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Queer history podcast covering a variety of content from around the world and throughout time. Episodes released 1st and 15th of every month.

Queer history podcast covering a variety of content from around the world and throughout time. Episodes released 1st and 15th of every month.
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Queer history podcast covering a variety of content from around the world and throughout time. Episodes released 1st and 15th of every month.






Golden Orchid Societies

Today's episode is on Golden Orchid Societies in southern China. Listen to learn about how mulberries led to female independence, marriage resistance in the Pearl River Delta, and how to propose to your girlfriend using peanut candy. Image: Liang Jieyun, 85, and Huang Li-e, 90, two of the last surviving Golden Orchid sisters


The Epic of Gilgamesh

Today Queer as Fiction dives deep into the past as we discuss the Mesopotamian poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Join us for a riveting discussion featuring ancient gods, axe-based sexual metaphors and research findings so good they make you take your clothes off. Image Source: http://tiny.cc/qy6iaz


Emperor Nero

In today's episode, we're continuing our Roman emperors series with Nero. Get five emperors for the price of one as we come to the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and start the tumultuous Year of the Four Emperors! Featuring a suspicious fire, terrible jam sessions, and at least two same sex weddings.


Christina of Sweden

17th-century monarch Christina of Sweden's sexuality and gender has been a topic of debate for close to four centuries. Tune in to learn more, along with coded love letters, political intrigue, and what to put on your CV to become a European king. Sources If you enjoy this episode, consider supporting us on Patreon, checking out our merch, and following us on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.


Stonewall in the Media

Today's episode is on depictions of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in the media. Join us as we discuss Roland Emmerich's 2015 film, Crissle West's 2016 Drunk History segment, and how we choose to frame our stories. If you enjoy this episode, consider supporting us on Patreon, checking out our merch, and following us on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras began as a commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and has blossomed into the biggest queer festival in Australia. This episode will discuss the origins of the event, and some of the issues which have coloured its history. Tune in to learn about the Australian Dykes on Bikes, what may be the world's most in-demand archive, and host Eli's favourite ever Mardi Gras parade float! (NOTE: There is a graphic description of police violence in...


Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag

The rainbow flag is the most recognisable symbol of queer pride and community. Listen to the second of our Pride Month episodes to learn about the origins of the flag and the life of its designer, self-described “gay Betsy Ross”, Gilbert Baker. If you enjoy this episode, consider supporting us on Patreon, checking out our merch, and following us on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.



In honour of the 50th anniversary this month, we're covering New York's 1969 Stonewall Riots. Tune in for a story of queer resistance, featuring chorus lines, Molotov cocktails, and the birth of the modern gay rights movement. Sources


Hear ye, hear ye!

Season 3 of Queer as Fact will be starting on June 1st! Listen to this announcement episode to learn about the special content we'll be bringing out to celebrate Pride Month, new and exciting ways to support the podcast, and the winner of our book giveaway! Visit our Patreon to learn about the rewards we're offering or visit our Redbubble to check out new Queer as Fact merch!


Chavela Vargas

Today's episode is on Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Listen to learn about her influence over the traditional Mexican music scene, her relationship with the famous artist Frida Kahlo and how it's never too late to start an international music career. Sources


Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire

Today's episode is on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation Game of Thrones. Listen in as we discuss how queer representation changed from page to screen, the ways medieval fantasy interprets historical reality, and what the deal is with that shaving scene anyway... Please note that this episode contains swearing, mentions of sex, sex work, sexual violence and rape, slavery, incest, pedophilia, and suicide. Future episodes will contain recorded content warnings...


Marsha P Johnson

Today, we're talking about the life of Marsha P Johnson, a trans activist most famous for her involvement in the Stonewall Riots. We touch on topics including STAR, an organisation supporting homeless queer youth which Marsha co-founded, the possibility that Marsha was asexual, and what queer fashion looked like in the 1960s! Sources


Fanny Park and Stella Boulton

Today we are talking about Fanny Park and Stella Boulton, two transfeminine people who were the subject of a sensational trial in Victorian England. Tune in to hear about drag balls, whether pornography counts as an academic source, and the intersection of trans and gay history.


The Handmaiden & Fingersmith

Today's episode of Queer as Fiction covers the 2002 novel Fingersmith, written by famed queer author Sarah Waters (three time nominee for the Man Booker prize), as well as its 2016 film adaptation The Handmaiden, directed by South Korean mastermind Park Chan-wook. Join us as we discuss the differences and similarities between 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea and Victorian England, depictions of lesbian sex and problematic cephalopods.


Stormé DeLarverie

Today's episode is on queer activist, drag performer, and gay superhero Stormé DeLarverie. Join us to hear your hosts discuss the history of drag performance, Stormé's short-lived career as a circus performer, and an obituary we can all aspire to. Sources


Julius Caesar

Today's episode is on Julius Caesar! Join us for a discussion of Caesar's dress sense, old men yelling at clouds, and our theories on what did happen in that bedroom in Bithynia two thousand years ago. You can also check out our introduction to male sexuality in ancient Rome. Sources


Bohemian Rhapsody, Colette, and Vita & Virginia

Happy New Year! Today we bring you a very special episode of Queer as Fiction, covering not one, but three queer, historical films from 2018. Join us as we discuss depictions of mental illness in Vita & Virginia, trans representation in Colette, and historical accuracy in Bohemian Rhapsody. Time-stamps for each film: Vita & Virginia: 00:42 Colette: 20:00 Bohemian Rhapsody: 48:21 Note this episode contains one instance of mild swearing which snuck past our editing and isn't mentioned in...


Freddie Mercury

Today we are talking about the frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury! Tune in to learn about Freddie’s college antics, his rise to fame, and his many, many cats. December is AIDS Awareness Month, and Freddie lived with HIV for the last years of his life, dying in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. We encourage you check out these links for resources in the ongoing fight against AIDS: The UN's 2018 World AIDS Day site, Know Your Status The Mercury Phoenix Trust, founded by members of Queen in...


An announcement, some milk, and some whiskey...

Back in October, we promised that if our episode on Oscar Wilde reached 2000 downloads, we would try milk punch - the drink Oscar and his fellow queer poet Walt Whitman shared when they met in 1882. Today, we bring you the fulfillment of that promise, as well as an announcement about what's coming up for Queer as Fact!


Yona Wallach

We are back from our hiatus with an episode on the bisexual Israeli poet, Yona Wallach. Join us as we visit Tel Aviv's 1960s gay scene, learn about gender in Hebrew, and read some of Yona's most controversial poetry. Sources