Episode 15: Lizzie Borden Took a Labrys

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 closer look at murder wife #2: Lizzie Borden! That’s right folks, she too may very well have had a thing for the ladies as well as possibly murdering her father and stepmother. Just how queer was she? Did she have an affair with her maid and her stepmother caught them? Why was she acquitted and what was society like for a single, Victorian woman? Find out on this week’s History is Gay! 


0:00 – Introduction
3:30 – Content Warnings
5:07 – Historical Context: 19th Century Victorian Society
21:57 – Who Were They? Bio Time
30:55-31:56 – Content Warning Break: Mention of Incest
35:34 – Motives, The Murders, and Trial
58:24 – Why Do We Think They’re Gay?
1:07:10 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week: Spinsters
1:13:55 – Fun Segment: Pop Culture Tie-In
1:16:34 – How Gay were They?
1:20:32 – Closing and Where to Find Us Online

For a full list of sources and bonus content, visit our Notes page! 

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Episode 13: Six Degrees of Virginia Woolf, Part 1

Gretchen and Leigh are pleased to announce their very first special guest to History is Gay, Dan Arndt of Write to Survive Podcast and The Fandomentals, to talk about Virginia Woolf and Vita-Sackville-West. This episode has everything: modernism, gay love letters, dramatic queers, queers with mommy issues, and a truly cinematic adventures. Join us for Part 1 of an ongoing series.

2:05 – Introduction
5:40– Socio-Historical Context: Modernism
15:20– A Note About Language: The Terms Lesbian and Bisexual
19:15– Who were they and why do we think they're gay?
21:23 – 22:08 CONTENT WARNING: Mention of childhood sexual abuse
1:08:39– Fun Segment: Word of the Week: Oysters
1:20:15–1:20:47 CONTENT WARNING: Mention of suicide
1:22:10– Fun Segment: Pop Culture Tie-In
1:25:08– How Gay were They?
1:29:30– Closing and Where to Find us Online

For a full list of sources and bonus content, visit our Notes page! 

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