Side Note

Queering the Map is back

A view of parts of the US and Canada on Queering the Map.

A view of parts of the US and Canada on Queering the Map.

Shortly after we initially posted about queer mapping project Queering the Map back in February, right-wing trolls flooded the project with pro-Trump messages attempting to undermine its archival, sentimental, and representational intent. On Outline World Dispatch, host Aaron Edwards spoke to the project’s Montreal-based founder Lucas LaRochelle about the attack, which LaRochelle said prompted a number of eager developers to reach out to them offering help to make the site more secure.

Now, nearly two months later, Queering the Map is back online again with all of the heartwarming and tear-jerking map points intact and all of the offending troll points removed. LaRochelle told The Outline via email:

Queering The Map now has a moderator panel that is collaboratively reviewed to ensure that no hate, spam or unsafe content (such as addresses, phone numbers or peoples full names) makes it onto the site. Notably, the project qualified for Cloudflares Project Galileo initiative (, which protects sites with marginalized content against being hacked. Queering The Map does not take any user data, such as a contributors location or email address, so as to keep everything posted to the site completely anonymous.

Once again, anyone with an open heart can check out the project and relish in the tracking of queer experiences around the globe. Of the points I’ve sifted through since Queering the Map’s return, right now this one from the main island of Seychelles is closest to my heart: “Ran to the beach at night to see you. We couldn't be seen together during the day, because I was there with my family. We have a connection that cuts through the taboo and the distance. I think we'll see each other again.”


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