Queer Voices

Queer Voices

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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April 17th 2024 Queer Voices
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April 17th 2024 Queer Voices
Imagine stepping into the sequined boots of a pop culture icon; that's the exhilarating challenge Ella Perez takes on night after night as Babe Cher in "The Cher Show." As I sit with her, we peel back the curtain on channeling Cher's spirit without falling into imitation—no easy feat when you're portraying the Goddess of Pop. Ella's own voyage of musical discovery lends an intimate touch to our conversation, as we marvel at the enduring influence of Cher over generations, and the thrills of performing for diverse fans who find a piece of themselves in her songs.The dynamics backstage can be as captivating as the show itself, and Ella returns to share tales from the touring trenches. The bond between the cast of "The Cher Show" is palpable, a family forged in the spotlight, sharing both laughter and support as they crisscross the country. Our heartfelt discussion doesn't shy away from the show's impact on the LGBTQIA+ community, or the dreams that glimmer on the horizon for Ella and the cast. The universal quest for authenticity, so central to Cher's legacy, rings out as a powerful message for us all.As the episode waltzes through a variety of intriguing topics, we're joined by an ensemble of voices that enrich the tapestry of our conversation. From Dan Knetchges' insights into Theatre Under the Stars' upcoming season to Davis Mendoza Darusman's candid exploration of pansexuality, each narrative thread weaves into the next. Julia Grossman's leap from food trucks to Fusion Eats serves as a delectable side dish to our main course, reminding us of the transformative power of passion, be it under the stage lights or in the bustling heart of a kitchen. Join us for an episode that celebrates the stories that bind us, challenge us, and inspire us to keep reaching for the stars.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
April 10th 2024 Queer Voices
Apr 11 2024
April 10th 2024 Queer Voices
When love and human interaction get tangled in extremities, the heart yearns for a voice that dares to explore these infinite complexities. That's why we called upon Walt Ziprian, Houston's alternative theater virtuoso, to unravel the threads of Sarah Kane's "Cleansed" in its regional premiere. Alongside this deep dive into the transformative power of performance, we celebrate the sheer resilience of Houston's queer community, personified by icons like Roxanne Collins, whose journey from drag legend to a Tina Turner tribute artist encapsulates the spirit of authenticity.The stage isn't just a platform; it's a mirror reflecting the most profound parts of our identities. This episode peels back the curtain on the self-discovery that can happen under the spotlight, as seen through Roxanne's evolution and the poignant tales from Houston's vibrant 1990s drag scene. We also step into the advocacy arena with Chris Berry, who, in the face of discrimination, remains a bastion of community-building and inclusivity in his work with the Human Rights Campaign. It's a reminder that our voices, when woven together, can create a tapestry of support and solidarity.Wrapping up, you'll get a taste of the global stage of LGBTQIA+ rights and how local actions in Houston resonate with broader conversations, from landmark court decisions to the ongoing support for transgender student-athletes. We spotlight the collaborative efforts of our community and the allies who contribute to the rich tapestry of Queer Voices. With gratitude and humor, we extend an invitation to join in on this exploration of diversity, tenacity, and the endless pursuit of our collective rights and joys.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
March 27, 2024 Queer Voices
Mar 28 2024
March 27, 2024 Queer Voices
Join the celebration of resilience and jubilation as we spotlight Kevin Anderson, a lighthouse of advocacy in Houston's vibrant LGBTQ community and a nominee for Grand Marshal at the city's Pride 365 Pride Parade. Kevin bestows upon us the transformative power of storytelling, emphasizing how it fosters healing and fortitude, especially among queer people of color and those affected by HIV. Meanwhile, we trudge through the rodeo dust with Eric Hulsey, president of Out at the Rodeo, who's hitching a rainbow flag to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo—reminiscent of Disney's Gay Days, this initiative promises to expand the horizons of inclusion in spaces where the LGBTQ+ presence is still a frontier.Our narrative tapestry weaves further with the compelling journey of Avery Belyeu, CEO of the Montrose Center, who unveils the rich spectrum of support services offered to Houston's LGBTQ populace. Avery takes us through a transformative trek from the Trevor Project to the Montrose Center, spotlighting the invaluable strides in mental health and community connection. As the episode progresses, Jacques Bourgeois, president of Buddies on the Bayou, orchestrates an overview of their philanthropic crescendo, turning celebratory events into vehicles of support for numerous LGBTQIA+ nonprofits, while teasing an exhilarating line-up for their not-to-be-missed annual festival.Finally, we unfurl the banners of legal triumphs from across the globe, from the recognition of co-motherhood in Israel to the outlawing of conversion therapy in New South Wales, painting a vivid picture of progress amidst adversity. This tapestry of tales not only illustrates the relentless march towards equality but also serves as an invigorating call to join the dance of activism, community solidarity, and the persistent pursuit of joy within the LGBTQ+ family. We're not just sharing stories; we're charting the milestones of change and inviting you to be part of the movement.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
