Death Wore a Diadem’s editorial in particular is rich in its detail. It records the labours of care and attentiveness performed by a feminist publisher, to an act of lesbian historical narrative creation, itself written in a thoroughly genre-fiction mode.
This project is in many ways about illuminating hitherto unexplored dimensions of history and how to use it to shape our present and our futures. It is an intervention into the contemporary art world as a queer artist, an art historian of the African-diaspora, and a practicing occultist implementing the performative rituals and myths of witchcraft.
As a man who found intimacy with another soldier, in a relationship that outlasted the war, Alphons Richter’s story is queer to modern readers. Untangling the strangeness of the emotional, Richter provides insight into the queer history of the United States.
With its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blacklisted, Iran responded in kind, classifying United States Central Command as a terrorist organization. In the midst of a buildup of U.S. military in the Gulf, President Rouhani indicated Iran’s willingness to return to its previous program to develop nuclear arms. Where will this lead? Ancient history provides an illuminating—if unsettling—perspective.
Blu Buchanan: In this essay I explore the problem of absence and abjection in Black trans experience, both in the historical archive of slavery and in the contemporary moment, asking how and why Black trans necromancy is so important to our everyday lives.
In our current moment, as the Trump administration daily wields federal power to attack immigrant communities and workers’ rights, these kinds of community-driven struggles and organizations serve as a bulwark protecting families and empowering workers to make change where they live and work.