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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Abdi Nazemian: Gay Iranians, Gay Dads, & The Gospel of...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Cameron Esposito: To Be Apolitical & An Artist Is 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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Tommy Pico: How Not To Be One With Nature |...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Shadi Petosky: Chosen Families & The Challenge of Gender |...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Michael Varrati: Horror Movies Are Coming Out of the Closet...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Cheryl Dunye: Why We Need to Change the Way Queer...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Our Lady J: The Birth of Transgender Identities in Pop...

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,...

Posted: 7 months ago

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Laith Ashley: Everything is a Spectrum, Nothing is Binary |...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Special Episode! Shane Ortega Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Erin Judge: Plus Size Women Can Have Active, Healthy Sex...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Eliel Cruz: Religion and The End of Bisexual Erasure (Hopefully)...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Mariana Marroquin: Transgender Immigrants, “I See You As Human Beings”...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Alexei Romanoff & David Farah: Before Stonewall, There Were The...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Nico Tortorella: Biphobia, Polyamory, and Understanding the Cosmos | LGBTQ&A...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Chani Nicholas: Astrology is a Tool for Liberation | LGBTQ&A...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

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

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Jennifer Finney Boylan: Where We’re Going & The Future of...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Shane Ortega: Fighting for Transgender Rights in the Military |...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Matt Baume: Chechnya, DragCon, Polari, and The Gift of Queerness...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Cleve Jones: Legendary LGBTQ Activist Talks Harvey Milk, AIDS, &...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Amin El Gamal: Prison Break, LGBTQ Muslims, and Judy Garland...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Asia Kate Dillon: TV’s First (And Only) Openly Gender Non-Binary...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Angelica Ross: TransTech Social, Buddhism, and Spending Time in Silence...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Dr. Michelle Stevens: From Childhood Abuse and Madness to the...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Melissa Febos: Hickeys, Daddy Issues, Celibacy, and Writing It All...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

NiK Kacy: Embracing the Absence of Gender...Beginning with Shoes |...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Ira Madison III: On Moonlight, Masculinity, and Why Pop Culture...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

Jen Richards: Gender Inequality and Knowing What Male Privilege Feels...

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...

Posted: 7 months ago

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