Something we have run into a couple of times is the idea that because a queer person was not also a good person, or made a well-known mistake, that we shouldn’t talk about them because they are “bad representation”.
So, let’s all take a moment to recognize that history does not exist to fulfill our needs. Queer people in history have never been perfect, and should not be expected to be to deserve to be recognized as queer. Queerness is not a synonym with moral purity and the idea that it should be, or that we shouldn’t talk about certain people at all if they don’t fit today’s moral standards is not constructive. Ignoring history because someone doesn’t think it’s nice and clean is the reason queer people are underrepresented in discussions around history in the first place.
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(Heads up, we forgot to give a warning on the mic, but cw: coercive sex)
Today we talk about how Tamara de Lempicka deserved better, recommend Dreamfall Chapters, and discuss Laura’s controversial opinions and how the Return of the King ending was great.
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My favourite poet of all time, with one of my favourite pictures, with one of my favourite poems, who could ask for more.
Langston Hughes an incredible poet from the Harlem Renaissance who was also a gay man.
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