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Outlaw drag queens, FBI hunts, and not-so-secret societies. Raids, riots, and romance! A true history radio drama following American LGBTQ liberation from 1924 to Stonewall. The final season! Episode Guide: queerserial.com/episodes

Queer Serial: American LGBTQ+ History Before Stonewall Devlyn Camp

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    • 5.0 • 145 Ratings

Outlaw drag queens, FBI hunts, and not-so-secret societies. Raids, riots, and romance! A true history radio drama following American LGBTQ liberation from 1924 to Stonewall. The final season! Episode Guide: queerserial.com/episodes

    S3 E13 ‬• Finale: "Liberation Day"

    S3 E13 ‬• Finale: "Liberation Day"

    “2, 4, 6, 8. Gays unite to smash the State!”

    You can support the new Queer Serial sister series “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! The Man Who Kept Harvey Milk’s Dream Alive” on Indiegogo! Click here, and you’ll receive some fabulous gifts — like postcards of the White Night Riots and Harry Britt with Jane Fonda, a limited edition recreation of Britt’s button, and an exclusive preview of the series! Thank you!!

    Bonus episodes!! Spin-off episodes! (Often NSFW.) Dive into Mattachino Randy Wicker’s archives with us! Mugs! Buttons! Books! Plus tons of other fun stuff! $1 or $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast! If you’re already a Patreon gal, click here to make those bonus episodes pop up in your regular podcast feed.

    Learn more about a “Freaking F*g Revolutionary” who was there in the ‘70s, Albert Williams, in his article here. Learn more about Dugan’s Bistro, the legendary disco in Chicago, from my article here. Watch Bette Midler at the Continental Baths in 1971! Listen to Breck Ardery’s “Gay & Proud” LP and watch Lilli Vincenz’s documentary “Gay and Proud,” both from the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march here. Learn more about the Gay Activists Alliance zaps here! To learn more about Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton, watch “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Listen to Kay Lahusen’s monthly gay table in her retirement community on Making Gay History. After the zap at Harper’s magazine in response to their homophobia article, Merle Miller wrote this essay, “On Being Different,” for New York Times Magazine, which I highly recommend reading in its book form. To learn more about Marsha P. Johnson, watch “Pay It No Mind” and “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.” Read Sylvia Rivera’s speech referenced in this episode, “Bitch on Wheels,” here. Listen to Sylvia talk about S.T.A.R. on Making Gay History here. Learn about the Weinstein Hall sit-in here, watch Marsha at the 1973 City Hall protest here, and watch Sylvia’s legendary 1973 “Y’all Better Quiet Down” speech here.

    Teachers, message me for transcripts of the episodes! queerserial@gmail.com 

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    If you’re enjoying the show, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show!

    Subscribe to the Queer Serial email list here! Thanks for your support. :) 

    Wanna put faces to the names? See the gay bars and cruising grounds? Flip through the homophile publications? Follow the show in photos on Instagram and Twitter @queerserial. 

    Resources, donations, and the full voice cast for the podcast can be found at queerserial.com.

    Listen to my other podcast for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars Sidetrack, “OutSpoken: LGBTQ Storytelling."

    Season 3 podcast artwork by Ryan Thiel. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 4.0. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.

    xoxo
    Devlyn

    linktr.ee/queerserial

    • 2 hr 54 min
    S3 E12 Stonewall Inn • Night 2: "Gay Power"

    S3 E12 Stonewall Inn • Night 2: "Gay Power"

    “We can influence our existence—if we can only come together.” ✌✌✌

    Check out these maps of the Stonewall and the Village while you listen! Watch Lilli Vincenz’s 1968 documentary about the 4th Annual Reminder picket at Independence Hall, “The Second Largest Minority.”

    Series finale special coming soon! Stay tuned!

    Bonus episodes!! Spin-off episodes! Bonus mini-series! BTS for my next project! Research dives! (Often NSFW.) Mugs! Buttons! Books! Plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast! If you’re already a Patreon gal, click here to make those bonus episodes pop up in your regular podcast feed.

    Listen to the trailer (and the first episode) for the Boise sex panic mini-series here!

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    If you’re enjoying the show, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show!

