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BFF Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others.
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Nancy Was Here

Nancy Was Here

2020-06-2937:42

Team Nancy takes a final stroll down memory lane. Check out our open-sourced Queer Podcasts spreadsheet for more queer shows. To get you started, check out Afroqueer, History is Gay, LGBTQ&A, Flyest Fables, Making Gay History, Gender Reveal, and If These Ovaries Could Talk. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom, Josh Woodward (Once Tomorrow, Border Blaster), and Albert Behar. Theme by Alexander Overington.
This week, we dive into the world of an underground Black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles. — You can watch Shakedown at shakedown.film and The Criterion Channel. — Leilah Weinraub is a filmmaker and artist. Ronnie D. Ron is the founder of Shakedown. Egypt Blaque Knyle is a social worker and renowned burlesque dancer. Special thanks this week to Tracie Hunte. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom. Theme by Alexander Overington.
Imara Jones joins us to talk about creating a truly inclusive Black Lives Matter movement, and getting back to the roots of Pride. — Imara Jones is an award-winning journalist, and the creator of TransLash, a multi-episode series about what it is like to be transgender, especially a trans person of color, at a time of social backlash.   Resources: — Trans Lifeline - Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community. — The Okra Project - The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them. — The Transgender District - The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. — Trans Justice Funding Project - The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people.  Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom and Josh Woodward ("20/20"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
It's a book filled episode as Tobin and Kathy chat with authors Samantha Irby and Brandon Taylor. — Samantha Irby is the author of Wow, No Thank You., as well as Meaty, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., and New Year, Same Trash. — Brandon Taylor is the author of Real Life. — Matt Ortile is the author of The Groom Will Keep His Name. — Rachel Matlow is the author of Dead Mom Walking: A Memoir Of Miracle Cures And Other Disasters. — Meredith Talusan is the author of Fairest. — Alok Vaid-Menon is the author of Beyond the Gender Binary. — Kacen Callender is the author of Felix Ever After, as well as other books. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom, Albert Behar, Alexander Overington, & Kevin MacLeod ("Slow Burn"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Carmen Maria Machado joins us to talk queer horror stories, writing about pandemics, and the conversation we as queer people should be having more often. If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence, contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has more info on LGBTQ intimate partner violence statistics here. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom. Theme by Alexander Overington.
InvestiGAYtions!

InvestiGAYtions!

2020-05-0431:492

Iced coffee and bi chairs and glory holes, oh my!  Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom, Alexander Overington, and Albert Behar ("Pizzicato Playground"). Theme by Alexander Overington. CORRECTION: A previous version of this episode misidentified Lady Gaga as straight. She is bisexual.
Make Australia Gay Again

Make Australia Gay Again

2020-04-2038:115

It's our 100th episode! And for this special occasion, Nancy sound designer Jeremy Bloom goes on a quest to find the truth behind a mysterious gay and lesbian island kingdom. — Bruce Hecht is the owner of the Champion Stamp Company in New York City. — Derek Adam Thomas makes videos about micro-nations and the fun things they get up to.  — Dennis Altman an academic and gay rights activist. He is the author of over 20 books including Homosexual Liberation & Oppression and Unrequited Love.  — Nick Henderson is a curator for the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. — William Jackson Freeman is the former Lord Chancellor of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.  — Dale Parker Anderson I is the former Emperor of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands. — Voiceovers by Rosa Gollan. — Episode image courtesy of Glen Stephens. Special thanks this week to the other Dale Parker Anderson, Sabrina Lipovic (Archives researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Oley Media Group, Emperor George Cruckshank II, Viktor Zimmerman (Gay Homeland Foundation), Simon Sellers & George Dunford (Authors of the Lonely Planet Guide to Micronations), Judy Lattas, Jody Shapiro, Glen Stephens, Paul Poet, Bob Jervis, Don Green, James "Jaix" Brooks, the former members of the of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom, Albert Behar, Sergey Cheremisinov ("Fog"), and Kevin MacLeod ("Bridal Chorus" & "I Knew A Guy"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Give Me A Sign

Give Me A Sign

2020-04-0629:264

Note: This episode includes a story that mentions suicide. At the age of 61, Richard was searching for a boyfriend. But finding love was about more than just getting past the trials of dating. There was also Peter. — Other Men Need Help is a bi-weekly podcast about the emblems, habits, and struts in the male performance. You can listen to their original episode featuring Richard's story, "Boy Talk", from their first season. Their staff includes Lead Producer Caitlin Mae Burke, and producers Ben Goldberg and Rebecca Seidel.  — Mark Pagán is the host of Other Men Need Help. He's also an award-winning film and podcast producer, storyteller, writer, educator, and former b-boy. — Richard Cardillo is an educator and storyteller whose work has been featured on The Moth, Story Collider, and RISK!  If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. The Trevor Project also has LGBTQ specific resources. The TrevorLifeline is at 1-866-488-7386. Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom, Kyle Sanna, & Gangi ("Proton Beat"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Nancy Checks In

