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History is Gay is a podcast that examines the underappreciated and overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies that have always been there in the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think.

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History is Gay Leigh Pfeffer

    • History
    • 4.8 • 391 Ratings

History is Gay is a podcast that examines the underappreciated and overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies that have always been there in the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think.

Follow us on social media! @historyisgaypod on twitter, historyisgaypodcast on tumblr, and subscribe to us wherever you listen to podcasts!

    Episode 0.12: Florine Stettheimer's Gay Salon (An Interview with Barbara Bloemink)

    Episode 0.12: Florine Stettheimer's Gay Salon (An Interview with Barbara Bloemink)

    For this bonus episode, we're bringing you an interview with esteemed art historian, art director, and curator Barbara Bloemink about her recently published comprehensive biography of turn-of-the-century Modernist painter Florine Stettheimer. Stettheimer, a cousin of Natalie Clifford Barney's, painted the vibrant world of New York between the two world wars and welcomed gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends and family into her Manhattan salon at a time when it was dangerous and illegal to be out in New York. Listen on to hear Bloemink talk about Stettheimer's painting style, her relationships with the queer art elite of New York, and the ways the contemporary art world has shunned away from diving deeply into subversive and feminist painters.

    • 53 min
    Episode 41: Send in the Clowns: Anita Bryant, the Briggs Initiative, and the Rise of the Anti-Gay Right

    Episode 41: Send in the Clowns: Anita Bryant, the Briggs Initiative, and the Rise of the Anti-Gay Right

    Buckle up, folks – this episode contains your hosts doing a lot of swears and yelling at the general AAAAAAAAAHHHHH of the world right now. For this episode, Leigh is joined once again by guest host Aubree Calvin, for a crossover episode with Southern Queeries talking about the rise of the anti-gay Christian right movement and homophobic legislation that swept the United States in the 1970s with Anita Bryant, Save Our Children, and the Briggs Initiative, whose proponents used “parental rights” language to justify their homophobia, in an eerily similar manner as we are seeing today with anti-LGBTQ and specifically anti-trans legislation and arguments. Listen to this episode to hear the history behind all this, as well as some bits of levity we made sure to put in (listen to Anita Bryant get hit with a pie and learn about the glorious protest tactic of glitterbombing), and hear how the LGBTQ community of yesteryear rose up to fight these counter-movements, and what we can learn from them in today’s fight. 
    Then, when you’re finished with this episode, head on over to Southern Queeries for the second part of our conversation, talking in depth about the current rash of anti-LGBTQ legislation in the country, our reactions and feelings, and how it’s the same conversation and language as back in 1977 and 1978. 
    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction and Announcements
    Content Warning: References to historical lies tying queer people to child molestation and child pornography are contained in this episode in the following time-codes: 14:23 - 16:59; 59:33 - 59:48; 1:10:54 - 1:11:06; 1:13:44 - 1:15:32
    7:39 – Socio-Historic Context
    17:16 – Dade County FL, Anita Bryant & Save Our Children
    32:06 – LGBTQ Response
    51:03 – Word of the Week
    57:35 – Spread Across the Country: John Briggs & CA’s Proposition 6
    1:17:12 – Main Takeaways and Conclusions
    1:24:46 – Pop-Culture Tie-In
    1:28:23 – How (Anti) Gay were They?
    1:31:28 – Closing and Where to Find us Online


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    Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on our NEWLY REVAMPED Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! We have a brand-new Discord server for everyone to hang out in, exclusive O.G. Lesbian Sappho t-shirts, and some really fun extras coming your way! You can also get super cool merch in our brand new TeePublic store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, mugs, magnets, and other neat things!
     
    If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribe to join the team of volunteers!
    Find our full list of sources and bonus content at www.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on twitter @historyisgaypod, tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 40: Real-Life Xenas: Warrior Women Across the World

    Episode 40: Real-Life Xenas: Warrior Women Across the World

    Happy 2022 and welcome to another episode of History is Gay! This time, we’re picking up where we left off with Meghan Rose and S.C. Lucier in our discussion of Amazons and real-life warrior women in history! It’s not just the Greco-Roman world that marveled at fierce, strong female fighters, but all over the world! This episode, we’re visiting Benin, Africa to learn about the real-life dora milaje of Black Panther fame, the gender-bending Dahomey Amazons; badass female samurai defending their homesteads in Japan, and Viking shieldmaidens and mythical Valkyries– who may have been a third gender? Strap-in for a whirlwind worldwide tour of gender transgression and badass real-life Xenas we want to see all the movies about!

    You can learn more about our guest hosts Meg and Luce, Xena: Warrior Musical, and more of their forthcoming projects at www.xenawarriormusical.com, @XenatheMusical on Twitter, and @XenaWarriorMusical on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!  

    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction
    4:27 – Announcements
    7:51 – Follow-Up from Last Episode
    12:48 – Main Topic: Warrior Women Across the World
    13:33 – Word of the Week
    18:54 – Amazon-Like Women in Africa: Dahomey Amazons/mino
    43:22-44:13 – Content warning: Discussion of slave trade
    46:22 – Amazon-Like Women in Japan: onna-bugeisha
    1:06:50 – Amazon-Like Women in Scandinavia: the Vikings!
    1:30:48 – Pop-Culture Tie-In
    1:33:43 – How Gay were They?
    1:39:07 – Closing and Where to Find us Online
    This episode is sponsored by Surfshark VPN, an awesome app and browser extension that not only protects your privacy online, but changes the virtual location of your phone or computer to anywhere in the world, allowing you access to content geoblocked content. 

    Surfshark VPN is offering 83% off and 3 months free for History is Gay listeners. Just head over to https://surfshark.deals/HISTORYISGAY or go to surfshark.com and enter code HISTORYISGAY to redeem this amazing deal! Plus, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it out risk-free. 

    Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on our NEWLY REVAMPED Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! We have a brand-new Discord server for everyone to hang out in, exclusive O.G. Lesbian Sappho t-shirts, and some really fun extras coming your way! You can also get super cool merch in our store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things.
    If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribe to join the team of volunteers!

    Find our full list of sources and bonus content at www.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on Twitter and Instagram @historyisgaypod, Tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 39: The Amazons: Stoner Horse Girl Warriors of Antiquity

    Episode 39: The Amazons: Stoner Horse Girl Warriors of Antiquity

    Today’s episode brings you not one, but two, wonderful guest hosts – Meghan Rose and S.C. Lucier, (known collectively as Lucier&Rose), the creators of Xena: Warrior Musical - The Lost Scroll, joining Leigh to talk about everyone’s favorite badass warrior women of antiquity, Amazons! In this first part of a two-part episode examining warrior women throughout history, we’ll dive full-tilt into the myths, legends, and misconceptions about the all-female militant society that struck fear into the hearts of ancient Greek men – powerful women, GASP! Where did these stories come from? How queer were they? And were they real, or just figments of mythology? Listen to this episode to hear us answer all these questions and talk even more, including jokes about penis bones, drinking horse-milk booze, and smoking pot with Herotodus. 
    Plus, Meg and Luce debut the very first song from their forthcoming musical, titled Atalanta: The Long Shot! 
    You can learn more about Meg and Luce, Xena: Warrior Musical, and more of their forthcoming projects at www.xenawarriormusical.com, @XenatheMusical on Twitter, and @XenaWarriorMusical on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!
    This episode was edited by Ellie Brigida of Lez Hang Out podcast and The Flame: A Podcast Musical.
    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction
    10:37 – Socio-Historical Context
    13:33 – The Amazons of Myth and Legend
    31:10 – A tour through some Amazon queens
    38:27-39:05 – Content warning: rape mention
    40:34 – Atalanta, The Greek “Amazon”
    59:55 – Real-Life Amazons: Warrior Women of Scythia
    1:09:28 – Why do we think they're gay?
    1:26:16 – Pop-Culture Tie-In
    1:37:37 – How Gay were They?
    1:46:09 – Closing and Where to Find us Online

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    Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more, and get ready for a new Patreon revamp in 2022 with awesome new perks! You can also get super cool merch in our store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things.
    If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribe to join the team of volunteers!
    Find our full list of sources and bonus content at www.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on twitter @historyisgaypod, tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Episode 38: Trans-sister Radio: Synth Icon Wendy Carlos