March 20th 2024 Queer Voices
Mar 21 2024
March 20th 2024 Queer Voices
Odyssey Oakengrove - Grand Marshal nominee -- Kevin O'Connor, LGBTQ author --Mr. Prime Choice James MartinezWe speak with Odyssey Oakengrove. Odyssey Oakengrove grew up in Houston and quickly moved back after their boyfriend broke off the relationships, saying that Odyssey was “too involved in the gay community, the trans community, and Black Lives Matter.” Not having recognized their transness, they simply said, “I am the gay community” and packed their stuff to move back home.  Once here, they found a home with Black Lives Matter activists, learning advocacy and unlearning their colonized mindset. They realized they were genderqueer at an ACLU abortion access seminar, not simply a “really strong ally.” They have volunteered time with Clinic Access Support Network, Black Lives Matter: Houston, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. They have spoken with state reps at the 2021 and 2023 Texas Legislative Session, fighting for queer students, public education, and against oppressive immigration policies. Odyssey is a candidate for grand marshal for the Pride Houston 365 parade.Then, we speak with Kevin O'Connor, author of “Two Floors Above Grief: A Memoir of Two Families in the Unique Place We Called Home”.  Kevin O’Connor enjoys chronicling the stories of families and friends through tracing genealogical histories and writing. He is an expert at organizing family letters and artifacts. He sings and performs in theaters and is active with SMART Ride, a bicycling group that rides annually from Miami to Key West, raising funds for HIV awareness, treatment, and education. Kevin was an elementary teacher, principal, professor, and curriculum coordinator in California, Illinois, and Florida from 1973 to 2020. He authored content and provided training in areas including support for substitute teachers, LGBTQ advocacy, and Sexual Health/Family Life. Kevin resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his husband, Leon. Their family includes five sons and seven granddaughters.Finally, we speak with James Martinez, Mr. Prime Choice 2024. Mr. Prime Choice is open to any male identified individual 40 or older living in the state of Texas.  James is founder of Texas Men of Leather. We talk about what being Mr. Prime Choice is like.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
March 13th 2024 Queer Voices
Mar 14 2024
March 13th 2024 Queer Voices
Grand marshal finalists 2024As we unfurl the banners of Pride and allyship, I'm thrilled to bring you heartening conversations from Queer Voices that not only celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community but also highlight the relentless support of our allies. We engage with State Representative John Rosenthal, whose journey from the energy sector to a beacon of advocacy in public office exemplifies true allyship. He carries the torch for marginalized groups, particularly trans, intersex, and non-binary individuals, and his illustrious nomination as ally Grand Marshal for the Pride Parade further cements his commitment to championing queer rights. With the backdrop of current legislative challenges, John's voice is a clarion call for unity and resistance.Allyship doesn't stop at mere support; it's an active and ongoing commitment to advocacy and understanding. In this spirit, I speak with Grand Marshal nominees like Kailey Posterick and Leslie Briones who, through their personal stories, embody the unwavering dedication required to stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQIA+ community. From Kaylee's role as a supportive therapist to Leslie's multifaceted experiences as a mother, teacher, and judge, their narratives are a testament to the transformative power of visibility and support. The upcoming parade's theme, "You Won't Break Our Pride," resonates with their tales, echoing the resilience and hope that define our vibrant community.The quest for equality spans beyond our local communities to the global stage, and it's vital to stay abreast of the triumphs and setbacks that shape our collective journey. Leslie Briones' gratitude mirrors the sentiment felt by many as we navigate the landscape of global LGBTQ rights, discussing the impacts of international legislation and movements. From the shores of Ghana to the streets of Serbia, and even within the halls of American governance, we dissect the myriad ways our fights intersect. Join us as we honor the spirit of Pride through these powerful voices, each contributing an essential note to the symphony of liberation and justice that sings in the heart of the LGBTQ+ community.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
March 6th 2024 Queer Voices