Nancy Checks In

2020-03-2731:32

We understand that this is a really scary time for all of us right now. And in times like these, it's important to check-in on each other. So that's what Team Nancy did. — SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. — Ariana Martinez in an artist and audio producer. — Eric Silverberg and Todd Sowers are the CEO and COO, respectively, of Perry Street Software (makers of SCRUFF and Jack'd). — Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guide by New York City's Department of Health. — Club Quarantine is on Instagram "every night of the quarantine. 21:00-00:00 ET on zoom app." Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Nilhore ("Crux"), and Rest You Sleeping Giant ("Light Lab"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
A distraction for those of you who need it: We talk to activist and YouTuber Chella Man as well as Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar about what it's like to evolve in the public eye. — Chella Man is an artist, actor, and activist, who can be seen on the DC Universe series Titans. — Rebecca Sugar is the creator of Steven Universe. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Boxcat Games ("Mr Fox Shop" & "Inspiration"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Dress of Choice

Dress of Choice

2020-03-0946:463

Nancy is back! And we're diving into the taffeta-covered world of kids who do drag. — Desmond is Amazing is a 12-year-old drag kid, LGBTQ advocate, and founder of their own drag house: the Haus of Amazing. — Ophelia Peaches is a 15-year-old drag kid, LGBTQ advocate, and emcee. — Jessica L'Whor is a Denver-based drag queen. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Albert Behar, Alexander Overington, Anamorphic Orchestra ("Creature Comforts"), Broke for Free ("Calm the Fuck Down"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
The L Word is Back

The L Word is Back

2020-01-1332:364

A decade after The L Word ended, The L Word: Generation Q is finally here, so this week we're revisiting the time Kathy watched the original series. — Cameron Esposito is an actor, comedian, and producer. — Sarah Shahi, Erin Daniels, and Mia Kirshner played Carmen, Dana, and Jenny on The L Word. Ilene Chaiken was the show's co-creator and executive producer. — Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig reprised their roles as Alice and Kate in The L Word: Generation Q. Special thanks to Cassie Sercia and Autostraddle's Riese Bernard. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Kai Engel ("Seeker") and Lawrence Grey ("The St Marks Shake"). Theme by Alexander Overington.  
Consider this episode a gift to start your 2020 off RIGHT: It’s our conversation with the one-and-only BD Wong. Dreams do come true.  — BD Wong is an actor known for such roles as Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park films, and most recently as Whiterose on Mr. Robot. He won a Tony Award for his role in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, and has a starring role in the upcoming series, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Additional music and theme by Alexander Overington.
Our holiday gift to you: Chani Nicholas and Joel Kim Booster (our conversation with them, that is, not the actual people...though we wish we could)! — Chani Nicholas is an astrologer and the author of the upcoming book, You Were Born For This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance. — Joel Kim Booster is an LA-based comedian and writer, and he is currently starring in Sunnyside. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Additional music by Alexander Overington & Broke for Free ("The Great"). Theme by Alex Overington.
For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we talk about what actually happened and where we go from here. — Marc Stein is a historian at San Francisco State University. — Karla Jay is an author, activist, and Professor Emeritus at Pace University. — Raquel Willis is the Executive Editor at Out Magazine. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Mystery Mammal ("Relay"), and Little Glass Men ("Sector Vector"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
When They Win

When They Win

2019-06-1725:363

When Andraya Yearwood runs against her competition, people pay attention — whether she wants them to or not. — Katie Barnes is a reporter for ESPNW and espn.com. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Benedek ("Cruzin'"), Anamorphic Orchestra ("Signs of Life"), Andy G. Cohen ("A Perceptible Shift"), and Kai Engel ("Headway"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
The Day of Epiphany

The Day of Epiphany

2019-06-1031:154

It’s a moment of reckoning for many members of the United Methodist Church, and after 25 years as a United Methodist pastor, Cynthia Meyer found herself with a decision to make. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Andy G. Cohen ("Land Legs"), Axletree ("Goodnight Esme Instrumental" and "Dragon Country Apple Clove Instrumental"), Josh Woodward ("Border Blaster Instrumental"), Little Glass Men ("Procreation"), and Kai Engel ("Mare"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Sex Educated

