Here are some Thanksgiving leftovers we didn’t get to Thursday. VICE decided to celebrate Thanksgiving by publishing a piece called, “The Pilgrims Were Queer.” We like how in their tweet they refer to the Pilgrims as “early American colonizers.” But there were plenty of gay colonizers? Where does that fit on the intersectionality index? Let’s read on and find out.

So just how super-gay were they? VICE reports:

As you sit down for turkey, corn, and arguments with relatives at Thanksgiving this year, take a moment to give thanks to Thomas Morton, who founded what could be considered America’s first queer hippie colony in 1625.

On one particularly exciting occasion, the residents of Merrymount erected a maypole and danced in a manner described as evoking Ganymede and Zeus—figures that often symbolized same-sex couplings. This proto-Pride proved a bit too much for the neighbors, who arrested Morton, chopped down the pole, and scattered the residents.

Another source for the piece: Michael Bronski, “a Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard.” Kids go into tens of thousands of dollars in debt to study that?

“Dig into the history” and you’ll find what you’re looking for if you try hard enough.

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