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 10: Thigh Fencing and the Saffron Massage
1 day ago
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 up? Well, that and other martial imagery for wlw sexual experience come from medieval Arabo-Islamic poetry! Like shield banging, jousting without a lance, or our new favorite---the saffron massage. Plus, we’ll dive into cross-dressing heroines, the music of love (moaning), and the first lesbian couple, Hind and al-Zarqa’! Outline 0:00 – Introduction 5:57 – Historical Context: Medieval Arabic Erotic Tradition More Generally 25:52 – Historical Context: Arabic Literature and Western Courtly Love Poetry 36:11 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week 42:38 – Tribadism and Queer Lady Love in Arabo-Islamic Writing 1:03:17 – Tales of Cross-Dressing and Same-Sex Marriage 1:16:10 – People Examples 1:24:41 – Takeaways 1:30:25 – How Gay were They? 1:33:18 – 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!Read more »
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