Special Ep! Celebrate National Coming Out Day With Cleve Jones | LGBTQ&A

Cleves Jones talks about why coming out of the closet is still so important in the fight for LGBTQ rights. He also lays out the what we gain from of living amongst a community of LGBTQ people: political power, specialized social services for the more vulnerable in our population, and cultural vitality. Cleve Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the 1970s, was mentored by Harvey Milk, created the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and his memoir, When We Rise, is part of the inspiration for the ABC mini-series of the same name.

Cleve Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987. HarperCollins published his first book, “Stitching a Revolution,” in 2000. Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, “MILK,” and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the US Supreme Court.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

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Abdi Nazemian: Gay Iranians, Gay Dads, & The Gospel of Madonna | LGBTQ&A

Abdi Nazemian talks about what it was like to come out in a Middle Eastern family and how it differs from the typical Western LGBTQ experience that people know. He talks about the Iranian president’s comments that they “don’t have any gays in Iran” and describes why he didn’t feel at home in either the gay or Iranian communities that he was a part of. Abdi Nazemian also discusses what it was like to come of age during the AIDS crisis, especially now that he is raising kids as part of this new wave of gay parents.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Cameron Esposito: To Be Apolitical & An Artist Is A Waste of Time | LGBTQ&A

Cameron Esposito talks about making comedy in the Trump era, saying that to be apolitical and an artist right now is a waste of time. She also describes life without her iconic asymmetrical haircut, the ways we police different people’s gender, and the stress of having to decide whether or not to come out to strangers in a heteronormative society. Cameron also talks about the great impact Edith Windsor had on all aspects of her life.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters:

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Tommy Pico: How Not To Be One With Nature | LGBTQ&A

Tommy Pico talks about growing up on a Native American reservation, trying to tame the English language with his poetry, and why labeling himself as an “NDN” is a powerful act of reclamation. He also talks about how people often don’t know enough about indigenous people to be able to stereotype them, and then he reads a portion of his book-length poem, ironically titled, Nature Poem, and it’s really, really good. You have to listen.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Shadi Petosky: Chosen Families & The Challenge of Gender | LGBTQ&A

Shadi Petosky talks about wanting to create a diverse and inclusive world in her animated series, Danger and Eggs. She also talks about still being confused and challenged by gender, switching up pronouns amongst friends, and why we have a great responsibility to love and honor the people in our chosen families. Shadi also talks about how she didn’t think she could have a career in television as an out transgender woman before Laverne Cox got famous.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Michael Varrati: Horror Movies Are Coming Out of the Closet & We’re So Proud of Them! | LGBTQ&A

Michael Varrati talks about the queer undertones (both hidden and overt) in horror movies and why the recurring theme of the underdog who has to persevere in the face of adversity is so relatable. He talks about how there are many horror stories, like The Laramie Project, that we don’t consider to be horror movies because they’re based on true events. Michael also shares stories from touring the country with the legendary drag queen, Peaches Christ, and the mainstream media’s use of drag terms like “throwing shade”. Michael Varrati is a screenwriter and hosts the podcast, Dead for Filth.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Cheryl Dunye: Why We Need to Change the Way Queer Stories Are Told | LGBTQ&A

Cheryl Dunye is a pioneering queer filmmaker. She talks about the enduring legacy of her film, The Watermelon Woman (celebrating its 20th anniversary), and directing sex scenes with brown bodies, why she’s no longer interested in making the compromises necessary to be a commercial filmmaker. She also talks about supporting more films by and about queer people of color and the significance of undocumented queer history.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Our Lady J: The Birth of Transgender Identities in Pop Culture | LGBTQ&A

Our Lady J talks about being a writer for Transparent, the power and responsibility that storytellers have, and shares the “beautiful and excruciating” moments from growing up in a predominantly Amish community. She talks about playing piano for people like Sia, as well as the discrimination she faced in the music industry after she transitioned. Our Lady J also describes the ongoing process of learning to love herself, saying she’s no longer interested in lying about her age.

Our Lady J is an American classical pianist, television writer, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for writing for the 2014 Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning television series Transparent. OUT Magazine has named Our Lady J one of their “OUT 100,” and The Huffington Post honored her on their list of transgender icons.

