenging of Gender Roles

Maryam Khatoon Molkara, a Woman Who Changed Her Country

Sophia Parnok, Russia’s Sappho

Frank Kameny

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Alan L. Hart, Part 1

Alan L. Hart, Part 2

One Year Ago Today

Brazilian Dictatorship and the Queer Movement

Alan Turing

Defining Identities in North America, Part 1

Defining Identities in North America, Part 2

Hamish Henderson


Alvin Baltrop

Billy Tipton and the Question of Gender

Elagabalus, the Empress

Yukio Mishima


Carlos Jáuregui

Kitty Genovese


György Faludy

Catherine Bernard: A Question in Studying Asexual History

Michelle Cliff, Rejecting Speechlessness, Part 1

Michelle Cliff, Rejecting Speechlessness, Part 2

Goodbye 2017


Dawn Langley Hall

Edward Carpenter

Far-Right Elected into Historic Queer Organization

Queer Crips: Reclaiming Language

Zimri-Lim, King of Mari


Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Lesbia Harford

Redefining the Dandy: The Asexual Man of Fashion

Eleanor Rykener

Freida Belinfante Part 1

Freida Belinfante Part 2

Cássia Eller

Lou Sullivan

makingqueerhistory: We have some new designs …


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Don’t let people convince you that queer history is unimportant. That we are a side note, that our identities aren’t important enough to be mentioned in anything but the footnotes. While you cannot blame any one source for the erasure of our history you most certainly can hold every source accountable. Don’t let people off the hook for a second when they try to ignore the history of our community, we deserve better.



Queer history did not start with Stonewall. That doesn’t make Stonewall unimportant but it is critical to realize that by only talking about queer history in context of Stonewall and America is erasure, and feeds into the attitude that queerness is somehow a recent development.

Even if it is not intentional, the impact of not directly addressing the fact that there are queer people and queer movements before Stonewall is harmful.