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.”
New-to-me, from RideApart: USC Archive Sheds Light On LA’s Gay Motorcycle Clubs. “A massive archive of LGBTQ materials in Los Angeles is bringing attention to some of the oldest gay organizations in the United States: Gay motorcycle clubs. The ONE Archives at the University of Southern California offer a detailed glimpse into their history, existence, and importance.”
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!”
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. “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.”
Bay Area Reporter: Exclusive: Silicon Valley LGBTQ history website goes live. “The website is debuting ahead of LGBTQ History Month in October. The virtual Queer Silicon Valley exhibition includes archival documents, personal narratives, photographs, interviews, and videos of the LGBTQ+ community in Santa Clara County.”
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. “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.”
Attitude: Cancelled BFI Flare Goes Online With 230 Films, And We Are Pumped. “Some cinema lovers are already stuck at home over the coming weeks due to the Corona Virus pandemic, which forced the BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival due to start yesterday [18 March] to cancel. But in great news for queer film fans everywhere, the festival will now become BFI Flare at Home.”