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Author: David H. Parker and Devin Ty Franklin

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The experience of two Black Queerfolk rooted in an island of blue in the Deep South’s sea of red. From Black politics to mental health to pop culture, Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre fellow Devin Ty Franklin, and Cody Renard Richard scholar David H. Parker, are your key to The Queer Code.
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In this episode, Devin and David provide resources for being actively against anti-Asian violence, try to unravel SZA’s thick web of white lies, and break down (very) unfiltered feelings about Sam Levinson’s MALCOM & MARIE. Be sure to follow us on the Stereo app (@davidhparker / @devintyfranklin) to get notifications when we record our podcasts live! You can also check out our Patreon at http://patreon.com/thequeercode for hours of exclusive video and uncut content. Do the Work:https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/ (SOON CHUNG PARK, 74; SUNCHA KIM, 69; YONG AE YUE, 63; HYUN JUNG GRANT, 51; XIAOJIE TAN, 49; DELAINA YAUN, 33; DAOYOU FENG, 44; PAUL ANDRE MICHELS, 54)https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comSpecial thanks to:Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded on January 8th, 2021. Some content may be outdated.In this episode, The Queer Code celebrates our one-year anniversary with a special live recounting of the events of the past year regarding self-growth, mental health, and coons with pecs. Important StuffDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In the second of a two-part series on the intersection of experiences known as “Black, Femme, and Full,” The Queer Code sits down with our second guest, performer and “more-than-just-That-Funny-Bitch,” Bri Scott (she/her)! Bri talks to us about how she plans to wring the best out of life and gives us all something to Bri-lieve in.Important StuffDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Bri Scott (insta: @brianalene_ & YouTube: https://youtu.be/rx28Q2N1eD4), special guestRachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In the first of a two-part series on the intersection of experiences known as “Black, Femme, and Full,” The Queer Code sits down with our first guest, YouTube creator and performer TaShauna Jenkins (she/her)! TaShauna walks us through growing up in theatre as a Black femme in a larger body while we ponder questions like, “How much is our career field giving back to people like us?”Important StuffDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:TaShauna Jenkins (insta: @tashauna.ajoi, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/32chipp), special guestRachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In this episode, The Queer Code teams up with the illustrious Antonio D. Mitchell once again to say a final “byeee” to 2020 with our highlights from the year.  Important StuffBody Kindness Podcast: https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/podcast/Criterion on Adrienne Kennedy: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/6968-a-romance-with-the-screen-theater-legend-adrienne-kennedy-looks-backBeyond the Dick Pic: https://wearyourvoicemag.com/tag/consent/Do the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Antonio D. Mitchell (@antonio.d.mitchell/@a_d_mitchell), special guestRachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
This week, The Queer Code discusses Jeremy O’Harris and the Federal Theatre Project, the value of artists in the entertainment industry throughout the pandemic, and Tiny Pretty Things (NOT Pretty Little Things, David). Grab some hot chocolate and your own non-denominational holiday tree and let’s get going!Important StuffJeremy O’Harris: https://www.vulture.com/2020/11/jeremy-o-harris-producing-hbo-circle-jerk.html (see his Twitter acc. for #FEDERALTHEATREPROJECT updates, @jeremyoharris)Katori Hall: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/p-valley-creator-inks-lionsgate-tv-overall-deal-exclusiveDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded on October 7th, 2020. Some content may be outdated.Back at it with what was supposed to be our first podcast with resident artist and hilarious fellow Virgo, Lew Williams! In this fantasia of gay chaos, we discuss the Scottsboro Boys, words we can and can’t say within the Queer community, and “Bare Minimum Boy!” Grab your own inappropriately steeped tea bag and let’s get to it.Important StuffDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode & twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In this shorter episode, we remind y’all we ain’t dead (yet), what’s been poppin’, what’s been floppin’, and what we’ve got cookin’.  Important ShitSupport the Show: http://patreon.com/thequeercodeDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comThe CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenFollow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklin / insta: @thequeercode, twitter: @queercodepodSpecial thanks to:Starr Dunigan and Reckon South (@starrdunigan / @reckonsouth), https://reckonsouth.com/david-and-devin-creating-a-southern-black-queer-renaissance/Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In our rousing comeback episode, the importance of mental health is unignorable, Black musicians reigns supreme once again, and we invent more words than ever before. Follow The Queer Code on Social Media!@davidhparker_ / @devintyfranklinSpecial thanks to:Rachel-Marie Strazza (@the.rachelmarie), showrunner and Ecuadorian dynamiteLew Williams (@lewcifer9), resident artist and raging bisexualSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
The Code to Pride: Part III

The Code to Pride: Part III

2020-06-2101:00:27

In this episode, we put yet another figure from LGBTQ history in the spotlight, namedrop our first queer crushes in pop culture, and continue to crack the code to Pride Month! Happy Pride, queers! ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram/Twitter - @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin. LINKSTORM:  Do the Work - https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.com ... COVID-19 Education - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html / https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen ... Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/ ... Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19 ... LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfyd ... Me Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.org ... Lucy Hicks Anderson - https://www.queerportraits.com/bio/andersonSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
The Code to Pride: Part II

