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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |2020-12-14T21:34:04-08:00October 15th, 2020|

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 18

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

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|

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|

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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By |2021-05-09T07:50:49-07:00February 15th, 2020|

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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