It’s LGBTQ History Month, and not a moment too soon! It’s absolutely necessary at this moment in time to remember some of the icons of our collective queer past who have overcome all kinds of adversity to change the world and our individual lives.
I want to devour everything that came before us so we can continue to grow better, brighter, louder, closer. These Instagram accounts are a great place to start.
Each of these small bits of history made me hungry for more information, and brought home how many stories — especially those about queer folks — have been lost, compared to those few that have survived. I wanted to imagine queer people where they must have been, in shipyards and customs offices and coastal boom towns. I wanted them to be in love, to be gender outlaws and survivors, to triumph.
For centuries, the art of brewing beer belonged to women alone. This is the story of how the church pushed them out the industry they founded and sent them riding piggy-back on demons into the flames of an eternal abyss.
What further revelations lurk in our woefully unexplored queer pupper past? Find out literally right now, as we continue our historical adventures with gal’s best pal!
In the 90s, a collective of Latina lesbians founded two radical, bilingual zines. They made culture, connected activists, and scared the sh*t out of the patriarchy.
Your favorite queer Instagram dating account has changed its name to be more inclusive, is creating an app just for you, and is hosting a party in NYC to kickoff its crowdfunding efforts Wednesday night, June 13! Read our interview with creator Kelly Rakowski for all the hot details!
If you’ve been waiting your whole life to find people in history that really reflect who you are, today is that day! We’re examining the many ways gay, bisexual, queer and other unquantifiably not-straight women have built lasting, meaningful and downright obsessive relationships with their canine friends over the years.
Many of us menstruate, but what do we even know about the things we use to manage our periods? What did people used to do? Let’s test our knowledge about the things we bleed into (and why) — and maybe learn some things along the way!
Which pair of extremely close female friends decided to “marry” each other in 1844?
Why learn about butch lesbian herstory in the 50s, 60s and 70s when you can learn about butch lesbian herstory by looking at babes?
If you’re wondering why it’s important to believe these suffragettes were sleeping with every other suffragette, it’s because they were. I made you a chart.
Get out your Sharpie markers and flattened cardboard boxes because it’s time to get activist-y AF!
What did everybody know… and when did you have no idea?
Test your ’90s lesbian/bisexual pop culture knowledge right here, right now.
“Close your eyes and imagine for one moment a world where little black girls spend their entire childhoods seeing women like the ones they will become in just as many books, television shows, awards ceremonies, universities, political offices, magazines, advertisements and leadership positions as their white peers do. Really picture it, and then ask yourself: what would that future look like?”
Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Happy holidays!
That one dance with a woman, Edna gasped, “made me know I was a homosexual.”
Hekate is the goddess of outcast women and taking power where you find it.
We’re closing out LGBT History Month with Jeanne Córdova — a legendary publisher and activist who died last year and included Autostraddle as one of many beneficiaries of her estate, which is why we didn’t lose our minds this year.