LGBTQ&A

LGBTQ&A

Featured in The New York Times Get to know the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast from The Advocate Magazine that gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person's defining moments, their accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters.

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30 Min

Sep 11, 2018

River Gallo: Intersex Bodies Are Healthy Bodies

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There are records of intersex people dating back to Ancient Greece.

26 Min

Sep 3, 2018

Arisce Wanzer: Gets Candid About Sex and Dating

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Trans women are discovering Grindr as the next frontier for dating.

32 Min

Aug 28, 2018

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Podcast
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34 min
Aug 20, 2018
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Alaska talks about racism in the drag community, being a nudist, and why her new album has been so confronting.

44 min
Aug 13, 2018
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"Wait. Does God exist?"

44 min
Aug 7, 2018
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"People believe that our bodies belong to them."

44 min
Jul 30, 2018
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Scott talks about the treatment of trans actors in Hollywood: "We are so much more than our gender."

52 min
Jul 24, 2018
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P.S. We're all very broken inside.

41 min
Jul 17, 2018
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"Do people like Matilda more than they like me?"

40 min
Jul 9, 2018
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Pose co-creator, Steven Canals talks about prevailing against transphobia in Hollywood.

38 min
Jul 2, 2018
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Gaby Dunn talks about the need for more queer female content in Hollywood.

56 min
Jun 19, 2018
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The third dimension of gender is imagination.

32 min
Jun 5, 2018
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Against Me! creator and front-woman, Laura Jane Grace talks about the DIY Punk Movement and her internalized transphobia.

52 min
May 29, 2018
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How has being biracial and queer affected her acting career? Hint: it's not a happy story.

39 min
May 21, 2018
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For many LGBTQ people, the internet is only place where they can find acceptance.

38 min
May 15, 2018
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Portland was an accessible queer haven in the 90s...so what happened to it?

0 min
Apr 30, 2018
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Chelsey Johnson (author of Stray City) is coming to the pod...soon.

30 min
Apr 23, 2018
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Alexander Chee talks about reading tarot, his witchy side, and the challenges of writing about sexual assault.

24 min
Apr 17, 2018
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Often leading to incarceration or homelessness, Ryan Berg's here to talk about what needs to be done to improve the foster care system.

41 min
Apr 10, 2018
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She's still figuring it all out — but aren't we all?

35 min
Apr 3, 2018
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Why has the trans community been so underserved for HIV prevention?

31 min
Mar 27, 2018
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In an art form where you can do anything, how do you define drag?

16 min
Mar 20, 2018
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Keiynan talks about looking forward to a future where labels aren't needed.

24 min
Mar 12, 2018
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Love, Simon is the first major studio movie to have a gay teen lead.

47 min
Mar 9, 2018
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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Finalist

0 min
Mar 6, 2018
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The briefest announcement in the history of iTunes.

31 min
Feb 26, 2018
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Andrew Gurza talks about working to convince people of the sexual viability of those with disabilities.

23 min
Feb 19, 2018
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Jacob Tobia talks about what they describe as the great unfinished business of their gender exploration: figuring out what it means to be desired as a transfeminine person.

64 min
Feb 13, 2018
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The hosts of the podcast, Food 4 Thot are here for a special Valentine's Day extravaganza.

36 min
Feb 5, 2018
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...that's a joke. But this isn't: you're going to love Dana Goldberg after this interview.

33 min
Jan 30, 2018
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We're talking about all things sex this week with Conner Habib, the Cate Blanchett of porn.

34 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Lina Bradford talks about how labels can pigeonhole people, and says that beauty doesn't have a gender.

43 min
Jan 16, 2018
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Joseph Osmundson: scientist, writer, and that guy on Twitter who tweets a lot about therapy.

34 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Kim Coco Iwamoto, the first openly trans person to win a statewide election, is now running for Lieutenant Governor in Hawaii.

19 min
Dec 18, 2017
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Aaron Carter talks about adjusting to being an out of the closet, being single, and being open to dating men.

41 min
Dec 11, 2017
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Solomon Georgio talks about immigrating from African, learning that he was black, and learning American culture through watching sitcoms.

