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Sunday, December 25th, 2011
10:02 pm
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
1:34 pm
Hi there!

Okay, so this comm might not be posting, but people are watching it, right? Right?

Anyways, I was doing my queer history research blog on Blogspot and decided to crosspost everything on Livejournal to make it easier on anyone who wanted to watch it. Probably I could have just made an RSS feed, but whatever.

Contemplations on an Unknown History.
Friday, September 19th, 2008
12:22 am
I'm new to this community, and I have a question. I was wondering if anyone has a good list or can recommend any good documentaries about GLBT history, particularly right before, during and the aftermath of Stonewall. Right now I'm currently watching 'Before Stonewall' and also checked out from the local rental store here 'After Stonewall' but I'm always looking for more to watch!

The other area of interest is homosexuality during the Holocaust and WWII. I know very little has been written about the subject, but being Jewish and part of the GLBT community I find it interesting as well as important to learn more about it.

Thanks to anyone in advance.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
4:48 pm

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.  GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.


The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution


Fill out the survey at:  www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.


While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.

Monday, November 26th, 2007
2:50 pm
Queer CUNY This Saturday!
Queer CUNY VIII: The Twilight of Queerness?
Saturday, December 1st
Hunter College, West Lobby

The conference will commence in the West Lobby of Hunter College (entrance on the SW corner of 68th and Lex).

To get a sneak peek of the scheduled panels, click here.Collapse )

Please contact QueerCUNY@gmail.com with any questions.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
4:24 pm

Hunter College, NYC
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Duggan
December 1st

The Twilight of Queerness?Collapse )
Anyone who is interested in attending the conference and/or helping produce it should email Taylor at QueerCUNY@gmail.com
Friday, October 26th, 2007
8:59 am
In England..
every February is lgbtq* history month, and for the whole of its existence I have curated an outstilation in the five London main public institutions, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, Tate, and the British Library to see how they are managing.

And the results aren't good.

I'm beginning to prepare for next year, but we have a different starting point, for the Barbican is curating an exhibition called Seduced with a catalogue for less than thirty pounds which shows how contested all the categories are.

John Addington Symonds is the starting point for the Barbican case.

Current Mood: quixotic
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
9:18 am
"Kicked Out" call for submissions
Edited by: Sassafras Lowrey*
Publisher: Homofactus Press
Deadline: March 1, 2008

Kicked Out is an anthology, which chronicles the experiences of former queer youth and current queer youth who were forced to leave home as minors because of their sexuality and/or gender identity. Kicked Out tells our collective stories of survival, weaving together descriptions of abuse, and homelessness with poignant accounts of the ways in which the queer community offered sanctuary, and the power and importance of creating our own chosen families etc. Kicked Out offers advice and wisdom to the queer youth of today from former queer youth who have survived. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for readers to get a glimpse into the world of those queer youth who as a result of circumstance have had to leave home, while simultaneously shattering the stereotypes of who queer youth are, and what they have the potential to become.
Read more...Collapse )
Monday, January 29th, 2007
5:03 pm
GLBT Historical Society

Anyone know if there is a local (portland, oregon) and national (USA) GLBT Historical society?


Sunday, November 5th, 2006
10:09 pm
Hey there,

I am new to this community and just wanted to say I am enjoying reading all your posts and will contribute something soon enough!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
1:29 pm
new book: male-male intimacy in early america
I just read this SF Bay Guardian review of William Benemann's Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships, and thought it may be of interest. I wonder, has anyone heard of this professor? I haven't yet read the book, but it looks intriguing:

O Pioneers! A Berkeley historian turns his gaydar on early America
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
11:50 am
Middle Irish Lesbian Story
I've just joined this community, and have shared this particular thing on several lists I'm on. One of my goals, as an academic Celticist, a person interested in historical sexuality and queer studies, and just as a general interest, is to popularize the following story, which has received so little scholarly attention that it is truly sad. It is all the more a gem because, unlike many stories of homoeroticism in various cultures and mythologies, here we have specific information that two people had sex--and in Irish culture, revealing particularities of one's sexual life was considered very bad form (grounds for a no-fault divorce on the part of a wife, in fact), hence the possible embarassment and propensity for lying that are implied in the story--note the entire lack of condemnation or adverse judgment on the woman involved. Anyway, it is found in the Book of Leinster (early 12th century), as well as the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum and in a slightly different version in the Leabhar Cloinn Aodh Buidhe; the king Niall Frossach is a historical 7th century king, who it is said in all the annals had unusual rains associated with his birth, and in the only other narrative concerning him was said to be extremely pious. Enjoy!

Book of Leinster, folio 273b-274a, lines 35670-35711 (Vol. 5, p. 1202), diplomatic text

Bui rí fírén forglide fíal fossad flaithemda i n-ardrígi for Herind .i. Niall Frossach mac Fergaile. Ba maith Heriu fria remis. Boí mess 7 class 7 íth 7 blicht fria lind 7 boí cach óen for a duthaig oca. Dorecmacht fecht n-óen and móraenach I Taltin lais co forglu fer nHerend imme. Ra córaigit dano ríg rogmara 7 rigna rosclethna 7 tóisig na túath. 7 a n-airig. for foradaib airegdaib ind oenaig. Batar im maccaími 7 dreittil 7 láith gaile na nGaedel for dírmaib dronaib tendroscachaib ic ferthain graffand issind óenuch.

