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Trans & Nonbinary Adventures in 19th century New England
BEGIN AGAIN SERIES: A Talk with Jen Manion

Recorded on October 21, 2021

Long before the modern LGBTQ rights movement, individual queer and trans people challenged gender and sexual norms to express themselves and their love freely, often in defiance of laws against same-sex sex and cross-dressing. Jen Manion discusses the lives and adventures of those assigned female at birth who embraced trans and nonbinary gender expressions in 19th century New England, including so called "female husbands," "female sailors," and "female soldiers."