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2019 Holiday Gift Guide
Join our 2019 Queer Holiday Gift Guide! Your work could be the perfect gift this holiday season, and we want to make sure it’s seen. Our gift guide features queer artists from around the world offering their art, writing, readings, and more.
This is not just a call for artists, but all queer creators! We want to share your queer businesses, projects, and works. It just takes a quick form telling us about yourself and your work.
We’ll be accepting submissions through our website through October 31.
And keep an eye out for holiday sales from our very own shop these coming weeks!
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“Do not abandon the love, because you are alone in Iran.
I am by your side and you are in our thoughts.” — Fereydoun Farrokhzad
For 2019, we’re offering a Making Queer History first—a calendar!
Keep track of all your most important events—we’ve even added a few to get your year started right! Unlike an ordinary calendar, this features important queer events, birthdays, and anniversaries. Can’t remember when LGBTQIA+ History Month is? Want to celebrate Magnus Hirschfeld’s birthday? Trying to plan an event for Asexual Awareness Week? You’re covered!
“It was just too early for me. I should be born again. I could have done more, that’s what saddens me. But I’m not an unhappy person. I look for the next thing to do. There’s always something still to do.” (Read Full Article)
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.
There is a fine line historians must walk between being thoughtful in using contemporary language for historical figures and erasing queer people from history. While someone from ancient Sumer wouldn’t have used the word “bisexual”, for example, we can discuss how their sexuality and experiences fit this modern term. We walk that line with every article, and we try to do so respectfully. There are, however, those who act under the guise of historical accuracy only to deny queer persons our history, particularly those stories of trans women. (Read Full Article)
We are starting a new project here at Making Queer History. Since we are working to expand our research materials, we will be enlisting our audiences help.
Basically we are doing an “adopt a book” system that will allow our audience to help us grow our library. It will be set up so that if anyone wants to send in a donation to the project that money would go to buying a queer history book off of the projects wishlist. And when you donate towards a book your name (and possibly a message of your choice) gets written on the title page.
If you want to be a part of this program, send in a donationhere. We will also ask you to add a message along with the donation saying
“Foster a Library Donation [Name] [If you want it to go towards a specific book off of the wishlist add the title and author] [Message of your choice]”
If you are only able to donate a little other names will on the page as well and I can take pictures and post updates on the books on the project’s Instagram.