A mbatar and dofic ben do shaigid in ríg 7 mac na hucht. 7 dobert i n-ucht in ríg. Ar do rígi 7 ar do fhlaithemnas or si finta damsa tria fhirinni flatha cóich athair collaide in meicsea ar ni fetarsa fessin. Ár thongimse féin fót fhirinni flathasu 7 fón ríg follomnaiges ind uli dúil nach fetar cin o fherscal fri hilbliadna innassa. Tochtais in rí andside. In dernais lanamnas rebartha ri mnaí aile for se. 7 na ceil or se ma dorónais. Ni chel or si. Doringnius.

Is fír ar in rí ra chomraic in bensin ri fer in n-uair remi. 7 in compert ro fhacaibside accisi rolásaide. rolaside triasin comshuathad it maclocsu. Coro chompert it broindsiu. Is é in fersin athair do meicsiu. & fintar cía eside.

A mbátar and dano co cualatar in fothrum assind áer cucu 7 co nfhaiccet in fuath 7 in n-irchóit n-anachnid oc tuttim for lar ind oenaig coro chuir scuru 7 daíni for teiched. Connar thairis issind oenuch acht in rí 7 úathad malle ris.

Crét tú ar in rí. Dune ar se. Cid dottuc fon innassain ar in rí Ní handsa ar se. Sacart Insi Bó Finni me a bunud. & tech doronad acum 7 nirb áil dam sáer isin domun do thabairt do denam a erscoir. Co tánic demon for deilb duine dom shaigid 7 co nderna erscor issin taíg. 7 niro gab logidecht aile. acht shlectain do. 7 ro shlechtusa dó iar sain. 7 rom gabsa andside miad 7 borrfud. & dom thanic tond diummais. & tucad luad for luamna fom. 7 romfucsat na demna leo. & batar accom fhollomnugad fri re .uii. mhbliadan innossa. In tan iarum rucaisiu in mhbreith fíren forglide í mbuaruch forsin nmaí dodechaid dott ail is and donrala ni uasutsu. indé iarum tánic ditsu ar th’imdergad foloiside i n-ardda coro scaíl na demna for cach leth. 7 niro fhétsat m’ fhastudsa. occo issind aer co tudchadsa for lár amal atchisiu 7 corom shaerad tria fhirinni do fhlathasu. 7 iss í ind fhirbreth rucaisiu or se forin lenam.

Ro saerad in sacard 7 rofess athair na naíden tria breith in ríg fon cummasain. Bá la gein ind rígsain ro fhersat na tri frossa .i. fross argit gil. is deside ro cumtaigit scrína 7 ethla name Herend. 7 fross fola for glend Lagen. 7 fros chruthnechta.

Unde Fland Frossach.


There was a fine, firm, righteous, generous princely king ruling over Ireland, Níall Frassach, son of Fergal. Ireland was prosperous during his reign. There was fruit and fatness, corn and milk in his time, and he had everyone settled on his own land. He called a great assembly in Tailtiu once, and had the cream of the men of Ireland around him. Great kings and wide-eyed queens and the chiefs and nobles of the territories were ranged on the stately seats of the assembly. There were boys and jesters and the heroes of the Irish in strong eager bands racing their horses in the assembly.

While they were there, a woman came to the king carrying a boy child, and put him into the king’s arms. “For your kingship and your sovereignty,” said she, “find out for me through your ruler’s truth who the carnal father of the boy is, for I do not know myself. For I swear by your ruler’s truth, and by the King who governs every created thing, that I have not known guilt with a man for many years now.”

The king was silent then. “Have you had playful mating with another woman?” said he, “and do not conceal it if you have.” “I will not conceal it,” said she, “I have.” “It is true,” said the king. “That woman had mated with a man just before, and the semen which he left with her, she put it into your womb in the tumbling, so that it was begotten in your womb. That man is the father of your child, and let it be found out who he is.”

While they were there they heard a noise coming towards them out of the sky, and they saw a strange malignant spectre falling to the floor of the assembly, putting men and horses to flight; nobody stayed in the assembly but the king and a few people around him. “What are you?” said the king. “A human being,” said he. “What put you in that plight?” said the king. “I will tell you,” he said. “I am in fact the priest of Inis Bó Finne, and I had built a house, and there was no craftsman in the world that I thought good enough to make the woodwork. And a demon came to me in the shape of a man, and he made the woodwork in the house, and he would take no payment except that I should bow down to him. And I bowed down to him then, and I was seized by swelling pride and a wave of vainglory and I was caught up into flight and the demons took me away with them, and they have been ruling me for seven years now. But when you gave that fine righteous judgment this morning on the woman who came to plead with you, we happened to be above you at that time. The vapour, then, which rose from you when you became red flew up and scattered the demons in all directions, and they were unable to hold me in the air, so that I fell down through the truth of your rulership—the true judgment you gave on the child.”

