Making Queer History



The Making Queer History podcast that explores people and events throughout queer history.


  • Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang

    15/04/2021 Duración: 44min

    (Sorry this upload is a bit late!) In this episode, Laura and Will talk about Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang and Laura recommends: As of this episode, we are going on hiatus! Some of you may have noticed that the past couple of podcast episodes have come with a note saying that there are some issues with the audio quality. This is because our new apartment has a couple of noise sources our old one didn't. We have been trying a couple of things to combat this, but a new family with young children just moved in upstairs, and unfortunately, it seems like it is only likely to get worse.  Luckily, I have been doing some research, and there is a free-to-use recording studio at one of our local libraries, and I think recording the podcast there would be a fantastic solution. Unfortunately, because of COVID19, the studio is not open to podcasters right now. So in order to allow for the best possible quality of sound for future episodes, we have decided to go on hiatus! I am very excited for when

  • Lou Sullivan

    14/03/2021 Duración: 55min

    (There are a couple of audio issues in this podcast episode, we will be making changes to hopefully improve the overall audio quality soon) In this episode Will and Laura talk about trans activist Lou Sullivan and Will recommends: mars.wright  [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material] "Lou Sullivan in His Own Words." OurStories, vol. 8, no. 2, Summer 1993, p. 6-7. “Lou Sullivan.” Lavender Magazine. February 29, 2008. Lou Sullivan to Judy Van Maasdam, March 22, 1980, The Lou Sullivan Collection, Courtesy LGBT Center at the SF Public Library. “Lou Sullivan.” We’ve Been Around. Narr. Elliot Montague. 2016. Pauly, Dr. Ira B. “Female to Gay Male Transsexualism: I, II, III, IIII - Gender & Sexual Orientation.” University of Nevada School of Medicine. Ed. Rev. Megan M. Rohrer. 1988-1990. Rohrerin, Megan. GLBT Historical Society. Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from

  • Cassia Eller

    19/02/2021 Duración: 38min

    (Sorry this is late) Will and Laura discuss Cassia Eller and Laura recommends Take a Hint Dani Brown: Also the book was actually Descendants of the Crane: The video about copyright: [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material] Barteldes, Ernest. “Bye-bye, Bad Girl!” Brazzil. Jan 2002. “Cassia Eller, 39; Brazilian Rock Singer Known for Brash Style.” Los Angeles Times. 1 Jan 2002. “Cassia Hardy Found a New Perspective With Her New Identity.” Noisey. Vice. Gdula, Steve. “Queen of the Carnaval: Lesbian Brazilian Rocker Cassia Eller Dies Just as Her Career Was Really Taking Off.” The Advocate. 2 Mar 2002. Pinto, César Braga. “Brazilian Songs Out of the Closet.” Brazil-USA News. BMV Digital. 2002. “Son of Cássia Eller Shudders Audience When Singing Mother’s Song in Rio Presentation.” Extra. Infoglobo. 6 Nov 2015. “The 10

  • Frieda Belinfante

    14/01/2021 Duración: 47min

    Content Warning: Discussion of Second World War In this episode, Laura and Will look at the life of Frieda Belinfante and Will recommends Kipo and the age of Wonderbeasts [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material] “The Frieda Belinfante Collection.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Belinfante, Frieda. “Oral history interview with Frieda Belinfante.” Interview by Klaus Müller. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. 31 May 1994. Transcript: BUT I WAS A GIRL, The Story of Frieda Belinfante. Dir. Tony Boumans Perf. Frieda Belinfant. Perf. Kenneth Kuhn. 1999. Documentary. Rosenthal, Michele. “Frieda Belinfante.” Queer Portraits.1 Dec 2016. Pasles,  Chris. “O.C. Musical Pioneer Frieda Belinfante Dies at 90 : Obituary:  She conducted the Orange County Phil

  • Lesbia Harford

    13/12/2020 Duración: 49min

    In this episode Will and Laura talk about Lesbia Harford and Laura recommends Ace by Angela Chen Note: We have just moved, and there are some audio quality issues that should be handled by the next episode but were unfortunately unavoidable [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material] “Lesbia Harford.” Australian Poetry Library. The University of Sydney. Harford, Lesbia. The Poems of Lesbia Harford. Melbourne University Press. 1941. Lamb, Lesley. “Harford, Lesbia Venner.” Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. 1983. “Revolutionary Lives: Lesbia Harford.” Red Flag. “Lesbia Harford.” Podcast. Queer As Fact. 15 Dec. 2017.

  • Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

    13/11/2020 Duración: 44min

    Laura and Will discuss Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Kennedy, Hubert. "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs First Theorist of Homosexuality." Science and Homosexualities. New York: Routledge, 1997. (pp. 26–45). Kennedy, Hubert. "Ulrichs, Karl Heinrich." The GLBTQ Project. New Jersey: Cleis Press, 2004. "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs." The Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld. Berlin. Duhaime, Lloyd. "Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, 1825-1895 (Germany)." Ed. Michael Lombardi-Nash."Karl Heinrich Ulrichs: Urning Pride and the First Known Gay Activist." 2008. Baume, Matt. "The Amazing Story of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the Birth of Queer Activism." Hornet Stories. 2017.

