Pink News: Coronavirus has now cancelled at least 75 major Pride celebrations across the globe. “Pride season in June may be months away, but it has already been massively disrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus. As of today, more than 75 events around the world have been forced to cancel or delay plans, with many more still to be announced. As many as 1,000 Prides were expected to take place in Europe alone.”
I don’t know really how to categorize this. It’s fascinating. I’ll be thinking about it for a while. i-D: This video game celebrates the stories of Black trans people. “London-based artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s latest project, WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE THAT ARE NOT, is an interactive digital archive video game, which aims to preserve the stories of Black trans people in a world determined to erase them. At its simplest, the game uses keyboard prompts to allow players to be diverted down different pathways, depending on their expressed gender identity. But with its trippy visuals, unsettling music and aesthetic elements — which recall traditional kente patterns — Danielle conjures up something much more than that.”
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.”
Erasing 76 Crimes: Online archive focuses on LGBT Kenyans from 1800s on. “Activist and author Denis Nzioka has launched KumbuKumbu, a new free resource that collects and preserves records documenting Kenya’s sexual and gender diverse cultures from the 1800s to today. Still in its early stages, the growing collection includes newspaper articles, book and film reviews, and research to showcase stories with ‘historical depth and understanding’.”
University of Toronto Mississauga: Queer in the Suburbs: Hidden histories of Peel Region. “‘Groundbreaking’ research from U of T Mississauga is creating a new record of the unique experiences of LGBTQ2+ people living in Canada’s suburbs. The project collects first-person oral histories from current and former LGBTQ2+ residents of Peel Region and establishes an important new archive of suburban queer experiences. Select stories will also be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Brampton-based Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA).”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mattress Factory receives grant to digitize Greer Lankton archive. “Born a boy, Lankton had sexual reassignment surgery at the age of 21. The artist worked in New York City’s East Village in the 1980s, creating lifelike, sewn dolls posed in elaborate, theatrical settings. The dolls, modeled on friends or celebrities, could be glamorous and grotesque. Lankton was 38 when she died in 1996.”
CurveMag: Curvemag. com To Become Largest Global LGBTQI Media Offering For Women In 2020. “Todays Merger with Australia’s largest lesbian magazine will make 30-year-old Curve Magazine the world’s largest outlet of its kind… Due to the merger, the print production of both titles will be suspended to focus on digital offerings and to re-examine readers’ demands for a physical magazine. LOTL and CURVE will be made available in a 30-year digital magazine archive, free of charge, hosted on curvemag.com.” The archive is supposed to launch this month.