Queer as Fact
Albanian Sworn Virgins

Albanian Sworn Virgins

January 15, 2020

In today's episode, we will be talking about Albanian sworn virgins, a traditional Albanian custom that allowed someone assigned female at birth to assume a male gender role by taking a vow of chastity. Tune in to learn how sworn virgins live as men with the respect of their communities, as well as meeting a few rogue Franciscan missionaries and nuns with guns.

We also have an announcement at the start of the episode featuring a special guest! Alexandra Amerides is an operatic contralto & androgyne working with Gertrude Opera to bring acclaimed modern trans opera As One to life right here in our home city of Melbourne. Listen in for not only discounted tickets but also an opportunity to participate in a video call with the creators of the most produced modern opera in America. 

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Photo: Jill Peters, 2013.

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

January 1, 2020

Today's episode is on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space! Join us for the space race, catching jellybeans in zero gravity, and how Sally's lifelong partner Tam is carrying on her legacy.

Extra thanks to Eli for putting this together at the last minute while Jason was unwell.

Njinga of Ndongo

Njinga of Ndongo

December 15, 2019

Today, we bring you Queer As Fact's first African episode! Njinga ruled the nations of Ndongo and Matamba during the 17th century; was described by Portuguese colonists as "the most powerful adversary that has ever existed in Africa"; and is viewed as hero in modern-day Angola.

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Harry Allen

Harry Allen

December 1, 2019

Welcome back to Season 4 of Queer as Fact! Today we're talking about Harry Allen, a trans man who was the subject of a sensational newspaper campaign in early 20th century Seattle. Join us to hear about biting cops, flaming neckties, and the parallels between Harry's life and issues faced by modern trans youth.

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We’wha

We’wha

October 15, 2019

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, today's episode is on the 19th-century Zuni craftsperson and ambassador, We'wha. Join us as we discuss We'wha's lhamana gender, their meeting with President Grover Cleveland, and how they single-handedly forced 27 US soldiers into retreat.

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The Chevalière d’Éon: Part 2

The Chevalière d’Éon: Part 2

October 1, 2019

Today we bring you the second half of our discussion on the 18th century French spy, the Chevalière d'Éon. Join us to hear about a narrow escape from the French Revolution, queer takes on Christian theology, and how to do better trans history. 

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The Chevalière d’Éon: Part 1

The Chevalière d’Éon: Part 1

September 15, 2019

Today's episode is the first part of our discussion on the 18th century French spy the Chevalière d'Éon. Join us as we discuss their complicated relationship with gender, how not to invade England, and the absolute limit of how much wine the French government will pay for.

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

September 1, 2019

Today we have our final Queer as Fiction episode for the season, as Jason and Eli talk about Stephan Elliott's 1994 roadtrip comedy 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'. Join us for a discussion about magic buses, friends of varying quality and depictions of race in Australian cinema. 

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Golden Orchid Societies

Golden Orchid Societies

August 15, 2019

Today's episode is on Golden Orchid Societies in southern China. Listen to learn about how mulberries led to female independence, marriage resistance in the Pearl River Delta, and how to propose to your girlfriend using peanut candy.

 

Image: Liang Jieyun, 85, and Huang Li-e, 90, two of the last surviving Golden Orchid sisters 

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

August 1, 2019

Today Queer as Fiction dives deep into the past as we discuss the Mesopotamian poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Join us for a riveting discussion featuring ancient gods, axe-based sexual metaphors and research findings so good they make you take your clothes off.

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