The Lesbian Testimony Podcast - Episode 16

The Lesbian Testimony Podcast - Episode 16

The Lesbian Testimony Podcast is a project born out of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony to encourage greater engagement with lesbian oral records. Each week host Callie Hitchcock will talk to a donor of the archive about one of their submissions or talk to an oral historian involved in lesbian oral testimony.

"Upper class women could have romantic friendships before the 20th century as a result of their upper class status. They weren't dependent on men because they had their own money. So money and finances is an important part of being able to move outside of the home and outside of the traditional family unit to form relationships that were more congruent with their desires and attractions." - Ashley D. Cole

For episode 16 we talked to Ashley D. Cole about her thesis “I just wanted to be who I was”: Documenting Queer Voices in the South. We talk about the southern toleration of certain queer acts during different eras of time and how they interesected with race and class. We also speak about the different historical antecedents for female queerness, acts and identities, and hidden oral histories.