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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 18

By |July 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, […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 17

By |June 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 […]

Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

By |May 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: , , , |

Profile – Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

May is for mother’s day, so I am deviating from my LGBTQ Genealogy series this month to share some of my own genealogical writing. This is a profile of my maternal great grandmother, Antonia. I was lucky to meet her a couple of times. Once when […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 16

By |April 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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 15

By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |


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 […]


By |February 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 […]