  • Coccinelle

    12/10/2020 Duración: 42min

    Will and Laura talk about Coccinelle, politics, and the importance of kindness over achievements. Laura recommends Song of Myself by Walt Whitman.

  • Zimri-Lim

    14/09/2020 Duración: 50min

    This episode Laura and Will discuss Zimri Lim and Will recommends The Half of It.  [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]  Charpin, Dominique. Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. University of Chicago Press, 2010. Eskridge Jr, William N. "A history of same-sex marriage." Virginia Law Review (1993): 1419-1513. Gagnon, Robert AJ. The Bible and homosexual practice: Texts and hermeneutics. Abingdon Press, 2010. Ishtup-Ilum,  Governor-Prince of Mari. Basalt figure, c. 1800 BCE. From the palace of  Zimri-Lim. National Museum, Damascus, Syria. Art Resource. Nemet-Nejat, Karen Rhea. "Women in ancient Mesopotamia." Women’s roles in ancient civilizations (1999): 85-114. Pardee, Dennis. “The Mari Archives.” Ministry Magazine. Apr 1977. Paulissian, Robert. "Adoption in ancient Assyria and Babylonia." Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies 13.2 (1999): 5-34.

  • Edward Carpenter

    13/08/2020 Duración: 55min

    In this episode Laura and Will talk about Edward Carpenter and recommend the Okra Project:   [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.]

  • Dawn Langley Hall

    13/07/2020 Duración: 54min

    Content warning for mentions of sexual abuse against children in the final third. We talk about Dawn Langley Hall and sex-positivity and read and reply to some emails. Will recommends On a Sunbeam, which you can find here . [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.] David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. "Guide to the Dawn Langley Simmons Papers, 1848- 2001, 2012-2014 and undated, bulk 1969-2000." Finding Aid. 2007. Digital Transgender Archive, Gilbreth, Edward M. “Dawn Langley Simmons Story Still Makes Waves.” Post and Courier, Evening Post Industries, 6 June 2012, Hitt, Jack. “Dawn.” This American Life, WBEZ Chicago, 28 Feb. 1996, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Sex Altered, Author Plans to Wed Butler." Clipping. 1968. Digital Transgender

  • Michelle Cliff

    13/06/2020 Duración: 44min

    In this episode Will and Laura discuss Michelle Cliff and Laura recommends Beyond the Pale [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Barnes,  Erin M, and Lily L Miles. “Michelle Cliff.” Voices from the Gaps, 17  Oct. 2004, pp. 1–5., Grimes,  William. “Michelle Cliff, Who Wrote of Colonialism and Racism, Dies at  69.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 18 June 2016, Judith  Raiskin, and Michelle Cliff. "The Art of History: An Interview with  Michelle Cliff." The Kenyon Review 15, no. 1 (1993): 57-71. “Michelle Cliff.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, Schwartz,  Meryl F., and Michelle Cliff. "An Interview with Michelle Cliff."  Co

  • György Faludy

    25/05/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    We discuss the life of György Faludy and recommend 7 Blades in Black.   MMIW:    [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Amiel, Barbara. “George Faludy Got Married at 91 and Said Goodbye to Eric.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 12 Aug. 2002. Faludy, György. “Learn by Heart This Poem of Mine.” Google, Open Democracy, 3 Sept. 2006. Goff, Samuel. “Unreleased Works by Hungarian Author György Faludy to Go under the Hammer.” The Calvert Journal, CALVERT 22 FOUNDATION, 4 Nov. 2015. Gomori, George. “Obituary: Gyorgy Faludy.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 8 Sept. 2006. “György Faludy.” Hungarian Review, BL Nonprofit Kft. “Gyorgy Faludy.” The Economist, The Economist Newspaper, 16 Sept. 2006. Reuters. “Gyorgy Faludy, 95, Hungarian Poet and Figure in Resistance, Dies.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 Sept. 2006.

  • Carlos Járegui

    14/04/2020 Duración: 47min

    Will and Laura talk about Carlos Jáuregui and the impact of his life. We also discuss the importance of human connection in political movements and how loving a country should affect your politics. We recommend the movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire. You can find the documentary on Jáuregui here, it is in Spanish but YouTube provides auto-translated closed captions.  His biography, written by Mabel Bellucci, is called "Orgullo - Carlos Jáuregui, una biografía política", or "Pride - Carlos  Jáuregui , a political biography". You can find information about it here,  but we could not find an English version. You can find information about Portrait of a Lady on Fire here.    [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Diverse Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Ciudad, 2 Oct. 2017, CCA Glasgow. SQIFFQueer Revolution: Carlos Jáuregui - The Unforgettable Fag. Centre for Contemporary Arts, 29 Sept. 2017,