Our Lady J is also a much-sought-after pianist in the music industry, with collaborations including Sia Furler, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Antony, Scissor Sisters, Justin Tranter, and countless Broadway stars. She has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Hollywood Palladium, Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center, and the legendary CBGB. As a classical pianist, she has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters:

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Kristin Russo: LGBTQ Sex Ed, A-Camp, Reclaiming Bisexuality | LGBTQ&A

Kristin Russo (author of This is Book for Parents of Gay Kids) talks about Autostraddle’s A-Camp (where she is the co-director), the special importance of sex ed in LGBTQ communities, and social pressures she faced to identify as a lesbian instead of bisexual. She also talks about her efforts to make LGBTQ youth feel seen with her website, Everyone Is Gay, why “queer” is such a special word, and explains her religious beliefs, saying that when she and her wife are going through a difficult time, they pray together.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Laith Ashley: Everything is a Spectrum, Nothing is Binary | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Laith Ashley talks about why transgender men are less visible than transgender women in society, says people police his gender as much now as they did before his transition, and why living openly as a transgender person is a privilege that not everyone has. He also talks about people’s obsession with his (and his girlfriend’s) genitalia, the stigma around dating transgender people, and why modeling is a craft (and a lot of hard work).

ABOUT LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters:

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Special Episode! Shane Ortega Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Shane Ortega is the first transgender person to serve openly in the military. He talks about how to interpret President Trump’s tweets banning trans people from serving in the military, explains why it’s so detrimental that Trump didn’t seek guidance from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and says that as of now, there hasn’t been any changes to official military policy concerning trans people. Shane also talks about why this is a human rights issue, not just concerning LGBTQ people.

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Shane Ortega is a transgender, disabled and retired combat veteran. He transitioned in 2009 while actively serving. Shane was retired as a Staff Sergeant with eleven total years in two different branches of service: the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009 and then United States Army in 2009-2016. He served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghan theaters. Shane Ortega is a professional public speaker and an LGBTQ health educator.

Since 2008, Shane Ortega has set the bar high in accomplishing LGBTQ military equality. His first accomplishment was Co-founding a transgender specific Chapter for Outserve-SDLN. He created this safe space for actively serving transgender military personnel and later became its leader in 2008. 2010 was also a huge year for Shane, He was voted to board member of Military Freedom Coalition (503c) where he worked in aide of Joshua Block(ACLU) on the repeal of DADT, equal opportunity protections for LGB service members and he was hugely instrumental in lifting the ban for transgender military service. In 2013, Shane also co-founded SPARt*A- a non-profit LGBT military support group.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

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Erin Judge: Plus Size Women Can Have Active, Healthy Sex Lives, OK?! | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Erin Judge (comedian and author of Vow of Celibacy) talks about how overweight people are able to have active, healthy sex lives, despite how the media often represents them. She also talks about why it’s healthy to experiment sexually when you’re younger and why it should be more OK for women to talk about sex. Both Erin and her mom are bisexual, and she discusses what it’s like to grow up in an intergenerational queer household, having to keep her mom’s secret from the rest of their family, and why being polyamorous is a choice and not just something you’re born with.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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ABOUT ERIN JUDGE:

Erin Judge started out doing stand-up at the best comedy club in the world: the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, she’s appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, as well as performing in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. Her first comedy album, So Many Choices, is available from Rooftop Comedy. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the 2016 Bi Book Awards and her writing’s appeared in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, and Salon. Erin currently co-hosts Romantic Comedy, a popular monthly comedy show at The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first romance bookstore, in Culver City, CA.

 

Eliel Cruz: Religion and The End of Bisexual Erasure (Hopefully) | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Eliel Cruz talks about why, despite the violence it’s caused, religion has remained such a large part of so many LGBTQ people’s lives. He talks about what his prayers look like, coming out in a Christian school, and what his personal beliefs are based on (hint: they’re not based on hurting other people). Eliel Cruz also talks about bi-erasure, pressures to present and act more masculinely as a bisexual man, and why bisexuals are so under-represented in the media.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Mariana Marroquin: Transgender Immigrants, “I See You As Human Beings” | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Mariana Marroquin works as an Anti-Violence Project Manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We talk about her work and the discrimination that her clients face, as well as the fear that’s been stemming from the Trump administration. Like many of the people she works with, Mariana is an immigrant, originally moving her to seek asylum from Guatemala. She discusses the challenges that immigrants face, what you can do to help, Chelsea Manning, and where her love of fashion comes from.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

