I read a lot of historical m/m romance books and that led me down a rabbit hole for some interesting fun facts. My favorite was this super famous French person who was thought to be among the first transgender people.
And their life was bananas! French spy, they made money fencing in full womens garb, and they like ended up dying at a fairly old age with their bestie.
I mean yeah there were some ups and downs but it was genuinely neat to learn about them. (It was through a podcast so I’m not even gonna attempt to try to spell their name.)
And also there is this really interesting thing in England when being a lesbian was actually much more socially acceptable then being a “sodomite” cuz of how they categorized female friendships and it’s all terrible fun to learn about,
Also don’t get me started on the research I had to do about non-white people in early America and England. It makes me so mad when people try to be armchair historians when a literal Wikipedia search will show you that *gasp* non white people weren’t just slaves and house workers,
this is a really good point! like. historically trans folk (such as myself) have always been here. and god it's so annoying whenever we're presented with the historical inaccuracy card, because it's nonsense. (though as cool as the person you bring up sounds, i find myself doubting that they're among the 'first' transgender people fgfgh. like, there's been evidence of some form of being trans or gender nonconforming since... pretty much ever, actually. shoutout to ancient sumerian practices!)
but also, i think it's also at its most annoying when you're dealing with a period piece with notably fantastical elements. after a certain point when it comes to 'inaccuracy', you gotta look at something and you gotta be like. man. i'm writing about some guy discovering ancient horrors and magics from places beyond reality. is whether or not said guy happens to be transgender and arab really gonna be the thing that breaks believability here. he's turning into a weird bug thing, i think you oughta stop worrying about him being trans so much. exploring what it means to be lgbt+ and poc in the context of these time periods is a really interesting (and important! and valuable!) perspective for sure (thematic relevance my beloved), but sometimes you just want to sit down and write about a man undergoing horrors in a 19th-century tweed suit. is that so wrong.