  • Yukio Mishima

    13/03/2020 Duración: 50min

    In this episode, Laura and Will talk about the intricate and contradictory life of Yukio Mishima and recommend Ami McKay's book "The Witches of New York" which you can read more about here: Content warning for suicide, which is a subject in the entire podcast, but specifically discussed from 35:55 to 39:30.    Sources: [Disclaimer: Some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Belsky, Beryl. “Yukio Mishima: The Turbulent Life Of A Conflicted Martyr.” Culture Trip, The Culture Trip Ltd, 18 Oct. 2012. Flanagan, Damian. “Mishima and the Maze of Sexuality in Modern Japan.” The Japan Times, The Japan Times LTD., 14 Jan. 2017. Graham, Tom. “The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima.” Little White Lies, TCOLondon Publishing, 25 May 2016. Kelly, Richard T. “Rereading: The Sea of Fertility Tetralogy by Yukio Mishima.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 3 June 2011. Lanagan, Damian. “Yukio Mishima's Enduring, Unexpected Influence.” The Japan Times

  • Elagabalus

    15/02/2020 Duración: 34min

    This episode we discuss Elagabalus and Laura recommends The Tea Dragon Society   [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material.] “Elagabalus.” Elagabalus, Illustrated History of the Roman Empire, The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Elagabalus: Roman Emperor.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Wasson, Donald L. "Elagabalus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 21 Oct 2013. Web. 25 Sep 2017. Weingarten, Judith. “The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor.” The World Rankings, Times Higher Education (THE), 22 May 2015. Mijatovic, Alexis. “A Brief Biography of Elagabalus: the Transgender Ruler of Rome · Challenging Gender Boundaries: A Trans Biography Project ·” Out History, The Digital Humanities Initiative. Meckler, Michael L. “Elagabalus.” De Imperatoribus Romanis, 26 Aug. 1997. De, Arrizabalaga y Prado Leonardo. The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact o

  • Billy Tipton

    13/01/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Will and Laura talk about Billy Tipton and discuss A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities:    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Thomas, Marlo. “The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream.” The Huffington Post,, 3 May 2013, Williams, Holly. “Culture - The Cross-Dressing Gents of Victorian England.” BBC, BBC, 8 June 2016, Park, Chris. “Billy Lee Tipton (1914-89) - Jazz Musician.” LGBT History Project, 1 Jan. 1970, Smith, Dinitia. “One False Note in a Musician's Life; Billy Tipton Is Remembered With Love,

  • Alan L Hart

    13/12/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    This month we look at the life of Alan L Hart and recommend @thelilembroidebee    [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Young, M. “Alan Hart (1890-1962)”. The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 21 2017 from Mejia, A. “Alan L. Hart”. OutHistory. Retrieved May 21 2017 from Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest. “Dr. Alan L. Hart”. Retrieved May 21 2017 from Booth, B. and Lauderdale, T. (2000). “Alberta Lucille Hart / Dr. Alan L. Hart: An Oregon "Pioneer"”. Oregon Cultural Heritage Comission. Retrieved May 21 2017 from Moore, M. (December 20 2010). “TG History: The Measure of a Man — Dr. Alan L. Hart”. Big Closet World. Retrieved May 21 2017 from

  • Annemarie Schwarzenbach

    15/11/2019 Duración: 46min

    (Sorry this is a couple of days late, there was a family situation that I had to deal with) cw: suicide mention  Will and Laura talk about Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Will recommends Kings Queens and In-Betweens:  (There may be some audio issues, I tried to fix it but if it's noticeable I am sorry) [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, (trans. Gabrielle Giattino), Annemarie Schwarzenbach : A Life, Retrieved April 1, 2017 Isobel L. (May 23, 2008) Swiss writer's life was stranger than fiction, Retrieved April 1, 2017 James C. (November 15, 2011) Schwarzenbach in English, Retrieved April 1, 2017

  • Sophia Parnok

    13/10/2019 Duración: 44min

    This month Laura and Will discuss Sophia Parnok, the incredible Russian Poetess, and Laura recommends The Devouring Gray. The Sophia Parnok "sonic portrait"  Designs:  Sources: Eric J. (June 11, 2014) Kitka sings hidden poems of Sophia Parnok, "Russia's Sappho" Retrieved March 30, 2017 CBC (February 7, 2014) Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Sophia Parnok Retrieved March 30, 2017 Diana B. (March 30, 2017) Sophia Parnok and the Writing of a Lesbian Poet's Life Retrieved March 30, 2017 Diana B. (1995) Parnok, Sophia (1885-1933) Retrieved March 30, 2017 http

  • Maryam Khatoon Molkara

    13/09/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    Will is back, and recommending Drama Moth!     [Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material.] Robert T. (July 28, 2005) A fatwa for transsexuals. Retrieved March 15, 2017 Nazila F. (August 2, 2004) As Repression Eases, More Iranians Change Their Sex. Retrieved March 15, 2017 The Independent (November 24, 2004) The Ayatollah and the transsexual. Retrieved March 15, 2017 Dan L. (December 4, 2012) Iran performed over 1,000 gender reassignment operations in four years. Retrieved March 15, 2017 OutRight (2016) Human Rights Report Being Transgender in Iran. Retrieved March 15, 2017 https://www

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