Mar 7 2024
March 6th 2024 Queer Voices
Dylan Forbis - transgender activist, Jimbo - Drag All Star, Late Night Catechism NunAs the vibrant hues of Houston's Pride rainbow unfurl, we're joined by Dylan Forbis, a transgender man whose tapestry of activism has positioned him as a candidate for Houston Pride 365 Grand Marshal. Dillon's story is a beacon for the LGBTQIA community, a testament to resilience amidst Texas' evolving legislative landscape. His dreams of reveling in the joyous celebrations of World Pride and Mexico City's Pride remind us of the universal quest for equality and acceptance. This week, our conversation also dazzles with the unexpected twists of Jimbo, the beloved queen from RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, whose artistry at the crossroads of clowning and drag promises a kaleidoscope of joyful surprises. Simultaneously, Denise Fennell's emotive discourse on her role in "Sisters Irish Catechism" reveals the nurturing embrace of Houston's theater scene for growth and inclusivity.Venture behind the sequins and extravagant breastplates with Jimbo as she recounts her journey from a biologist to a theatrical costume designer and, ultimately, to a drag performer who captures hearts with her authenticity. Hear how her 'gay audacity' led her from sewing to the spotlight, crafting a drag persona that defies convention and captivates audiences. Meanwhile, Denise Fennell opens up about the serendipitous twists in her acting career that have woven her into the fabric of Houston's artistic community, including the unexpected challenges and triumphs of performing one-woman shows and fostering a sense of belonging within the diverse tapestry of the local theater.This episode isn't just about the spotlights; it's a salute to the unseen threads of support and solidarity that hold our community together. As artists, we navigate the peaks and valleys of critiques, drawing strength from the shared experiences and wisdom of our peers. We honor the mentors who shape our paths and the emotional resilience required to keep the show going. With a nod to our contributors Andrew Edmondson and Deborah Moncrief Bell, we reaffirm our commitment to stories that resonate with authenticity and vibrancy, ensuring the spirit of Queer Voices remains a beacon of inclusivity for all who listen.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
February 21st 2024 Queer Voices
Feb 22 2024
February 21st 2024 Queer Voices
As we sit down with the remarkable Atlantis Narcisse, her story unfolds, revealing the heart and soul she pours into Save Our Sisters United and her crucial role as a house mother. This week's conversation is nothing short of inspiring as we honor her nomination for Grand Marshal at Houston's Pride 365 Parade and delve into her commitment to offering stigma-free spaces for HIV/STD testing. Witness a powerful reflection on the importance of Atlantis's visibility as a black trans woman over 50, leaving an indelible mark on Houston's LGBTQ+ community.The air buzzes with anticipation for the Annual Walk to End HIV, where we come together in an expression of support and unity. Atlantis shares with us the vibrant ways the community participates, from the whimsy of unicycling to the charm of a dog dressing contest. The conversation takes a poignant turn as we remember those we've lost to AIDS and celebrate the progress in HIV treatment and housing as a cornerstone of healthcare. Atlantis's voice carries the weight and warmth of experience as she reminisces about the evolution of support services like the Stone Soup food pantry and the declining young attendance at Camp Hope, a testament to advancements in HIV prevention.The episode takes a creative twist with Alan Cumming, who offers an exclusive glimpse into his show "Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age," a captivating blend of storytelling, music, and musings on the art of growing older with flair. We then transition to the sobering story of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, reimagined in the powerful play "Tide," with insights from actor Jason Carmichael and director Bruce Lumpkin. The narrative comes full circle as we round out the episode with global LGBTQ+ rights updates, highlighting triumphs and acknowledging hurdles in the universal quest for equality. Remember to join us on our new journey as a home-produced podcast, where we continue to amplify these vital conversations.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
February 14th 2024 Queer Voices
Feb 15 2024
February 14th 2024 Queer Voices