    Subscribe to the Queer Serial email list here! Thanks for your support. :) 

    Wanna put faces to the names? See the gay bars and cruising grounds? Flip through the homophile publications? Follow the show in photos on Instagram and Twitter @queerserial. 

    Teachers, message me for transcripts of the episodes! queerserial@gmail.com 

    Resources, donations, and the full voice cast for the podcast can be found at queerserial.com.

    Listen to my other podcast for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars Sidetrack, “OutSpoken: LGBTQ Storytelling."

    Season 3 podcast artwork by Ryan Thiel. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 4.0. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
    xoxo
    Devlyn

    linktr.ee/queerserial

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S3 E11 Stonewall Inn • Night 1: "The Devil with the Blue Dress On"

    S3 E11 Stonewall Inn • Night 1: "The Devil with the Blue Dress On"

    “You already got the payoff. Now here’s some more.”

    52 years ago to the very minute this episode is released, Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine and his team of police raided the Stonewall Inn, and the movement building for 20 years burst into a legendary rebellion that began the next phase of queer liberation. Check out these maps of the Stonewall and the Village while you listen!

    Bonus episodes!! Spin-off episodes! Bonus mini-series! BTS for my next project! Research dives! (Often NSFW.) Mugs! Buttons! Books! Plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast! If you’re already a Patreon gal, click here to make those bonus episodes pop up in your regular podcast feed.

    Listen to the trailer (and the first episode) for the Boise sex panic mini-series here!

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    If you’re enjoying the show, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show!

    Subscribe to the Queer Serial email list here! Thanks for your support. :) 

    Wanna put faces to the names? See the gay bars and cruising grounds? Flip through the homophile publications? Follow the show in photos on Instagram and Twitter @queerserial. 

    Teachers, message me for transcripts of the episodes! queerserial@gmail.com 

    Resources, donations, and the full voice cast for the podcast can be found at queerserial.com. Listen to some beautiful 1968 Black Power chants here. The audio of Sylvia Rivera is used courtesy of Making Gay History. Find the Making Gay History podcast on all major podcast platforms and at www.makinggayhistory.com.

    Listen to my other podcast for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars Sidetrack, “OutSpoken: LGBTQ Storytelling."

    Season 3 podcast artwork by Ryan Thiel. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 4.0. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
    xoxo
    Devlyn

    linktr.ee/queerserial

    • 1 hr
    S3 E10 "The Walls of Jericho"

    S3 E10 "The Walls of Jericho"

    “The Homosexual Revolution of ’69 started this week in San Francisco as militant homosexuals made war on both gay and straight Establishments.” •

    Huge thanks to special guest star Sam Pancake as Vector editor Leo Laurence! Check him out playing Mattachine President Dick Leitsch on HBO’s “Equal,” Mattachine President Kenneth Zwerin last season on “Queer Serial,” and listen to his powerful rant on “Lovett or Leave It” about respecting queer elders. Leo Laurence would be proud!!

    Bonus episodes!! Research dives! (Often NSFW.) Mugs! Buttons! Books! Plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast! If you’re already a Patreon gal, click here to make those bonus episodes pop up in your regular podcast feed.

    Listen to the trailer (and the first episode) for the Boise sex panic mini-series here!

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    If you’re enjoying the show, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show!

    Subscribe to the Queer Serial email list here! Thanks for your support. :) 

    Wanna put faces to the names? See the gay bars and cruising grounds? Flip through the homophile publications? Follow the show in photos on Instagram and Twitter @queerserial. 

    Teachers, message me for transcripts of the episodes! queerserial@gmail.com 

    Resources, donations, and the full voice cast for the podcast can be found at queerserial.com. Listen to some beautiful 1968 Black Power chants here. The audio of Sylvia Rivera is used courtesy of Making Gay History. Find the Making Gay History podcast on all major podcast platforms and at www.makinggayhistory.com.

    Listen to my other podcast for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars Sidetrack, “OutSpoken: LGBTQ Storytelling."

