The Lerner Podcast

Lee Wind | Live from the 25 ALA Interview

August 02, 2022 Lerner Books Season 1 Episode 62
The Lerner Podcast
Lee Wind | Live from the 25 ALA Interview
Show Notes

Listen in as author Lee Wind discusses his YA nonfiction title No Way, They Were Gay?, discusses research and primary sources, and talks about what he's working on next, live from the ALA exhibit floor in Washington DC.

No Way, They Were Gay?
“History” sounds really official. Like it’s all fact. Like it’s definitely what happened.

But that’s not necessarily true. History was crafted by the people who recorded it. And sometimes, those historians were biased against, didn’t see, or couldn’t even imagine anyone different from themselves.
 That means that history has often left out the stories of LGBTQIA+ people: men who loved men, women who loved women, people who loved without regard to gender, and people who lived outside gender boundaries. Historians have even censored the lives and loves of some of the world’s most famous people, from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt.
 Join author Lee Wind for this fascinating journey through primary sources—poetry, memoir, news clippings, and images of ancient artwork—to explore the hidden (and often surprising) Queer lives and loves of two dozen historical figures.

Learn more about Lee and how to book him for school visits at

Music credits:
"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (
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