40 min
Dec 4, 2017
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Isis King talks about America's Next Top Model and how Paris Is Burning opened her eyes to her own gender.

25 min
Nov 28, 2017
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Will Kostakis talks about his new YA book, The Sidekicks, and Australia's recent survey on marriage equality.

18 min
Nov 21, 2017
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Ross Mathews talks about being accused of setting back the movement while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

38 min
Nov 14, 2017
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FBI agent turned surf-rocker, Susan SurfTone talks about how unstable the rights of LGBTQ people are under this current administration.

40 min
Nov 6, 2017
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Zeke Smith talks about working with GLAAD and CBS to shape the media response to his outing, and what he's doing now that the show is over.

15 min
Nov 3, 2017
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The legendary activist talks about Stonewall, growing up as an effeminate kid, and leaving home at 10.

40 min
Oct 28, 2017
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Katya Zamolodchikova talks about her new Viceland show with Trixie Mattel, stealing $20,000 to pay for drugs, and getting paid to sleep with men while in drag.

30 min
Oct 24, 2017
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Zeke Thomas talks about how prevalent sexual assault is in the gay community.

6 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Cleves Jones talks about why coming out of the closet is still so important in the fight for LGBTQ rights. He also lays out the what we gain from of living amongst a community of LGBTQ people: political power,

41 min
Oct 3, 2017
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Abdi Nazemian talks about what it was like to come out in a Middle Eastern family and how it differs from the typical Western LGBTQ experience that people know. He talks about the Iranian president’s comments that they “don’t have any gays in Iran” and...

46 min
Sep 26, 2017
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Cameron Esposito talks about making comedy in the Trump era, saying that to be apolitical and an artist right now is a waste of time. She also describes life without her iconic asymmetrical haircut, the ways we police different people’s gender,

43 min
Sep 18, 2017
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Tommy Pico talks about growing up on a Native American reservation, trying to tame the English language with his poetry, and why labeling himself as an “NDN” is a powerful act of reclamation. He also talks about how people often don’t know enough about...

41 min
Sep 10, 2017
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Shadi Petosky talks about wanting to create a diverse and inclusive world in her animated series, Danger and Eggs. She also talks about still being confused and challenged by gender, switching up pronouns amongst friends,

41 min
Aug 29, 2017
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Michael Varrati talks about the queer undertones (both hidden and overt) in horror movies and why the recurring theme of the underdog who has to persevere in the face of adversity is so relatable. He talks about how there are many horror stories,

31 min
Aug 22, 2017
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Cheryl Dunye is a pioneering queer filmmaker. She talks about the enduring legacy of her film, The Watermelon Woman (celebrating its 20th anniversary), and directing sex scenes with brown bodies, why she’s no longer interested in making the compromises...

36 min
Aug 15, 2017
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Our Lady J talks about being a writer for Transparent, the power and responsibility that storytellers have, and shares the “beautiful and excruciating” moments from growing up in a predominantly Amish community.

47 min
Aug 8, 2017
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Kristin Russo (author of This is Book for Parents of Gay Kids) talks about Autostraddle’s A-Camp (where she is the co-director), the special importance of sex ed in LGBTQ communities, and social pressures she faced to identify as a lesbian instead of b...

47 min
Aug 1, 2017
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Laith Ashley talks about why transgender men are less visible than transgender women in society, says people police his gender as much now as they did before his transition, and why living openly as a transgender person is a privilege that not everyone...

10 min
Jul 26, 2017
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Shane Ortega is the first transgender person to serve openly in the military. He talks about how to interpret President Trump’s tweets banning trans people from serving in the military, explains why it’s so detrimental that Trump didn’t seek guidance f...

49 min
Jul 21, 2017
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Erin Judge (comedian and author of Vow of Celibacy) talks about how overweight people are able to have active, healthy sex lives, despite how the media often represents them. She also talks about why it’s healthy to experiment sexually when you’re youn...

38 min
Jul 11, 2017
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Eliel Cruz talks about why, despite the violence it’s caused, religion has remained such a large part of so many LGBTQ people’s lives. He talks about what his prayers look like, coming out in a Christian school,

34 min
Jul 6, 2017
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Mariana Marroquin works as an Anti-Violence Project Manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We talk about her work and the discrimination that her clients face, as well as the fear that’s been stemming from the Trump administration.

