“The idea was influenced by a number experiences but, for me, the idea for the series began a few years back when Black Lives Matters stopped the Toronto Pride parade to protest a variety of issues. I just happened to be at that intersection filming and, after hearing the various reactions from the crowd and subsequent dialogue afterwards, it became very clear to me that a lot of folks in our community didn’t know much about LGBTQ2+ history or, in many cases, even about Pride itself. And who could blame any of us? Nobody taught me about Stonewall growing up. I never learned about all the many amazing LGBTQ2+ heroes whose shoulders we stand on. They weren’t in the history books. Their stories were demonized, altered, censored or, in most cases, erased altogether. When I wanted to learn about them, I had to seek it out and it wasn’t — and still isn’t — always easy to find. As Stonewall was nearing its 50th anniversary, I thought it would be the perfect time to release a history series that really celebrates LGBTQ2+ heroes of the past and ties that past to our communities’ issues today so that we might all better understand each other.”
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You can find all the info you need here including all of our guest articles written so far!
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The memory of Florence Nightingale still ripples throughout Europe and North America. Documents about her life still exist and uphold her legacy; in many ways, she has become something of a mythological figure. Even in life, there was merchandise relating to her, but it’s taken on a new life in books, valentines, and even colouring pages. She’s remembered as a no-nonsense feminist icon, a tender motherly figure, the founding of modern-day nursing, and even the hero of nursery rhymes. Less discussed in the possibility that she was a lesbian and/or asexual. (Read full article)
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)
At this time, Making Queer History will be paying guest authors 50 CAD to write an article for the website. We pay using PayPal, so you must have a Paypal account.
We will also link to any social media account on the byline and all social media. We will use your name (does not have to be your legal or birth name) when citing the author. If you do not want your name or social media accounts linked, we are more than happy to accommodate.
Submit an article using the form on our site. For your submission, we ask for:
The opening paragraph, including a brief summary of what you are writing about and some preliminary information regarding where you plan to go with the article. This must be between 100-500 words.
All writers must be queer; we want to hire queer artists exclusively. If you are an ally, this opportunity is not for you.
If you’re chosen as a Guest Author, that’s great! Here is what to expect:
We will need a method to communicate with you as you write your article. While we give you a lot of creative control, we do want a bit of control over the completed content, so be open to edits and critiques. We want to produce the best possible content for our audience, and we’re sure you want to produce the best content to represent yourself.
Source your article.
Finished articles should be over 1500 words and follow the basic template of our previous articles. Remember to add a quote if you can find one.
Include a picture for your article that is in the public domain.
We will pay at the end of the month through Paypal.
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To show how much we genuinely appreciate everyone who supports us, we have a fundraiser exclusive for Red tier patrons too! New red tier patrons will receive a die-cut vinyl sticker with the same floral design featured on all FQH rewards.
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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.