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Author: Brad Shreve

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An LGBTQ podcast featuring entertaining queer people, include celebrities, community leaders, and everyday people with interesting and positive stories. Challenges our community faces today may come up but we don't stay there long. On Queer We Are, guests aren’t allowed to just complain about the world as it is. They share what they’re doing about it, what you can do about it, and hear some good news for a change. Sometimes they’re here just to entertain. Simply, this is a no whining zone.

Our difficulties you see in the headlines should not be ignored but Queer We Are gives you the break you deserve and keep your hope alive. Guests include gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and non-binary, intersex, and allies sharing their stories.



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Showtime's "Fellow Travelers," visionary Ron Nyswaner joins Brad and Tony for a revealing conversation about the series' theme of a clandestine love story which unfolds amidst the tumult of historical events, such as the Red Scare led by Joseph McCarthy, This episode is from the Going Hollywood Podcast.Going Hollywood PodcastVietnam War protests, the death of Harvey Milk and the AIDS crisis. Ron pulls back the curtain on the adaptation of Thomas Mallon's novel and has won critical acclaim, in...
Amidst the political upheavals post-2016, non-binary and transgender rights have found a fierce ally in Sasha Buchert with Lambda Legal. Sasha and Brad delve into the evolving landscape of LGBTQ+ rights and representation. They shine a light on the progress made in the inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals, while also addressing the challenges and discrimination by far-right groups, especially those faced by the trans and non-binary community. From the impact of local elections to the fight for gen...
Imagine your life as a page-turner novel, filled with clandestine operations and transformative work across the globe. That's the reality for Timothy J. Smith, our guest, who has led a life as intriguing as the fiction he pens. Smuggling plays from Czechoslovakia, spending nights in African jails, narrowly escaping a perilous journey to Puerto Rico, Smith's real-life adventures make for an engaging and unpredictable conversation and his thrilling tales don't stop at his own experiences; they ...
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and inspirational leadership with Jim Fielding, the quintessential queer executive, who opens the pages of his life in "All Pride, No Ego." During his impressive corporate career, he has been president of Disney Stores and CEO of Clair's, but it's the deeply human experiences that shape his narrative. As we peek into Jim's personal journals that paved the way for his book, we uncover the profound influence of authenticity in both personal triumphs and pro...
Unlocking your true self can be a journey fraught with challenge. But take a moment to imagine the liberation, the sheer joy of stepping into the world as the person you've always known you were. This is the captivating narrative we explore with Wendy Cole.Embarking on a gender transition at the age of 65, Wendy has walked the path of self-discovery and acceptance. She doesn’t shy away from delving deep into her own experiences. From the initial inklings of feeling different, to the pivotal d...
Ever found yourself captivated by a story that perfectly blends heartache with humor? That's what you're in for. Join Brad as he sits with Jiggs Burgess, a queer playwright from Texas and the first winner of the Del Shores Foundation writer's search. They explore his deeply touching play, "The Red Suitcase," and how it has moved audiences. In addition, they delve into the themes of resilience and humor in the face of tragedy, Jiggs shares his personal journey growing up gay in a small town in...
Talented documentary filmmaker Luchina Fisher dives into her powerful and emotional short film called "The Dads," which centers around the stories of five fathers who have transgender children. Joining them on a transformative fishing trip is Dennis Shepherd, the father of Matthew Shepherd, a gay man who was tragically murdered twenty-five years ago. This short film, available on Netflix, may only be twelve minutes long, but it leaves a lasting impact. Luchina takes us through the journey of ...
Get ready to time travel with Tony Maietta, a seasoned actor, writer, and host, who will be our guide through classic Hollywood. Unearth the gems and unravel the mysteries around the charming Cary Grant as we explore his career highs, the many faces he donned, and the enigma of his personal life. Join us as we step into the shoes of a Hollywood gossip columnist of yesteryears and examine how Hollywood moguls used this to their advantage, and sometimes, their peril.We take a walk down the memo...
The American National LGBTQ+ Museum's Executive Director, Ben Garcia, gives us a snapshot of the upcoming landmark as it blossoms to an exciting reality. We delve into the remarkable journey to open a physical museum in New York City in 2026, along with eight dynamic traveling exhibitions set to bring LGBTQ+ history and experiences right on people’s doorsteps across America.As we wander the virtual corridors of the museum-to-be, Ben unveils the thoughtfully curated exhibitions that will grace...
