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“The word ‘homosexual’ has a clinical connotation, and ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ are often defined too narrowly. ‘Queer,’ on the other hand, entails a broader scope of practices than do ‘lesbian’ ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual’ including non-normalized non-heterosexual consensual sexual and gender practices not easily captured by the latter terms (e.g., bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, and other sexual/gender practices). In other words, ‘queer’ allows us to point towards the diverse social character of sexual and gender practices and identifications that do not fall under the rigid categories of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’,’bisexual’ or ‘heterosexual’-or even ‘male’ and ‘female’”

Canada’s War on Queers (via makingqueerhistory)

Documentary shines spotlight on experience of LGBT Inuit | Toronto Star:

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“The film makes clear that many believe one legacy of colonialism in the territory has been homophobia. Prior to the growing influence of the church in the 1950s, which occurred in tandem with a federal program of forced relocation of Inuit communities, many say that polygamous marriages and same-sex relationships were accepted in Inuit culture.

“I’ve talked with elders and they’ve told me that traditionally (gay sexuality) happened,” says Komangapik.”

“My queerness is not a vice, it is not deliberate and harms no one, I am a lesbian. One need not hide it, nor boast of it, though being other than normal is a perilous advantage.”

Natalie Barney (via makingqueerhistory)

makingqueerhistory:

@somewhereinbetweencomic

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing and working with the runner of the Somewhere in Between web comic. We were lucky enough to discuss the work of the creator with the creator themselves, and we are proud to promote their work to you now.

With many queer creators just getting their start on the big wide internet, Somewhere in Between stands apart. The comic has a professional quality that is often lacking in other personal projects, and a personal touch that is often lacking in professional projects. And as a creator myself, the game is all about balance.

How much personality to put in, how much polish out, do you want people to connect to it on a personal or political level, how much should you appeal to people on an emotional level? And it is rare to see a project that balances all of these sliding scales as well as Somewhere in Between does.

It keeps the personal front and center without ever feeling unprofessional, and while humor is used the situations never feel sensationalized or unreal. And in talking to the creator Gracie May we found that is the case, the stories depicted in the comics are the experiences of the creator and it is clear to see that because of the personal nature of the comic it becomes more relatable. And though this may seem like a contradiction we find that in many other forms of art this exists as well.

Though it is often said the creator must remove themselves from the work as much as they can, it is seen time and time again that not only is that impossible but it often turns out that the most universally felt and understood pieces of art are those that are most intimate. And in this comic it is no different. While the scenes depicted are from the creators life they feel familiar to many queer people. And through that the personal becomes political.

Though the comic primarily explores the life of the creator it is often found that those experiences are shared ones. And by bringing these events to the front, the comic opens the floor to discussion and exploration of the realities of queer life. The life of the creator becomes something people can not only relate to but explore the reasons behind and it opens a realm that many projects (including our own) don’t explore.

While in some projects it is important to keep the content as removed from the creator as one can, in this comic it is the connection between the work and the creator that make it extraordinary.

So check out this work. Support a queer creator taking control of the queer narrative and help them make queer history.

Somewhere in Between

Interview

“Lesbians…rarely cooperated and virtually never became informers.”

The Canadain War on Queers (via makingqueerhistory)

Brazilian Dictatorship and the Queer Movement

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Alan L. Hart, Part 1

The study of queer history, like any study, is complicated. There is a significant amount of nuance that needs to be addressed and because of this it can become difficult to come to final answers. It is important to recognize that final answers are not always meant to be reached. This is particularly evident in the case of Alan L. Hart (1890-1962), the doctor and novelist who we look at this week. (Read full article)

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Project of the Month

Alphabet Soup uses first hand accounts to educate people about lesser known sexualities and gender identities. With various types of media, including creative writing, interviews, quotes, films, plays, visual art, and ads for community-related products and events, Alphabet Soup allows many different people to learn and join the conversation to increase acceptance and awareness. It’s important work that needs to be done, and I hope Alphabet Soup will be a great springboard for it!

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““I want to die. I don’t want my health to improve…and then deteriorate again. I’ve been through too many hospitalizations already. After I was diagnosed with PCP [AIDS pneumonia], I asked Saint Virgilio Piñera, to give me three years to live so that I could complete my body of work. Saint Virilio granted me my request. I’m happy. I do wish, though, that I had lived to see Fidel kicked out of Cuba, but I guess it won’t happen during my lifetime. Soon, I hope, his tyranny will end. I feel certain of that.””

Reinaldo Arenas (via makingqueerhistory)

“I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”

E.M. Forster (via makingqueerhistory)