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Alexei Romanoff & David Farah: Before Stonewall, There Were The Black Cat Protests | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Alexei Romanoff and David Farah talk about the Black Cat protests that happened in 1967 (two years before Stonewall). Alexei Romanoff helped to organize and lead it, and is the last known person still alive who was there. They discuss the police raid that kicked the protest off, what the acronym PRIDE originally stood for, and the founding of The Advocate. Alexei and David also talk about how transgender history is intimately tied up with gay, lesbian, and bisexual history, and how the uprising at Cooper’s Donuts in Los Angeles in 1959 started with trans women.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

 

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Nico Tortorella: Biphobia, Polyamory, and Understanding the Cosmos | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Nico Tortorella talks about why people are freaked out and fascinated by his bisexuality, saying people equate it with promiscuity. He also talks about why love is the driving force for everything in his life, how a lack of masculine energy helped shape him since he was raised by women, how his life changed after he did ayahuasca, and why he wrote a love letter to the rapper, Logic.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

ABOUT NICO TORTORELLA:

Nico Tortorella is a native of Wilmette, Illinois, and a graduate of New Trier High School. He appeared on the Fox serial killer drama The Following. The show was created by Kevin Williamson, who also wrote Scream 4. In 2014, he was cast as Josh, Sutton Foster’s character Liza’s younger lover in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger created by Darren Star. His first leading film role was in the 2015 independent film Hunter&Game in which he played hard-partying electronic musician Carson Lowe, which he described as a “role I was meant to play”. The film premiered at the LA Indie Film Fest in October 2014, where it won Best Feature and Best Director of a Feature Awards. The film had its East Coast premiere at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in May 2015, where it won the Best Feature award. In September 2016, Tortorella launched his podcast The Love Bomb on the At Will Radio podcast network.

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Chani Nicholas: Astrology is a Tool for Liberation | LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Chani Nicholas talks about astrology as a way to guide and invoke a sense of awe in our lives. She discusses activism as a way of healing, looking at Donald Trump’s astrology charts, and the toxic mixture that privilege and comfort can create. Chani also talks about meeting her wife and says that for the first time in her life, she finally has a support system.

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LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

ABOUT CHANI NICHOLAS:

Chani Nicholas believes that what makes us different informs our humanity and that our humanity is our greatest asset. She believes that what we have survived can eventually help us to thrive, and that we all have within us the wisdom that we need at any and every moment. She offers what she know in hopes that it stimulates and awakens others’ ability to access their own wisdom and healing.

Chani Nicholas has been a student of astrology since she was 12 years old and a counseling astrologer for almost 20 years. Many of her ideas, philosophies, and concepts have been and are constantly shaped by LGBTQI2S, POC, feminist writers, artists, thinkers, activists and community members as well as by my many brilliant colleagues and folks that she works with both in individual readings and group settings. She aims to make astrology practical, approachable and useful. Otherwise it’s all just cosmic hot air and planets far from reach.

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Alexandra Billings: Being Transgender is a Gift | LGBTQ&A w/ Jeffrey Masters

Alexandra Billings talks about meeting her wife while in high school, the women who mentored her, and why Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS marches. She also talks about her connection to her great-great-grandmother who was assigned male at birth, the changing of labels within the trans movement, why she used to refer to herself as a female impersonator, and why being trans is a gift.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

ABOUT ALEXANDRA BILLINGS:

Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She currently plays Davina on Transparent. Alexandra Billings has been acting since 1968 and has performed across the United States in hundreds of plays and musicals. She’s played everyone from Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” to Mrs. Lynde in “A Doll House.” Most every stage role is considered to be a first for a transgender actress. Her one-woman autobiographical show, “Before I Disappear,” toured from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles, and finally off-Broadway at The Producer’s Club, winning rave reviews and running for over 10 years. She originated the role of Alejandra in “Time to Burn” by Charles Mee at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and toured to off Broadway in Jeff Richmond and Michael Thomas’ camp classic, “Hamlet! The Musical!” Her CD “Being Alive,” produced by Ralph Lampkin, Jr., was up for Grammy consideration in 2002.

Alexandra married her high school sweetheart Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings in 1996 in a ceremony held at the Bailiwick Theater in Chicago, and then recently, they were legally married, before the denial of Proposition 8, in Los Angeles in 2009.