Lindz Amer opens a whole universe of queer representation in children's media that not only entertains but educates. We're painting a vibrant narrative as we explore the rise of LGBTQ+ representation in children's books and how Lindz storytelling, interwoven with queer theory, helps children understand complex topics like gender identity.The Huffington Post calls Queer Kid Stuff a “groundbreaking YouTube educational resource.” The series is a haven for LGBTQ+ children's literature that celebr...
Tate Barkley, a man who has walked through the fire and emerged stronger than ever shares his story. Battling alcohol addiction, enduring family conflicts and finding a way through it all, Tate's takes on a journey which is both raw and inspiring with plenty of laughs in his telling of it. His experiences serve as a poignant reminder, showing that sobriety isn't just about ceasing alcohol consumption, but learning to reshape your life without it. A reminder we can start over again.Tate's Memo...
Imagine sitting in a history class, learning from a teacher who is not only passionate about history but also about advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. That's what Rodney Wilson brought to the table, a man renowned for his bravery in coming out as gay to his students nearly three decades ago. His audacity translated into a wave of change that outreached his school, hometown, and eventually made national headlines. His story extends far beyond his personal journey, reflecting the power of honesty, r...
Prepare to be inspired by a remarkable journey of resilience and faith. This week, we have the honor of welcoming Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church and a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. From the humble beginnings of his church in his living room to the grandeur of its international presence, Rev. Perry takes us on an awe-inspiring journey full of hope, defiance, and triumph.We also delve into the more personal aspects of Rev. Perry’s life. This episode rev...
This is the final week of introductions to podcasts Brad enjoys. He returns from his time off next week, and October is a special month. You'll enjoy the trailblazers he chats with. Remember Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched? Without it being said on the show and without us saying it to each other, we all knew he was Samantha's "gay" uncle. Mike Johnson and Kyle Getz return in one of their recent episodes. The subject is guncles. You know, "gay uncles." The ones that were re...
Ever wonder what it feels like to redefine yourself, step into a new identity, and navigate a world that feels like a foreign country? That's what Kit experienced when she came out as a lesbian at the age of 30. Recorded for the Coming Out Stories podcast, Kit and Emma Goswell explore her journey, discussing the societal expectations and realities that made her struggle with her identity. They examine the stereotypical portrayal of the "coming out" experience versus the sometimes anticlimacti...
Ever wondered how a film from the 90s shaped the contemporary queer landscape? Philip Bahr dives right in and breaks down the iconic 1994 Australian film 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.' It's a frothy, fun, and deeply impactful film that still holds significance in the current political climate. He sifts through its layers, characters, and the harsh reality of that era, as well as elements of the film that may not have aged particularly well.Brad is on vacation so rat...
Join us as we navigate the challenges of gay stereotypes with Mike Johnson and Kyle Getz from the Gayish podcast and their mission to tear down narrow perceptions. We touch upon the wide spectrum of topics their show covers - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious. Their diversity of episodes covering everything from farming and depression to butt plugs and penis size. We also explore the evolution of the Gayish podcast, from its humble beginnings six years ago to the buzz it now crea...
What if you could find strength in the darkest of life's moments? Meet David S Peterson, an author whose bumpy road to success has been paved with resilience and positivity. His incredible journey, from overcoming school bullying and a brutal physical attack to harnessing the power of theater and choir, will leave you awestruck. This episode is a testament to David's indomitable spirit, his zest for life and his infectious positivity that radiates even when the going gets tough. And the excit...
Ready for an enlightening journey through the decades? We're thrilled to welcome Matt Baume, popular YouTube sensation and author of "Hi Honey, I'm Homo," to our podcast. Together, we traverse the fascinating terrain of queer representation in TV. We delve into the complexities of these portrayals and the courageous sitcoms that dared to feature queer characters.We take a deep dive into the rich history of queer characters on American sitcoms, such as Bewitched, All in the Family, Golde...
Picture a world where love transcends barriers, prejudice, and misunderstanding; that's the world seen through B Proud's lens. Guest, photographer B Proud, transports us into the heart of the LGBTQ community with her powerful and evocative images. She shares insights into her captivating projects, such as her 2014 book featuring black and white photographs of LGBTQ couples and her current visually stunning exhibit, the Transcending Love Project, celebrating transgender and gender nonconformin...
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