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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 & Gretchen

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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.

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

    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
    Episode 0.11: "I Need You to Lick Bush in '92": Whitney Skauge and The Beauty President

    Episode 0.11: "I Need You to Lick Bush in '92": Whitney Skauge and The Beauty President

    We're bringing you a bonus episode as a post-Pride gift! Back in April, Leigh sat down with filmmaker Whitney Skauge (they/them) to talk about their new documentary short, The Beauty President. The Beauty President offers a glimpse into the story of Terence Alan Smith. In 1992, Smith, also known by his drag name, Joan Jett Blakk,  made a historic bid for the White House as an openly queer write-in candidate.
    In our conversation, we talk about the film, the impact of focusing on historically excluded folks in media, and the importance of visibility and disruption as protest in the midst of the AIDS crisis.
    Check out the trailer for The Beauty President by clicking here, and learn more about the film, upcoming screenings near you, and more on Breakwater Studios' website. 
    You can learn more about Whitney Skauge on their website, and follow them on Instagram at @whitneyskauge.

    • 32 min
    Episode 36: The Life of Pauli Murray: Confrontation by Typewriter (Part 1)

    Episode 36: The Life of Pauli Murray: Confrontation by Typewriter (Part 1)

    In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh and guest host Aubree Calvin discuss 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. This first episode looks at their upbringing, many careers, and accomplishments. Later, in part two, we look at what made Pauli queer, and try to get a handle, as best we can, on their gender identity.
    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
    10:00 – Main Topic: Pauli Murray
    13:06 – Socio-Historical Context
    14:36 – A Note on Pronouns
    16:11 – Who were they? Bio Time.
    19:26 – Content Warning: Racial violence
    30:05 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week
    57:13 – Poetry and Memoir Writing
    1:12:19 – Content Warning: Stark descriptions of slave trade
    1:20:55 – 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! 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 31 min
    Episode 35: Claim to Flame: Edmonia "Wildfire" Lewis and her Harem Scarem

    Episode 35: Claim to Flame: Edmonia "Wildfire" Lewis and her Harem Scarem

    In this episode of History is Gay Leigh and guest host Amanda Helton discuss Mary Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis, the first internationally recognized African American and indigenous artist in the United States. Join us while we ponder how exactly a literal 2-ton sculpture goes missing, discuss the merits of lesbian drama in 1800s Rome, and did you know that blister beetles have been used as aphrodisiacs for centuries? Yeah... neither did we….
     
    Our wonderful guest host for this episode, Amanda Helton, can be found at www.amandahelton.com or @oryxbesia on Instagram. You can also hear Amanda in our episode on Michelangelo!
    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction
    7:18 – Socio-Historical Context
    20:58 – Who were they? Bio Time
    25:06 – 26:18 — Content warning: racial violence
    30:29 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week
    58:27 – Why do we think they're gay?
    1:22:52  – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions
    1:27:51 – How Gay were They?
    1:30:53 – 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! 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!
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 34: Queers in the Civil Rights Movement

    Episode 34: Queers in the Civil Rights Movement

    For today’s episode, Leigh is joined by return guest host, Aubree Calvin, to commemorate Black History Month by telling the stories of some folks who made contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s whose queerness has been overlooked or erased, and the ways in which the tremendous work done by Black activists was absolutely essential to the evolution of LGBTQ rights actions. Listen to hear about Freedom Rides organizer Rodney Powell’s epic takedown of Rev. Rick Warren, Ernestine Eckstein’s directions for the homophile movement, and Lorraine Hansberry’s thoughts on Eartha Kitt’s legs.
    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 our episode on Sister Rosetta Tharpe!
    Outline
    0:00 – Introduction
    5:12 – Main Topic: Queers in the Civil Rights Movement
    5:27 – Socio-Historical Context
    13:47 – 14:18 — Content warning: police brutality/violence mention
    20:02 – Who were they? Bio Time.
    31:13 – 34:21 – Content warning: violence mention
    40:57 – Why do we think they're gay? 
    1:01:46 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week
    1:24:56 – Content warning: suicide mention
    1:28:01 – Fun Segment: Pop Culture Tie-In
    1:22:25  – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions
    1:29:30 – How Gay were They?
    1:35:59 – Closing and Where to Find us Online
    Please fill out our first-ever History is Gay Listener Survey! We want to hear from YOU and your thoughts about the show! What do you like? What do you dislike? What do you want us to know? Go to www.historyisgaypodcast.com/survey to fill it out, and if you enter your email, you might win a free HIG tee! 
    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 38 min

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