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FBI hunts, outlaw drag queens, and not-so-secret societies. Raids, riots, and romance! The true story of American LGBTQ liberation from the beginning to Stonewall. Season 3 begins April 12.

Queer Serial: American LGBTQ+ History Devlyn Camp

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    • 5.0 • 141 Ratings

FBI hunts, outlaw drag queens, and not-so-secret societies. Raids, riots, and romance! The true story of American LGBTQ liberation from the beginning to Stonewall. Season 3 begins April 12.

    S3 E1 "A Minority of Militant Homosexuals"

    S3 E1 "A Minority of Militant Homosexuals"

    “A secret world grows open and bolder. Society is forced to look at it—and try to understand it.” • The final season!

    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.

    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.

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

    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

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Season 3 Preview

    Season 3 Preview

    Season 3 begins April 12. Follow along on Instagram @queerserial through the season to see photos of the real activists and events featured in every episode.

    Season 3 picks up in 1963, as militant gay activists take cues from the Civil Rights Movement. Queer activists will be forced to go toe-to-toe against the doctors, ministers, and government officials who discredit them as sick, sinners, and criminals. The fight for liberation will lead them into some of the most famous raids in queer history at California Hall, Compton’s Cafeteria, and Stonewall. They’ll march in the first defiant pickets for our rights, and they will shake the walls of the United States Government.

    Queer Serial is told in serialized episodes. Check out this handy episode guide! Created by Devlyn Camp. More at queerserial.com.

    Bonus episodes! Cute buttons! Cute mugs! Cute archival research photos! Join me on Patreon at patreon.com/queerserial, or “you’re only getting half the story!”

    • 1 min
    "Infamous Crimes" — Ep. 1 "Crush the Monster of Boise"

    "Infamous Crimes" — Ep. 1 "Crush the Monster of Boise"

    A new serial in a new town with no Mattachine, no Bilitis, and no one to turn to — a true scandal in queer history. Exclusively at Patreon.com/QueerSerial!

    Listen to the full 8-episode limited series “Infamous Crimes” at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. It’s only $3/month to binge this series and ALLLL my bonus episodes! Episodes come right to your phone like the regular podcast. And I only charge when there’s new content that month. Hope you enjoy!

    Listen to Morris Foote's interview about the Boise sex panic with historian Eric Marcus on Making Gay History here.

    This series is supported ENTIRELY by Patreon! Thank you, my darling patrons, for your support! Find more info about the podcasts at queerserial.com.

    xoxo Devlyn ❤️

    • 27 min
    "Infamous Crimes: Sex Panic in Boise" — Coming Jan. 11

    "Infamous Crimes: Sex Panic in Boise" — Coming Jan. 11

    An 8-episode limited series only at Patreon.com/QueerSerial

    Patreon is a website for creators to give rewards to their fans in exchange for a little support making their projects. The bonus podcast is $3/month (some months there is no charge!) and there are other perks, including deeper dives into LGBTQ research, buttons, books, and cute mugs!

    Join me over on Patreon to hear the full story of Boise’s 1955 queer scandal.

    • 1 min
    "Return to Normalcy" • Election Day bonus!

    "Return to Normalcy" • Election Day bonus!

    Patreon bonus episode for all! The 1920 presidential election proves yet again that history repeats itself, from fear-mongering to political scandal, and even a sitting president infected by the pandemic he downplayed. Make sure you have a plan to vote! •

    More bonus episodes!! Twice a month! Patreon.com/QueerSerial. COMING UP: A new mini-series about a true 1950s gay sex panic that became a witch hunt in one small town, and how the town tried to cover it up. These bonus episodes and many more already waiting for you, plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. (Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast!)

    Research photos, buttons, mugs, books, and even some stunning NSFW history from the era are all on my Patreon, too! It only costs a little gayola.

    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. My favorite for this episode is “Indecent Advances” by James Polchin. Click here to read Joe Biden’s full statement on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

    This season is also brought to you in part by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, San Francisco! Thanks, sis!

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

    Music is by Blue Dot Sessions. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.

    VOTE! xoxo

    • 34 min
    "Live and Let Live: 58 Years Later" • Interview w/ Randy Wicker

    "Live and Let Live: 58 Years Later" • Interview w/ Randy Wicker

    Featuring Sylvia Rivera, Michael, and stories about Marsha P. Johnson, the Mattachine, and radical activism. • Recorded in Hoboken, New Jersey, January 16, 2020. •

    More bonus episodes!! Twice a month! COMING UP: A 1920s Election Day special, and soon after, a new mini-series about a true 1950s gay sex panic that turned one small town into a witch hunt, and how the town tried to cover it up. These bonus episodes and many more already waiting for you, plus tons of other fun stuff! $3/month at Patreon.com/QueerSerial. (Bonus episodes come right to your phone like any other podcast!)

    Research photos, buttons, mugs, books, and even some stunning NSFW history from the era are all on my Patreon, too! It only costs a little gayola.

    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 the full, unedited version of “Live and Let Live” from WBAI in 1962 at Patreon.com/QueerSerial, or hear it in the context of its history in season 2, episode 11. Watch Randy Wicker and Sylvia Rivera talk on the pier here on YouTube or Vimeo. Watch the Marsha P. Johnson documentary “Pay It No Mind” here on YouTube. Listen to Randy’s full 1966 interview with St. Philomena on WBAI here on my website. And look through Randy’s photo collection here on Flickr!

    This season is also brought to you in part by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, San Francisco! Thanks, sis!

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

    Music is by Blue Dot Sessions. The original Mattachine Society jester logo is used courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. “Live and Let Live” courtesy Pacifica Radio Archives. WBAI, September 1, 1962. “Randy Wicker Interviews Sylvia Rivera on the Pier” by Randy Wicker.

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    • 2 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

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!

Wallyblue27 ,

Important queer podcast!

A Queer Serial tells important queer history that has been forgotten or is simply not known by the masses. This is absolutely a must listen!

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