Queer History Fast Facts (CE up to 1900s)

Part two is here! No blog post, since this was taken from the Wiki page.

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Queer History Month!

Video: https://youtu.be/Ht6V2K0NWBo

Queer History logo fullHello, I’m Rogan and welcome! October is LGBTQ+ History Month, or Queer History Month, and I will be making as many videos as I can! The videos will be about various things – queer icons that people may or may not know about, historical events that aren’t commonly known, and more! I have already sort of started a Queer History series, so if you want to see some other videos I’ve already made, I’ll link the playlist here. I’ve already discussed the Pride flag and its creator’s history, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the UpStairs Lounge fire, of course – the Stonewall Riots, and the “invention” of heterosexuality. This month, I plan to do more individual figures and broad history videos. If there’s a particular person, or event, or anything related to history of queer people, that you want me to discuss, let me know below! That’s it for today. I just wanted to create a brief introduction and let you know to keep an eye out for more queerstory videos! (That term was not made up by me, sadly. I first saw that from Jackson Bird, I’ll link his Queerstory series here!) I look forward to this journey, and I hope you’ll join me.

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Inspiration Pørn | Deaf Awareness Month

Video: https://youtu.be/wesJHH6NRAQ

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to the last video of Deaf Awareness Month. Today, I want to discuss something that is a big problem everywhere. Today, I want to talk about inspiration porn. A lot of people in the disability community know what this means. This term was coined in 2012 by Stella Young, a disabled activist.

What does inspiration porn mean? Being inspired by disabled people just by the fact that they exist. Why is this is a problem? It objectifies disabled people and looks at them as something to be inspired by, when they’re not doing anything except living their daily lives. I will link the TEDTalk by Stella Young, she explains why she coined that word, and how she feels about it. Also, a few other videos about inspiration porn (here and here). Now, this is not saying you can’t be inspired by disabled people who are doing activist work, doing great things in the world, for their work. But this is saying that you should not be inspired by a disabled person who is just living their everyday life. Stella coined this word because of two experiences, several experiences really, but two main ones she mentions.

The first one: she went to a school and was giving a presentation about law. And one student asked, “So when will you start your inspirational speech?” What are you talking about? “You know, disabled people in wheelchairs usually come here and give inspirational speeches. It’s usually in the big room.” Ah. That kid had never seen a disabled person as anything other than as an object of inspiration. That’s a problem.

Second: when she was fifteen, a woman wanted to nominate her for a community achievement award. And her parents responded, “That’s great, but she hasn’t actually done anything.” The woman wanted to nominate her because, wow, a wheelchair, she still gets up every day and goes live her life, blah blah. No. If she had actually done some big contribution to the community, like, I don’t know, host a food drive or donated something, then great! That’s fine. But… It’s kind of creepy when you think about it.

It happens with deaf people too. People will be, “Oh, wow, you’ve really persevered through life, blah blah.” Like. I’m just living my life. You know, people look at me and be inspired that I get along even without hearing. You need to understand this. Many of us grew up being deaf. This is what we know. We know being deaf. But that’s not anything to be inspired by. Yeah sure, we have to figure out ways around it, but that’s not something to be inspired by.

I don’t think I can really say anything in addition to Stella’s TEDTalk so I will let you watch that and end here today. Short, I know. But… I just wanted to mention this if you didn’t know about this. So I guess that’s the end of Deaf Awareness Month. I have a theme for next month too. I will do the same thing as this month, some videos will be connected to that theme. Some videos will be whatever I feel like.

The theme for next month is… LGBTQ+ History Month! I will be making various videos. I already have a list of things that I want to make videos about. However, if you know of any specific event/person/whatever in LGBTQ+ history that you want to see me talk about, let me know. Leave it in the comments below.

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Deaf and Queer (or Bi) | #BiWeek

Video: https://youtu.be/h4gdmqoWflI

Bye (bi) week! *chuckling* Okay, that was a really bad joke, let’s move on.

Hello, and welcome to another post. I know, so soon! I filmed this in advance then wrote it after editing and this is not scripted so… I don’t know how long this will be.

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So…I’m a bad bi person. I didn’t realize this week was Bi Week until today. From when you’re seeing this, two days ago. Yeah, so. Whoops. Can I just quickly say that I think it’s great that International Week of the Deaf and Bi Week are the same week? No complaints from me! Oh yeah, if you didn’t know I was bi, well. Hi, I’m bi! I’ve never explicitly said this in a video. I have said that I am queer (but not bi). And that’s not because I don’t like that label, no. It’s just… I like queer. It fits me. Bi fits me too.

