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Queer Voices, a weekly show and is dedicated to broadcasting news, concerns, and events as related to Houston's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The goal of Queer Voices is to provide up to date information on the community's concerns that is currently not available from other local media outlets.
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Museum of Fine Arts exhibit "Hockney/Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature" -- "Pride" the TV show We discuss the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit,"Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature". This exhibition examines the common ground between British artist Hockney (born 1937) and Dutch artist Van Gogh (1853–1890). Both expressed their profound love of nature through brilliant color and the capacity to see the world with fresh eyes. The Joy of Nature reveals Van Gogh’s unmistakable influence on Hockney in a selection of carefully selected landscape paintings and drawings.GUEST: Andrew Edmonson https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/hockney-van-gogh-joy-of-nature?fbclid=IwAR1vWlFCiz1XNyw9VG4_yfwJrVKhuvWi73YVTgFsWhwvzyRuyE3ezcHx3aQThen we speak about the groundbreaking show,"Pride”.  Seven renowned LGBTQ+ directors explore heroic and heartbreaking stories that define us as a nation. The limited series spans the FBI surveillance of homosexuals during the 1950s Lavender Scare to the “Culture Wars” of the 1990s and beyond, exploring the queer legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the battle over marriage equality.Guest: Andrew Edmonsonhttps://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/pride
Texas Legislative Nastiness -- Pose the TV Show and its ImpactToday on Queer Voices, We speak with Brad Pritchett and discuss the Texas state legislature and the multiple pieces of legislation filed against the transgender community. These bills were unsuccessful in the regular session but the Lieutenant Governor has lobbied for a special session to take up these bills. We discuss these and other bills that are being pushed in Austin.Guest: Brad Prichetthttps://www.equalitytexas.orgThen, we speak with Diamond Stylz about the television program "Pose" which has recently concluded. We discuss what this show meant to the LGBT community and the barriers that it broke.Guest: Diamond Stylzhttps://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/pose
Texas State Legislature -- LGBT Senior CenterWe discuss the Texas state legislature and the multiple pieces of legisation filed against the transgeder community. These bills were unsuccessful in the regular session but the Lieutenant Governor has lobbied for a special session to take up these bills. We discuss these and other bills that are being pushed in Austin.GUEST: Andrew Edmonson  We speak with Joseph Magallanes, Senior Services Program Cooridnator of the Montrose Center about the Law Harrington Senior Living Center. The Center at 2222 Cleburne Street is an affordable, LGBTQ-affirming senior living center that will feature 112 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments for low-income individuals and couples who are 62 years and older. Additional features of the property will include: a social services department managed by the Montrose Center, geriatric primary care clinic provided by Legacy Community Health, a group dining area, meeting and game rooms, a fitness center, dog park, and outdoor recreational spaces.GUEST: Joseph Magallanes more
Trans murders in Texas -- Anna Eastman fights anti-trans legislationWe talk with local activist Diamond Stylz about the murder of Iris Santos. Santos, a 22-year-old Latina transgender woman killed in Houston, Texas, on April 23, 2021. Iris’ death is at least the 18th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. We discuss her life and the rise in trans murders in Texas.GUEST: Diamond Stylz https://www.hrc.org/news/hrc-mourns-iris-santos-latinx-trans-woman-killed-in-houstonThen we speak with Anna Eastman to discuss the raft of anti-transgender legislation engulfing the Texas legislature, and her perspective on it as the parent of a trans child and as a straight ally and advocate. Eastman has served in the Texas house of representatives and as a trustee on the Houston ISD School BoardGUEST: Anna Eastman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Eastman
anti-trans bills in the Texas legislature -- Houston poet Robin ReaglerWe discuss the activities of the Texas legislature and the current anti-trans legislation making its way through the state house. Andrew Edmonson is interviewed about the latest bills attacking the trans community in Texas.GUEST: Andrew Edmonson https://www.equalitytexas.org/legislative-bill-tracker/Then, we speak with Houston poet Robin Reagler to discuss her latest book of poetry, "Into The The," which won the "Best Book Award" from Backlash Press. She will read several excerpts from her work to give listeners a sense of her work.GUEST: Robin Reagler https://robinreagler.com