Join me, Bryan Hlavinka, as I sit down with the insightful Brandon Mack to peel back the curtain on the Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus's intense endorsement process. Discover the weight such an endorsement carries and the grueling scrutiny candidates endure to secure this emblem of progressive support. We navigate the significance of Dr. Cody Pyke’s historic appointment and the essential healthcare services for incarcerated populations, illuminating the challenges and triumphs of advocacy within the system.The episode takes a creative turn with Tamarie Cooper, co-founder and artistic director of the Catastrophic Theatre, as we discuss the powerful storytelling and satire in their productions. Explore the resonance of shared human experiences in the play "It Is Magic," and learn how the theater's 'pay what you can' model breaks down barriers to cultural experiences. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the vibrant world of Houston's drag scene with Catastrophic Theatre's 'This Party is a Drag' gala, a testament to the art form's diversity and expression.To wrap up, we delve into the evolution of Tamarie Cooper's one-woman shows that blend dance, storytelling, cooking, and live music to create authentic performances that defy traditional theater norms. And don't forget to check out QueerVoices.org for a wealth of information on the people and events we discuss. You'll come away from this episode with a deeper understanding of the intersections of bioethics, law, advocacy, and the arts, and the persistent fight to amplify underrepresented voices.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
February 7th 2024 Queer Voices
Feb 8 2024
February 7th 2024 Queer Voices
As the curtains rise on another episode of Queer Voices, we're whisked backstage into the world of "On Your Feet," where the effervescent Gaby Albo lets us in on the subtleties of channeling Gloria Estefan's spirit. Gaby’s anecdotes about her journey from the gymnastics vault to the theatre stage are not only inspiring but brimming with revelations, like her aspiration to plant her feet firmly on American soil. Our chat dances through the exciting intricacies of her role, from choreography that's rich in cultural heritage to the beloved songs that have audiences swaying in their seats.Turning the spotlight on community representation, we're joined by Deborah Montcrief Bell and Kendra Walker, who eloquently speak on selecting Pride Parade Grand Marshals. They underscore the process's democratic heart, reflecting a broader theme of inclusivity that resonates through our discussions on creating accessible events and embracing intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. Queer Voices echoes with laughter and learning as we explore how our collective identities shape our experiences, from the ebullience of Pride celebrations to the solemnity of traditional Jewish seders.As the final notes of our episode fade, Katelyn Hartman and I reflect on the powerful narratives that have unfolded – stories that span from the personal triumphs of individuals like Gabby to the steadfast resilience of our broader LGBTQ+ community. The voices that have shared their journeys with us stand as a testament to the strength found in unity and the beauty of diverse identities coming together. Queer Voices may be a podcast, but the connections it fosters carry the weight and warmth of real-life conversations, inviting you to be a part of something that transcends the airwaves.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
January 31st 2024 Queer Voices
Feb 1 2024
January 31st 2024 Queer Voices
On tonight’s Queer Voices, we speak with Allison Mathis, a candidate for 338th Judicial District Court Judge of Harris County. She is a native Houstonian who grew up in Spring Branch. When she was a teenager, she watched her brilliant, funny aunt struggle with a crack cocaine addiction that destroyed her life and sent her in and out of prison for years. She also watched several friends lose their bright futures due to their entanglement in the legal system due to non-violent drug offenses. She worked her way through a bachelor's degree in English at UH-Downtown as a coffee shop waitress, which was perfect for her because she loved books, coffee, and serving people. She went on to get a master's degree in Literature, but realized that as much as she loved reading and teaching, she could not escape the overwhelming feeling that she needed to do something involving the broken criminal justice system. She went to South Texas College of Law and graduated cum laude in 2012. We speak with Allison her race to become judge and why criminal justice is important to the LGBTQ community Then we speak with Destiny Smith a transgender theater actor based in Houston. Destiny graduated from Lamar University with a BS in Theater and Dance and now works fulltime as the Lighting Programmer and Technician at Stages Theater. We speak with Destiny about “Translucent”, a Queer Theater she is working to bring to Houston. You can see Destiny’s brilliant work in current productions at Stages Theater. Finally we speak Nora Hahn who is starring as Ann Richards in the Garden Theater’s production of “Ann”. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor, Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family. “Ann” runs February 2-11 at MATCH.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
January 24th 2024 Queer Voices
Jan 25 2024
January 24th 2024 Queer Voices