Sex Educated

2019-06-0329:024

Good sex ed can be life-changing. But getting access to it often entails a fight. — The “Our Whole Lives” program was created in partnership between the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. — Matt Bloom is a reporter for NPR affiliate station KUNC in Colorado. He's also worked at stations in Los Angeles and Bloomington, Indiana. You can follow his reporting on Twitter @matthew_bloom or find more work at mattbloomwrites.me. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Marco Trovatello ("Haunty Fourstroke"), Nctrnm ("Tethered"), Meydan ("Elk"), Against Me! (Transgender Dysphoria Blues), Kai Engel ("Cold War Echo"), and Josh Woodward ("Show Me (Instrumental Version)"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
Taiwan!

Taiwan!

2019-05-2737:144

Note: this is a rerun of a previous episode. Traveling to Taiwan with her mom, Kathy imagines the life she might have lived had her family stayed. Kathy's mom previously appeared on Nancy in the episodes "Hello hello" and "Kathy's Mom is Uncomfortable With All This". Kathy Tu, center, in Taiwan with her grandfather, left, and mother, right. (Kathy Tu)  — Guo Mama is a volunteer at the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association in Taipei. — Li Te-Yun (Nan Gua) is a singer-songwriter in Taiwan. She performed acoustic versions of two songs for Kathy: Heineken Love Song (海尼根情歌) Story of the Stone (石頭記) Special thanks to Andrew Ryan, a host and producer with Radio Taiwan International. Kathy Tu and Andrew Ryan reporting in Taiwan. (Kathy Tu) Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Art of Escapism ("Done with Disco"), Uncan ("Unbroken"), and Little Glass Men ("Cloud Launching"). Theme by Alexander Overington.
When Tobin Met Kathy

When Tobin Met Kathy

2019-05-2031:261

This week, Nancy is live and talking romcoms, meet-cutes, and weddings...with special guest Daniel K. Isaac! — Daniel K. Isaac stars on Billions as Ben Kim and recently guest starred on The Other Two as Jeremy. — Daniel was also recently on an episode of Death, Sex, and Money. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Theme by Alexander Overington.
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Olivia Wahl

super cute

Oct 7th
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PG

I'm gonna really miss this show

Aug 19th
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@Entomophill

really entertaining

Jun 14th
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WWilder

I can't believe you've never heard of the log drivers waltz! it's brilliantly Canadian

Mar 23rd
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WWilder

great podcast!

Mar 11th
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BC

Oh Jesus, there's no reason to harass a literal actual child. The people harassing Desmond and their mother are way more damaging to them than Desmond's parents. Imagine threatening a child in public. Horrifying.

Mar 10th
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BC

Children have agency. Children can make choices, but the parents must choose to listen to them or not.

Mar 10th
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David Lindsten

when Maurie said that the hardest part was laughing it off. this gave me insight into how I myself had needed someone to say: "We dont have to laugh about that, its ok." what a kindness we can give someone by just acknowledging that we might not know how how to react to something but by just giving it space. showing the other person that we care about their experience enough not to need it to be smoothed over with laughter. thank you for this episode. very moving and inspiring. ❤

Dec 28th
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Janette Jones

"sit in the back of the bus"...I wonder if you meant to take African Americans back to a painful history and existence with that sentence😏😏😏

Oct 9th
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Ashley Moore

So I always hear about Leather groups for men. What would this be called for Lesbians? I just hear of leather men and bdsm but nothing like this for women.

Sep 26th
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Kathrin Gabriel-Jones

Blessings abound throughout my heart as I listened to this episode. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jun 26th
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Alicia Chang

This made me cry so much. Loved this episode. thank you.

Apr 14th
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Tiuri

Definitely one of my favourite queer podcasts💜

Jan 27th
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la bavardeuse

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Dec 7th
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wiredformusic

I've been a huge Katie Herzig fan and was so happy to see the post she made. This is such a beautiful story. Love it!

Nov 4th
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Prakhar Vishnoi

I am crying!!!! best episode ever

Sep 27th
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mandy ross

This episode hit home. Great episode

Sep 24th
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Talia Martin

This was a great episode awesome research and work. never knew about him, but very interesting to see the connection between this man and what is going on presently!

Jul 31st
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Ben Davis

It's like an informative travel blog.

Jul 2nd
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Kara McLaughlin

help- episode 47 won't download?!? noooooooo!

Jun 27th
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