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Salacious History: History Shaped by Sex, Romance, and People Who were Down to Clown

Sarah Duncan

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Salacious History: History Shaped by Sex, Romance, and People Who were Down to Clown

Salacious History: History Shaped by Sex, Romance, and People Who were Down to Clown

Sarah Duncan

14
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History is sexier than you think. Salacious History is a podcast that explores moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown. Using sex and related topics as a jumping-off point, Sarah Duncan presents a cheeky yet factual glimpse into historical moments and figures that may have been a little too racy for your high school history class.

Latest Episodes

Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

EACT UP was founded to fight for the rights of AIDS patients. They demanded better drug testing, they altered public perceptions of the illness and safe sex, and refused to back down until they won. If you missed Part I of our coverage of the AIDS Epidemic, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first. Click here to listen! iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700 Patreon: www.patreon.com/salacioushistory Suggested Episodes: Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I) Ep13 – Loving v. Virginia

26 minSEP 25
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Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

EBetween 1981 and 1987, over 40,000 people died of AIDS in the United States. But despite the obvious health crisis, no one in power was doing anything about it. The U.S. government did not care about AIDS for one simple reason: the majority of the early cases were among gay men, who the government deemed expendable. This episode will be the first of two parts on the AIDS Epidemic. Today, we will learn how the AIDS epidemic began, which communities were impacted, and how the general public responded to the outbreak. Suggested Episodes: Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II) Ep19 – The HIV Epidemic in Thailand Sources: * https://www.history.com/news/aids-epidemic-ronald-reagan * https://nursing.jnj.com/ward-5b-how-nurses-defied-convention-to-care-for-hiv-aids-patients * https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/history/hiv-and-aids-timeline * http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13072762/ns/health-aids/t/aids-survivors-recall-epidemics-early-years/#.X0mSdnlKjIU * https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2019...

23 minSEP 19
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Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

EAround 1:20am on June 28, 1969, a small police force raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC. Little did the officers or patrons known that this raid would spark a series of riots that would inspire people to fight for LGBTQ rights all over the world. Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep21 – LGBTQ History Sources: Before Stonewall: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/736268853 https://www.britannica.com/event/Stonewall-riots https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stonewall-riots-uprising-rebellion/ “The Pride Movement” documentary Stonewall by Ann Bausum https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48643756

32 minSEP 12
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Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

No Episode This Week

EI need to take an extra week to prepare for our last two episodes of Season 3. In the meantime, checkout our previous episodes and merch at salacioushistory.com and bonus episodes at Patreon.com/salacioushistory!

48 sSEP 3
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No Episode This Week

Ep28 – Audre Lorde: Warrior Poet

EAudre Lorde was a self-described “Black, lesbian, feminist, mother, poet warrior.” She became known for her passionate writings on lesbian feminism and racial issues. As a black, gay woman, Audre identified with multiple minority groups, but she refused to be defined by any single aspect of her identity. Suggested Episodes: Ep27 – Bayard Rustin Ep14 – Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Sources: https://www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/audre-lorde-residence/ http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/aa-history-month-bios/audre-lorde (more) https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2004-06-13-0406100318-story.html https://poets.org/poet/audre-lorde https://www.biography.com/scholar/audre-lorde https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/09/feminist-lesbian-warrior-poet-rediscovering-work-audre-lorde * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde https://www.britannica.com/biography/Audre-Lorde https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_Table:_Women_of_Color_Press#Obstacles https://www.equalityutah.org/blog...

21 minAUG 28
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Ep28 – Audre Lorde: Warrior Poet

Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

EBayard Rustin was one of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights activists and organizers, and yet many of us have never heard of him. He was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But despite all his accomplishments, his story has been pushed to the side for one simple reason: he was openly gay. Suggested Episodes: Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Ep13 – Loving v. Virginia Sources: * https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/bhm-heroes/bayard-rustin-gay-man-in-the-civil-rights-movement/ * https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/us/bayard-rustin-pardon.html * https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/100-amazing-facts/who-designed-the-march-on-washington/ * https://www.biography.com/activist/bayard-rustin * https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/bayard-rustin/ * https://www.familyequality.org/2019/02/01/honoring-an-unsung-lgbtq-hero-bayard-rustin/ * https://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

19 minAUG 21
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Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

EThis episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields. Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress Sources: Barajas, Stephanie. “Christine Jorgensen · Challenging Gender Boundaries: A Trans Biography Project by Students of Dr. Catherine Jacquet · OutHistory: It’s About Time.” Outhistory.org, Outhistory.org, http://www.outhistory.org/exhibits/show/tgi-bios/christine-jorgensen. “Christine Jorgensen.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 23 June 2020, http://www.biography.com/activist/christine-jorgensen. Hadjimatheou, Chloe. “Christine Jorgensen: 60 Years of Sex Change Ops.” BBC News, BBC, 30 Nov. 2012, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20544095. Poole, Rebecca. “From GI Joe to GI Jane: Christine Jorgensen’s Story: The National W...

