New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay. “In researching his book ‘Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art,’ Andy Campbell, an associate professor of critical studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, used both eBay and the Johnson/Carter Library, in addition to other archives around the country. ‘Bound Together’ argues that queer archives are particularly precarious, as they often lack institutional support structures and their content is at odds with community guidelines.”

Iowa City Press-Citizen: ‘There’s some really interesting stories here:’ New archive chronicles Iowa’s LGBTQ community

Iowa City Press-Citizen: ‘There’s some really interesting stories here:’ New archive chronicles Iowa’s LGBTQ community. “Aiden Bettine, a community and student life archivist in the University of Iowa’s Department of Special Collections and an oral historian with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa, opened the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library in January in the basement of Iowa City’s Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque St. The project acts as a community resource, showcasing published texts alongside collected memories from older members of the community like [Craig] Esbeck.”

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works. “This June marks 45 years since people started marching to celebrate Pride, taking to the streets of Providence to call for equality of those in the LGBTQ+ community. Now, the Providence Public Library has gathered the history of that struggle in the state’s first-ever public community archive dedicated to the cultural and political stories and history of LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island.”

MissMalini: Instagram Announces Its Partnership With The Queer Muslim Project To Present The ‘Digital Pride Festival 2.0’

MissMalini: Instagram Announces Its Partnership With The Queer Muslim Project To Present The ‘Digital Pride Festival 2.0’. “We’ve watched the LGBTQIA+ community bloom slowly but wonderfully in the society and the month of June is to just celebrate each member of this community. Amidst all of this, popular social media giant, Instagram announced its partnership with The Queer Muslim Project for the second edition of the Digital Pride Festival. Not just that, it also announced a brand new Pride inspired sticker-pack, rainbow gradient hashtags and rainbow gradient story-ring. Here’s everything you need to know about this amazing digital festival, which you literally shouldn’t be missing out on!”

Queerness Is A Meme: Why All The Good Social Media Is Gay (Refinery29)

Refinery29: Queerness Is A Meme: Why All The Good Social Media Is Gay. “From newsgroups and chat rooms to LiveJournal and Tumblr, queer culture and humor has flourished online since the conception of the internet. But over the past several years, queer memes have morphed into their own world, community, and language full of hyper-specific references, trends, and tropes.” I try to avoid too many social media navel-gazing articles, but this was so richly-written I didn’t want you to miss it.

The Irish Times: National Library announces year-long LGBTI+ programme

The Irish Times: National Library announces year-long LGBTI+ programme. “A year-long programme exploring Irish LGBTI+ identity and experiences over the last several decades to the present has been announced by the National Library of Ireland (NLI). It includes a physical and online exhibition of the work of activist Christopher Robson as well as a number of LGBTI+ online events.”

Fyne Times: Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum

Fyne Times: Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum. “As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new Queer Heritage South Digital Museum this month. Queer Heritage South is where LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved, sourced and celebrated. This is not just a collection of exhibits but a comprehensive LGBTQ+ archive that the community of Brighton and beyond are invited to contribute to, enjoy and share.”

IGN: The Strong Museum of Play Houses Newly Donated LGBTQIA Video Games Collection

IGN: The Strong Museum of Play Houses Newly Donated LGBTQIA Video Games Collection. “The collection includes articles, websites, blogs, web forums, videos, images, instances of representation (including homophobia and transphobia), relationships and more, and lives both in the museum as a research aid and publicly online. The collection, boasting 1,290 games, features titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Brothers, Fallout, and The Sims, and many more you may not have ever heard of.” I mentioned the original launch of this archive in 2016 but it sounds like it grew a bit before moving to its new home.

Sahan Journal: As a teen, J.P. Der Boghossian didn’t know any queer Armenians. Finally, in his 30s, he found them in books—and started his own library.

Sahan Journal: As a teen, J.P. Der Boghossian didn’t know any queer Armenians. Finally, in his 30s, he found them in books—and started his own library.. “Der Boghossian, now 39, launched the Queer Armenian Library: an online archive of literature, film, music, and art offerings by and about queer Armenians. The blog, which went live at the end of November, includes a synopsis of each work, reviews, film trailers, and instructions about where a reader can find the original material.”

Dear Queerantine: A Virtual Archive For Queer Stories (Curve)

Curve: Dear Queerantine: A Virtual Archive For Queer Stories. “Dear Queerantine is a digital writing project for women & non-binary/trans people who are queer, questioning, or curious, however we self-identify (or don’t). Our goal is to crowdsource stories from around the world through writing prompts on our website. Anyone who writes a letter receives one from someone else in the community. Everyone can read excerpts on our Instagram and newsletter. Here’s the thing. Desire is complicated. We can’t be what we can’t see, and it’s hard to express what we don’t know we can feel. By writing, you make it easier for other people not just to share their story, but to let themselves feel in the first place. We hope that you’ll be moved and inspired by others in turn, as we’ve been.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus shutdown pushes Bay Area LGBTQ community to reinvent

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus shutdown pushes Bay Area LGBTQ community to reinvent. “The Bay Area’s shutdown, now nearly six weeks in, has affected everybody. But there are differing degrees of disruption, and the queer community has been hit hard in its own, unique way. Bartenders and promoters and DJs and drag performers and go-go dancers have all lost their jobs. And the broader community has lost refuge — places to feel free, connect, flirt and make art…. There’s also a strong history of resilience. So, as the community goes online in the short term, it’s also figuring out how to support those in nightlife and the spaces hit hardest, to make sure there’s something to go back to.”