what would be enough
for straight historians to admit that queer people existed before 1950?
letters between two women can make clear, undeniable reference to what we would now call romantic love, and they just say “female friendships were more affectionate back then”
if it’s two men, they say “men were more comfortable expressing their emotions back then”
an AFAB person could spend his entire life living as a man, even when seemingly nobody is paying a huge amount of attention to him, and they call him “a woman disguised as a man to have more opportunities”
possibly the most insulting thing is when they say “these people wouldn’t even have understood what you’re talking about.” as if it really is a new idea. as if we’d have been alien to our own ancestors
or when they say “that’s just the slander of later historians” as if there’s no worse suggestion than being queer
I’m starting to think nothing will ever be enough