#LGBTQgenealogy: A History

By |2023-11-18T12:05:06-08:00December 15th, 2020|

#LGBTQGenealogy: Charting its Evolution

In 2017, Judy Russell, known as The Legal Genealogist, delivered a compelling presentation at the FGS Conference in Pittsburgh titled “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and Corporate Genealogical Standard.” Her call for diversity and inclusivity within the genealogical profession resonated deeply, challenging the narrative […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |2023-11-18T11:20:10-08:00October 15th, 2020|

Embracing Diversity in Genealogy with a Rainbow Prism Perspective

Throughout this blog series, we’ve embarked on the journey of uncovering LGBTQ clues when someone in our family’s history raises our rainbow flag fancy. Remember the confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt was not by default unlucky in finding a spouse. Perhaps they […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 19

By |2023-11-18T10:51:12-08:00September 15th, 2020|

Unlocking LGBTQ Heritage by Navigating the 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 confessing details of their love life. An ancestor may have been mentioned in a queer organization’s newsletter. With […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 18

By |2023-11-18T08:40:44-08:00July 15th, 2020|

Unveiling Centuries of LGBTQ Commitments Before Gay Marriage

Long before the modern era of gay marriage, LGBTQ individuals have committed to each other throughout history. Scholars have extensively documented these unions, shedding light on diverse expressions of love. One seminal work, Judy Grahn’s Another Mother Tongue (1984, Beacon Press), unveiled […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 17

By |2023-11-18T08:06:59-08:00June 15th, 2020|

Charting the Evolution from Domestic Partnership to Marriage Equality

In August 1979, gay rights activist Tom Brougham proposed the new concept of “domestic partnership” to counter the inequality of job benefits being exclusive to heterosexual couples. Tom and a dedicated group of LGBTQ activists, including my husband Leland Traiman, championed the […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 16

By |2023-11-18T07:29:45-08:00April 15th, 2020|

Navigating Professional Landscapes: The LGBTQ Experience

The stereotype of the gay hairdresser isn’t merely a cliché; it reflects a profession that not only attracts some men but also serves as a pragmatic choice for survival. For many homosexuals, the risk of being discovered meant potential job loss or professional ostracism—a reality […]

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By |2023-11-17T18:13:24-08:00February 15th, 2020|

Writing about Transgender People

In response to a reader’s inquiry, this blog post delves into the nuanced task of documenting transgender family members in genealogy. It emphasizes the need for sensitivity and respect while guiding appropriate terminology and their inclusion in family narratives.

In genealogy, the common practice of documenting women with […]

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