Category: queer writers

2018 Queer Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Queer Holiday Gift Guide

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Remember, this is the last week to join this year’s gift guide!

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.

And keep an eye out for holiday sales from our very own shop these coming weeks!

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Early Asexual Feminists: The Asexual History of Social Purity Activists and Spinsters

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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Check out all guest authored articles here!

Check out all guest authored articles here!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Source your article.
  3. 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.
  4. Include a picture for your article that is in the public domain.
  5. We will pay at the end of the month through Paypal.

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makingqueerhistory:

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.

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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.  

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Edward Carpenter

Often, the history of the queer community can only be found in whispers. When carefully kept records fail, by accident or malice, we must look for ourselves in between the lines of the world around us. Queer people leave a trail of breadcrumbs meant to speak only to others like them; symbols, side notes, carefully crafted sentences. And these breadcrumbs are what define the life of Edward Carpenter. (Read the full article here)

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makingqueerhistory: We are starting a new pro…

makingqueerhistory:

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 donation here. 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.

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makingqueerhistory:

There has been a disturbing trend I have noticed in discussions of queer history and I think it is important to address.

There are a lot of people saying things like “people who talk about queer history and don’t know about (fill in the blank) are ridiculous”. And that in itself is not a problem but the blank is ALWAYS filled with something from American/British history.

I have discussed this before but I want to say it again, prioritizing American/British history is a horrible trend that is aggressively prevalent within the queer community. And posts and discussions that place those narratives as Need to Know yet never place importance on stories from other countries are incredibly damaging and something people need to keep an eye on in the projects and work they follow and in themselves.

We can do better than this, we have to do better than this.

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makingqueerhistory:

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.