Making Queer History
Making Queer History runs a podcast and a series of articles that work to tell our history.
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makingqueerhistory · 17 hours ago
Early enough in my adolescence, the internet became a social space safe enough for self-understanding and for rejecting the heteronormative possibilities of my future. Most of these online spaces were in English by default; occasionally there might be a space in Arabic, but that did not become common until later. I found myself living between the languages I spoke, at times preferring to use English, and at other times Arabic. At some point, I found an online support group for LGBT teenagers mostly in the United States, but there were members from Asunción, Paraguay and Sydney, Australia. I became accustomed to referring to myself using English terminology common in LGBT society. At some point, as I began to participate in online translation work, I tried to find people like me who described themselves in Arabic terminology, and it took a while to do so. Eventually I found a chatroom under the channel name #makhanith (in the Arabic script). There were about thirty or forty regular users. Most of them were from the Gulf Arab states. And many were there to cruise for sex, but I found it difficult to find folks in Dubai specifically, so I ended up spending most of my time there having random conversation with others. These conversations were almost exclusively in Arabic, and that is how I learned the LGBT community’s terminologies used in my variety of Arabic. These online spaces became an important part of my identity, and the name of the chatroom lent itself to that. Indeed, often when speaking in English I found myself using the usual Western terminology expected by English speakers, while in Arabic I often used khanith in self-reference as it served the purpose of signaling to Arabic speakers who rejected heteronormative possibilities who I was and how we are in relation to each other.
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makingqueerhistory · 19 hours ago
“I gained the summit and waited for them, feeling very little, very lonely, and much inclined to cry. They caught my hands and shook them, their eyes glowing with pleasure and pride, and with an effort I swallowed the lump in my throat and laughed instead. Then we all began talking at once; it was only 8.40 a.m., and we had beaten any previous record by two hours, and I a mere woman! I felt bewildered, and could not realize that the goal I had dreamed of and striven for for years was beneath my feet.”
— Emmeline Freda Du Faur
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makingqueerhistory · 20 hours ago
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makingqueerhistory · 20 hours ago
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makingqueerhistory · 22 hours ago
Heyyy so I've scrolled through your book club lists and book recommendations but I'm really curious about what your absolute favorite queer centric books are, whether history, autobiographical, or fiction? If you have a list, I'd love to see it! Thanks so much, and sorry if this has been asked before. Sending love and wishing you and yours safety!
Can I give you my top three for nonfiction, then fiction, or is that too much? I am going to do it.
The New Queer Conscience: This book really got me thinking about what the “community” part of queer community means to me. It really packs a punch for such a short book, and I need to get my hands on a physical copy.
The Trauma Cleaner: This might be a bit more of a controversial pick, and it might not be in my top books of all time, but I think about it a lot and just want to include it here. If you are up for a messy (in all possible ways) book, this is for you. I think it has a fantastic exploration of what loneliness does to people. Following this transgender woman through her life really made me feel like I was sitting down with her for a long emotional chat in a coffee shop.
Double Cross The True Story of D-Day Spies: In a time when there is a worrying rise in neo-nazis, this book is so important to me. It reminded me of something I think our culture has forgotten. I think in our attempt to glorify the efforts of people fighting Nazis, we have mythologized the Nazis themselves, and this book looked me straight in the eye and said, “Nazis lost for a reason.” It includes many great stories, but it is also a fantastic reminder that Nazis were and are humans. The most impressive thing about them is generally how pathetic they are when you strip away the propaganda and grand-standing.
Beyond the Pale: there is this amazing poem written by tatiana de la tierra “lesbian texts are passed from hand to hand and mouth to mouth
between lesbians. they are located on the skin, in the look, in
the geography of the palms of the hands.
lesbian literature exists in pieces: in flyers, newsletters,
magazines, chapbooks, bathroom stalls, notes, novels, e-mails,
love letters, on tiny scraps of paper.”
and every time I talk about this book, I think of that poem, both because of the themes within it and because a lesbian woman let me borrow this book in the first place. I don’t cry a lot when reading, but I sobbed with this book. If you are looking for a fun happy-ending read, this won't be the one for you, but if you a looking for a book that hits you right to your bones, pick this one up, please. (Also please check out trigger warnings first)
Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: This book captured my experience within the queer community more thoroughly and authentically than any other book before or since. Lighter than the last one, but by no means light, this book means so much to me. 
Into the Drowning Deep: This is a horror novel, and I just love it. It might be a bit less deep than the others, but I love it so much. If you read Jurassic park and thought: “this should be queerer, also why does this book seem to hate fat people so much?” this is the book for you.
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makingqueerhistory · 23 hours ago
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makingqueerhistory · a day ago
Hi! Do you have any resources on Dutch or European history? Thanks for your time!
