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...Show More
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11:03 | Apr 9th

Leigh & Gretchen have a few announcements about what's going on in History is Gay land - hiatus, transcripts, and a live show! Listen to get all the details :) Want to be a part of the volunteer team helping us transcribe History is Gay episodes? Vis...Show More
Episode 23: Bury the Hays Code

44:37 | Mar 4th

It’s that time of year again, time for the second annual live episode of History is Gay, live-recorded at TGIFemslash, the convention that birthed our little podcast! Join Leigh, Gretchen, and special guest host Morgan as they discuss the origins of ...Show More
Episode 23: Bury the Hays Code

0:00 | Mar 4th

It’s that time of year again, time for the second annual live episode of History is Gay, live-recorded at TGIFemslash, the convention that birthed our little podcast! Join Leigh, Gretchen, and special guest host Morgan as they discuss the origins of ...Show More
Episode 22: Bae-yard Rustin: The Man Behind the March

1:34:09 | Feb 11th

February means love and Black History, so join Gretchen and Leigh as they celebrate both by diving into into the life and work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin! Due to his being gay, Rustin’s role as advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and in or...Show More
Episode 21: The Real Housewife of Rome

1:21:47 | Jan 23rd

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a new episode of History is Gay? This time, Gretchen and Leigh dive into the brief, controversial, and totally extra reign of Emperor Elagabalus of Rome. Or rather, Empress Elagabalus! Whether it be...Show More
Episode 20: More Than Meets the Eye(brow): Frida Kahlo

1:29:33 | Dec 24th, 2018

In this episode, Gretchen and Leigh talk about Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist best known for her many self-portraits and for works inspired by nature and the culture and artifacts of Mexico. She may be known for her unibrow, but that’s far from the mo...Show More
Episode 0.5: Letters & Queeries - Gay Ghosts and an Announcement!

14:39 | Dec 10th, 2018

Welcome to our first Letters & Queeries minisode, where we hear from our listeners and share stories! In this inaugural bonus, we're sharing with you the fabulous haunting calling cards of several History is Gay listener ghosts. We also have an annou...Show More
Episode 19: Queer Poetry in the Not-So-Great War: Siegfried Sassoon

1:26:14 | Nov 26th, 2018

We’ve got a special episode for you this time, gayvenclaws! Gretchen is taking care of a family medical emergency, so join Leigh and special guest Hayden Smith as they discuss the famous WWI soldier Siegfried Sassoon. A writer, poet, and novelist kno...Show More
Episode 18: Girls Gone Wilde

1:32:36 | Nov 6th, 2018

What would an exploration of the Wilde family be without taking a closer look at Oscar Wilde’s ‘virulently lesbian’ niece Dolly Wilde? Gretchen and Leigh take you on a journey to learn more about this elusive personality. Unlike her uncle, Dolly left...Show More
Episode 0.4: A Queer Ghost Huntin' We Will Go (An Interview with Shane McLelland)

31:17 | Oct 29th, 2018

Hello again, guys, gals and ghouls, and welcome to a fun Halloween minisode! This week, Leigh & Gretchen bring you an interview with our second Queer Ghost Hunter of the month, Shane McLelland! Shane is one of the co-founders of the Stonewall Columbu...Show More
Episode 17: He's a Real Wilde One

1:31:10 | Oct 15th, 2018

In honor of his 164th birthday, Leigh and Gretchen talk about the life and times of Oscar Wilde with special guest K. W. Moore from the blog “A Scholar of No Importance.” Wilde’s unwillingness to conform to Victorian sensibilities regarding keeping h...Show More
Episode 16: Lavender Apparitions

1:49:56 | Oct 1st, 2018

Happy Halloween everybody! As good Halloween gays, Leigh and Gretchen bring you a special, spoopy episode for Halloween. In the first half, they bring tales of gay and lesbian ghosts and lavender apparitions of all kinds, though of the kindly and per...Show More
Episode 15: Lizzie Borden Took a Labrys

1:23:47 | Sep 17th, 2018

Way back in the first episode, Leigh and Gretchen formed a historical ‘murder wives’ ship starting with Anne Bonny; in this episode, they take a closer look at murder wife #2: Lizzie Borden! That’s right folks, she too may very well have had a thing ...Show More
Episode 14: The Labor Struggle is Real Queer

1:24:39 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Leigh and Gretchen have a special History is Gay treat for you this Labor Day. Join them as they discuss the history of the labor movement as it relates to the struggle for queer civil rights in America. You may not know, but the labor and LGBTQ+ mov...Show More
Episode 13: Six Degrees of Virginia Woolf Pt. 1: Vita & Virginia

1:32:57 | Aug 20th, 2018

Gretchen and Leigh are pleased to announce their very first special guest to History is Gay, Dan Arndt of Write to Survive Podcast and The Fandomentals, to talk about Virginia Woolf and Vita-Sackville-West. This episode has everything: modernism, gay...Show More
Episode 12: Let's Have a Kiki with Queer as Fact!