Let me clear something up first. Bi, generally, equals two. Yes. That is correct. But! In this case, I saw this definition three times in like a week, and I really like this definition. For me, bi means I’m attracted to the same gender…and ALL the other genders. [finger guns]

Okay, I feel like this post will end up with me using finger guns a lot. That’s a bi thing, just so you know. For those of you who are really confused, the joke in the bi community is that you can tell someone’s bi if they use finger guns…a lot. Which I do. My YouTube outro is a variation on finger guns! Anyway, that’s not the point of this video. I just wanted to say this is Bi Week, and hi I’m bi!

I’ve had a lot of people be a little confused about me. They’re like, “Hmm…Are you gay, or are you straight?” Then when they ask me: “Are you straight?” No. “Oh, so you’re gay.” No. There are other things other than straight and gay, you know. People forget that bi people exist. We’re in the LGBTQ+! B! Hello? We’re there for a reason. There’s a lot of videos out there for Bi Week, I’m sure. I just haven’t really looked for them. I should though. But if you go on Twitter and search #BiWeek, there will be plenty of posts. Also, GLAAD is the one who’s promoting this week, so that’s great. I will link the video here that made me think yeah, I should make my own video.

The video is by Jackson Bird, a trans YouTuber. The title of the video is “Why I Don’t Talk About Being Bi.” I thought it was interesting, but his reason is not the reason why I don’t talk about being bi. I’ve never actually talked about this before on my channel/blog. I’ve always said yes, I’m queer, but I’ve never explained more about that. So! Basically.

At this point, it’s a little over three years since I figured out oh, yeah, I’m bi. Once I figured it out, I’m like wooooow. It’s really obvious now, thinking back. Yeah. I wish I could say, “Oh I’ve always known my whole life.” No, I didn’t. I probably knew though, subconsciously. I didn’t really have much exposure to the queer community until college, really. Yes, I lived close to Seattle, a hour away. I have a few friends who live there, from there, whatever. But… I went to a high school at a really small, very white, really Christian high school. So…you can say that the queer community wasn’t really there. I’ve had queer people in my life growing up. My best friend growing up was gay. Well, he didn’t come out until early high school, but that’s not the point. It’s not like I had NO exposure so I never thought about it, no.

I had exposure.

I just…didn’t have those feelings, I guess?

Until college. Even then, it still took me a while. I think part of that is because generally, I don’t feel any romantic attraction to a person until I’ve known them for a while or I feel I have a strong emotional connection (possible demiromantic). That might have contributed to my delay in figuring out that I was bi. Hella bi. If you look at my YouTube channel art now, it’s the bi flag. If you didn’t know that, that’s the bi flag. On a slant, but yeah.YT Channel Art 2017.png

I have experienced biphobia. Well not phobia, not a fear, but certainly erasure. They will say, “Oh, which do you like more?” As if it really matters? Or… “You can’t like more than one gender!I don’t see how you can like only one gender. I’ve had people tell me bi isn’t a real thing. I’ve had people tell me, “Oh you’re really pan, not bi.” Hm, no. I like the term bi. I connect with bi. So I will use bi.

For you little bis out there, you are valid. Bisexuality is a real thing. If you feel you are bi, you are bi. There’s no “bi enough.” No. Forget that.

Jackson said this in his video, and I absolutely agree. I would love to more characters in media – TV shows, movies, whatever – say “I am bi.” And not, “I’m not into labels.” Come on! That’s a cop-out. Following up with that, I would love to see more characters say “I’m ace/I’m aro.” And not, “I’m not really into people.” Again, cop-out. Also, it would be fantastic if the writers decided to go ahead and make Wonder Woman come out as bi on the big screen. And before any of you bros say “The liberal media is ruining it! All of these snowflakes!” Hush! Wonder Woman is bi. It’s in the comics. So, it’s canon. [finger guns]

I don’t really know where I was going with this video. I didn’t really have any list of thoughts or anything. I’m just. Bi week! Woo! Make a video and post! So. Here you go. I hope it kind of made sense? I hope you enjoyed this video, and learned something more about me. If you are bi, or want to support us, go ahead and make your own videos, posts, pictures, whatever. Use the hashtag #BiWeek, and also check out GLAAD’s website for this week.

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time. Bi!