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Patreon Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 28: Signals of Love and Pride
Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 28: The queer language of flowers and the intricate art of queer signals and hanky codes! Haley revisits the language of flowers, but with a queer spin. Then Natali walks us through the history of some common symbols used to signal queerness to others, and explores just how specific the hanky code can get. (Spoiler alert: It’s way more specific than you’re imagining. Probably by orders of magnitude.)
Curiosity Shop Show Notes:
Here are links to the sources and resources we used while researching this episode:
Links to research materials:
- Sapho Speaks The Lesbian & Gay Quarterly Journal at UCSD, December 1985- Gay Symbols: The Necessity, Rationality, Obscurity, and Symbology of the Gay Subculture: https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb3006593b/_1.pdf
- Queer Events- Colour Codes: Flagging in the Queer Community: https://www.queerevents.ca/queer-corner/blog/history/queers-community-flagging
- How Flowers Tell LGBTQ+ Stories: The History Behind our Naturally Queer Design: https://www.soqueernofear.com/post/sed-ut-perspiciatis-unde-3
- LGBTQ+ Flower Symbols: https://aminoapps.com/c/lgbt-1/page/blog/lgbtq-flower-symbols/ER1p_Q0acPuLagxgWm2G8b4LNoYJ1K3aeo
- The Story Behind our LGBT 50 Flowers: https://www.visithull.org/discover/story-behind-lgbt-50-flowers/
- Six Flowers That Define the LGBTQ+ Movement in History: https://flowerpowerdaily.com/six-flowers-that-define-lgbtq-movement-in-history/
Further Patreon Reading:
- Full Gay Hanky Color Code Chart: https://user.xmission.com/~trevin/hanky.html
- New Hanky Code: https://hornet.com/stories/new-hanky-code/
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