Monday 9 June 2014

Queer Achievements for International Heraldry Day

[Achievement – the name given in heraldry to the full pictorial representation of a coat of arms.] 

Tomorrow in International Heraldry Day (yes, these really is one). In celebration I have trawled through my files and done some new research to bring you a whole (or almost whole) alphabet of lgbt heraldry. I don't have room to show the full heraldic achievements, so instead here are 24 shields of lgbt people and, in keeping with the international flavour, I have included as many nationalities as possible. I’ve also tried to include at least one person from each century since the origins of medieval heraldry. Some shields you may recognise from my regular Queer Achievement articles. Other will re-appear in future ones. 
A) Francilia Agar (b.1975), Olympic swimmer from Dominica.
B) George Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824), Romantic poet.
C) Sir John Clanvowe (c.1341-1391), knight and poet.
D) Michael Dillon (1915-1962), doctor and transgender pioneer.
E) King Edward II of England (1284-1327).
F) Mark Frankland (1934-2012), MI5 spy.
G) Manhendra Gohil Singh (b.1965), Prince of Rajpipla.
H) Antonio Hoyos y Vinent (1885-1940), writer.
I) Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), writer.
J) Sir Elton John (b.1947), singer songwriter and campaigner.
K) Eigil Knuth (1903-1996), archaeologist and polar explorer.
L) Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), composer.
M) Michelangelo (1475-1564), painter and sculptor.
N) Sir William Neville (c.1341-1391), Constable of Nottingham Castle.
O) Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989), actor.
P) Julia Pell (1953-2006), civil rights activist.
Q) Roger Quilter (1877-1953), composer.
R) Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), First Lady of America.
S) Tom Shakespeare (b.1966), sociologist.
T) Alan Turing (1912-1954), mathematician and father of computer science.
U) Count Sergei Uvarov (1786-1855), diplomat.
V) Rev. Charles Vaughan (1816-1897), Chaplain to Queen Victoria.
W) Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930), composer and director of the Bayreuth Festival.
Y) Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), novelist and poet.

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