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Making Queer History: Connecting our queer history to our queer present.

Making Queer History Laura Darling

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    • 4.5 • 24 Ratings

Making Queer History: Connecting our queer history to our queer present.

    Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang

    Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang

    (Sorry this upload is a bit late!)

    In this episode, Laura and Will talk about Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang and Laura recommends: https://nuerda.org/.

    As of this episode, we are going on hiatus!

    Some of you may have noticed that the past couple of podcast episodes have come with a note saying that there are some issues with the audio quality. This is because our new apartment has a couple of noise sources our old one didn't. We have been trying a couple of things to combat this, but a new family with young children just moved in upstairs, and unfortunately, it seems like it is only likely to get worse. 

    Luckily, I have been doing some research, and there is a free-to-use recording studio at one of our local libraries, and I think recording the podcast there would be a fantastic solution. Unfortunately, because of COVID19, the studio is not open to podcasters right now. So in order to allow for the best possible quality of sound for future episodes, we have decided to go on hiatus! I am very excited for when we can start the podcast up again, but in the meantime, you can always re-listen to old episodes or read the articles on our websites. We also have a very exciting project this month that's all about King Kristina, so see our social media for that!

    As always, thank you so much for listening, and if you have any questions or comments, you can reach us at queerhistorypatreon@gmail.com.


    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

    (2015). Africa Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Activist Joel Gustave Nana. Kuchu Times. Retrieved from https://www.kuchutimes.com/2015/10/obituary-africa-mourns-the-passing-of-distinguished-activist-joel-gustave-nana/

    (2015). LGBTI activists mourn human rights veteran Joel Nana. 76 Crimes. Retrieved from https://76crimes.com/2015/10/16/activists-mourn-lgbt-rights-veteran-joel-nana/

    Githahu, Mwangi. (2015). Controversial African LGBT activist Joël Nana passes away. Mamba Online. Retrieved from https://www.mambaonline.com/2015/10/16/controversial-african-lgbt-activist-joel-nana-passes-away/

    Myers, JoAnne. (2013). Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements. Scarecrow Press.

    Nana, Joel. (2006). Academic Challenges Un-African Myth. Behind the Mask. Retrieved by https://web.archive.org/web/20100430001031/http://www.mask.org.za/article.php?cat=cameroon&id=1392

    • 44 min
    Lou Sullivan

    Lou Sullivan

    (There are a couple of audio issues in this podcast episode, we will be making changes to hopefully improve the overall audio quality soon)

    In this episode Will and Laura talk about trans activist Lou Sullivan and Will recommends:


    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

    "Lou Sullivan in His Own Words." OurStories, vol. 8, no. 2, Summer 1993, p. 6-7.

    “Lou Sullivan.” Lavender Magazine. February 29, 2008. https://www.lavendermagazine.com/archives/uncategorized/lou-sullivan/

    Lou Sullivan to Judy Van Maasdam, March 22, 1980, The Lou Sullivan Collection, Courtesy LGBT Center at the SF Public Library.

    “Lou Sullivan.” We’ve Been Around. Narr. Elliot Montague. 2016. http://www.wevebeenaround.com/lou/

    Pauly, Dr. Ira B. “Female to Gay Male Transsexualism: I, II, III, IIII - Gender & Sexual Orientation.” University of Nevada School of Medicine. Ed. Rev. Megan M. Rohrer. 1988-1990.

    Rohrerin, Megan. GLBT Historical Society. Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from 1976 - 2009. 2010.

    Smith, Dr. Brice D. Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be a Man Among Men. Oakland: Transgress Press, 2017. Print.

    • 55 min
    Cassia Eller

    Cassia Eller

    (Sorry this is late)

    Will and Laura discuss Cassia Eller and Laura recommends Take a Hint Dani Brown:


    Also the book was actually Descendants of the Crane:


    The video about copyright:


    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

    Barteldes, Ernest. “Bye-bye, Bad Girl!” Brazzil. Jan 2002.

    “Cassia Eller, 39; Brazilian Rock Singer Known for Brash Style.” Los Angeles Times. 1 Jan 2002.

    “Cassia Hardy Found a New Perspective With Her New Identity.” Noisey. Vice.

    Gdula, Steve. “Queen of the Carnaval: Lesbian Brazilian Rocker Cassia Eller Dies Just as Her Career Was Really Taking Off.” The Advocate. 2 Mar 2002.