Discover the transformative power of a life fully embraced as Leah Lax joins us to recount her incredible journey from Hasidic Judaism to living openly as a lesbian. Leah's narrative is a testament to authenticity, captured in her memoir ‘Uncovered’ and its subsequent adaptation into an opera. Her tale is not just about self-discovery, but also a profound look at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and identity, as she opens up about the structure and solace she initially found within the Hasidic community. Her latest literary work, "Not From Here," promises to be another deep dive into the heart of what it means to belong, highlighting the often unseen narratives of immigrants and refugees.When art reflects life, the result can be both stunning and stirring. This episode peels back the curtain on how Leah Lax's journey inspired an opera, tackling subjects like a lesbian protagonist and abortion in a traditionally conservative art form. As Leah shares the personal milestones that steered her away from Hasidic tradition, we reflect on how our Texan backdrop and its political influences shape our stories. Meanwhile, Brian Levinca offers a candid look at the perpetual cycle of coming out, reminding us that each revelation is a new chapter in the larger narrative of a queer life.Amidst ongoing legislative challenges to LGBTQIA+ rights, we explore the resilience and activism within our community. With Brian Levinca, we discuss the continuous revelations of coming out to family and colleagues, and how each encounter is part of a larger journey towards living authentically. We also examine the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on transgender youth bathroom rights, and the troubling rise of anti-LGBTQ bills. This episode serves as a rallying cry for inclusivity, understanding, and the power of sharing stories that affirm the diverse tapestry of the LGBTQIA+ community.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
January 17th 2024 Queer Voices
Jan 18 2024
January 17th 2024 Queer Voices
Embark on a journey through the remarkable life of Fran Watson, a beacon of hope and an emblem of resilience, who has risen from personal adversity to become an out-candidate for a probate court judge. Her candid conversation with us illuminates the path from a GED to the heights of legal practice, showcasing the power of determination and compassion in her quest to serve Harris County. Fran's touching narrative about aiding a daughter to secure her father's guardianship is a testament to her dedication to justice, aiming to make a tangible difference from the bench.Strap on your pointe shoes, as we pirouette into the whimsical realm of Felix Molinaro from the world-famous Le Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Laugh along as we uncover the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of mastering ballet drag, where the blend of humor and classical dance is an art form in its own right. With Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo en route to Houston, Felix gives us a twirl around the company's evolution and the unexpected ways pop culture gems like RuPaul's Drag Race have expanded their fanfare. Finally, we join Maria Elena Sandovici, the multilingual maestro whose tapestry of life experiences weaves together the worlds of art and literature. From the scholarly halls of political science to the creative sanctuary of Houston, Maria shares the evolution of her artistry and the intimate tales behind her book, "Magic Lessons for Margo".Surprises abound, including unexpected character developments and a sneak peek into her upcoming works. While celebrating strides in LGBTQ rights globally, we navigate through her stories and the profound impact of embracing one's true self..Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
January 3rd 2024 Queer Voices
Jan 4 2024
January 3rd 2024 Queer Voices
Step into a world where the pulsing heart of America's nightlife intersects with history, culture, and the stars. As we sit down with Dr. Lucas Hildebrand, author of "The Bars Are Ours," we illuminate the profound legacy of gay bars in American society, from their role in the 1960s as bastions of community to their modern-day struggles and triumphs. Delve into the vibrant past of venues like Houston's Mary's bar, uncovering their place in the narrative of queer history and their function as platforms for political activism and communal solidarity.In an enchanting twist, celestial insights from internationally acclaimed astrologer Lily Roddy elevate our conversation, casting a gaze upon the astrological currents that will shape 2024. From personal zodiac forecasts to broader cultural and economic shifts, Lily's expertise unveils the astrological influences that may sway the political arena, including President Biden's tenure and the tides of future elections. We wade through the complexities of societal issues, such as racism and gentrification, that have permeated the gay and lesbian community since the 1970s, all while contemplating the evolution of gay bars in an ever-changing societal landscape.As we wrap up this episode of Queer Voices, our exploration transcends the mere recounting of events, offering a profound reflection on our shared past and insights into the future that awaits us. The episode's rich tapestry of narratives brings to life the enduring importance of spaces like gay bars in shaping identity and belonging, set against the backdrop of astrological phenomena that may herald a new chapter in our collective story. Join us for this enlightening journey as we honor the legacy of queer culture and peer into the promise of tomorrow.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
December 27th 2023 Queer Voices
Dec 28 2023
December 27th 2023 Queer Voices
