The Victorian era was the heyday of gender roles and social conformity, right? Perhaps, perhaps not – but in either case, the social order is not complete without rule breakers! Come get to know a sample of LGBT Victorians who bent the rules of their society, and discuss the difficulties (and rewards) of searching for queer history.

Nancy McCarthy is a historian, costumer, and seamstress from Arlington. She has been researching and recreating textile culture and women’s daily life of early America since 2011.

Queer Victorians

The Victorian era was the heyday of gender roles and social conformity, right? Perhaps, perhaps not – but in either case, the social order is not complete without rule breakers! Come get to know a sample of LGBT Victorians who bent the rules of their society, and discuss the difficulties (and rewards) of searching for queer history.

Nancy McCarthy is a historian, costumer, and seamstress from Arlington. She has been researching and recreating textile culture and women’s daily life of early America since 2011.

Queer Victorians

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