Queer as Fact
Han Zigao

Han Zigao

December 1, 2021

Today, we're discussing 6th century Chinese general Han Zigao! Join us as we talk about his life, and various fictionalised adaptations of it. Learn a little about media censorship in modern day China, gender in Ming Dynasty theatre, and whether or not you can be too beautiful to be an enemy spy.

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(Image: the promotion poster for the 2016 movie Han Zigao. It depicts two men in period costume in a tent, underneath the text 韩子高 in gold lettering.)

Dr James Barry: Part 2

Dr James Barry: Part 2

October 15, 2021

Today we bring you our second episode on the 19th-century British military doctor Dr James Barry. Join us to learn about Florence Nightingale's desperate need for sunscreen, how to dress stylishly as a trans man in the 1800s and a mysterious black box. 

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Dr James Barry: Part 1

Dr James Barry: Part 1

October 1, 2021

This week, Queer as Fact is talking about the 19th-century British military surgeon, Dr James Barry. Join us to hear about anatomy classes in the 1800s, James' scandalous relationship with the governor of Cape Town, and two bonus James Barrys!

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

September 15, 2021

Today's episode is on Mexican nun, writer and polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Join Irene and Alice to hear about the realities of life in a 17th century convent, poetry ranging from sweet to filthy, and one weird tip for teaching yourself Latin.

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Beki: The Queer Language of the Philippines

Beki: The Queer Language of the Philippines

September 1, 2021

Today's episode is Beki, the queer language of the Philippines. Join us for some new queer vocab, a surprise cameo from a past episode, and to discover how a queer language went mainstream.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

August 15, 2021

Queer as Fiction is back, and greener than ever, as we discuss the 14th century poem, recently adapted into a film by David Lowery starring Dev Patel, commonly referred to as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Join us for a discussion of colour theory, kissing games, gendered napping and yet more colour theory. 

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Hadrian and Antinous

Hadrian and Antinous

August 1, 2021

We're back this week with the latest in our Roman emperor series! Today we're talking about the emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous. Join us to learn about one of the most famous male-male couples of all time, the mystery of Antinous' death, and how to make your boyfriend into a god.

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Queer As Fact: LIVE Episode

Queer As Fact: LIVE Episode

August 1, 2021

This bonus episode is a recording of a live session from the Storytelling Podcast Week live program. Alice, Irene and Jason bring queer history to life, dive into behind the scenes of their favourite Queer As Fact episodes and answer your questions!

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The Sacred Band of Thebes

The Sacred Band of Thebes

July 15, 2021

In today's episode, Eli and Alice review James Romm's new book, the Sacred Band, and we talk more generally about the Sacred Band of Thebes, an ancient Greek military unit made up of gay lovers. Featuring: Plato's Symposium, the power of gay love, and yet another instance of Queer As Fact coming up with an imaginary queer movie.

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Pride (2014)

Pride (2014)

July 8, 2021

Following on from last week's episode on the 1980s UK activist group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, today's Queer as Fiction episode delves into the 2014 film adaptation of the historical events that led to LGSM. 

Join us for a discussion of the film's presentation of politics, (more) hatred of Thatcher, and why Pride feels about three seconds away from being a musical at all times.

Check out "All Out! Dancing in Dulais", a documentary made by LGSM and mentioned throughout the episode, here.

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