Tony Award-winner Renee Elise Goldsberry graces us with the story of her theatrical journey, from Houston's bustling stages to the bright lights of Broadway, most notably as Angelica in "Hamilton." In an intimate conversation, Renee reveals the profound influence of the LGBTQ+ community on her and the theater world at large, and reminisces about her Houston upbringing that so deeply sowed the seeds of her passion for the arts. The cultural tapestry of the city, from its culinary to its artistic vibrancy, comes alive as we traverse her memories and look ahead to the exciting developments in Houston's theater scene.Houston's local theater productions and their intersections with politics find a spotlight in this episode, as we wrap up a year that saw triumphs like "August: Osage County" and innovative twists on classics like "The Turn of the Screw." We don't just stop at the stage; the political stage takes center stage as well, with John Whitmire's mayoral victory and Mario Castillo's council election, underscoring the undeniable link between the arts and civic engagement. This segment peels back the curtain on the movers and shakers reshaping Houston's cultural and political landscape.We bring our focus to the podcast platform, celebrating the evolution of Queer Voices from its radio origins to its current status as a beacon for diversity and discussion. Behind the scenes, Brian Levinca, Andrew Edmondson, and Deborah Moncrief Bell are the maestros crafting each episode's narrative, as we strive to amplify the stories that shape our community. Join us on this auditory adventure where we share advice, laughter, and the constant reminder that our shared experiences, whether on stage or in the voting booth, are what weave the rich fabric of our society.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
December 20th 2023 Queer Voices
Dec 21 2023
December 20th 2023 Queer Voices
As we convene in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Kathy Renna from the National LGBTQ Task Force reminds us that the fight for equality is steeped in both struggle and jubilation. This week's episode is a mosaic of our community's resilience, as we examine the intersection of queer joy and activism at the Creating Change Conference. We're marking half a century of progress with the Task Force, and there's no better time to discuss the pressing issues we face, from the erasure of LGBTQ stories in schools to the groundbreaking "Queer the Vote" initiative. Kathy's passion for the cause is a beacon that guides us through the dark waters of censorship and discrimination.Imagine turning the comfort of dumplings into a lifeline that connects people and heals spirits. Michael and Chi, affectionately known as the Dumpling Dudes, share their heartening voyage from battling workplace discrimination to building a gastronomic enterprise that's as much about mental wellness as it is about culinary delights. Their story is one of true partnership, where love meets entrepreneurial grit. Their candid reflections on the complexities of intertwining personal and professional lives offer a masterclass in navigating the delicate dance of maintaining harmony in both domains.And if storytelling is the soul of empathy, then Dawn Jones Redstone's "Mother of Color" is a testament to the power of cinema. We peel back the layers of this indie film's creation, discussing the obstacles that queer filmmakers of color face, and the triumph of bringing authentic narratives to the screen. Dawn’s approach to filmmaking, which prioritizes inclusivity and tackles poignant societal issues, is not just a narrative choice but a revolutionary act. Join us as we traverse the realms of creativity and community, and celebrate the spirit that unites us all in pursuit of a world where every voice is heard and cherished.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
December 6th 2023 Queer Voices
Dec 7 2023
December 6th 2023 Queer Voices
Are you curious about the intersectionality of being Black and Queer? Then let the captivating voice of Joelle Espuet wash over you as they share their experiences as a program director for the Normal Anomaly, a Black Queer-led nonprofit. They're not just breaking barriers; they’re establishing norms for communities often misunderstood and sidelined. Discover their groundbreaking work, from creating safe spaces for the community to hosting exciting events like the BQAF music festival. We also have a sneak peek into their upcoming gala, poised to become a vibrant celebration of the Black Queer community. The holiday season usually comes with its joy and cheer, but for some, it’s a stark reminder of loss and rejection. Our conversation about mental health during the holidays offers insights and practical strategies for overcoming these challenges. We also discuss the importance of community support initiatives, like the annual Christmas giveaway event and a group's journey to expand their outreach and bring smiles to families in their community. Hear how one member, a therapist, is making a difference at a domestic violence shelter during their events. Lastly, we turn our focus on the critical role of LGBT representation in local government. Tune in as we engage Nick Helier and Mario Castillo, both running for city council, in a spirited discussion on diversity in local government, the need for basic city services, and how their campaigns are championing these needs. They're not just running for office; they're redefining what representation looks like. From public safety to infrastructure and affordable housing, they open up about the significant issues facing Houston. So, come along as we explore these essential topics and so much more.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