Jonathan Estrada - Out Candidate for Pasadena City Council -- Author Adam-Michael JamesJonathan Estrada was born and raised in Pasadena by parents and grandparents who still live in the neighborhood and he is proud to call this city my home. He is running for Pasadena City Council District E to serve as an advocate for our community because he believes that investing in the district will bring value to the neighborhoods. Growing up, he attended Sparks Elementary School, San Jacinto Intermediate, and Sam Rayburn High School and later attended San Jacinto College before transferring to the University of Houston-Downtown to pursue Political Science and Government. He is currently studying Public Service Leadership at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He recently bought his first home in the district to stay in the community that he knows and loves.Guest: Jonathan Estradahttps://www.estradaforpasadena.com We interview author Adam-Michael James.  Adam-Michael James is a child of the '70s who became interested in TV at an early age. "Bewitched" was the springboard; AMJ used to record episodes on cassette. This led to his first two "Bewitched" books: ultimate linear guide "The Bewitched Continuum" and imagined series finale "I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin." The latest is "Samantha's Seventies", which continues the Stephens saga. In addition, AMJ crafted the book and lyrics for the musical drama "The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery," which he hopes to see transferred to the screen, and has been writing opinion columns on soapcentral.com since 2009. AMJ currently lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada with his cat Shadow.Guest: Adam-Michael Jameshttps://www.cinephiled.com/genre/adam-michael-james/
AIDS Drug Program Funding in Texas - Anti Trans LegislationWe speak with Januari Fox about the current Texas Legislative session and the threat to the ADAP (AIDS drug assistance program). We also discuss the general legislation that is being pushed forward in this session.GUEST: Januari Foxhttps://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2021/04/05/budget-crunch-for-texas-hiv-drug-program-creates-crisis-of-confidenceThen, we speak with Alexis Melvin about the bills threatening the trans community in the Texas legislature. There are so far more than 240 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, more than 115 directly target transgender people and about half of those (more than 60 bills) would, like SB 29, ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.This week alone, the Texas Legislature moved a total of five anti-LGBTQ bills including SB 29.Guest: Alexis Melvinhttps://www.hrc.org/press-releases/texas-senate-passes-anti-transgender-sports-ban-bill
Isabel Longoria - Harris County Elections Supervisor - Pride Project, Dr. Nathan SmithWe speak with Isabel Longoria about voting in Harris County. we speak about the progress made in 2020 and the ease of casting one's vote. Isabel was named the county's first ever Elections Supervisor.GUEST: Isabel Longoria https://communityimpact.com/houston/spring-klein/election/2020/11/18/isabel-longoria-sworn-in-as-harris-countys-first-ever-elections-administrator/Then, we speak to folks at Project Pride about the work they are doing. Project PRIDE is a sex-positive group program for young gay/bi/queer men who are HIV-negative or do not know their status. It focuses on equipping participants to successfully cope with and build resilience to anti-gay/bisexual discrimination. It was designed by a team of LGBTQ and ally researchers who know that big and small instances of discrimination can be stressful. These instances of discrimination can add to poor mental health and poor coping skills, such as substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors. The primary goals of Project PRIDE are to: Decrease HIV risk behaviors and to Increase mental well-being They also empower participants to develop positive gay/bisexual identities and increase pride. They hope you will join them in learning how to deal with the stresses of being gay or bi in today's society.GUEST: Dr. Nathan Smith https://www.coreresearchteam.com/projectpride
