“[History is Gay is] a dive into queer history across the globe from specific moments in time, just contextualized around each story. But each episode doesn’t feel like a history lesson. Blending some scripted passages with casual conversation, hosts Gretchen and Leigh have a dynamic similar to that of Spirits, blending the lighthearted and friendly with the contextual, analytical, and sometimes very heavy stories being discussed. It’s a dynamic that’s engaging while also feeling sophisticated, and one that balances tone very delicately to make sure discussion topics are given respect while not allowing conversation to become too dire.”

-Wil Williams

“With each episode of History is Gay I feel I’m getting the same level of research and lecturing as I’ve received in any previous college course.”

-Alex C. Telander

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Recognition and Awards

Ranked #15 in Top 25 Gay Audio Podcasts & Radio You Must Subscribe and Listen to in 2019 (Feedspot, June 7, 2019)

Ranked #5 in Top 20 LGBT Podcasts & Radio You Must Subscribe to in 2019 (Feedspot, February 11, 2019)

22 History Podcasts to Kickstart 2019 (Calen Cross for Bello Collective, January 29, 2019)

Ranked #1 in 8 Amazing LGBT Podcasts to Check Out If You Love to Learn (Kelly O’Brien for Women.com, November 1, 2018)

Ranked #7 in 8 LGBTQ History Podcasts You’ll Learn a Lot From (JR Thorpe for Bustle, October 7, 2018)

10 LGBT Podcasts You Need to Start Listening To (Simone de Betchoir for Betches, June 22, 2018)


“History is Gay” Takes Queer Narratives Back from the Textbooks (Wil Williams for Wil Wiliams’ Reviews, February 7, 2019)

Exclusive: Ten Questions with History is Gay (Mika Epstein for LezWatchTV, July 5, 2018)