Queer historian uncovers the transgender history of the American West
When you think of the wild west, you probably think of certain iconic characters: cowboys, saloon girls, gold rush prospectors, gunslingers.
But there were many stories that were left out of that narrative according to Peter Boag, a queer historian of the American West as well as a history professor at Washington State University.
In his book, “Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past”, he uncovers a history of the West in which cross-dressing for both men and women was pervasive; where people could redefine their gender and sexual identities.
Boag used old newspaper articles that could be found in papers like the Winslow Mail and Prescott’s Weekly Miner part of his research.
He joined The Show to talk more about it.