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Jennifer Finney Boylan: Where We’re Going & The Future of the Trans Movement | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Jennifer Finney Boylan talks with Jeffrey Masters about working with GLAAD to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. She says that the marriage equality movement was successful because it changed the discourse from being about “sex” to “love”, and we debate about what words will be most successful for trans people to use to further the transgender movement. Jennifer Finney Boylan also discusses her new novel, Long Black Veil, The Lord of the Rings, moral imagination, and explains why she is no longer willing to participate in an argument about her humanity.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

PROFESSOR JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. She also serves as the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide.

She has been a contributor to the op/ed page of the New York Timessince 2007; in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Jenny also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.  Jenny also serves as Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine.

Jennifer Finney Boylan is a consultant and cast member for I AM CAIT, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner that debuted on the E! network in July of 2015; and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series TRANSPARENT.

Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders(Broadway/Doubleday/Random House) was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show,the Barbara Walters Special, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel.

Jennifer Finney Boylan lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A. Guests include Ross Mathews, Cleve Jones, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Asia Kate Dillon, Shane Ortega, and many others.

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Shane Ortega: Fighting for Transgender Rights in the Military | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Shane Ortega (the first transgender person to serve openly in the military) talks about why his mom was the motivation behind him joining the military, specifically to fight the bans that kept LGBTQ people from serving openly. He also discusses building queer and trans communities in the armed forces and the privilege he experiences due to the high value culture places on masculinity.
Shane Ortega is interviewed by Jeffrey Masters.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Shane Ortega is a transgender, disabled and retired combat veteran. He transitioned in 2009 while actively serving. He is most known for his coming out article in the Washington Post which greatly helped shift the stigma of transgender military service. On July 20, 2016, Shane Ortega was retired as a Staff Sergeant with eleven total years in two different branches of service. Those were the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009, and then United States Army in 2009-2016. He served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghan theaters. He is a professional public speaker and an LGBT health educator.

Since 2008, Shane Ortega has set the bar high in accomplishing LGBT military equality. His first accomplishment was Co-founding a transgender specific Chapter for Outserve-SDLN. He created this safe space for actively serving transgender military personal and later became it’s leader in 2008. 2010 was also a huge year for Shane, He was voted to board member of Military Freedom Coalition (503c) where he worked in aide of Joshua Block(ACLU) on the repeal of DADT, equal opportunity protections for LGB service members and he was hugely instrumental in lifting the ban for transgender military service. In 2013, Shane also co-founded SPARt*A- a non-profit LGBT military support group.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 on Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Matt Baume: Chechnya, DragCon, Polari, and The Gift of Queerness | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Matt Baume talks about the torture of queer men that’s occurring in Chechnya and what you can do if you feel helpless. He also discusses the coding of LGBTQ content in the media, the evolution of queer language, and how our concept of marriage has changed over the years. We also talk about being at DragCon this year and why queer people have magic powers.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Matt Baume is a writer, podcaster, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on LGBT culture, geeks, and anything that is strange and wonderful. He’s the author of the book Defining Marriage; created the popular podcast, The Sewers of Paris, the long-running marriage equality show, Marriage News Watch, and a cavalcade of fun videos on YouTube. Matt Baume and his partner are currently working on a project called Playing With Pride, featuring personal stories about what happens when queer culture and game culture collide.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Cleve Jones: Legendary LGBTQ Activist Talks Harvey Milk, AIDS, & Marriage Equality | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Cleve Jones talks about his life in the LGBTQ movement: working with Harvey Milk, starting the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and marching on Washington. He says marriage equality was never part of their mission, only stemming out the AIDS pandemic when they saw how important and life-saving it could be. Cleve also discusses the importance of building community amongst LGBTQ people, and says he is in now in love again and happier than he’s been in years.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Cleve Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978.

Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987. HarperCollins published his first book, “Stitching a Revolution,” in 2000.

Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, “MILK,” and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the US Supreme Court.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Amin El Gamal: Prison Break, LGBTQ Muslims, and Judy Garland | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Amin El Gamal talks about working with so many out gay actors on Prison Break, emailing Aaron Sorkin while working on The Newsroom, and why he doesn’t want to play any more terrorists in TV or film. He also talks about running a support group for LGBTQ Muslims, how homophobic interpretations of the Quran began, and why he fell in love with Judy Garland as a kid.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Amin El Gamal was born during an earthquake in Palo Alto, California. Amin’s parents are both Egyptian immigrants – his mother came to the United States with her family to escape political persecution and his father immigrated to study electrical engineering at Stanford University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Drama and English from Stanford University before progressing to the USC School of Dramatic Arts, which he left with a masters in 2011.
Shortly thereafter, Amin El Gamal landed memorable guest roles on HBO’s The Newsroom and Showtime’s Shameless. This year, El Gamal plays a major character on Fox’s highly anticipated Prison Break sequel, appear opposite Alfred Molina in the film Message from the King, perform a pivotal role on the third season of TNT’s The Librarians and round out the ensemble in the critically acclaimed indie feature Namour.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Asia Kate Dillon: TV’s First (And Only) Openly Gender Non-Binary Actor | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Asia Kate Dillon talks about the Emmy Award’s message of inclusion towards them as a non-binary actor. They also say that while they’ve always felt a degree of ambiguity towards their gender, they didn’t discover the word “non-binary” until they read the casting breakdown for their role on Billions. Asia also explains the tattoo on their neck (einfühlung, the German word for empathy), and how being non-binary encompasses more than just white androgynous people.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Asia Kate Dillon is a performer, writer, and director residing in New York City. Recently cast in the role of Taylor, a non-binary gender identifying character in Showtime’s Billions, Asia Kate Dillon is the first non-binary gender identifying actor to ever be cast in a major television series. In addition to Billions, they can be seen playing Brandy Epps in the Netfilx series Orange Is the New Black. Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Asia Kate Dillon studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, graduating from the Studio Program. Dillon returned to New York City and was chosen from nearly one thousand actors to participate in a Workshop at The Flea Theatre in Manhattan of fifty new plays by Tony and Academy award nominated and winning playwrights and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Dr. Michelle Stevens: From Childhood Abuse and Madness to the Perfect Lesbian Love Story | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Dr. Michelle Stevens talks about surviving a childhood of sexual abuse, the mental illness that resulted, and how common abuse is (up to 40% of women and 14% of men have been sexually abused during their childhood). She also discusses why her brain developed multiple personalities, why we cannot expect victims to come forward after abuse, and what’s it like to finally reveal this to the people in her life. Dr. Stevens also tells the story of how she met her wife on — spoiler! — a blind date 23 years ago.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Dr. Michelle Stevens, a psychologist, is the founder and director of Post-Traumatic Success, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring those affected by psychological trauma. She studied writing at New York University before earning her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where her thesis was honored as the Dissertation of Distinction. Stevens has presented her research to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she also received an award for Outstanding Research. She works with survivors around the globe, encouraging them to heal, grow, and fight for better lives.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Angelica Ross: TransTech Social, Buddhism, and Spending Time in Silence | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Angelica Ross talks about creating TransTech Social Enterprises, why she didn’t take a salary for the first two years that she was working there, and how her life has changed since becoming a Buddhist. Angelica also discusses recent acting work on Transparent and Claws, being impeccable with her words, and why she has a problem with anyone who doesn’t like the 1997 Cinderella with Brandy.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

From the board room, to film sets, to the White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for trans and racial equality. Angelica Is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. Angelica has toured nationally, speaking her powerful mission into action with business leaders, educators, and the President of the United States.

Since studying theater at Florida Atlantic University, Angelica has been featured in film, television, and live theatre. Miss Ross is the breakout star of the series Her Story, which explores the deeply moving lives and loves of two trans women in LA. For over ten years, Angelica has directly engaged her communities in order to create opportunities for independence, freedom, and success through social work, entrepreneur and leadership development, business building, and education.Angelica continues to engage leaders both at home and abroad, teaching, entertaining, and consulting for organizational change that creates space for the rich experiences of trans people and people of color to speak, share their value, and create lasting success.

Angelica continues to engage leaders both at home and abroad, teaching, entertaining, and consulting for organizational change that creates space for the rich experiences of trans people and people of color to speak, share their value, and create lasting success.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Melissa Febos: Hickeys, Daddy Issues, Celibacy, and Writing It All Down | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Melissa Febos talks about how the conditions of our childhoods inform our adult relationships, dealing with daddy issues (yay!!!), and her new book, Abandon Me. Melissa also discusses the freedom in the lack of societal scripts around queer sex, why her life as a dominatrix helped prepare her for teaching higher ed, and why she chose to be celibate for six months.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Salon, The New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.

