Rainbow History Class by Hannah McElhinney

Rainbow History Class by Hannah McElhinney

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"Rainbow History Class: Your Guide Through Queer and Trans History," by Hannah McElhinney 

As seen on Tiktok, Rainbow History Class is your entry into LGBTQ+ history, covering queer and trans stories from the ancient world through to lesser-known moments in recent history.

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!’

About the Author

Hannah McElhinney (she/her) is the creator and writer behind Rainbow History Class, a space for sharing the queer and trans history we so rarely have the opportunity to learn. Starting on TikTok in 2021, Rainbow History Class has since become a thriving global community. Hannah has created content for brands like Netflix, VICE and Google Arts and Culture, and is currently making her own queer history in Melbourne with her partner and dog. This is her first book.


  • Pages: 216
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781743798348
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant
  • Date: 2023
  • Size: 5.75" x 8.80" x 0.80"

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