“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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MQH Now is all about you and what you’re doing to make queer history in your own community. We’re featuring one monthly creator, and we’re be looking at queer artists, activists, educators, inventors—anyone making history right now!
If you’re doing something amazing and want to be featured, this is your chance! You can find more info and apply on our website.
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.
Join our 2018 Queer Holiday Gift Guide! Your work could be the perfect gift this holiday season, and we want to make sure it’s seen. Our gift guide features queer artists from around the world offering their art, writing, readings, and more.
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.
We’ll be accepting submissions through our website through December 1.
And keep an eye out for holiday sales from our very own shop these coming weeks!