45 episodes

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 & Gretchen

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    • 4.9 • 254 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!

    Mars Best Brisket: An Audio Comedy Charity Event!

    Mars Best Brisket: An Audio Comedy Charity Event!

    We're dropping a little goodie for you here in our feed to promote Mars Best Brisket, an audio comedy charity event happening this week, September 20-27! 
    Produced by our friends T.H. Ponders and V Silverman, Mars Best Brisket is a three-episode audio comedy that's campaigning to raise $1000 for Lovin' Spoonfuls, a food rescue in Boston, MA! 
    Check out the show @marsbestbrisket on all social media, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don't miss these fantastic three episodes that are doing Good Work in the real world!
    Head over to marsbestcharity.com or through marsbestbrisket.com to make your contribution to the campaign. Let's help them blast through their goal! Yeeehawwww!!

    • 3 min
    Episode 32: Stealing Horses & Hearts: Trans Vagabonds of the Wild West

    Episode 32: Stealing Horses & Hearts: Trans Vagabonds of the Wild West

    In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh and guest host Ashten Hope slap on some cowboy boots and head to the wild west to tip our hats to a slew of badass transgender pioneers. We’ll first meet Harry Allen, a handsome horse-stealing and heart-stealing trans man who was both loved and hated by papers and police across the pacific northwest. Then we’ll dance with the dazzling and talented Mrs. Nash, who’s baking and sewing charmed many a soldier boy. Lastly, prepare to be lassoed by the legendary Charley Parkhurst who was known as one of the best “whips” in all the west. Grab your horse and your headphones and get ready to ride into the fantastic lives of these frontier queers.
    Outline: 
    0:00 – Introduction
    4:12 – Main Topic: Stealing Horses & Hearts: Trans Vagabonds of the Wild West
    4:47 – Socio-Historical Context: What was the Wild West and Why do we think its gay?
    16:51 – Who were they? Bio Time: Harry Allen
    31:40 – 33:04 – Content warning: suicide mention
    36:29 – Word of the Week
    39:12 –39:31 – Content warning: sexual assault reference
    42:52 – 43:03 – Content warning: substance abuse mention
    50:26 – Who were they? Bio Time: Mrs. Nash
    1:01:26 – 1:03:06 – Content warning: suicide mention
    1:06:54 – Who were they? Bio Time: Charley Parkhurst
    1:21:16  – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions
    1:22:36 – How Gay were They?
    1:25:47 – Closing and Where to Find us Online
    You can find guest host Ashten at @AshtenHope on twitter!
    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, 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 29 min
    Episode 0.9: Transcripts Podcast: I'm Seeing My Liberation Right Now

    Episode 0.9: Transcripts Podcast: I'm Seeing My Liberation Right Now

    Welcome to September, queerlings! No new episode of History is Gay today, instead this bonus drop is us sharing a wonderful new podcast called Transcripts with you! 
    Transcripts is a new podcast that puts the transgender movement in context. Using oral histories from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota, hosts Andrea Jenkins and Myrl Beam introduce listeners to the trans activists who are changing our world.
    Please enjoy this first episode, "I'm Seeing My Liberation Right Now" and go subscribe!
    https://transcriptspodcast.dash.umn.edu/
     