We speak with Emmy Award-winning director Chris McKim about his stunning new documentary about the life of the great American artist David Wojnarowicz. The New Yorker Magazine has praised the film as "wondrous, intimate, and often outrage-inspiring biographical portrait of the artist and his times." It is screening as part of Films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's virtual film series. Chris McKim helped create the hit series "RuPaul’s Drag Race" as show runner and executive producer for the first 4 seasons. In 2016 he co-directed & produced the Emmy-winning documentary "Out of Iraq" and most recently directed & produced "Freedia Got a Gun." We talk to him about Wojnarowicz, RuPaul, and "Freedia Got a Gun. "GUEST: Chris McKim more Then we speak local artist, Koomah + The Locas in their newest exhibit, "ArtCade". Fresh Arts, formerly “Spacetaker,” has grown from being a space for Houston artists to promote their work into a multifaceted organization dedicated to nurturing an arts ecosystem that positions artists for success. Fresh Arts’ newest program for 2021, The Space Taking Artist Residency, calls back to its roots. GUEST: Koomah https://fresharts.org
We speak with new out general manager of KPFT, David Baes. We will discuss his background and his vision for KPFT. Baes is considering an improved music-based format. His goal is to not only freshen the station’s sound and make it more consistent, but also expand listener demographics to attract a younger audience that will sustain the station in the decades to come. Plans are underway for a more diverse, progressive playlist not found on other stations. By featuring local artists who are considered “too fringe” for mainstream stations, as well as local news and information geared to Houstonians’ interests, Baes believes KPFT can become true “community radio.”GUEST: David Baes https://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2021/03/grassroots-radio/We speak with Eddie Robinson, the voice of Houston Public Media's Morning Edition coverage for seven straight years. Robinson, who has been with Houston Public Media since 2014, has anchored the station's drive time radio coverage on News 88.7 FM while also co-hosting special TV 8 programming like Houston in Black and White, moderating candidate forums, and most recently, taking part in a one-on-one discussion with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. as part of the station's multimedia coverage looking at the history and culture of the Black church in America. The newsman isn't leaving the station. But he is taking on a new role as host and executive producer of a new weekly talk show and podcast called "I See U", focused on racial equality and social justice.GUEST: Eddie Robinson https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/local/2021/03/05/392946/eddie-robinson-houston-public-media-anchor-of-7-years-leaves-morning-chair-for-talk-show/?fbclid=IwAR1ESqUNQFThoPUZXvZuOhZYHPPtfx_8CpVZiStbo9cV-NOPeVBgJw54oGE
We speak with Eddie Robinson from Houston Public Media who is creating a new program/podcast called "I See You". We speak about his new show and what he hopes to accomplish with this program. The show will air Saturdays at 1pm on Houston Public Media.GUEST: Eddie Robinson https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/Then, we speak with community activist Brandon Mack about Houston black history including notable people in the city who have contributed to its history.Guest: Brandon Mack
We speak with activist Shelley Kennedy about her work in the community, her run for city council and the work she did for the recent winter storm.Guest: Shelley Kennedy
We speak about the Equality Act currently in congress. The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.GUEST: Andrew Edmonson https://www.hrc.org/resources/the-equality-actWe speak with Dr. Jill Carroll about the upcoming Gender 101 discussion. Jill Carroll is a scholar, writer and consultant who earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Rice University in 1994. She has published numerous books and articles in her field of specialty as well as in world religions, and religion and public life. GUEST: Dr. Jill Carroll http://www.jillcarroll.com
John Huckaby aids foundation Houston AIDS walk during the pandemic Bree Fram trans military ban overturnWe speak with CEO john huckaby about the  AIDS Foundation Houston. Annual AIDS walkfundariser in the time of Covid Guest: john Huckaby CEO AIDS foundation houstonhttps://www.aidswalkhouston.org/Then we speak with Bree Fram of  Sparta a transgender military organization about the monumental overturn of the Transgender miltary banGuest:Bree Framhttps://spartapride.org/
James Lee-Legacy Community Health Govt Relations Manager/ Crew discuss Biden Administration (so far)....We speak with James Lee, manager of Government Relations, Legacy Community Health about the new Texas legislative session and ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) and working with state legislators. We discuss the outlook for this and other LGBT related programs.GUEST: James Lee https://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/We then discuss the first fews weeks of the Biden administration. Discussion includes the cabinet appointments and other official appointments. We also talk about the historic Equality Act.GUEST: Jack Valinski and Bryan Hlavinka 
