The study of queer history is frequently stalled by one debate: is it fair and reasonable to label a historical figure with language that did not exist while they were alive? Our project has long answered yes to this question, and we still do. We acknowledge that there is complexity in that task, and Ljuba Prenner, a Slovenian lawyer and author, is one of the clearest examples. There are layers of societal understanding, cultural differences, and personal experiences that all tie directly into how not only we see queer people but how queer people see themselves. The question we ask now is this: how many layers can be removed before you begin to erase a person’s right to self-identify? (Read full article)
Question: Do you have any articles on genderfluid people? I searched through a couple likely tags and articles on your blog and website, but couldn't really find much, figured I should double check. Also, thank you *so much* for running this project. It means so much to me and a lot of other people to have our history, to know we *have* history, especially without having to track it down ourselves. Thank you.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any articles on genderfluid folks. However, that’s definitely not due to lack of interest! We have covered nonbinary folks like King Kristina.
It’s definitely something on our to-do list along with aromantic folks. There are some really rad genderfluid folks making history right now though! Drag queens like Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chacki, and Eureka O’Hara, actors like Kelly Mantle, Cara Delevigne, and Nico Tortorella, and folks like Janei Kroczaleski, who was previously a powerlifter!
We love hearing what y’all are interested in seeing from us, so please share if you know any genderfluid folks (or folks who may have considered themselves genderfluid given the language) from the past! Or even better, submit an article proposal.
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to include the quoiromantic flag or the genderqueer flag, so I made a version with both.
Page 1 – stay tuned, lovelies!
Stills from Mishkan, a performance art/ritual piece about trans sanctuary. Mishkan is the biblical sanctuary that the Israelites carried through the desert. I used paper, chalk pastels, shadows, dirt, plants and plastic to create a temporary structure when I was feeling overwhelmed by casual transphobia and general isolation of school.
Left image description: a large white piece of paper with some orange scratches, crumpled and unfolded to create lines, leaf shadows on the top, against a black background.
Right image: thick orange pastel lines winding over a piece of paper that is upright on the ground, bottom section is in shadow.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: “Top 10 reasons for new patrons” over a pastel, brushstroke background]
1. Cool Rewards
Whatever you pledge, you can get awards like stickers, notebooks, and tote bags. At all levels, you get a personalized thank you, early access to the podcast, space at the monthly Skype hangout, and our eternal love.
2. More Original Content
We love creating articles and podcast for everyone to learn from and enjoy. Sometimes we even have the pleasure of bringing in guest authors!
3. Less Stress = More Focus
The less we have to stress about funds, the more we can focus on content, support, and expansion.
4. The ability to support more queer projects + creators
More patrons mean we can bring in more guest writers to give their unique perspectives and interests. It also means we can support and share more queer-led projects each month. As we grow, we want our community and fellow creators to grow with us.
5. Ability to brainstorm and release new concepts
The more time we’re able to focus solely on this project, the more time we can brainstorm new ways to uplift, empower, educate, and support our community with new and exciting projects!
6. Expand Our Team
The more funding we have, the more folks we can bring into the project. That means new and better quality content. One of this project’s goals is to bring in more team members.
7. Higher Quality Content
The more time, training, and skills we can invest, the better quality content we can produce.
8. Bi-Monthly Chat
Another Patreon goal is to start a bi-monthly chat with all of our patrons!
We’ve managed to start a website, bring in guest authors, launch various initiatives like Foster a Library, Project of the Month, and #MQHArtContest. We’d love to expand further in 2018!
10. Spreading Queer History
We run a series of articles and a podcast that work to tell the stories of the queer communities history. Above all else, that’s what it’s about; telling those stories not just to learn about our past, but to look toward the future.
Learning queer history is great, but making queer history is far greater.
Thank you for reading and sharing! <3
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Being trans can be tough sometimes but it’s also a blessing. A sacred gift. A journey few can know. A joy!
Thanks again for reading! ^_^