22 minAUG 14
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Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

EThe Holocaust is one of the best-documented episodes of mass genocide in history, but for decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans victims of the Holocaust were left out of historical records. Why were LGBTQ individuals persecuted, and why were their stories left out of the Holocaust narrative for so long? That’s what today’s show is all about. Suggested Episodes: Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Ep21 – LGBTQ History Sources: * Bradlow, ByJosh. “Remembering the Holocaust.” Stonewall, Stonewall, 27 Jan. 2020, http://www.stonewall.org.uk/node/127916. * Cedeira, Lucia. “Gay Holocaust.” Rainbow, ALA American Liberty Association, 18 July 2017, http://www.ala.org/rt/rrt/popularresources/holocaust. * “Gay People.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, 2020, http://www.hmd.org.uk/learn-about-the-holocaust-and-genocides/nazi-persecution/gay-people/. * Hájková, Anna. “How We’ve Suppressed the Queer History of the Holocaust: Opinion.” Haaretz.com, Ha...

26 minAUG 6
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Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

EThe gay rights movement began in 19th century Germany with a man named Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first self-proclaimed gay man to speak out publicly for the rights of homosexuals. In both written and spoken form, he was the first person to demand the decriminalization of homosexuality as well as the complete legal equality of all sexual orientations. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was, in many ways, the world’s first gay activist. Recommended Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep07 – Alfred Kinsey (Part II) Sources: * http://hubertkennedy.angelfire.com/Ulrichs.pdf * http://hubertkennedy.angelfire.com/FirstTheorist.pdf * https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ulrichs-karl-heinrich * https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/berlin-story * https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/obituaries/karl-heinrich-ulrichs-overlooked.html

23 minJUL 31
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Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Ep23 – Transgender History

ETransgenderism might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon at first. Even the word “transgender” just first appeared in print in English in 1965, and did not become widely used until the 1990s. But there is nothing new about being transgender. People have been crossing the boundaries of their assigned genders for millenia. Recommended Episodes: Ep21 – LGBTQ History EP22 – The Sacred Band of Thebes Sources: * https://www.theproudtrust.org/resources/trans-resources/trans-history/ * https://www.cbc.ca/doczone/features/timeline-transgender-through-history * https://www.nps.gov/articles/lgbtqtheme-transgender.htm * Graying Rainbows podcast episode – interview with author Dr. Susan Stryker * https://www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community * * https://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-faq#13 * https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/02/brief-history-transgender-issues * http://bilerico.lgbtqnation.com/2008/02/transgender_history_trans_expression_in.p...

40 minJUL 17
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Ep23 – Transgender History

Latest Episodes

Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

EACT UP was founded to fight for the rights of AIDS patients. They demanded better drug testing, they altered public perceptions of the illness and safe sex, and refused to back down until they won. If you missed Part I of our coverage of the AIDS Epidemic, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first. Click here to listen! iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700 Patreon: www.patreon.com/salacioushistory Suggested Episodes: Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I) Ep13 – Loving v. Virginia

26 minSEP 25
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Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

EBetween 1981 and 1987, over 40,000 people died of AIDS in the United States. But despite the obvious health crisis, no one in power was doing anything about it. The U.S. government did not care about AIDS for one simple reason: the majority of the early cases were among gay men, who the government deemed expendable. This episode will be the first of two parts on the AIDS Epidemic. Today, we will learn how the AIDS epidemic began, which communities were impacted, and how the general public responded to the outbreak. Suggested Episodes: Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II) Ep19 – The HIV Epidemic in Thailand Sources: * https://www.history.com/news/aids-epidemic-ronald-reagan * https://nursing.jnj.com/ward-5b-how-nurses-defied-convention-to-care-for-hiv-aids-patients * https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/history/hiv-and-aids-timeline * http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13072762/ns/health-aids/t/aids-survivors-recall-epidemics-early-years/#.X0mSdnlKjIU * https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2019...

23 minSEP 19
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Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

EAround 1:20am on June 28, 1969, a small police force raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC. Little did the officers or patrons known that this raid would spark a series of riots that would inspire people to fight for LGBTQ rights all over the world. Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep21 – LGBTQ History Sources: Before Stonewall: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/736268853 https://www.britannica.com/event/Stonewall-riots https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stonewall-riots-uprising-rebellion/ “The Pride Movement” documentary Stonewall by Ann Bausum https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48643756

32 minSEP 12
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Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

No Episode This Week

EI need to take an extra week to prepare for our last two episodes of Season 3. In the meantime, checkout our previous episodes and merch at salacioushistory.com and bonus episodes at Patreon.com/salacioushistory!