Annise Parker-Victory Fund Presidential Appointments Initiative and Bill Arning, Houston curator, critic, museum director, advisor, lecturer, grant maker, dealer, gallerist and collector....We speak with Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute about the Victory Fund Presidential Appointments Initiative and the appointment Dr. Rachel Levine to the position of Assistant Health Secretary. We also discuss the role of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute.GUEST: Annise Parker, President/CEO LGBTQ Victory Fund https://victoryinstitute.org/programs/presidential-appointments-initiative/Then, we speak with Bill Arning, a Houston based curator, critic, museum director, advisor, lecturer, grant maker, dealer, gallerist and collector. We speak about his gallery and the artwork on display. Finally, we discuss the history of Montrose.GUEST: Bill Arning https://www.billarning.com/
Brian Sims - Out Pennsylvania State Representative/ Montrose Center Law Harrington Senior LGBT CenterWe speak with Out Pennsylvania State Representative, Brian Sims of the 182nd District. State Representative Brian K. Sims is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). He also has extensive experience as a guest lecturer.Guest: Brian Sims, PA State Rep. 182nd Districthttps://www.pahouse.com/Sims/We speak to the Montrose Center about the soon to open Law Harrington LGBT Senior Center. The Law Harrington Senior Living Center will be open to all seniors who meet the income guidelines, offering specific services and programming for LGBTQ seniors and seniors living with HIV. The facility will be an affordable, LGBTQ-affirming senior living center featuring 112 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments for low-income individuals and couples who are 62 years and older. The building itself is estimated to open in 2021 and will bring additional affordable housing opportunities to the residents of Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood.Guest: Kennedy Loftin, Chief Development Officer Montrose Centerhttp://www.montrosecenter.org/seniorhousing/
Outsmart Magazine Managing Editor/Equality TexasWe speak with the new managing editor of OutSmart magazine, Lourdes Zavalete. We speak about her background and her rise to this role at the LGBT newsmagazine. We speak about her vision and the response to COVID-19.GUEST: Lourdes Zavalete http://www.outsmartmagazine.comThen, we speak with Angela Hale, senior advisor for Equality Texas. Angela is a Dallas native, a former Emmy Award-winning TV reporter and veteran journalist at CBS KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas Fort Worth. She is the managing partner of Red Media Group, a strategic communications and public affairs company. She led communications efforts for the legalization of gay marriage for the Akin Gump Law Firm and the Texas plaintiffs and has been leading lobby and communications strategy at Equality Texas since 2015.GUEST: Angela Halehttps://www.equalitytexas.org
Creating Change Conference - 2021 PredictionsWe speak about the Creating Change conference. The organizers of the Creating Change Conference announced the full slate of workshop and other sessions organized for the 33rd annual conference. From activism to faith to fundraising, with some timely twists on popular workshops like “Sex in the Times of COVID,” the Creating Change conference will have programs of interest to diverse activists and cover a lot of ground in this unique time for LGBTQ+ communities. GUEST: Andrew Edmonson and Bryan Hlavinkahttps://www.thetaskforce.org/creatingchange.htmlWe speak about the New Year and predictions for the year 2021. We discuss the election of Joe Biden and the possible effects on the LGBTQ community. We also discuss the legislative horizon in Texas state legislature and the possible anti-LGBT bills coming forward.GUEST: Andrew Edmonson 
Barry Mandel - Houston HIV Activist/Life of Monica RobertsWe speak again with Barry Mandel in part two of his interview about his early activism in Houston including his Political and HIV work.  Barry is the President of Discovery Green. Barry was one of the heroic first responders to the AIDS crisis in Houston in the 1980s, volunteering for the Montrose Counseling Center, serving on the board of AIDS Foundation Houston, and organizing one of the first large-scale displays of the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt at the Jewish Community Center. Guest: Barry Mandelhttps://www.discoverygreen.comThen, we speak with Diamond Stylz about the life and work of Monica Roberts. Monica Roberts, a transgender advocate and journalist who chronicled the lives, and sometimes the deaths, of transgender people through her blog, TransGriot, died on Oct. 5 at her home in Houston. She was 58.Guest: Diamond Stylzhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/us/monica-roberts-dead.html
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