History is Gay

27 EpisodesProduced by Leigh & Gretchen

History is Gay is a podcast that examines the underappreciated and overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies that have always been there in the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think. Follow us on social media! @historyisgaypod on twitter, hi… read more

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Episode 0.5: Letters & Queeries - Gay Ghosts and an Announcement!

December 10th, 2018


Welcome to our first Letters & Queeries minisode, where we hear from our listeners and share stories! In this inaugural bonus, we're sharing with …

Episode 19: Queer Poetry in the Not-So-Great War: Siegfried Sassoon

November 26th, 2018


We’ve got a special episode for you this time, gayvenclaws! Gretchen is taking care of a family medical emergency, so join Leigh and special guest …

Episode 18: Girls Gone Wilde

November 6th, 2018


What would an exploration of the Wilde family be without taking a closer look at Oscar Wilde’s ‘virulently lesbian’ niece Dolly Wilde? Gretchen and …

Episode 0.4: A Queer Ghost Huntin' We Will Go (An Interview with Shane McLelland)

October 29th, 2018


Hello again, guys, gals and ghouls, and welcome to a fun Halloween minisode! This week, Leigh & Gretchen bring you an interview with our second …

Episode 17: He's a Real Wilde One

October 15th, 2018


Episode 16: Lavender Apparitions

October 1st, 2018



Happy Halloween everybody! As good Halloween gays, Leigh and Gretchen bring you a special, spoopy episode for Halloween. In the first half, they bring tales of gay and lesbian ghosts and lavender apparitions of all …

Episode 15: Lizzie Borden Took a Labrys

September 17th, 2018


Way back in the first episode, Leigh and Gretchen formed a historical ‘murder wives’ ship starting with Anne Bonny; in this episode, they take a …

Episode 14: The Labor Struggle is Real Queer

September 3rd, 2018


Leigh and Gretchen have a special History is Gay treat for you this Labor Day. Join them as they discuss the history of the labor movement as it relates to the struggle for queer civil rights in America. You may not …

Episode 13: Six Degrees of Virginia Woolf Pt. 1: Vita & Virginia

August 20th, 2018


Episode 12: Let's Have a Kiki with Queer as Fact!

August 6th, 2018


Welcome to our very first extra special collaboration! Joining Leigh and Gretchen this episode are our friends over at Queer as Fact, a queer history …

Episode 0.3: A Sneak Peek into Sappho's Salon

July 16th, 2018


Instead of a regular episode this week, Leigh & Gretchen treat you to a very special sneak peek into Sappho's Salon, an exclusive place where the …

Episode 11: Rainbow Rising: The First Pride

July 2nd, 2018


Leigh and Gretchen welcome you to their first Pride month special and the first of an ongoing series on Queer civil rights movements in the United States. And what better way to do both than to dive into the lives of …

Episode 10: Thigh Fencing and the Saffron Massage

June 18th, 2018


In this episode, co-hosts Gretchen and Leigh will take you on a tour of medieval Arabo-Islamic erotic literature and the many delightful descriptions …

Episode 0.2: T'Aint Nobody's Bizness: An Interview with Robert Philipson

June 11th, 2018


Leigh & Gretchen are bringing you a special bonus episode this week! Wow, three whole episodes in a month, Happy Pride! In this bonus, Leigh sits …

Episode 9: Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Pt 2: Claude Cahun

June 4th, 2018


As you know, we're not a fan of Nazis. In part two of our (what will very likely be ongoing) series on badass Nazi-fighting queer anti-fascists we discuss the genderqueer, surrealist artist and Nazi resistance fighter …

Episode 8: Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Pt 1: Magnus Hirschfeld

May 21st, 2018


We're not a fan of nazis around these parts, and not just for the obvious reasons. Did you know that one of the most iconic images of them burning books is from when they burned the library of a gay, Jewish, communist …

Episode 0.1: Queer, There, and Everywhere

April 16th, 2018



Welcome to a special first here in History is Gay: our first ever minisode! As Gretchen has been busy traveling this month, she and Leigh are filling in with a special guest interview with Sarah Prager, author of

Episode 7: F is For Friend Who Did Not Have Gender

April 2nd, 2018


R is for Revolutionary War, which is where hosts Leigh & Gretchen are headed in this, the very first episode dedicated to a single person from …

Episode 6: 3 Genders? In Ancient Egypt? It's More Likely Than You Think

March 19th, 2018


In today’s episode, Leigh and Gretchen head way back in time to Ancient Egypt. That’s right, get ready to walk like an Egyptian! Take a tour through …

Episode 5: Stars from a Bi-Gone Era

March 5th, 2018


In this very special episode, hosts Leigh & Gretchen travel to the red carpet and the silver screen to hear stories about queer actors from the …

Episode 4: Bulldaggers and Lady Lovers

February 20th, 2018


In this episode, your hosts Leigh & Gretchen take a stroll down Jungle Alley and bring you stories of the vibrant black lesbian and gay …

Episode 3: Mei Ai Hold Your Hand? Homosexuality in Imperial China

February 5th, 2018


As your hosts return to examine the unexplored corners of history to highlight overlooked queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies, they bring a conversation about homosexuality in Imperial China. They will discuss the …

Episode 2: Cloistered Queers

January 15th, 2018


In this episode, your hosts Gretchen and Leigh continue to examine the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies in the unexplored corners of history by traveling to the cloisters of …

Episode 1: Were Some Pirates Poofters?

January 1st, 2018


In our first episode, your hosts Gretchen & Leigh begin their series examining the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history with a discussion of …

Introducing History is Gay!

December 19th, 2017


Introducing History is Gay, a new podcast where your hosts Gretchen & Leigh examine the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history. Whether shining …

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