We know homosexuality existed for all of human history. Genealogist Stewart Blandón Traiman gives us ways to re-examine our ancestors’ records using an LGBTQ lens.
Over the last thirty years in the United States our culture became more open and accepting of expressions of sexuality and gender identity. We also know as genealogy researchers, our attitudes and norms now, were not our ancestors’ attitudes and norms. Despite these challenges, our ancestors’ still left clues to their LGBTQ life.
In this episode Stewart shares:
Stewart Blandón Traiman blogs monthly at his website sixgen.org on LGBTQ genealogy and is serializing his presentation to help genealogists. He also offers his LGBTQ presentation live and does workshops on a variety of other topics, including spreadsheets for genealogy.
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Music: My Days Have Been So Wondrous and Free, composed by Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791) for George Washington. The song is considered to be one of the first secular songs written in America. MP3 recording by www.amclassical.com and licensed through Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Stewart Blandón Traiman, Six Generations - www.sixgen.org
Vintage Photograph Collection of LBGTQ Life: www.homohistory.com
William Way LGBT Community Center, John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives - waygay.org/archives
Books mentioned by Stewart: