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Sexuality in Pompeii

Sexuality in Pompeii

March 1, 2021

Today we're looking at sexuality in Pompeii through the lens of the so called "Two Maidens", found embracing in their final moments. Join us as we discuss how toxic masculinity skews our views of the past, read some sexy graffiti, and discover what may be the only surviving piece of female-female love poetry in ancient Rome. 

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Part 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Part 2

February 15, 2021

Welcome back to our two-part mini-series on the 19th-century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In this episode, we'll be talking about how to score yourself a wealthy patron, the rumours surrounding Pyotr's death, and understanding sexuality through the metaphor of asparagus.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Part 1

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Part 1

February 1, 2021

Today's episode is the first of our two-part series on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 19th century Russian composer and the most handsome boy at his high school. Join us to learn about abandoning your public service job for a career in the arts, and scolding your dog through song.

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The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band

January 15, 2021

It's back to back episodes featuring recent Netflix films as we discuss Mart Crowley's 1968 play, twice adapted into film, The Boys in the Band.

Join us for a discussion of "turning on" and other 60s language, mining the death of your parents for dialogue and the controversial place the play has held in gay culture throughout the 52 years of its existence. 

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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! 2021's first Queer as Fact is on the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey. We'll be talking about the blues and Black identity in the Great Migration, the new Netflix film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and a possible lesbian orgy.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

December 15, 2020

Today's episode is on the 1985 slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. Join us as we discuss the slasher genre's complicated depictions of gender, finger knife fellatio, and what a better, gayer draft of the script might have looked like.

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Yoshiko Kawashima

Yoshiko Kawashima

December 1, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of Queer As Fact season 6!

Today’s episode is on Yoshiko Kawashima, a queer Chinese-Japanese spy and public figure. Join us for rituals to commemorate queer life milestones, smuggling an ex-Empress in the boot of a car, and no less than four pet monkeys.

NOTE: This episode contains a brief discussion of sexual assault from 24:30 - 27:10.

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Interview with emily m danforth

Interview with emily m danforth

November 15, 2020

In today's bonus episode, Alice and Irene interview author emily m danforth, the author of queer YA novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post about her new book, Plain Bad Heroines. Tune in to hear us discuss uncovering our hidden histories, Emily's experiences researching and writing queer historical fiction, and openly bisexual early 20th century writer Mary MacLane.

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100th Episode: Q&A

100th Episode: Q&A

November 13, 2020

To celebrate 100 episodes of Queer as Fact, we asked our listeners to submit questions, and now we have answers! 

Join the whole Queer as Fact Qrew for answers to questions like how we got started as a podcast, our thought process when dealing with the pronouns of historical figures and, perhaps most importantly, whether Patroclus was a pineapple on pizza kinda guy. 

Look out for another bonus episode coming soon, and Season 6 starting on December 1st!

Please note the following content warnings for this Q&A: Discussions of homophobia and transphobia including misgendering and deadnaming, as well as mentions of alcohol and intoxication. 

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Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

October 15, 2020
Welcome to the final episode for Season 5, where we are discussing Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Join us as we explore the creation, critical response and legacy of the film, featuring cameos from Madonna and Ru Paul.
Stick around until the end for an exciting announcement about our upcoming 100th episode!
 

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