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For episode 8 we spoke to Mark Kenneth Woods about his documentary "Two Soft Things Two Hard Things" about the queer histories and realities of Inuit people in Nunavut. We discuss ethical considerations approaching this kind of oral history work, colonization’s effect on historial identities, and the rising queer youth generation.

For episode 6 we spoke to Valerie Korinek about her chapter in the upcoming 2018 anthology Beyond Women's Words. We discuss her chapter titled “Locating Lesbians, Finding ‘Gay Women,’ Writing Queer Histories: Reflections on Oral Histories, Identity, and Community Memory” and the issues of naming and identification in the queer community when trying to conduct oral history research. Would you like to talk with ALOT about your lesbian experience? Our Bridging the Gap project is looking for contributors.

For Episode 5 of the Lesbian Testimony Podcast we spoke to Cameron Duder about their interview of Shirley Petten who won a same sex benefits landmark ruling against the British Columbia Workers’ Compensation Board after the tragedy of losing her partner. We also discuss how to navigate interviewing someone about difficult topics, and how to interview someone you know well. Both great oral history tips! Watch out for our next episode when we speak to Valerie Korinek on her incredible research of rural queer communities. Specifically we will discuss her chapter titled “Locating Lesbians, Finding ‘Gay Women,’ Writing Queer Histories: Reflections on Oral Histories, Identity, and Community Memory” for an upcoming anthology. Would you like to share your oral history with The Archives? We're actively seeking new contributions for our latest project Bridging the Gap.

For Episode 4 we speak with Joan Nestle, a long-time activist, educator, and writer who has made landmark contributions to lesbian culture and history. She is the author of Restricted Country, the editor of A Persistent Desire: A Butch-Femme Reader, and the co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, New York. We discuss one of her interviews from the Herstory archive with Mabel Hampton, an African American lesbian born in 1902. We talk about the changes over time of lesbian norms, language, and politics, and how one's positionality as the interviewer is complicated by our historical limitations. Would you like to talk with ALOT about your lesbian experience? Our Bridging the Gap project is looking for contributors.

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.

Our guest for this podcast is Ma-Nee Chacaby, a lesbian, two-spirit, Ojibwa-Cree elder from Ontario. We will be discussing her new memoir “A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder,” her LGBT activism, coming into a full understanding of sexual identity, and her involvement in oral teaching how we can preserve oral teaching.

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. Our first guest is the inimitable Elise Chenier, director of the archives and professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in twentieth century Canada and the United States.

Long before the Riot Grrls were the Rebel Dykes, a collection of queer, anarchist punks living in and around the London area. The Rebel Dykes created their own world that focussed on sex positivity, trans-inclusivity, and powerful feminism. The community's story is now being made into a full-length documentary feature film and we spoke with producer Siobhan Fahey about the Rebel Dykes journey.