About the Author
Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

Ep30a – AIDS Epidemic (Part II)

ACT UP was founded to fight for the rights of AIDS patients. They demanded better drug testing, they altered public perceptions of the illness and safe sex, and refused to back down until they won.

If you missed Part I of our coverage of the AIDS Epidemic, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first. Click here to listen!

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Ep30 – AIDS Epidemic (Part I)

Between 1981 and 1987, over 40,000 people died of AIDS in the United States. But despite the obvious health crisis, no one in power was doing anything about it. The U.S. government did not care about AIDS for one simple reason: the majority of the early cases were among gay men, who the government deemed expendable.

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Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

Around 1:20am on June 28, 1969, a small police force raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC. Little did the officers or patrons known that this raid would spark a series of riots that would inspire people to fight for LGBTQ rights all over the world.

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Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was one of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights activists and organizers, and yet many of us have never heard of him. He was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But despite all his accomplishments, his story has been pushed to the side for one simple reason: he was openly gay.

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Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

This episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields.   Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress   Sources: Barajas,…

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Ep25 – Gay Victims of the Holocaust

The Holocaust is one of the best-documented episodes of mass genocide in history, but for decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans victims of the Holocaust were left out of historical records. Why were LGBTQ individuals persecuted, and why were their stories left out of the Holocaust narrative for so long?

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Ep24 – Activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

The gay rights movement began in 19th century Germany with a man named Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first self-proclaimed gay man to speak out publicly for the rights of homosexuals. In both written and spoken form, he was the first person to demand the decriminalization of homosexuality as well as the complete legal equality of all sexual orientations. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was, in many ways, the world’s first gay activist.

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Ep23 – Transgender History

Transgenderism might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon at first. But there is nothing new about being transgender. People have been crossing the boundaries of their assigned genders for millenia.

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