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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |2020-10-12T22:51:18-07:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Putting it all together

Throughout this blog series, I’ve written about finding clues in the genealogical record that might raise a rainbow flag.  Remember the confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt was not by default unlucky in finding a spouse. Perhaps they did have long-term partners but there was no legal record […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 19

By |2020-09-12T07:55:38-07:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

LGBTQ Archives

Perhaps an LGBTQ ancestor left behind a collection of love letters like Willa Cather or Charity Bryant.  Or maybe there is an existing dairy giving details of their love life. An ancestor may have been mentioned in a queer organization’s newsletter. […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 18

By |2020-08-05T07:13:29-07:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

Long Before Gay Marriage

LGBTQ folk have lived in committed relationships for centuries and many scholars have written about historic queer relationships. As a young gay man, my introduction to gay history came from reading Judy Grahn’s book, Another Mother Tongue (1984, Beacon Press). In this book, […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 17

By |2020-06-24T05:12:20-07:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

From Domestic Partnership to Marriage

In August 1979, gay rights activist Tom Brougham proposed a new category of relationship called “domestic partnership” to address the inequality of job benefits only extending to heterosexually married couples.  Tom and a group of dedicated LGBTQ activists, which included my husband Leland Traiman, brought the […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 16

By |2020-06-16T06:05:15-07:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

Gay Professions

There is a reason for the stereotype of the gay hairdresser. Not only is it a profession some men gravitate towards, but it is also practical for survival. Homosexuals that are discovered risk losing their employment or being blackballed from their professions.  This is still true today in parts […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 15

By |2020-02-04T22:07:38-08:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

Gayborhoods

The first gay pride marches happened in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. Why in those cities? Because they had the largest LGBTQ populations at the time. Military Blue and Dishonorable discharges created concentrations of queer folk in these major […]

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Deadname

By |2020-02-15T05:09:30-08:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson, LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Writing about Transgender People

Recently, a reader of this LBGTQ Genealogy blog series asked me how to properly document trans family members.  That is an excellent question, worthy of its own genealogy education blog post.

In genealogy, there is precedent to document women with their maiden names, not their married names. This […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 14

By |2019-09-07T21:37:53-07:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Gays in the Military

Gays in the Military has a very long and complex history in the USA since the founding of the country. I will briefly discuss major events in US history and share two stories of significant service member. For genealogist the important take away from this blog is […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 13

By |2020-02-03T05:31:41-08:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Police and Prison Records

As discussed in previous blogs on finding LGBTQ folk in newspapers, it is possible an ancestor was arrested in a police raid of gay club. They may also have been arrested for “tea rooming” or “cottaging”. They may have been arrested for a […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 12

By |2019-11-18T06:03:46-08:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Cemeteries

After death, those living in committed relationships had no legal control on how their families chose to deal with their remains. Their partners, not being legally married had no rights or say. Often lovers were split up by their surviving family members.

In rare cases, before the late 20th century, you […]

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