    • 40 min
    Episode 31: The Gaymother of Rock n' Roll, O.G. Electric Lady Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Episode 31: The Gaymother of Rock n' Roll, O.G. Electric Lady Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Holy crap, y’all! It’s already AUGUST. Somehow this year has simultaneously lasted forever and also gone by way too quickly. We’re back in your podcatchers today with a new episode, this time introducing you all to the Godmother (or Gaymother, if you will) of Rock n’ Roll, the original stadium rockstar, and badass Black woman guitar virtuoso, Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Think Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry invented rock n’ roll? Think again! Sister Rosetta was shredding on guitar way before them, and it’s time she gets the credit she is due. She broke boundaries wherever she went, straddling the line between worldly and chaste, secular and gospel, and loved both men and women.
    Our wonderful guest host for today’s episode is Aubree Calvin- writer, professor, and podcast host! You can learn more about Aubree and her freelance writing at her website  www.aubreecalvin.com, and check out her brand new podcast Southern Queeries, all about LGBTQ life in the South!
    0:00 – Introduction
    3:49 – Main Topic: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    6:12 – Socio-Historical Context
    12:44: – Who were they? Bio Time.
    37:46 – An Aside: Rosetta's Guitar & Singing Style
    1:05:40 – Why do we think they're gay? 
    1:17:15 – Word of the Week
    1:22:33 – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions
    1:25:06 – How Gay were They?
    1:26:55 – 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, and other neat things.
    Currently, all proceeds from Patreon and our store that aren't being put towards production costs are going to The Okra Project, a collective that provides free, healthy meals to Black trans people wherever they can reach them. 
    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 30 min
    Episode 0.8: Alternate Channels: Talking Queer TV with Steven Capsuto

    Episode 0.8: Alternate Channels: Talking Queer TV with Steven Capsuto

    We’re bringing you a bonus episode here on the History is Gay feed today, so get ready for a ride through the history of queers on TV! Leigh got a chance to sit down and talk with Steven Capsuto, author of Alternate Channels: Queer Images on 20th-Century TV, a deep dive into the history of queer representation on radio and the small screen from the 1930s to 2000! We chat about our favorite moments of representation from the era, the impact and role of gay activists in moving the needle forward for narrative depictions of queerness, and more!
    Check out Steven and his work at www.alternatechannels.net and follow him on twitter @StevenCapsuto for daily “Today in Queer TV History" tidbits and more!
    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, 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!

    • 50 min
    Episode 30: Alan Turing: Computer Daddy

    Episode 30: Alan Turing: Computer Daddy

    In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh and guest host Maren (@RygarBorgvoss) tackle the father of modern computing, and gay geek hero, Alan Turing! Whether he be sending love-struck letters about astronomy to his high school bestie, riding a bicycle in a gas mask, or completely revolutionizing mathematics and machinery, we’re in awe of Alan. Listen as we talk about his successes and foibles, and how history did this code-breaking, number-crunching badass dirty. 
    Outline: 
    01:43 – Introduction
    6:01 – Main Topic: Alan Turing: Computer Daddy
    7:38 – Socio-Historical Context
    11:53 – Who were they? Bio Time.
    44:55 – 45:23 - Content warning: suicide mention
    46:02 – Why do we think they're gay?
    1:05:45  – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions
    1:05:49 – 1:08:41 - Content warning: suicide mention
    1:19:27 – How Gay were They?
    1:20:56 – Closing and Where to Find us Online
    This episode is sponsored by Hank Green’s new book, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. The book is out July 7th in physical, audio, and e-book wherever books are sold, or you can just go to hankgreen.com and that will get you where you need to go!
    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, and other neat things. You can also check out some amazing History is Gay coloring book pages created by listeners, that are available for $2 donations that will go towards The Okra Project!
    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 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Tiffaneedsatoke ,

I love this podcast!

Please do an episode on Rosetta Tharpe. No one talks about the amazing queer WOC who had a huge influence on American and British Rock music. Get the word out! People give Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters credit for influencing “white” rock (aka having it stolen from them), but Rosetta is always left out of the story. She influenced Chuck Berry (and Elvis), and she played with Muddy in England influencing British rock.

star04525 ,

Achilles/patroclus

this is amazing have you done achillies and patroclus?

TheSquid38 ,

History matters and so does this podcast!

I’m maybe ten episodes in and I LOVE this podcast. Everything is so interesting and amusing, and more than that, I’ve never felt more connected to the queer community. To hear all this history about people like me is pretty incredible, especially since I knew practically nothing about all these queer people from history! If my teachers included material like this in their lessons, I’d have felt a lot less alone. Ten out of ten—completely recommend.

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