Category: lgbt

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2020 Changes

We wanted to take some time to thank you all for being a part of our project and share some exciting things we have planned for the future!

To start out 2020 right, we are going to make some big changes to the project that you all are going to have the chance to be a part of:

  • Reboot the Shop: We are going to be clearing out the majority of our shop and along with cleaning up some old designs we will adding in some new ones. Our patrons will be helping us choose which designs to add and which to keep.
  • New Patron Rewards: All of the patron rewards are going to be restructured, but to make sure that none of y’all miss out on the latest of the benefits any current patron who messages us will get whichever new reward is associated with your tier!
  • Instagram Calendar: Our Instagram is going to be restructured so that all the dates on our yearly queer history calendar are going to be celebrated on our Instagram.
  • Rotating Social Media Q+A: Making Queer History’s social media is going to start a rotating question and answer day on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  • Make Website More Accessible: Dean has been working all year to make Making Queer History’s website more accessible. This includes image descriptions and  a change in theme.
  • Restructuring Social Medias: All of our social media’s archives will be cleared out, and we will have a format for our social media posts so we can put more of our energy towards making our content instead of marketing it.
  • Google Folder: We are going to be compiling all of our old designs and presentations on a google folder to share with all of our patrons. Which means if you want one of our old designs for a reward you can just tell us what it is and send it out to you, and only you. It will basically be an optional patron exclusive store!

The queer community is exhausted. Already bombarded with near-constant discrimination, most of the stories coming out of countries where queerness is illegal are not ones that are easy to read. They are often the only ones we have access to.

No one could be expected to read through each one. Especially considering the media’s tendency to linger on the most horrifying aspects of any story.

This story is not without its horrifying elements: the violence of the incident, the lack of response for three years by the authorities, the people praising what had happened. But Xulhaz’s life was more than an instrument of pain.

His story doesn’t exist to make the more privileged among the community feel guilty, or even to shock people into action. His story is worth something because he was a man who lived, loved, and was loved. The violence of his death cannot eclipse that.

A friend of his, Raad Rahman, wrote of his memory:

“Nowadays, I linger over the softer memories, and I find myself circling back to an evening at Xulhaz’s house: While dozens of guests milled around for an event, he stepped outside to join me on his balcony, filled with potted plants and night jasmine blooming against the grilled lattice windows. I sat there longer than he could, as he was hosting the event. We watched the rain patter down on the rooftops in front of his apartment, unaware our days together were numbered. ‘Dhaka’s beautiful in this light, isn’t it?’ he said, a rhetorical question for the gloaming brilliance that even overcast sunsets had. I nodded, and he patted my shoulders: ‘If you sit out here alone for too long, you’re going to catch a cold.’”

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We’ve officially released our 2020 Making Queer History calendar! This year’s theme is “Little Bits of #QueerHistory.”

https://www.makingqueerhistory.com/calendar/2020-calendar

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This month we look at the life of Alan L Hart and recommend @thelilembroidebee

https://www.instagram.com/thelilembroidebee/

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MQH is sending out a huge thank you to all of our incredible patrons who have made it possible for us to cover over 100 people and events from queer history! To celebrate this we are going to be sharing a big announcement coming out today for our patrons on our Patreon!

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