by Kirsten Kamphuis (she/her/hers) As postcolonial historians have long demonstrated, everybody brings much more to the archive than their scholarly background. When I enter the archives of Roman Catholic teaching orders, as I have repeatedly done during my doctoral work on girls’ education in colonial… Read More »Very Special Friendships: Glimpses of Queer Relationships Among Women in the Colonial Archive
by Adrian (he/him/his) Most Indonesians only have one name. That’s right, their first name is also their official name. Depending on their ethnicity, they may also go by their nickname—usually given by parents or grandparents based on their personality or physical build. Such a name… Read More »On The Thought of Renaming Myself: Why I Like My Deadname But At The Same Time Hate It
by Phoenix Wilks (they/them/theirs) You got a new coat of paint today. A new art piece to distract from what you are. If the artwork is beautiful maybe no one will notice that you are warped. Maybe I won’t. And it’s not that there’s anything… Read More »A Letter to My Body – Warped Canvas
by Andrea Zuliani (he/they) The sexual revolution of the eighteenth century has been one of the most famous events in history, as it involved the disruption of both the political and social characteristics of states. The analysis of this text will primarily focus on the… Read More »The Fixation of Meaning: Pornography Then and Now
by James Whitfield (he/him/his) Since the inception of the first UK pride, it has been a mix of protest and celebration. Often both have been so fused it is impossible to differentiate the two. However, over the years, many have questioned whether the element of… Read More »Policing and Pride
By Jack Bowman (he/him) American artist and author Richard Bruce Nugent was the first openly gay Black writer. Although operating within what is now widely understood as a vibrant artistic scene of gay, lesbian, and bisexual participants, Nugent was one of the only expressly out… Read More »‘one can love’ Richard Bruce Nugent, Fire!!, and the Harlem Renaissance
By Claire Tunnacliffe (she/they) Over a year has passed, as we have collectively held ourselves in. Locked down and away from friends, family – blood or chosen, the places, streets, bars, clubs, community spaces, and routines many of us structure our lives around – often… Read More »notes on protest & breath
By James Whitfield (he/him/his) The following post came about while I was sifting through the British Newspaper Archives. My purpose was not to provide a particularly systemic account of history but look for small stories or narratives that could highlight gender diversity within the prison… Read More »Nineteenth Century Prisons and Gender Diversity.
Throughout LGBTQ+ history there has been a long-standing reliance on physical social spaces within the queer community (Anderson, Austin and Knee, 2020). Whether this is in queer support groups, Pride marches or socialising in queer clubs and bars, accessing these spaces allows us to feel… Read More »Solidarity and Isolation in 1980s Britain to now – The Bradford Lesbian Line
By Phoenix (they/them) Am I a one and done kinda bitch?or am I a one and two and breathless whispersover an ocean. Two and threeand me and you and themand who needs to define what we are? we are breathlessand eternal and never ending.the line… Read More »Valentines Poetry, 2021: Untitled.