    Pinto, César Braga. “Brazilian Songs Out of the Closet.” Brazil-USA News. BMV Digital. 2002.

    “Son of Cássia Eller Shudders Audience When Singing Mother’s Song in Rio Presentation.” Extra. Infoglobo. 6 Nov 2015.

    “The 100 Greatest Voices of Brazilian Music.” Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone Brasil. October 2012.

    • 38 min
    Frieda Belinfante

    Frieda Belinfante

    Content Warning: Discussion of Second World War

    In this episode, Laura and Will look at the life of Frieda Belinfante and Will recommends Kipo and the age of Wonderbeasts

    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

    “The Frieda Belinfante Collection.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. https://www.ushmm.org/collections/the-museums-collections/curators-corner/the-frieda-belinfante-collection

    Belinfante, Frieda. “Oral history interview with Frieda Belinfante.” Interview by Klaus Müller. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. 31 May 1994. Transcript: https://collections.ushmm.org/artifact/image/h00/00/h0000032.pdf

    BUT I WAS A GIRL, The Story of Frieda Belinfante. Dir. Tony Boumans Perf. Frieda Belinfant. Perf. Kenneth Kuhn. 1999. Documentary.

    Rosenthal, Michele. “Frieda Belinfante.” Queer Portraits.1 Dec 2016. http://queerportraits.com/bio/belinfante.

    Pasles,  Chris. “O.C. Musical Pioneer Frieda Belinfante Dies at 90 : Obituary:  She conducted the Orange County Philharmonic during 1950s. In World War  II, she was in the Dutch underground.” Los Angeles Times. 7 Mar 1995.

    Mevis, Annette. Francisca de Haan. Nannie Gillissen. “Belinfante, Frieda (1904-1995).” Digital Women’s Lexicon of the Netherlands. 17 Apr 2017.

    Seigel, Amanda. Honoring “LGBT Jewish Holocaust Survivors.” New York Public Library. 6 Jun 2017. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/06/06/honoring-lgbt-jewish-holocaust-survivors

    • 47 min
    Lesbia Harford

    Lesbia Harford

    In this episode Will and Laura talk about Lesbia Harford and Laura recommends Ace by Angela Chen

    Note: We have just moved, and there are some audio quality issues that should be handled by the next episode but were unfortunately unavoidable

    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

    “Lesbia Harford.” Australian Poetry Library. The University of Sydney. www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/harford-lesbia

    Harford, Lesbia. The Poems of Lesbia Harford. Melbourne University Press. 1941.

    Lamb, Lesley. “Harford, Lesbia Venner.” Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. 1983. adb.anu.edu.au/biography/harford-lesbia-venner-6562

    “Revolutionary Lives: Lesbia Harford.” Red Flag. https://redflag.org.au/article/revolutionary-lives-lesbia-harford

    “Lesbia Harford.” Podcast. Queer As Fact. 15 Dec. 2017. http://queerasfact.podbean.com/e/lesbia-harford/

    • 49 min
    Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

    Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

    Laura and Will discuss Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

    Kennedy, Hubert. "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs First Theorist of Homosexuality." Science and Homosexualities. New York: Routledge, 1997. (pp. 26–45).

    Kennedy, Hubert. "Ulrichs, Karl Heinrich." The GLBTQ Project. New Jersey: Cleis Press, 2004.

    "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs." The Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld. Berlin.

    Duhaime, Lloyd. "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, 1825-1895 (Germany)." Duhaime.org.

    Ed. Michael Lombardi-Nash."Karl Heinrich Ulrichs: Urning Pride and the First Known Gay Activist." 2008.

    Baume, Matt. "The Amazing Story of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the Birth of Queer Activism." Hornet Stories. 2017.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

PercyNightshade ,

I would give this 100 stars if I could

Awesome!!! I love this podcast!!

McIrishName ,


I really wanted to like this podcast, but I just couldn't get into it. The host included too many of her personal opinions, problems, and feelings. Just tell me the history without the running commentary on your emotions.

This podcast is a good place for ideas of people and events to look up and then learn about them from another source...

Boopboop22 ,

Informative and fascinating!

I'm so glad you put this on iTunes! There is so much relatively unknown queer history, and I learn something new with each episode.

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