48 sSEP 3
Comments
No Episode This Week

Ep28 – Audre Lorde: Warrior Poet

EAudre Lorde was a self-described “Black, lesbian, feminist, mother, poet warrior.” She became known for her passionate writings on lesbian feminism and racial issues. As a black, gay woman, Audre identified with multiple minority groups, but she refused to be defined by any single aspect of her identity. Suggested Episodes: Ep27 – Bayard Rustin Ep14 – Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Sources: https://www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/audre-lorde-residence/ http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/aa-history-month-bios/audre-lorde (more) https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2004-06-13-0406100318-story.html https://poets.org/poet/audre-lorde https://www.biography.com/scholar/audre-lorde https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/09/feminist-lesbian-warrior-poet-rediscovering-work-audre-lorde * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde https://www.britannica.com/biography/Audre-Lorde https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_Table:_Women_of_Color_Press#Obstacles https://www.equalityutah.org/blog...

21 minAUG 28
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Ep28 – Audre Lorde: Warrior Poet

Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

EBayard Rustin was one of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights activists and organizers, and yet many of us have never heard of him. He was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But despite all his accomplishments, his story has been pushed to the side for one simple reason: he was openly gay. Suggested Episodes: Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Ep13 – Loving v. Virginia Sources: * https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/bhm-heroes/bayard-rustin-gay-man-in-the-civil-rights-movement/ * https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/us/bayard-rustin-pardon.html * https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/100-amazing-facts/who-designed-the-march-on-washington/ * https://www.biography.com/activist/bayard-rustin * https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/bayard-rustin/ * https://www.familyequality.org/2019/02/01/honoring-an-unsung-lgbtq-hero-bayard-rustin/ * https://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

19 minAUG 21
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Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

EThis episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields. Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress Sources: Barajas, Stephanie. “Christine Jorgensen · Challenging Gender Boundaries: A Trans Biography Project by Students of Dr. Catherine Jacquet · OutHistory: It’s About Time.” Outhistory.org, Outhistory.org, http://www.outhistory.org/exhibits/show/tgi-bios/christine-jorgensen. “Christine Jorgensen.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 23 June 2020, http://www.biography.com/activist/christine-jorgensen. Hadjimatheou, Chloe. “Christine Jorgensen: 60 Years of Sex Change Ops.” BBC News, BBC, 30 Nov. 2012, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20544095. Poole, Rebecca. “From GI Joe to GI Jane: Christine Jorgensen’s Story: The National W...

22 minAUG 14
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Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

EThe Holocaust is one of the best-documented episodes of mass genocide in history, but for decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans victims of the Holocaust were left out of historical records. Why were LGBTQ individuals persecuted, and why were their stories left out of the Holocaust narrative for so long? That’s what today’s show is all about. Suggested Episodes: Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Ep21 – LGBTQ History Sources: * Bradlow, ByJosh. “Remembering the Holocaust.” Stonewall, Stonewall, 27 Jan. 2020, http://www.stonewall.org.uk/node/127916. * Cedeira, Lucia. “Gay Holocaust.” Rainbow, ALA American Liberty Association, 18 July 2017, http://www.ala.org/rt/rrt/popularresources/holocaust. * “Gay People.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, 2020, http://www.hmd.org.uk/learn-about-the-holocaust-and-genocides/nazi-persecution/gay-people/. * Hájková, Anna. “How We’ve Suppressed the Queer History of the Holocaust: Opinion.” Haaretz.com, Ha...

26 minAUG 6
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Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

EThe gay rights movement began in 19th century Germany with a man named Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first self-proclaimed gay man to speak out publicly for the rights of homosexuals. In both written and spoken form, he was the first person to demand the decriminalization of homosexuality as well as the complete legal equality of all sexual orientations. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was, in many ways, the world’s first gay activist. Recommended Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep07 – Alfred Kinsey (Part II) Sources: * http://hubertkennedy.angelfire.com/Ulrichs.pdf * http://hubertkennedy.angelfire.com/FirstTheorist.pdf * https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ulrichs-karl-heinrich * https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/berlin-story * https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/obituaries/karl-heinrich-ulrichs-overlooked.html

23 minJUL 31
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Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Ep23 – Transgender History

ETransgenderism might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon at first. Even the word “transgender” just first appeared in print in English in 1965, and did not become widely used until the 1990s. But there is nothing new about being transgender. People have been crossing the boundaries of their assigned genders for millenia. Recommended Episodes: Ep21 – LGBTQ History EP22 – The Sacred Band of Thebes Sources: * https://www.theproudtrust.org/resources/trans-resources/trans-history/ * https://www.cbc.ca/doczone/features/timeline-transgender-through-history * https://www.nps.gov/articles/lgbtqtheme-transgender.htm * Graying Rainbows podcast episode – interview with author Dr. Susan Stryker * https://www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community * * https://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-faq#13 * https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/02/brief-history-transgender-issues * http://bilerico.lgbtqnation.com/2008/02/transgender_history_trans_expression_in.p...

40 minJUL 17
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Ep23 – Transgender History
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