History

Queer History: February

Special greetings to any queer siblings across The Pond, as February is the UK’s month of choice for celebrating our shared history! And while that’s wonderful, I think we ought pay closer attention to the fact that it is also Black History Month in the United States, and make a …

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Fallen Women

That’s what we used to be called in another era of sex work prohibition, “rehabilitation”, during another national scare and shame. The Industrial Era brought with it a new kind of sex worker, better suited to capitalism and the phenomenon of interchangeable parts, and “fallen woman” was the euphemism of …

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Queer History: January

So how have those New Year’s resolutions held up? If you’re forced to admit you’ve faltered or slipped, take inspiration from more figures and facts from our shared queer history, and resolve anew.

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Queer History: Holiday Edition

That time of year when our thoughts turn to time spent with family and/or loved ones. May we all be among those lucky enough to say “and” more than “or”, but fact remains, being queer often means we have “coercively assigned relatives at birth”! Let’s do a two-fer this go …

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Empty Chairs

Empty Chairs Clint Eastwood may have provoked no end of hilarity with his performance at the Republican National Convention (and jokes about which one was more wooden during the show, him or the chair he addressed), but there was nothing weird about it. When we leave out the partisan reasons …

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Queer History: October

Been far, far too long since we had an update. Mea culpa, everyone. But how could we ever let actual LGBT History Month in the US pass without getting back on track? This of course means there’s a much greater variety of sources to get in touch with our roots and …

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AtheismBullyingDiscriminationPsychologySkepticism

The Enemy Within: Part 2

((Continuation from here)) Many people I know say their persistent shame makes them prone to crying far more often than they think is healthy, while in the last year and a half, I’ve truly wept only once. Further, it was because of an experience designed, with the help of a …

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The Enemy Within: Part 1

I’d like to talk about shame. More honestly, I have to. There’s nothing about shame I enjoy discussing, and when the topic comes up in our home, between my partner and myself, it almost always provokes tears, choking up, and casts a pall over whatever happiness we were sharing. This …

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