November 27th 2023 Queer Voices
Nov 30 2023
November 27th 2023 Queer Voices
This week Deborah Moncrief Bell has a conversation with Carrie Rai, the Executive Director of Tony's Place, talking about the organization, and the services it provides for Houston LGBTQA+ youth. Tony's Place is a safe haven for marginalized youth.Tony’s Place opened in 2016 in loving memory of Robert Anthony “Tony” Carroll. Tony Carroll was a pillar of the Houston community and a tireless advocate for numerous LGBTQ+ causes. Tony and his husband Bruce Smith were strong advocates for a drop-in center for young LGBTQ+ people. Tony and Bruce were board members of the non-profit, Homeless Gay Kids – Houston. Tony passed suddenly in December of 2015 at the age of 75, but his legacy lives on. Under the umbrella of Homeless Gay Kids - Houston, Tony’s Place was opened to homeless and unstably housed LGBTQ+ youth and allies.Tony’s Place now has a physical location in the Montrose area, were LGBTQ+ youth can access services and support. tonysplace.orgGuest: Carrie RaiThen Deborah has a conversation with Jamie Gonzales. President and and Davis Mendoza Darusman,  Vice-President of the UH LGBTQ Alumni Association about what happened with the closing of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at U of H due to SB. 17, and the aftermath. With the closing of the center this group of alumni have taken up the slack in making sure there is a place and resources for students at U of H that would otherwise utilize the services at the center. https://houstonalumni.com/.../interest-and-affinity/lgtbq/.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
November 22nd 2023 Queer Voices
Nov 23 2023
November 22nd 2023 Queer Voices
First, we speak with Dr. David York, the music director of the Houston Pride Chorus. We'll explore their upcoming holiday performance, "Ring it In," and get a glimpse of the rich tapestry of talent that forms the chorus. You'll feel the power of unity and the importance of allies in the LGBTQ+ community echoing through their music. And surprise, the Houston Bronze Ensemble, a handbell choir, joins in the concert to add more harmony. Our next stop takes us to the vibrant scene of the Houston Pride Band. We catch up with Jason Svatek, its president to talk about the band's upcoming holiday concert, "Twas the Night," and their community engagements. Aspiring musicians take note - this band is open to all skill levels. Also, we'd love for you to show your support and join us at their concert on December 9th at Match in Midtown.Finally, we roll the red carpet for the stunningly versatile actress Sandra Bernhardt. From shattering norms as the first bisexual character on a sitcom to her captivating performances in "Pose" and "American Horror Story," Sandra's journey is one to behold. Guess what? We also touch upon major issues like the Church of England's view on same-sex marriage, the mysterious death of Latin America’s first out non-binary judge, and the challenges faced by the 11th Gay Games organizers in Hong Kong. So, tune in, engage and be part of the transformation.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/
November 15th 2023 Queer Voices
Nov 16 2023
November 15th 2023 Queer Voices
We're taking you to the frontlines of battle in Texas, where the LGBTQ+ rights are under a severe attack with the introduction of over 140 anti-LGBTQ bills by the Texas legislature. Brian Clusterbore from ACLU paints a grim picture of the situation, but reminds us that unity is our strongest weapon. From the drag ban to the Death Star preemption bill, we're tearing apart these restrictive laws and shining a light on their implications.As we commemorate the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we remember the lives lost and the strides made in the fight against the disease. Our guest, Kelly Johnson from the Rothko Chapel brings us The Home-Going Concert A Sonic Memorial, a tribute to those who've passed on, and a rallying cry for the rights of drag performers. We're exploring the profound impact of drag on the queer community and why our support is crucial now more than ever. Lastly, we're turning our lens to the international LGBTQ+ scene. From civil unions in Latvia to LGBTQ pride in Buenos Aires and a looming fear of rollback of rights in Argentina - we're walking you through the major developments. Also, join us in the theatre, as Adam J. Thompson takes us behind the scenes of the 'Turn of the Screw'. Thompson shares with us the challenges and triumphs of putting up such a production. So, sit back, and let us navigate you through the intricate tapestry of queer stories and issues that affect us all. Queer Voices is where you'll find the stories that matter, the advocacy that counts, and the celebration of the diverse voices of the LGBTQ+ community.Queer Voices airs in Houston Texas on 90.1FM KPFT and is heard as a podcast here. Queer Voices hopes to entertain as well as illuminate LGBTQ issues in Houston and beyond. Check out our socials at:https://www.facebook.com/QueerVoicesKPFT/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/queervoices90.1kpft/