The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, Melissa Febos is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the PEN America Membership Committee, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for nine years. She curates literary events, teaches workshops, and speaks widely. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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NiK Kacy: Embracing the Absence of Gender…Beginning with Shoes | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

NiK Kacy talks about feeling ignored by the fashion industry and why they created their gender equal footwear company. Nik Kacy discusses the difference between “gender equal” and “gender neutral”, immigrating from Hong Kong, pineapple leather as a vegan leather alternative, and why they chose to embrace their masculine and feminine sides.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

NiK Kacy, who identifies as gender-fluid, queer and trans, designed their first collection of “masculine of center” gender-neutral shoes in order to provide a solution for the on-going problem of individuals unable to purchase men’s styled shoes due to limitations in sizing set by the shoe industry based on gender.
NiK Kacy’s desire for gender equality extends further by expanding their label to include an upcoming “feminine of center” collection, featuring high-heel styled shoes in the same European unisex sizes ranging from 34-47 (US women’s 3.5 to men’s 14), as well as, a unisex accessories line, including holster wallets. NiK Kacy’s philosophy is simple… fashion is about style, and style is not limited by gender or gender expression.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Ira Madison III: On Moonlight, Masculinity, and Why Pop Culture Matters | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Ira Madison III talks about his writing and the work of placing pop culture into a historical context. Ira also discusses why he was so affected by the film, Moonlight, growing up in Milwaukee near Jeffrey Dahmer, and his secret identity as a playwright.

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LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Ira Madison III is a senior culture writer at MTV News. He’s previously worked at New York Magazine, Vulture, and Buzzfeed. He co-hosts the MTV podcast “Speed Dial” and loves comic books, prosecco, and ’90s divas in any genre. He owns 51 percent of Denver Carrington.

The essay discusses in the interview is Moonlight and the Preservation fo Black Manhood: How Barry Jenkins, the screenwriter and director of Moonlight is redefining the black queer narrative. Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A.

Jeffrey Masters is an actor, host, and writer in Los Angeles. He documents the stories of the LGBTQ community on his podcast, LGBTQ&A, which was recently ranked #2 Buzzfeed’s list of the Top 27 Podcasts to Listen to in 2017.

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Jen Richards: Gender Inequality and Knowing What Male Privilege Feels Like | AfterBuzz TV’s LGBTQ&A

Jen Richards talks about the creation of Her Story, why she credits Janet Mock with creating a sisterhood of trans women, and adjusting to life without male privilege. She also talks about going days without thinking about being trans, life in aporia, and actionable tips to creating self-love.

ABOUT LGBTQ&A:

LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.

AfterBuzz TV (Los Angeles, CA) is an online broadcast created by E! Host, Maria Menounos and producer, Keven Undergaro, and has over 23 million weekly downloads in over 150 countries. Nicknamed “the aftershow network”, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game after-show where hosts break down that night’s episode and interview cast and crew. The network produces over 90 aftershows per week.

Jen Richards is a writer & actress, as well as a consultant & advocate who works with national organizations and media projects. She is the co-writer/star/producer of the Emmy nominated series Her Story; co-producer of the upcoming docu-series More Than T and writer of its accompanying Trans 102 series; a 2016 Outfest Screenwriting Fellow for her feature script Any Given Week; and will be appearing in several upcoming projects, including CBS’s Doubt, and CMT’s Nashville. Jen was a series regular on E!’s I Am Cait, featured in Logo’s Beautiful As I Want To Be and AOL’s True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, and has appeared in several videos for BuzzFeed, OWN, and After Ellen. She has published essays on multiple platforms, and wrote the 2015 Sep/Oct cover story “What Trans Movement?” for The Advocate.

She was previously the Co-Founder and Director of The Trans 100, creator of We Happy Trans, a website dedicated to celebrating positive transgender experiences that has received national media attention, the websites WTF Trans Dating and Trans Love Stories, co-host of Sugar & Spice, an advice and news podcast with Bailey Jay, and many other trans focused projects.

From 2008 through 2013 she was the Managing Director of the multiple Grammy Award-winning contemporary classical music ensemble eighth blackbird, and served as President of New Music Chicago. She was the Central District Director for the Theosophical Society in America and National Coordinator for the Young Theosophists Movement. Jen received her BA in Philosophy from Shimer College, studied at Oxford University and in Kyoto, Japan, is an Outward Bound alum, and has published articles, lectured, and led workshops on a variety of topics across the country.

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