    Episode 38: Trans-sister Radio: Synth Icon Wendy Carlos

    If you’ve ever enjoyed disco, EDM, changed your voice with auto-tune, or danced along to Daft Punk, you’ve got the subject of today’s episode to thank! In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh is joined by guest host Hannah van Rhee (they/them) of the QueerSounds Podcast to talk about Wendy Carlos, electronic music pioneer, synthesizer queen, film soundtrack composer extraordinaire, and trans woman! We’ll get into all the exciting details, like weird stories about Stanley Kubrick during A Clockwork Orange, comedy albums with Weird Al Yankovic, living inside a faraday cage, and more cats than you can shake a dangly, shiny stick at.
    Our wonderful guest host for this episode, Hannah van Rhee, can be found on twitter at @duchessofdeer, and you can follow their podcast QueerSounds on twitter @queersoundspod, Instagram @queersoundspod, and at www.queersounds.com.
    Outline
    00:00 – Introduction
    5:01 – Main Topic: Trans-sister Radio: Synth Icon Wendy Carlos
    7:09 – Socio-Historical Context
    13:06 – A Note on Sources
    14:23 – Who were they? Bio Time.
    48:09 – Why do we think they're gay? 
    52:15 - 52:58 — Content warning: Descriptions of dysphoria and internalized transphobia
    53:23 - 54:07 — Content warning: Suicidal ideation
    1:07:36 – Word of the Week
    1:20:46  – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions: Wendy Carlos’ Legacy
    1:28:54 – How Gay were They?
    1:31:34 – Closing and Where to Find us Online
    Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! You can get super cool merch in our store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things.
    If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribe to join the team of volunteers!
    Find our full list of sources and bonus content at www.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on twitter @historyisgaypod, tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 37: The Life of Pauli Murray: My Gender is Imp (Part 2)

    Episode 37: The Life of Pauli Murray: My Gender is Imp (Part 2)

    In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh and guest host Aubree Calvin return to the story of Pauli Murray, an important African American lawyer, and activist who is finally getting the historical attention they deserve. In their time, Murray was a labor rights, civil rights, and women’s rights activist, and broke significant barriers all while facing sexism and racism. In addition to having a brilliant legal mind, they were a writer, poet, and priest, and had time to be friends with Eleanor Roosevelt. Pauli Murray should be in every U.S. History book in every K-12 school.
    So, if Pauli Murray was so important to so many movements, why has history largely forgotten them? Leigh and Aubree try to answer that in this two-episode series. In this second part of our first-ever two-part episode, we look at what made Pauli queer, and try to get a handle, as best we can, on their gender identity.
    We also get the opportunity to speak with amazing activist, lawyer, and reproductive justice advocate Preston Mitchum, previously Policy Director at URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity) and current Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project, on his own personal history coming to Pauli Murray’s story, how they influenced him as a Black queer man, and continues to inspire and influence current and future generations of queer civil rights attorneys all across the country.
    Preston can be found online at www.prestonmitchum.com, on Instagram @preston.mitchum, and on Twitter @prestonmitchum.
    Our wonderful guest host for this episode, Aubree Calvin, can be found at www.aubreecalvin.com or on her podcast Southern Queeries. You can also hear Aubree in previous episodes, which you can check out by clicking here!
    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction
    4:49 – Why Do We Think They’re Gay?
    7:19 – Looking at Pauli’s Relationships
    14:21 – How do we talk about Pauli’s gender?
    36:17 – Interview with Preston Mitchum
    1:12:16 –1:14:173 – TW: Discussion of sexual abuse, rape, and assault
    1:16:40 – Pop Culture Tie-In
    1:18:13 – How Gay Were They?
    1:22:40 – Closing and Where to Find Us Online
    Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! You can get super cool merch in our store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things.
    If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing fans, please head on over to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribe to join the team of volunteers!
    Find our full list of sources and bonus content at www.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on twitter @historyisgaypod, tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!

    • 1 hr 26 min

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