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 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:
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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(Content Warning: discussion of Nazis and the Holocaust)
We have covered a number of different professions throughout this project: writers, activists, actors, business owners, singers. There is more than enough proof that queer people can (and will) fill any role. So when we approach the subject of this article we aren’t confused by the fact a queer person held the role; we are surprised that this is a role that is held at all. Jeanette Schmid began as a female impersonator and ended up as a professional whistler. (Read Full Article)
Anderson Bigode Herzer:
Check out our most recent podcast episode about Anderson Bigode Herzer
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Daria Kerschenbaum is an asexual writer and artist working in New York City. You can follow her on Instagram @Daria_Kersch.
“[…]spinsters were seen as queer, not because they were not mothers or wives, but because they wanted to go into the public sphere and to break the gender boundaries between the private and the public.” — Hellesund Tone (Read Full Article)
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We are still doing our Funding Queer History fundraiser until the end of the month; celebrate pride month, support queer creators, learn about our history, and get yourself a neat reward!
We at Making Queer History have been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for a very special announcement — the first annual Funding Queer History!
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Funding Queer History starts today, May 12, and runs until the end of June. New and upgrading patrons not only ensure the future of Making Queer History but also get access to exclusive content and special rewards only available during the fundraiser.
All new and upgrading patrons get access to a bonus episode of the Making Queer History podcast. Red tier patrons will receive a sticker with the same floral design—the first and only time for red tier patrons to get a physical reward! In addition to the standard patron rewards, new and upgrading patrons from orange all the way to green get a fundraiser exclusive mug. The mug features the FQH floral logo with a green carnation and violet.
New and upgrading patrons from blue to violet get a high-quality enamel pin with the same floral design.
Want to support the project but becoming a patron isn’t an option for the time being? No problem! We understand. For this fundraiser, we’re also offering a tier exclusive to FQH: rainbow patrons! Anyone who makes a one-time donation of $50 or more gets access to the same amazing bonus content and the exclusive FQH pin.
Spreading the word is key, and you’re all an important part of that. Share the fundraiser, learn more about the project, and stay tuned for updates as we go along!