History is Gay
About This Show
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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Most Recent Episode
Episode 4: Bulldaggers and Lady Lovers
1 day ago
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, clandestine orgies, and crooning bulldaggers, the lesbian and bisexual blues legends of the 1920s and 1930s were definitely not as straight as you think. Outline 0:00 – Introduction3:46 – The Harlem Renaissance, Cultural Context, and the Language We Used10:42 – Bio Time!: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters (& Ethel Williams), Alberta Hunter, & Lucille Bogan39:13 – What Do You Mean They're Not Straight? 39:28 – Evidence from Historical/Cultural Context: Queer subculture & performance in Harlem nightlife44:06 – Word(s) of the Week: Rent Party & Buffet Flat 48:56 – Evidence from Their Personal Lives & Music 1:04:41 – Pop Culture Tie-In: Bessie (2015) 1:05:29 – Takeaways 1:07:55 – How Gay Were They? 1:08:31 – Closing and Where to Find Us Online 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!
Episodes of This Show
Dec 19, 2017
Rated 5 out of
A Hilarious Look into Queer History
I was recommended ‘History is Gay’ by a friend, and I’m hooked! I’ve already listened to the episode twice now, and it stands up as a hilarious, informative, and actually encouraging look at just how queer history has always been, even when society has tried to ignore the LGBT+ community’s existence. These peeps do a great job laying out the facts without it becoming a boring history lesson, giving us enough historical context to understand what we need to for the queer lives they’re exploring to make sense. The jokes hit home, and had me genuinely laughing in public. I can’t wait to see what topic they tackle next!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of
Informative and funny look into Queer History
I found the podcast through a tumblr post and I am more than pleased that I stopped to listen. I've listened to the episode a couple of times now and I've enjoyed both times that I've listened to it.
I'm not normally good at listening to podcasts without getting bored or missing information but this kept me interested from the first word to the very last. I learned new things about pirates that I've read about before and loved. I can't wait for future episodes
Date published: 2018-01-09