Tag: historical sources

Queer Sex in the Archives: “Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability"

Whitney Strub Sometimes the queer stars align right when it’s needed most. Philadelphia has spent the past few decades effectively cultivating an LGBT-friendly reputation, as witnessed in last year’s groundbreaking trans-affirmative city ordinance. But a recent, vicious gaybashing incident in Center City, not to mention Pennsylvania’s unfortunate precedent as the […]

Jack the Ripper: Case Never Closed

This article by Notches editor Julia Laite appeared in the September 9, 2014 issue of The Guardian.  The latest development in a near-150-year-old saga made headlines this week: an armchair detective has used DNA evidence to claim that Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper, the infamous figure who murdered and mutilated women in […]