6 Instagram accounts to help you brush up on your herstory
Swot up in time for LGBT History Month 📚
Ellen and Alexandra Hedison dating in the 90s
That's right, LGBT History Month is just around the corner...
Now, we all know you're very busy and important people, so to help you swot up on your herstory in time for February, we've rounded up six of our favourite Instagram accounts so that all of that lovely LGBT-shaped history will land effortlessly in your palm.
Have any other suggestions? Make sure to comment at the end of the article. Enjoy! 📚
1. LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES (@lesbianherstoryarchives)
We love Lesbian Connection! They have been around since 1974, about as long as LHA has, and their goal is, "quite simply, to connect the lesbian community worldwide.” And it really is: subscriptions are free for lesbians and contributions are voluntary. Such a proven Lesbian value! Here are a few pages from the first edition. And LC is still going strong.. no longer a stapled and mimeographed production, but a nice glossy with wonderful cover art. It is still providing us with all kinds of information on festivals, conferences and everything you need to now, especially with contacts. Thank you LC! And for those of you interested, you can of course come and browse all their past and current issues at LHA. #lesbianconnectionmagazine
Lesbian Herstory Archives posts "in memory of the voices we have lost". With lots of great posts from throughout history, @lesbianherstoryarchives is essential following for the wannabe LGBT historian. Find out more about the project behind the account at lesbianherstoryarchives.org.
2. LGBT HISTORY (@lgbt_history)
“REPORT THE NEWS NOT YOUR VIEWS! LESBIAN AVENGERS” – “MEDIA LIES: NO SURPRISE – THE SUNDAY TIMES SHOULD PRINT THE TRUTH – LESBIAN AVENGERS & OUTRAGE,” Lesbian Avengers outside the offices of the Sunday Times, Wapping, East London, United Kingdom, January 28, 1995. Photo © S.E. Red. . In early January 1995, London’s Sunday Times ran a story on the increased visibility of the city’s Lesbian Avengers chapter. The piece, which ran under the headline “Lesbian Militants Target Gay Men,” focused on the Avengers’ attempts to increase lesbian visibility and representation in the face of the male-centric battles against AIDS and unequal age of consent laws. . Instead of focusing on the Avengers’ calls for greater awareness of issues unique to lesbians, the article vastly overstated the divide between lesbians and gay men and, in so doing, painted a picture of the Avengers as somewhat aligned with “homophobic, blue-rinse rightwingers.” . In response, on January 28, 1995, twenty-three years ago today, eight Lesbian Avengers infiltrated the offices of the Sunday Times while approximately twenty activists (Avengers joined by members of the predominantly gay-male OutRage!) protested outside. . Of the Avengers who made it inside, four handcuffed themselves to office furniture while the others filmed and photographed the scene; all successfully disrupted the Times staff. . While it was no surprise that the police were summoned, the activists were bewildered when “sixty Territorial Support Group officers, who usually deal with violent riots and large scale demonstrations” arrived to face eight non-violent demonstrators. . “Did they really need riot police to remove eight dykes who were completely unarmed?” one Avenger asked. . After the police used boltcutters to free the handcuffed activists, the group was led out of the building; there were no injuries or arrests. . When asked about the size of the police presence, a Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “At the time it seemed necessary.” #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #LesbianAvengers #Resist
Put together by Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, @lgbt_history does exactly what it says on the tin. Featuring queer folk of all genders, this account is all about having #prideinhistory.
3. HERSTORY (@h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y ⚢)
Featuring lesbian culture from the 1800s up until the 1990s and beyond, you'll find everything from pop culture to high art on this aesthetically-pleasing feed. (Including great snaps of 90s Ellen, Jodie, Winona and the gang. THROB)
4. ONE ARCHIVES (@onearchives)
The Instagram-shaped branch of the California-based ONE Archives Foundation, @onearchives shares posts from the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States. For more on the work the foundation does visit onearchives.org.
5. THAT GIRL JAMES (@thatgirl.james)
Not strictly a history-orientated account, but @thatgirl.james do post the odd herstorical bit now and then. Plus, if you're after a regular dose of bespoke LGBTQ+ culture, andro style, film, art and lit, then this is another one that'll spruce up your feed.
6. LGBT ARCHIVES (@lgbt_archives)
And last, but certainly not least is @lgbt_archives. Though they mostly re-post from other LGBT history-focused accounts, meaning you might bump into the odd post twice now and again, they're a good one to follow if you want a taster of all of the above. Plus, they feature lots of lovely oldy-worldy photographs (as well as contemporary art and posts like the lovely one above).
Your Instagram feed should now be overflowing with the wonders of LGBT history and herstory. Top Tip for those of us in the UK: Check out all of the lovely events your local LGBT and queer organisations and communities are putting on throughout February, or if you're feeling creative - organise your own!
Need some inspiration? Visit lgbthistorymonth.org.uk.
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