Yes! We have quite a few about European history, and you can look through that a little more thoroughly here, but in terms of the Netherlands, I have two names for you:
Anna Blaman
Frieda Belinfante
Thanks for asking! When I was researching the Anna Blaman article, I found many fascinating papers about the Netherlands, and I have been thinking about them a lot lately. So, I am thrilled to share this!
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makingqueerhistory · a day ago
“I was the first unmarried woman who had wanted to climb in New Zealand, and in consequence I received all the hard knocks until one day when I awoke more or less famous in the mountaineering world, after which I could and did do exactly as seemed to me best.”
— Emmeline Freda Du Faur
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makingqueerhistory · a day ago
As soon as I, assuming that the flame of my flesh is sensual desire, lead my body in this direction - my flames die out. Does this mean - depravity? That is, evasion?
Zinaida Gippius (via makingqueerhistory)
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makingqueerhistory · a day ago
“Today, the fields of queer and trans history are still in the process of finding ways to talk about gender and sexuality diversity among Native people in a way that is neither appropriative nor exotifying. Here I am trying to tell the story of Ozaawindib’s life, not as a way to show the myriad possibilities of gender and sexuality among “primitive” peoples, as some white queer writers have done. Nor am I telling her story so it can be used as a sort of precursor or opening scene which non-Native queer people can inherit after Native people seemingly vanish from the dominant narrative of history. I am sharing her story simply because it is an apt demonstration of how gender diverse Native people were important actors in North American history. Ozaawindib’s story reveals important historical realities of queer, trans, and/or Two-Spirit experiences in North America, especially relating to the process of colonization and the erasure of people who did not conform to the accepted dominant standards of gender and sexuality.[i] Both her story and its subsequent narrative fracturing are symptomatic of larger trends in the history of North American queer, trans, and Two-Spirit peoples.”
— Kai Pyle Ozaawindib, the Ojibwe Trans Woman the US Declared a Chief
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makingqueerhistory · a day ago
hi! I'm looking for queer people / events/ stuff from the 1920s/30s. Do you have any articles talking about the period of time? Thank you for all your amazing work!! xx
I can write you a list, that is a period we have been able to cover quite a bit, fortunately! Personally, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate reentering the twenties than looking back to how our queer ancestors dealt with it last time. This probably isn’t all of our articles from this time period, but they are the ones I remember:
Alexandru Bogdan-Pitești
Billy Tipton and the Question of Gender
Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz
Leslie Hutchinson
Claude Cahun 
Alan Turing
Evelyn Irons
Alan L. Hart
Annemarie Schwarzenbach
Princess Vera Gedroitz
Zdeněk Koubek
David Paynter
Sophia Parnok, Russia’s Sappho
Bricktop, the Fabulous
Salim Halali
Virginia Woolf: Struggling (And Never Being Perfect)
Tamara de Lempicka’s Life
Jane Addams 
Ljuba Prenner
Amrita Sher-Gil
Elmyr de Hory
Different from the Others, the Beginning
Victor Barker
Elvira de la Fuente Chaudoir, A.K.A Agent Bronx
Nils Asther
Sir Ewan Forbes, the Doctor
Frieda Belinfante 
Langston Hughes: The Poet
Vita Sackville-West: Creating a Legacy
Lesbia Harford
Josephine Baker: A Woman with Eclectic Talents
Magnus Hirschfeld: The Founder
György Faludy
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makingqueerhistory · 2 days ago
Have you thought about putting the podcast on Spotify? I'm like 99% sure it's free to put a podcast on Spotify and the podcast is so awesome it would be so cool to see it on there where a lot of people would be able to easily access it!
I actually hadn’t until you mentioned it, but once I got this ask I did a bit of research, and went ahead and did it!
So now along with us being on Podbean, Itunes, and our website, we are also now on Spotify!
Thank you so much for messaging us! 
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makingqueerhistory · 2 days ago
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makingqueerhistory · 2 days ago
Our tenth Queer History Minute!
If you happen to have ten minutes today, feel free to watch them all, but if you just have one, here is our most recent about Eleanor Rykener.
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makingqueerhistory · 2 days ago
“Bigots think they give everything they do not take away.”
— King Kristina’s Maxims
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makingqueerhistory · 2 days ago
Remember, we always need patrons to keep this project going, if you are in a place financially to support Making Queer History, please consider doing so.
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makingqueerhistory · 3 days ago
“My brother bought me a pair of blue trousers; a brown tail coat, red skin braces, a waistcoat striped in yellow, boots made black, and a little neat cap were obtained, by that the gentleman was completed.”
— Ferdinand Andreas Bruce
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