The Code to Pride: Part II

2020-06-1401:01:35

In this episode, we put yet another figure from LGBTQ history in the spotlight, expose ourselves and our past Pride Month escapades, and continue to crack the code to Pride Month! Happy Pride, queers!Follow The Queer Code on social media!Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin, @thegaryfuqua.LinkstormDo the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comEducate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgLink to the Intro Song: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexengelberg/video/6834404363188915461Articles on Storme DeLarverie:https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/nyregion/storme-delarverie-early-leader-in-the-gay-rights-movement-dies-at-93.htmlhttps://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/people-african-american-history/delarverie-storme-1920-2014/https://www.gq.com/story/storme-delarverie-suitinghttp://www.therainbowtimesmass.com/in-a-stonewall-state-of-mind/Support the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
The Code to Pride: Part I

The Code to Pride: Part I

2020-06-0801:00:57

In this week's episode, we FINALLY publicly announce our long-awaited Patreon, crack the code on Pride Month, and answer our first-ever viewers questions on the podcast! Happy Pride Month, queers!Follow The Queer Code on social media!Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin, @thegaryfuqua.Linkstorm:Do the Work: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.comEducate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
Doja Ku Klux Kat

Doja Ku Klux Kat

2020-05-2456:16

On this episode, The Queer Code digs into Joe Biden, spills the tea on Lil Boosie, adds Doja Cat to the "sick and shut-in" list, and discusses the implications behind Lana Del Rey's Instagram post. Also, #StreamRainOnMe and #TeamJaida. Stay Queer!Follow The Queer Code on social media!Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod,@davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin, @thegaryfuqua.Linkstorm:Educate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.The Joe Biden Controversy: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/us/politics/joe-biden-breakfast-club.htmlThe Lil Boosie Issue: https://www.complex.com/music/2020/05/boosie-badazz-backlash-claims-he-got-his-underage-son-nephew-oral-sex-from-womanThe Tea on Doja Cat: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8351389/Doja-Cat-fire-alleged-racist-past-alt-right-video.html | https://twitter.com/kiramelodic/status/1263945390421917697Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
#TeamEverybodyBlack

#TeamEverybodyBlack

2020-05-2001:03:52

On this episode, The Queer Code gets into the topic of racial inequities within the theatrical collegiate demographic, the drag race community, and America itself. We also refuse to hide how queer we are for Hollywood... No apologies. Stay Queer!Follow The Queer Code on social media!Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod,@davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Linkstorm:Educate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.The tragedy of Nina Pop: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2020/5/06/trans-woman-nina-pop-stabbed-death-missouriThe tragedy of Breonna Taylor: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/breonna-taylor-louisville-police-no-knock-warrant-body-cameras/Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
We are kicking off Season 2 with a bang, featuring special guest Antonio D. Mitchell! On this episode, we critique Todrick Hall's "Quarantine Queen" and what appears to be pandemic profiteering, unpack black death, social media, and Ahmaud Arbery, and SO much more. Get into it, babies.Follow The Queer Code on social media!Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod,@davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Linkstorm:Why we "run with Amaud": https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/us/run-with-maud-ahmaud-arbery.htmlEducate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
The Code to Coming Out

The Code to Coming Out

2020-05-0201:11:15

On this special episode, we literally bear all and dive deep into the experiences that shaped us into who we are today: our coming out stories.Follow The Queer Code on social media! Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod,@davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Linkstorm:Educate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
On this episode, we talked about finally feeling a sense of control in our current climate, TikTok controversies, and celebrate what's new and upcoming in the world of pop culture.  Follow The Queer Code on social media! Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod,@davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Quotes:Gary ("To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson)Devin ("If the people who are being presented to you, if none of them resonate with you, you don't have to pick the best out of a bunch of bad choices. You can actually say 'none of the above.'" -- Dr. Thema)David (The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” -- Ben Platt)Linkstorm:Educate yourself on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen.Funders for LGBTQ Issues: https://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/Transequality Guide to COVID-19: https://transequality.org/covid19LGBT Aging Center Guide to COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/rw7vfydMe Too Movement Organization: https://metoomovement.orgTikTok User Censorship & Discrimination: (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/17/tiktok-tried-to-filter-out-videos-from-ugly-poor-or-disabled-users (The Intercept) https://theintercept.com/2020/03/16/tiktok-app-moderators-users-discrimination/"A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER" by Inda Craig-Galván: https://youtu.be/DI1hLusZRwADevin's Dance Project ("Bigger"): https://youtu.be/lfvOaWSNT9QGary's Dance Project ("Sissy"): https://youtu.be/RTjKUZAIwxYDavid's Dance Project ("Do You Love Me?"): https://youtu.be/nUZJbUR2WroSupport the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
Live from Queer-antine

Live from Queer-antine

2020-04-0947:57

We could NOT have asked for a more fun live show! The Queer Code continued to practice social distancing by hosting the episode on Zoom and talking about the pressure we feel to create during quarantine, religion, and audience questions. And David's cake-in-a-mug. Educate yourself on the pandemic by visiting the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html / https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen. Follow The Queer Code on social media! Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Support the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
Queer Distancing

Queer Distancing

2020-04-0230:29

In this episode, we continue to socially distance and scrub our hands while we talk about online school life, some exciting black excellence being released, and how some entitled white folx can stop pretending the world revolves around them. Educate yourself on the pandemic by visiting the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html / https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen. Follow The Queer Code on social media! Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Support the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
In this episode, we check in with each other in light of a global pandemic and how it has caused a shift in the ways we are living our daily lives as performers and people. Educate yourself on the pandemic by visiting the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html / https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen. Follow The Queer Code on social media! Instagram/Twitter: @thequeercode/@queercodepod, @davidhunterp, @devintyfranklin/@gulfshoredev, @thegaryfuqua.Support the show (http://patreon.com/thequeercode)
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