podcast on LGBTQ+ print media and worldmaking

Season 2 featured in the LA Times

Each Pride Season, One Institute proudly presents a new season of our podcast Periodically Queer.

Periodically Queer returns for Season 2 this June 2023, taking listeners back in time to uncover the stories behind the pages of notable LGBTQ+ publications from the 1950s and 1960s. Each episode of Periodically Queer offers a deep dive into the history of LGBTQ+ publications, and features excerpts of rare archival and oral history recordings, commentary from expert historians, and first-hand stories of queer life, love, resistance, and hope.

Periodically Queer Season Two spotlights the community-building power of One Institute’s very own ONE Magazine, the first publicly distributed gay and lesbian magazine in the country. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, ONE Magazine was first published in 1953, more than 15 years before the historic events at Stonewall. ONE Magazine’s groundbreaking public discourse on LGBTQ+ life was a catalyst in the movement for LGBTQ+ free speech rights. 

This two-episode season will also highlight the activist publication Vanguard Magazine, and the radical legacy of the queer and trans unhoused youth activists from San Francisco’s Tenderloin District who were involved in its creation in the 1960s.

Periodically Queer is produced by Umi Hsu and Assistant Producer Shei Yu, with episodes hosted by traci kato-kiriyama. Mixed and engineered by Quincy Surasmith. Scripted by Umi Hsu, Shei Yu, and Rozanna Leo Fields. Theme music by Analog Tara; episode music by Matthew Ivler. Graphic design work by Saphir Davis. Research by Sela Kerr. Production support by Evan Ibarra. Story consultation by Sayre Quevedo.

Full credits for each episode will be available on the episode pages.

For press inquiries, check out this press release and contact Umi Hsu at

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Periodically Queer is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Special thanks to Joseph Plaster, Megan Rohrer, Jeremy Sass, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, GLBT Historical Society, Pacifica Radio Archives, the Stanford Pride Oral History Project, Digital Transgender Archive, and ABC7 for providing research materials.

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