Hosts Isaac Wurmann and Thomas O'Donnell delve into the historical background behind a different facet of Canadian queer life and culture every month, in conversation with diverse voices across Canada. An original podcast by The Pigeon.
In this special bonus episode, Isaac and Thomas discuss a fascinating quote from their interview with Dr. Valerie Korinek, history professor at the University of Saskatchewan and author of Prairie Fairies, on using the term ‘queer’ retroactively to describe individuals who were not open about their identity in the time that they lived. Listen for a discussion of shifting identities and quiet implications.
Welcome to the debut of HDWGQ! In this episode, hosts Isaac and Thomas explore the intersection of cowboy culture and queer culture in Canada. They delve into the history of queer life on the prairies, the enduring appeal of the cowboy aesthetic in queer communities, and diversity in cowboy culture and country music today.
Special thanks to our guests: Dr. Valerie J. Korinek, University of Saskatchewan history professor and author; Thanks Jem, the Queen of the Rodeo (and the star of the Orville Peck music video of the same name); and Adrian Stimson, acclaimed two-spirit Indigenous interdisciplinary artist.
Additionally, acknowledgements to two sources cited in this podcast: Dr. Korinek's book Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985, and Dr. Adele Perry's book On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871.