Queer Histories Through Time: Podcast Recommendations

Impactful queer stories covering many places and years for Pride 2024

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Curated by:

👉🏽 Devin (she/her)

Why this theme?

👉🏽Queer histories span many places and years. These shows document many of them by including as many voices as possible from people who were there or who have close connections with the memories. From gay love stories in premodern Asia, to filmmakers and religious groups during the AIDS crisis, these histories and their storytellers collect impactful moments from queer history. Happy Pride!

Podcast Picks

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But We Loved

The front line of the fight against AIDS wasn’t just a fight against the disease, it was also a fight against the homophobia that was so prevalent at the time. Filmmaker Jean Carlomusto documented the AIDS crisis for ACT UP in the ‘80s, and she reflects on the impact that lesbians like her had in responding to the deadly epidemic that mostly affected gay men.

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Making Gay History

This episode shares multiple voices to set the stage for that now-iconic night on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village when LGBTQ people said “Enough!” in a voice so loud and angry that it was the police who ran from queer activists and not the other way around.

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In pre-modern times, some of the most iconic love stories were not only gay, but they were real stories recorded in historical archives in China, Vietnam, Korea, and Pakistan. Yes, they did involve a gorgeous man… and his emperor. Or Saint.

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Second Sunday

Bishop Yvette Flunder’s story of growing up in the Black church and struggling to accept her true identity is a familiar story for the guests on Second Sunday. Bishop Flunder’s story reflects the history of breakoff communities stemming from religious institutions as people sought places that would accept their full identities. For Bishop Flunder, the HIV/AIDS crisis was when she felt called by God after being away for a while and she needed to help people. She created a space to continue doing so for those who had been pushed out of their communities.

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Lost Spaces: Memories from Gay Bars, Lesbian Clubs, and LGBTQ+ Parties

Even though the shooting at Pulse Nightclub wasn’t that long ago, it has faded from many minds. Except for those who were impacted by it. Some histories are far away and we’ve had more time to process them, but this episode shows what it’s like to process a moment in history that still feels so close and raw.

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