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The Emmy nominations are here, and they are unbelievably queer | CBC ArtsQueeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are still happening this September despite…everything, and this morning we learned what television they might celebrate.

in 2020. we still do not have representation in entertainment media in proportion to our population demographics… 

celebrating small victories.

from the article:

Queer-centric series like Hollywood (12 nominations), RuPaul’s Drag Race (10 nominations, plus another 2 for Untucked), Killing Eve (8 nominations), Queer Eye (6 nominations), Cheer (6 nominations), Euphoria (6 nominations), Pose (5 nominations), Will & Grace (5 nominations), The Politician (5 nominations) and CBC’s very own Schitt’s Creek (15 nominations!) dominated the proceedings, as did many a queer performer. All in all, the amount of LGBTQ representation across the nominations is pretty much unprecedented.

First-ever pan-African Pride will celebrate the ‘bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir’ of queer AfricansPride Afrique, a pan-African LGBT+ Pride event, will celebrate the “bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir” of queer


there remains something magical about queer enclaves

Get lost in Amazon Acres: a photographic snapshot of a '70s lesbian commune

Get lost in Amazon Acres: a photographic snapshot of a ’70s lesbian communeWhen you think of the queer history of Australia in 1978, chances are you immediately think of the very first Mardi Gras protest and the earthquake it unleashed. Artist, filmmaker and academic Helen Grace, a young mother at the time, wasn’t on the march that day, though she did photograph the brave souls who fronted court after being arrested.

1920s expat Paris Lesbians  my fave historic era

from the article:

The permissive atmosphere of Paris is all the more remarkable given the hostility towards lesbianism found elsewhere. Britain was particularly intolerant. Oscar Wilde had been convicted of gross indecency in 1895 under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, for ‘committing acts of gross indecency with male persons’. In 1921, MPs debated adding the following clause to the Act that would also make lesbianism a criminal offence: “Any act of gross indecency between female persons shall be a misdemeanour and punishable in the same manner as any such act committed by male persons under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885”.

Although the House was unanimously agreed that this was a “most disgusting and polluting subject”, the bill failed on the grounds that it might give women ideas. The Lord Chancellor reasoned that “of every thousand women … 999 have never even heard a whisper of these practices”, and therefore “the taint of this noxious and horrible suspicion” must not be “imparted by the Legislature itself”.

‘Paris-Lesbos’: the vibrant lesbian community where women thrivedWhen Oscar Wilde died in a Paris hotel room on 30 November 1900, he was estranged from his family. Following his conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency, his wife Constance moved to Switzerland and changed her name, and that of their two sons, to Holland.

LGBTQ2: not just for decadent white wealthy men and women


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