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

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.


Billy Tipton

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, Even by Those Who Were Deceived.” The New York Times, 1 June 1998,

Middlebrook, Diane Wood. “Suit Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Jan. 1989,

Lehrman, Sally. “Billy Tipton: Self-Made Man.” Stanford Today, Stanford University, 1997,

Chin, Paula, and Nick Gallo. “Death Discloses Billy Tipton’s Strange Secret: He Was a She.”, Time Inc, 20 Feb. 1989,

Associated Press. “'Dad' to Adopted Sons: Jazz Player Billy Tipton Kept Her Secret to the End.” Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 1989,

Blecha, Peter. “Tipton, Billy (1914-1989): Spokane's Secretive Jazzman.” History Link, 17 Sept. 2005,

“Billy Tipton.” Queer Music Heritage, Feb. 2003,

Robinson, Kathryn. “The Double Life of Billy Tipton.” Inlander, Inlander, 8 Sept. 2017,

Traphagan, Monica. “Double Life.” Damn Interesting, Damn Interesting, 14 Oct. 2016,

Judd, Hannah. “Navigating Gender: Billy Tipton and the Jazz Culture of Masculinity.” Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons, 2016,

Alan L Hart

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

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"Pioneer"”. Oregon Cultural Heritage Comission. Retrieved May 21 2017 from

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Closet World. Retrieved May 21 2017 from

Hansen, B. (January 2002). “Public Careers and Private Sexuality: Some Gay and Lesbian Lives
in the History of Medicine and Public Health”. American Journal of Public Health 92.1
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May 21 2017 from

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

(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

Julia C. (November 23, 2015) A Woman to Know: Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Retrieved April 1, 2017

Ruth P. (2015) Schwarzenbach, Annemarie (1908-1942), Retrieved April 1, 2017

Sophia Parnok

This month Laura and Will discuss Sophia Parnok, the incredible Russian Poetess, and Laura recommends The Devouring Gray.

The Sophia Parnok "sonic portrait" 



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

Laura M. (March 4, 2016) Sappho, the Poetess Retrieved April 3, 2017

Queercult (December 6, 2010) Sophia Parnok Retrieved March 30, 2017

Maryam Khatoon Molkara

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


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