Making Queer History: Connecting our queer history to our queer present.

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

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.


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


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

Dawn Langley Hall

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 Archive,

Potter, Caroline. “All For Love: The Legend Of Dawn Langley Simmons.” A Sketch Of The Past, 4 Apr. 2014,

Smith, Dinitia. “Dawn Langley Simmons, Flamboyant Writer, Dies at 77.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 23 Sept. 2000,

The Associated Press. "A Miracle Child? Former Male Claims Motherhood; Impossible, Say Doctors." Newspaper. 1960. Digital Transgender Archive,

The Associated Press. "He's A She, Will Marry." Clipping. 1968. Digital Transgender Archive,

The Associated Press. "Man Who Changed Sex to Wed Negro." Clipping. 1968. Digital Transgender Archive,

Unknown. "Newspaper Clipping of Dawn Langley Hall and John Paul Simmons' Wedding."  Photograph. 1969. Digital Transgender Archive,

The News and Courier. "British Writer Married Here After Sex Change." Clipping. 1969.  Digital Transgender Archive,

United Press International. "Dawn Pepita Hall Hopes to Have 3 Children." Clipping. 1969.  Digital Transgender Archive,

United Press International. "Former 'He' to Wed Negro Butler Tonight." Clipping. 1968.  Digital Transgender Archive,

Zagria. “Dawn Langley Simmons (1922 – 2000) Part 2: Wife and Mother.” A Gender Variance Who's Who, 23 Oct. 2009,

Michelle Cliff

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."  Contemporary Literature 34, no. 4 (1993): 595-619. doi:10.2307/1208803.

György Faludy

We discuss the life of György Faludy and recommend 7 Blades in Black.




[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

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,

Human Rights Awards. OutRight International Action, 11 Apr. 2016,

Jackman, Josh. “The First Underground Station to Be Named after an LGBT Activist Looks Absolutely Beautiful.” PinkNews Argentina, PinkNews, 27 Mar. 2017,

Marshall, Terri. Buenos Aires Plays Its Gay Trump Card | TravelSquire. Travel Squire, 17 Apr. 2017,

van Gorder, Bryan. “Buenos Aires Renames Subway Station After LGBT Activist.” LOGO News, Logo NewNowNext, 31 Mar. 2017,

McNamara, Jayson. 'Carlos Jáuregui Put His Face on Our Struggle'., 17 Sept. 2014,

Nanu, Maighna. “Buenos Aires Opens Renamed Subway Station Honoring LGBT Activist Carlos Jáuregui.” The Bubble, The Bubble, Inc., 20 Mar. 2017,

Yukio Mishima

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. 



[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, The Japan Times LTD., 21 Nov. 2015.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Mishima Yukio.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 21 May 2015.

Watts, Jonathan. “Anniversary of Japanese Writer Yukio Mishima's Suicide.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 24 Nov. 2000.


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 or Fiction? Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Edale, John. “Rome's Forgotten Empress: The Strange Reign of Emporer Elagabalus.” The Good Men Project, 6 Feb. 2015.


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