53 min
Jun 19, 2017
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Alexei Romanoff and David Farah talk about the Black Cat protests that happened in 1967 (two years before Stonewall). Alexei Romanoff helped to organize and lead it, and is the last known person still alive who was there.

41 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Nico Tortorella talks about why people are freaked out and fascinated by his bisexuality, saying people equate it with promiscuity. He also talks about why love is the driving force for everything in his life,

38 min
Jun 6, 2017
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Chani Nicholas talks about astrology as a way to guide and invoke a sense of awe in our lives. She discusses activism as a way of healing, looking at Donald Trump’s astrology charts, and the toxic mixture that privilege and comfort can create.

22 min
May 24, 2017
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Alexandra Billings talks about meeting her wife while in high school, the women who mentored her, and why Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS marches. She also talks about her connection to her great-great-grandmother who was assigned male ...

51 min
May 17, 2017
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Jennifer Finney Boylan talks with Jeffrey Masters about working with GLAAD to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. She says that the marriage equality movement was successful because it changed the discourse from being about “sex” to “love”,

35 min
May 8, 2017
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Shane Ortega (the first transgender person to serve openly in the military) talks about why his mom was the motivation behind him joining the military, specifically to fight the bans that kept LGBTQ people from serving openly.

47 min
May 1, 2017
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Matt Baume talks about the torture of queer men that’s occurring in Chechnya and what you can do if you feel helpless. He also discusses the coding of LGBTQ content in the media, the evolution of queer language,

42 min
Apr 24, 2017
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Cleve Jones talks about his life in the LGBTQ movement: working with Harvey Milk, starting the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and marching on Washington. He says marriage equality was never part of their mission, only stemming out the AIDS pandemic when they saw...

44 min
Apr 17, 2017
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Amin El Gamal talks about working with so many out gay actors on Prison Break, emailing Aaron Sorkin while working on The Newsroom, and why he doesn’t want to play any more terrorists in TV or film. He also talks about running a support group for LGBTQ...

22 min
Apr 11, 2017
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Asia Kate Dillon talks about the Emmy Award’s message of inclusion towards them as a non-binary actor. They also say that while they’ve always felt a degree of ambiguity towards their gender, they didn’t discover the word “non-binary” until they read t...

41 min
Apr 3, 2017
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Dr. Michelle Stevens talks about surviving a childhood of sexual abuse, the mental illness that resulted, and how common abuse is (up to 40% of women and 14% of men have been sexually abused during their childhood).

45 min
Mar 28, 2017
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Angelica Ross talks about creating TransTech Social Enterprises, why she didn’t take a salary for the first two years that she was working there, and how her life has changed since becoming a Buddhist. Angelica also discusses recent acting work on Tran...

39 min
Mar 21, 2017
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Melissa Febos talks about how the conditions of our childhoods inform our adult relationships, dealing with daddy issues (yay!!!), and her new book, Abandon Me. Melissa also discusses the freedom in the lack of societal scripts around queer sex,

43 min
Mar 17, 2017
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NiK Kacy talks about feeling ignored by the fashion industry and why they created their gender equal footwear company. Nik Kacy discusses the difference between “gender equal” and “gender neutral”, immigrating from Hong Kong,

40 min
Feb 21, 2017
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Ira Madison III talks about his writing and the work of placing pop culture into a historical context. Ira also discusses why he was so affected by the film, Moonlight, growing up in Milwaukee near Jeffrey Dahmer,

42 min
Feb 8, 2017
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Jen Richards talks about the creation of Her Story, why she credits Janet Mock with creating a sisterhood of trans women, and adjusting to life without male privilege. She also talks about going days without thinking about being trans, life in aporia,

34 min
Jan 24, 2017
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Trixie Mattel talks about getting into drag in the back of an uber, not wanting to look like a woman or a man, and throwing up because his wig was too heavy. He also talks about dating apps, lying about his career while on dates,

34 min
Jan 16, 2017
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Alexandra Grey talks about her role on Transparent, acting with Phylicia Rashad on When We Rise, and does celebrity impressions of Viola Davis and Wendy Williams. She also discusses spending her last $87 on a bus ride to Los Angeles,

36 min
Jan 9, 2017
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Perez Hilton talks to Jeffrey Masters about learning to separate himself from the character he created, why he has to spend so much time on social media, and how he built his business into an empire. Perez Hilton also talks about dating as a single par...

