Queering History: The Renaissance

Queering History: The Renaissance

I edit textbooks for a living, so I’ve had the opportunity to take more undergraduate courses than the average person—especially one that doesn’t have multiple degrees. One of my areas of expertise has been history. In particular, I’ve become something of a Renaissance scholar over the years. (I once wrote a paper without citing any sources, much to the chagrin of my professor.) I’m by no means an expert. I am fairly well-versed in the discourse around the Renaissance.

10 Queer Writers from History

10 Queer Writers from History

One thing many people decry these days is how many “queers” there appear to be. From the militant extremists to closeted homophobes and people who allegedly don’t care, the sentiment is often that there must be something going on! There must be some reason why all these people are “turning” queer. Why, just look at history! Nobody was queer back then.

 

Except, well, no. They totally were and we always have been. While cultural conceptions of “queer” have changed over time and most of the people on this list wouldn’t have understood themselves in quite the same terms we use today, the fact of the matter is people have always been queer.

Words Mean Things: Let’s Sort Out That Acronym

Words Mean Things: Let’s Sort Out That Acronym

LGBT? LGBTQ? LGBTQA+? It’s little wonder many people are confused about the acronym used to describe the community. It keeps changing and evolving. And while there’s nothing wrong with evolving and changing terminology, it does make the situation rife for confusion. This seems to be the case with LGBTQ+ and all of its variants, particularly because the acronym keeps getting longer.

 

So, let’s sort out this acronym, shall we?

“Everyone’s Gay!”: Why Some Readers Have Trouble with LGBTQIA+ Worlds

“Everyone’s Gay!”: Why Some Readers Have Trouble with LGBTQIA+ Worlds

“I don’t mind gay stuff, but I don’t know. In these books, everyone’s gay. It just doesn’t seem realistic.” You’ve probably met someone who’s expressed this sentiment.

That’s bunk! The reason these readers have trouble is because they believe some pretty heterosexist bullshit. There’s some interesting psychological phenomena that play into this, which I’m going to explore a little. And then, of course, there’s the glaring historical fact that human beings have always been at least a little bit gay.

Why I Write Gay Boys

Why I Write Gay Boys

As a writer, as a reader, as a human being, it’s always good to pause and examine why we do the things we do. Why do you believe what you believe? If you don’t believe science, why don’t you? Taking a critical look at your own knowledge and beliefs is never out of order. Knowledge, thanks to science, changes. It’s ever evolving, and what we think we know today may not be true tomorrow, as we learn more about our amazing world.