1:39:43 | Aug 6th, 2018

Welcome to our very first extra special collaboration! Joining Leigh and Gretchen this episode are our friends over at Queer as Fact, a queer history podcast from Australia. Our topic of choice? Queer slang! Join us as we discuss lavender linguistics...Show More
Episode 0.3: A Sneak Peek into Sappho's Salon

15:26 | Jul 16th, 2018

Instead of a regular episode this week, Leigh & Gretchen treat you to a very special sneak peek into Sappho's Salon, an exclusive place where the sighs, yearnings, tragedies, and triumphs of queer love are brought to life. If you enjoyed this minisod...Show More
Episode 11: Rainbow Rising: The First Pride

1:13:23 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Leigh and Gretchen welcome you to their first Pride month special and the first of an ongoing series on Queer civil rights movements in the United States. And what better way to do both than to dive into the lives of Gilbert Baker---the maker of the ...Show More
Episode 10: Thigh Fencing and the Saffron Massage

0:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

In this episode, co-hosts Gretchen and Leigh will take you on a tour of medieval Arabo-Islamic erotic literature and the many delightful descriptions of queer female experience it contains. Remember way back in episode two when ‘thigh fencing’ came u...Show More
Episode 10: Thigh Fencing and the Saffron Massage

1:35:57 | Jun 18th, 2018

In this episode, co-hosts Gretchen and Leigh will take you on a tour of medieval Arabo-Islamic erotic literature and the many delightful descriptions of queer female experience it contains. Remember way back in episode two when ‘thigh fencing’ came u...Show More
Episode 0.2: T'Aint Nobody's Bizness: An Interview with Robert Philipson

38:15 | Jun 11th, 2018

Leigh & Gretchen are bringing you a special bonus episode this week! Wow, three whole episodes in a month, Happy Pride! In this bonus, Leigh sits down with Robert Philipson, producer and director of the documentary T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blue...Show More
Episode 9: Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Pt 2: Claude Cahun

1:27:15 | Jun 4th, 2018

As you know, we're not a fan of Nazis. In part two of our (what will very likely be ongoing) series on badass Nazi-fighting queer anti-fascists we discuss the genderqueer, surrealist artist and Nazi resistance fighter Claude Cahun! Teen love to steps...Show More
Episode 8: Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Pt 1: Magnus Hirschfeld

1:17:44 | May 21st, 2018

We're not a fan of nazis around these parts, and not just for the obvious reasons. Did you know that one of the most iconic images of them burning books is from when they burned the library of a gay, Jewish, communist sexologist well known for his re...Show More
Episode 0.1: Queer, There, and Everywhere

40:15 | Apr 16th, 2018

Welcome to a special first here in History is Gay: our first ever minisode! As Gretchen has been busy traveling this month, she and Leigh are filling in with a special guest interview with Sarah Prager, author of Queer, There, and Everywhere and crea...Show More
Episode 7: F is For Friend Who Did Not Have Gender

1:30:24 | Apr 2nd, 2018

R is for Revolutionary War, which is where hosts Leigh & Gretchen are headed in this, the very first episode dedicated to a single person from history: the Publick Universal Friend. The Friend presented as something entirely new: a genderless spirit ...Show More
Episode 6: 3 Genders? In Ancient Egypt? It's More Likely Than You Think

1:39:12 | Mar 19th, 2018

In today’s episode, Leigh and Gretchen head way back in time to Ancient Egypt. That’s right, get ready to walk like an Egyptian! Take a tour through Egyptian mythology to discuss what Set and Nephthys imply about Egypt having a concept of third gende...Show More
Episode 6: 3 Genders? In Ancient Egypt? It's More Likely Than YouThink

0:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

In today’s episode, Leigh and Gretchen head way back in time to Ancient Egypt. That’s right, get ready to walk like an Egyptian! Take a tour through Egyptian mythology to discuss what Set and Nephthys imply about Egypt having a concept of third gende...Show More
Episode 5: Stars from a Bi-Gone Era

49:55 | Mar 5th, 2018

In this very special episode, hosts Leigh & Gretchen travel to the red carpet and the silver screen to hear stories about queer actors from the golden age of Hollywood. Along for the ride is a room full of queer people who came to listen to the podca...Show More
Episode 4: Bulldaggers and Lady Lovers

1:11:38 | Feb 20th, 2018

In this episode, your hosts Leigh & Gretchen take a stroll down Jungle Alley and bring you stories of the vibrant black lesbian and gay subculture of the Harlem Renaissance and the blues legends who sang of its glory. With wild parties, bathtub gin, ...Show More
Episode 3: Mei Ai Hold Your Hand? Homosexuality in Imperial China

1:25:34 | Feb 5th, 2018

As your hosts return to examine the unexplored corners of history to highlight overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies, they bring a conversation about homosexuality in Imperial China. They will discuss the unique tradition of male homosexu...Show More
Episode 2: Cloistered Queers

1:28:40 | Jan 15th, 2018

In this episode, your hosts Gretchen and Leigh continue to examine the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies in the unexplored corners of history by traveling to the cloisters of Medieval Europe. They’ll uncover uniqu...Show More
Episode 1: Were Some Pirates Poofters?

1:04:11 | Jan 1st, 2018

In our first episode, your hosts Gretchen & Leigh begin their series examining the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history with a discussion of the high seas. Meet Anne Bonny, Mary...Show More
Introducing History is Gay!

10:24 | Dec 19th, 2017

Introducing History is Gay, a new podcast where your hosts Gretchen & Leigh examine the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history. Whether shining a light on queer pirate adventures,...Show More