    Season 3 podcast artwork by Ryan Thiel. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 4.0. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
    xoxo
    Devlyn

    linktr.ee/queerserial

    • 1 hr 22 min
    E9-A “Gay Party At Police Station” • MSNY Newsletter • June 1969

    E9-A “Gay Party At Police Station” • MSNY Newsletter • June 1969

    “The cops herded more than fifty very elegantly dressed, and very high, male homosexuals, four women, one sex-change-in-progress, and one dog (belonging to a customer) into the paddy wagons.” Evan Koepnick as MSNY President Dick Leitsch.

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    This podcast uses text from real homophile-era publications, letters, and organizational documents read by voice actors. The show has identifying terms that may now be out of date. Do your homework, sis!!

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 5 min
    S3 E9 "Mattachine Millennia," or, "The Whole World Is Watching"

    S3 E9 "Mattachine Millennia," or, "The Whole World Is Watching"

    “One gets weary of trying to confront the people with the necessity of assessing their own history.” •

    Bonus episodes!! Research dives! (Often NSFW.) Mugs! Buttons! Books! Plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast! If you’re already a Patreon gal, click here to make those bonus episodes pop up in your regular podcast feed.

    Listen to the trailer (and the first episode) for the Boise sex panic mini-series here!

    Looking for some reruns? Check out this handy dandy EPISODE GUIDE.

    If you’re enjoying the show, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show!

    If you live in Chicago, please get in touch with your alderperson and ask them to support ECPS — Empowering Communities for Public Safety. Yes, that means “defund the police” and reallocate money to more effective resources in the community, and create democratic police accountability. Follow the Chicago Alliance @caarprnow, and get more info at bit.ly/SupportECPS.

    Subscribe to the Queer Serial email list here! Thanks for your support. :) 

    Wanna put faces to the names? See the gay bars and cruising grounds? Flip through the homophile publications? Follow the show in photos on Instagram and Twitter @queerserial. 

    Teachers, message me for transcripts of the episodes! queerserial@gmail.com 

    Resources, donations, and the full voice cast for the podcast can be found at queerserial.com. Learn more about “The Skull” and the case of “The Chickens and the Bulls” here, or in David Carter’s 2004 book “Stonewall.” Watch the legendary fight between William Buckley and Gore Vidal on ABC after the 1968 DNC here. Listen to some beautiful 1968 Black Power chants here. Since you’re listening to this episode, I think you’d enjoy the astonishing new movie "Judas and the Black Messiah," click here for the trailer.

    The audio of Sylvia Rivera is used courtesy of Making Gay History. Find the Making Gay History podcast on all major podcast platforms and at www.makinggayhistory.com.

    Listen to my other podcast for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars Sidetrack, “OutSpoken: LGBTQ Storytelling."

    Season 3 podcast artwork by Ryan Thiel. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 4.0. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
    xoxo
    Devlyn

    linktr.ee/queerserial

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

Paulbelloni ,

Oh my! Fantastic!

Oh my gosh! This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Devlyn Camp does everything right on their “show.” As a nerd, I am so impressed with the research; it’s a deep, deep dive into queer history. That said, it is more than informative; the podcast is fascinating and entertaining. Kudos to all who participated in the production. I am also incredibly grateful for the efforts made to recognize the diversity of the LGBTQ community and ALL who have fought for our rights. The last thing I will say is that I am a Patreon supporter of the podcast and the extras provided there are amazing too.

NtOnstage ,

An Essential Listen for ALL Queer Folx

Thank you so much for this podcast.

So often, we lose sight or are never taught about the vibrant, complex, deeply human history of our ongoing movement for queer liberation and dignity.

This podcast is an amazing start on a life long journey to understanding and living into our lineages as queer people. Oppressive structures of our white-supremacist, patriarchal, heterosexist culture thrive on making marginalized people invisible, erasing our history and policing our visibility. Don’t contribute to it. Be seen. Be known. Listen, learn, and live into the legacy of those who have fought for and before us.

I also appreciate your ongoing commitment to intersectionality and wonder if there’s any merit to sharing the mic with queer voices of colors as you unpack our collected queer history.

Thanks again!

xoxo,
Nick Thornton
Chicago, IL

genderbenderextraordinaire ,

I’m so happy this podcast is back!

As a studier of queer history myself, I appreciate this podcast so much. It’s accurate and entertaining. A must listen for any queer person - knowing our history is power!

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