Rainbow History Class
So much of queer and trans history and culture has been erased, but Hannah McElhinney, writer and creative director of Rainbow History Class, is here to help us all with this crash course. This history lesson isn't dry and academic, nor is it glitter-soaked or reductive. It's a comprehensive and entertaining romp through queer and trans history, full of secret queer codes, gender-bending icons, pop-culture knowledge and incredible activists.
More than anything, Rainbow History Class will make you feel connected to the stories of our rich and vibrant community. This knowledge will help spark conversations between your friends and family and be a source of comfort as you stand up for yourself and your community on the internet. This illustrated hardback book is a celebration for all LGBTQ+ people, and an invitation to the newly out that says, ‘Welcome to the club, let's get you caught up!'
Hannah McElhinney (she/her) is the writer and creative director behind Rainbow History Class, a home for the LGBTQ+ history that's too often not taught in school. Their TikTok lessons, fronted by ‘regular teacher' Rudy with help from a network of ‘substitute teachers' from all over the world, have over 440k followers and 10 million views. They aim to inspire, validate, entertain, bring gratitude and maybe even help you win an argument.