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LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag (ORIGINAL)

Happy Pride Month, everyone! This year, I found myself struggling to find LGBTQ+-themed book tags that I haven’t done already. So, I decided to have a go at making my own that’s all about prominent people in LGBTQ+ history.

And, oh my goodness, it was so hard to narrow it down to just seven people! A good problem to have but, still, I’m still not sure I picked the best ones. That’s why I added an eighth entry to allow you to add someone you think deserves a mention. If enough people do this tag, I’ll put all the entries together and do a follow-up post.

Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

sappho

princess saves herself

This is definitely a book I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. The way the poetry was laid out on the page and the brilliant writing were both a very nice surprise.

alan turing

NB: I’m sorry to say that Alan Turing wasn’t the only LGBT person mistreated by the British intelligence services. I only recently found out that, right up to the 1990s (long after homosexuality was decriminalised), anyone in the intelligence services confirmed to be gay was sacked on the spot out of the misguided belief that they were a greater blackmail risk. Lives were ruined and some were even driven to suicide. Happily, the intelligence service eventually learned its lesson and, in 2016, MI5 was voted Britain’s most gay-friendly employer in the country by Stonewall.

iron widow

A lot of the characters in this book deserved better than they got but I think Li Shimin probably got dealt the worst hand. I won’t go into any further details as that would be a spoiler.

gilbert baker

tea dragon festival

Not only is it a very colourful cover but it’s also very colourful on the inside with lovely full-page spreads.

anne lister

diary of a bookseller

This is an actual diary so that’s even better. Unfortunately, it didn’t grab me as much as I hoped and it’s put me off bookselling for life.

marsha p johnson

deathless divide uk

Jane McKeene is definitely someone I’d want to look out for me when shamblers or worse come after us.

alfred kinsey

ace of spaces

Niveus Private Academy is definitely not what it seems and Devon and Chiamaka learn that the hard way!

lucy hicks anderson

mockingbird

I’m afraid the only book I can think of is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. I guess I don’t really go in for court dramas. Still, if you’ve got any recommendations, I might check them out.

open prompt

chopin

It’s really hard to determine who can really be considered an asexual icon since erasure is sadly too common. However, many biographers think it’s plausible that the composer, Frederic Chopin, was asexual and that’s good enough for me. In terms of books that inspire, I’m going to go with Every Heart A Doorway, which has a great asexual main character (along with lots of other great rep across the series) and an empowering message that no one tells you how your story ends but you.

doorway

Text prompts

  1. Sappho – Greek poet known for her lyric poetry which is believed to describe homoerotic feelings: A book of poetry (or written in verse)
  2. Alan Turing – Mathematician known for cracking the Enigma code but who was persecuted for his homosexuality: A character who deserved better
  3. Gilbert Baker – Creator of the rainbow Pride Flag: The most colourful book you own
  4. Anne Lister – Landowner, industrialist and considered to be the first modern lesbian: A book written as a diary (or includes diary entries)
  5. Marsha P. Johnson – Prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising and founder of several LGBTQ rights organisations: A character you’d would want fighting at your side
  6. Alfred Kinsey – Creator of the Kinsey scale: A book set in academia
  7. Lucy Hicks Anderson – First trans woman to defend her identity in court: A book where a major scene takes place in court
  8. Open Prompt – Your choice: A book that inspires you

I tag

I hope to see you again very soon.

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22 thoughts on “LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag (ORIGINAL)”

  1. Wonderful tag! And thank you for tagging me. I shall ponder.

    Incidentally, I hadn’t known that about British Intelligence, but I wish I was more surprised. I do now that there was a stereotype from earlier in its existence that it liked recruiting gays as they were held to be naturally good at secrets; no idea how true it is though.

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    1. You’re welcome 😊 Yeah, the British Intelligence Services’ previous attitude towards LGBTQ people was not only wrong but utterly stupid. After all, in the 20th century, who would have had more experience with concealing who they really are for their own safety than the LGBTQ community?

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