28 7 / 2014
"[Denis Rake] happened to be homosexual, and made no secret of the fact… F section sent him to France where he was arrested crossing the demarcation line. He managed an uncomfortable but effective escape in a swill-tub, and solaced himself with a brief affair in Paris with a German staff officer of like leanings. An indignant, ardently heterosexual, colleague in F section informed Baker Street, where the staff had the good sense to take no notice, in the belief, fully justified in the Auvergne in 1944, that Rake’s capacities as a wireless operator were far too great to be lost because of his eccentric private life."
- MRD Foot, S.O.E.: An outline history of the special operations executive 1940 - 46
Quote because I am fed up with people saying that a Word War Two era fic cannot be historically accurate if people are accepting of a gay relationship. This was a guy’s superiors being accepting of a gay affair with the enemy. Sure, this account shows that there were ‘ardent heterosexuals’ who wanted to clear that sort of thing out altogether, so if you want to write angst, you can; but if you want to write a couple of gay (or bi) characters carving out an accepting space for themselves, then you can do so and be historically accurate.
And before anyone says that this is some revisionist history - MRD Foot was born in 1919, and served with the SAS in the second war, parachuting into occupied France after D-Day. This book was written some decades after the war, but it was written by someone who was there on the front lines, and would know as well as anyone the prevailing attitudes of the time.
(Incidentally, one of the SOE’s cover names was the Inter-Services Research Bureau, which is rather redolent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve)
28 7 / 2014
Dear parents of LGBT+ young people:
You should be less worried about your offspring being influenced into their LGBT+ identities by people they met online, and more worried about the fact that they go online to meet people that will give them the acceptance and support that you haven’t.
This needs more notes
16 6 / 2014
I want more queer friendship stories. Not just stories where the only two queer people find each other and fall in unhealthy codependent love in a sea of cishets. Give me whole communities of queer people. Give me queer best friends gushing to each other about their silly crushes. Give me younger queers going to older queers for advice and guidance, without getting creeped on. Give me queer friends cuddling and watching tv together, or baking cookies together, or a big group of diverse queer people fighting about where to go out to eat because everyone has a different favorite place, but ultimately they decide to go to everyone’s favorite place at least once and just flip a coin or something to decide who’s turn it is to pick. Give me queer friends from different cultures bonding over sharing their cultural differences. Give me queer people starting college or moving for a new job and learning how to be a part of a new community full of other queer people.
Romance is nice and all, and queer romance needs more representation. But friendship is every bit as important, and more important to some people. I don’t want to hear stories where I have to hope I find that one other queer person to be happy with and then shut out the rest of the world. I want community.
15 5 / 2014
charvanha said: I apologize if you've explained this before but what does MOGII stand for? I've never heard of that acronym for the non cishet community. I'm only familiar with LGBTQIAP+ and GSRM
There’s a little backstory here. Take a seat, grab a cup of coffee.
LGBT(QIAP)+, as you probably realize, is long, unwieldy, and often leaves marginalized peoples out. It also tends to fetishize the L, prioritize the G, criticize the B and forget the T+.
An alternative, GS(R)M was proposed. Proposed in 1966, it stood for Gender, Sexuality (and Romantic) Minorities, and it seemed like a great fit! Until people learned that it was coined by a pedophile, who also wanted to include cishet kinksters, pedophiles, and even rapists in the acronym, as well as other criticisms of the acronym itself. So that was obviously out of the question.
Then MOGII came along, but that one had some evolution. The original term was MOGA, for “Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments”. That was cool, but then people began to use MOGAI to include intersex folks who are often left out of important discussions (MOGA… and Intersex). Then it was pointed out that the “A” was somewhat unnecessary and allowed shitty allies a way to weasel themselves in. So, MOGII was born. MOGII stands for Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex. It’s an excellent catch-all, uses no reclaimed slurs, and makes it entirely about the minorities.
08 5 / 2014
"oh my GOd there are TWO gay characters in this movie lets watch it"
"dude dude dude we have to see it it has a queer girl”
"I heard this movie has non-sexualized female character”
"ok I know it only has one girl but she is written like an ACTUAL PERSON!!"
"THERE IS A TRANS CHARACTER"
"so its not canon but if you squint I think this character is asexual”
"and get this the gay character is actually not white”
03 5 / 2014
during world war 2, “punk” was slang for an effeminate gay man, or the younger partner in a homosexual relationship
bucky affectionately calls steve the 40s equivalent of “twink”
could we have a source for this because this is just too damn good.
Punk generally denoted a physically slighter youth who let himself be used sexually by an older and more powerful man, the wolf, in exchange for money, protection, or other forms of support.
From George Chauncey’s Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, page 88
23 4 / 2014
You know what?
I don’t care if being a lesbian isn’t natural.
Its 2014. Oreos don’t have a single natural ingredient in them that isn’t distilled out of recognition. People get their vegetables from cans. They have made cruelty-free, lab-grown BACON. People fly around in big, metal machines.
I. AM. TALKING. TO SOMEONE. ACROSS THE WORLD. IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.
Not natural. Is not bad.
Your rhetoric is no longer a valid excuse for hate.
07 4 / 2014
for those who dont understand
heteronormativity and cisnormativity are the reason queer people have to come out
we are automatically assumed cis and straight unless we explicitly say otherwise, which shouldn’t happen
no one should be assumed anything until they explicitly say otherwise
it also makes being queer seen as alien and unnatural
there you go theres your crash course on hetero/cisnormativity
04 3 / 2014
ANNE FRANK WAS BI
HOW DID NO ONE EVER TELL ME THIS
I FEEL FUCKING ROBBED
This is the part where I give you a really hard side-eye because that was very obvious iN HER DIARY WHICH YOU SHOULD HAVE READ BY NOW.
In school you don’t read her full diary and I have a theory why now.