The priest was saved and the father of the child ascertained through the king’s judgment in that way. It was at the birth of that king that the three showers fell: a shower of white silver (it is from that that the shrines and emblems of the saints of Ireland were made) and a shower of blood in Glenn Lagen, and a shower of wheat.

Hence Fland [sic] Frossach.

There are many things which could be said about this--including suggesting the possible moral of the story, "lesbianism saves souls"!--which I've written a paper on, detailing the religious allegorical and historical implications possible in the story, as well as what it means for our understanding of early Irish sexuality.
Monday, December 5th, 2005
4:05 am
Just introducing myself...I am excited to be a aprt of this community!
Friday, October 14th, 2005
2:54 pm
Queer history, oral history and attitude
Quick explanation/introduction: I'm a lesbian from Birmingham, England. I'm starting an MPhil in 20th-century British history, and my dissertation topic is the West Midlands (the county I live in) LGBT community after 1967 (when homosexual acts in private between two males were legalised in Britain). As far as I can tell, there hasn't been anything written specifically focussing on the development of this community, and since it's my community, I wanted to study its history.

I've been thinking some more about my dissertation topic. I hope I can get some of this angst into the bibliographical essay. Hell, something's got to fill the gap created by the lack of existing literature to write about... The thing is, I'm aware that it's completely obnoxious to
  1. Expect a member of a group to educate someone who is not a member of that group, and
  2. Treat an individual as a spokesperson for a group.
When people try that with me, depending on how well-meaning I think they are, they get either let down gently or fixed with the Cold Glare Of Death. Which is a bit of a problem, given that my dissertation's going to involve quite a bit of oral history. Cut, because it gets longerCollapse )

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
8:06 pm
historical couples
alright, i have a random thing that maybe people could help me with: i'm trying to come up with tough ass historical/mythical gay couples for this project. like warriors or kings or stuff like that. so far i have achilles and patroklos, alexander and hephaestion, david and jonathan, niankhkhnum and khnumhotep, and hadrian and antinous. (hhhmmmm, maybe i should say arguably gay couples? or homoerotic couples? or men in love? because there's no proof for david...) anyway, anyone else??? (would lancelot and arthur pendragon count in anyone's opinion?)
Friday, July 29th, 2005
7:32 pm
Canadian Queer History...
My first post, here.

I'm looking for critique/constructive criticism on my Canadian Queer History page. I'm putting it up because most of what I've found on the net is either British- or American-focused.

I'm especially hoping to catch any factual errors. My style is admittedly biased, but I am hoping for factually accurate :)

Any advice on formatting is also welcome. My understanding of HTML is not what it should be.

Thanks in advance :)

ETA: Of course, this would be easier if I posted the link (sorry, it's been a long week):

Canadian Queer History Site
12:49 am
Does anyone know the origin of the term tribadism? I know it means lesbianism and seems to have been in use around the turn of the 20th century, but beyond that I'm stumped. Thanks!
Sunday, July 17th, 2005
5:29 pm
I have been working on a novel about gay subcultures in Berlin in the late 1920s. If anyone is interested, I have posted 2 short stories in my journal under the heading "Stories" (entry date July 17th). They are some of the more polished pieces from this work, and I am hoping to submit them in grad-school applications, so any feed back would be greatly appreciated. They can be probably be read in any order, since they take place simultaneously, but "Das Ross" was written first. They are in English, and words/names containing umlauts had to be transliterated when I transfered them from Mac to PC. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
4:18 pm
Hirschfeld's Transvestites - Gay Trans History
I've recently been reading Magnus Hirschfeld's "Transvestites: the Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress." This is the 1991 translation by Michael Lombardie-Nash, but the original was published in 1910. The title seems a bit of a misnomer, since it's primarily devoted to people who would now be called transgender and is about how their gender presentation is largely non-erotic. It's one of the seminal works in trans theory, and seems to take a more sensible and respectful take than most of the stuff published between now and then. Anyhow, I was so excited when I read this, I just had to share the following passage with someone:

"In my 'Essence of Love' I already gave a short account of 'sexually normal' man-loving women with strong masculine mannerisms who themselves say they felt they were homosexual men. They were the ones who were extremely attracted to feminine men."

My jaw dropped when I read this (I need to get a hold of Essence of Love (Wesen der Liebe) at some point). I had not been expecting any discussion of gay trans people (he also goes on to discuss lesbian identified males), since it is so frequently left out in more modern literature. This tidbit was strikingly similar to my own identity, which, of course, is the main reason I'm so excited by it.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
3:46 pm
For those who enjoy art, you should look into Caravaggio. He was an openly gay artist in the late 1500s/early 1600s. He did a series of works, most of them named 'Bacchus', for Cardinal Francesco del Monte. The series featured boys in provocative poses, drinking wine and surrounded with bowls of over-ripe fruit. The over-ripe fruit was a clear allusion to the dangers of giving in to sexual temptation (it looks good but you will regret eating it). The Cardinal was known for his interest in young men and had several parties full of them which Caravaggio attended.

BacchusCollapse )
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