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The Penumbra Interview


For this month’s Project of the Month, we will take a look at the award-winning Penumbra Podcast.

From the minds of Sophia Kaner and Kevin Vibert comes a groundbreaking podcast. The Penumbra Podcast tells stories you’re familiar with in ways you aren’t. Told in a style reminiscent of old school radio shows, one off stories are inner mixed with the story of Juno Steel, a private eye living on Mars. In addition to the fantastic storytelling, the Penumbra Podcast offers queer rep in stories where we rarely see it. It’s so rare to find positive queer representation. Most of the time, queer characters live tragic lives only to die tragic deaths. This is especially true for queer relationships, so it’s exciting to see these tropes subverted. It’s quite a feeling to see yourself in the story.

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This is it! We have officially finished our first episode of the new rebooted podcast. 

What is new:



-Intro song


What is old:

-Everything we talk about.

Notes for the podcast:

We discuss our series on the history of queerness in media looking at,  Different from the Others, the Beginning,  Queen Christina, Queer Codes and Queer Coding, and The Future of Queer Media.

The Hitchcock film I vaguely reference is Rope(1948)

We discuss the Hexer Project which you can support here.



[Disclaimer: some of the sources may contain triggering material]

The Princess and The Scrivener. Chilling Challenge Day 2: Queer Coding Male Animated Villains.
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Riley J. Dennis. Is Queercoding Villains Harmful? Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Andrew Scahill. Queer Representation in the Cold War. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Sage Rants. History of Homosexuality. Retrieved October 30 2016

UOregon. Community Conversations: Over the Rainbow -- Queer Coding in the Media.
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Angel City Sirens. Gals Being Pals. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

AreTheyGay. A Brief History of Subtext. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Rowan Ellis. Queer Witches in Pop Culture // Something Wicked pt. 2.
Retrieved October 30 2016 from

HippieXena. Representation of queer women in film and TV. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Media Smarts. Queer Representation in Film and Television. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Mislak, M. (2015, August 15.) Filmic. From Sissies to Secrecy: The Evolution of the Hays

Code Queer. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Taylor, T. (2016, January 19.) Greta Garbo was the original celesbian.

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Petersen, A. (2012, September 12.) Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Exquisite Garbo.

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Pre-Code.Com. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Pre-Code.Com. Queen Christina (1933) Review, with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.

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Hall, M. (2016, December 31.) The New York Times. Greta Garbo Appears as Queen Christina of

Sweden in Her First Film in More Than Eighteen Months. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

Conochalla, C. (2015, June 15.) The Most Powerful Lesbian of 1930s Hollywood.

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Brisman, S. Salka Viertel. Jewish Women’s Archive. Retrieved October 30 2016 from

AreTheyGay. The Problem With Queerbating. Retrieved October 30 2016 from


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Apologies for the mic quality, that is going to be fixed in the next podcast released

The Making Queer History interview with Gracie, the runner of the Somewhere in Between webcomic which you can check out at:

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Hello, folks! Welcome to the last of the Queer History Podcasts as run by Grace Wordsworth. Sometimes time requires a person to move on, and so it is here. However, I cannot think of a better send off than the conversation I got to have with 365 Days representative, A.K. Afferez.

365 Days of Lesbians is a Tumblr blog dedicated to the discussion of women-loving women every day of the year. Feel free to check out their blog here in order to show them some support!

Music: “Clear Day”,


Bayard Rustin was a man who lived his life behind the scenes of the Civil Rights Movement in American history. The question is, though: was this anonymity totally voluntary?

Music: “Clear Day”,

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This month, if you’ve been paying attention to our website, you’ll have noticed that we partnered with Queer Portraits in History as run by Michele Rosenthal. This partnership, and future partnerships, are an effort by Queer History to build up the queer community and to support its creators.

Music: “Clear Day”,

Who Was Oscar Wilde?


Oscar Wilde was a man defined by many. His reputation and work have lasted the past century or so, but what do they say about the heart of the man, himself?

Music: “Clear Day”,


ACT UP and TAG faced down unresponsive governments during what the United Nations reported as “the worst epidemic in history” - the AIDS crisis. “How to Survive a Plague” recounts the efforts of these activists and lays a foundation for the activism of today.

Music: “Clear Day”,


David Kato faced down extreme prejudice in order to establish the foundation of Uganda's queer rights movements. Be mindful: this episode discusses homophobic language, brutality, and murder throughout. To avoid specific discussion of David Kato's death, skip from 13:35 to 14:00.

Music: “Clear Day”,

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