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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 14

By |January 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 […]