49 min
Dec 20, 2016
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Buck Angel talks about how sex taught him to love himself, and why he wants the trans community to be more comfortable talking about it. He also discusses how conservative the porn industry is, getting his sex toy for trans men into stores,

26 min
Dec 13, 2016
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Ashby Dodge is the Clinical Director at The Trevor Project and talks about the increase in calls since the 2016 presidential election, why LGBTQ youth are at a greater risk, and says that one supportive person reaching out can reduce a young person’s r...

43 min
Dec 7, 2016
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D’Lo talks about his Sri Lankan heritage, being raised Hindu while attending Baptist and Catholic schools, and offers evidence to support the claim that he’s a demigod. D’Lo also talks about wanting to kiss girls as a 3-year-old and how his partner has...

37 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Laura Jane Grace talks about naming her memoir the “t” word, when it’s a word she despises. She also talks about what it’s like to be on the road with the punk rock band, Against Me! (she’s been the lead singer, songwriter,

31 min
Nov 22, 2016
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Cheryl Dunye talks about why she’s not interested in being a commercial filmmaker and the enduring legacy of her film, The Watermelon Woman (celebrating its 20th anniversary). She also talks about supporting more films by and about queer people of colo...

29 min
Nov 15, 2016
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Peter Paige talks about the legacy of Queer As Folk, representing all LGBTQ identities in The Fosters, and the power of television to shape our identities. Peter Paige also talks to Jeffrey Masters about how being gay has affected his career and the so...

31 min
Nov 7, 2016
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Bamby Salcedo talks about her work as an activist and the struggles that trans people face, especially those in immigrant and latin communities. Bamby created the TransLatin@ Coalition and shares about being invited to speak with Joe Biden at the White...

38 min
Nov 1, 2016
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Conner Habib talks about why he got into porn and the detachment he’s experienced in terms of his own sexuality. He describes how our sexual preferences are unproductive, and talks about monogamy, Prop60, and the link between Christianity and the Occul...

35 min
Oct 25, 2016
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Shane Ortega talks about joining the military to fight the bans on LGBTQ people after seeing how hard it was for his mom (who is a lesbian) to serve during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He talks about building a queer and trans community in the military,

29 min
Oct 17, 2016
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iO Tillett Wight talks about what it was like growing up with parents and a community who never questioned his gender. iO Tillett Wright talks about his memoir (Darling Days) and celebrating the diversity of our community with Self Evident Truths,

38 min
Oct 10, 2016
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Jacob Tobia talks about not having to prove their gender to anyone and why describing themself as an activist is redundant. Jacob also discusses their evolving views on their own sexuality, how the bible supports queer identities,

37 min
Oct 3, 2016
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Michelle Tea talks about her new hybrid-memoir (Black Wave), early literary tours with Sister Spit, and romanticizing suffering for her art. She also talks about “living outside the margins” and the role of witchcraft in her life.

24 min
Sep 18, 2016
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Arisce Wanzer talks about both the stigmas and opportunities of being transgender and a supermodel. Arisce discusses getting paid more than male models, why she loves her “big” nose, and dating as a trans woman.

19 min
Sep 12, 2016
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Ross Mathews talks about “the gay voice”, getting hate mail while working on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and why he will always love football. ABOUT LGBTQ&A: LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community ...

29 min
Sep 5, 2016
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Josh Allen talks about the LGBTQ characters on Empire (on Fox), gun violence while growing up in the South Side of Chicago, and having to explain to people what Julliard is. Jeffrey Masters interviews. ABOUT LGBTQ&A: LGBTQ&A is an interview podcast hig...

35 min
Sep 1, 2016
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  Ali Liebegott talks about writing for Transparent, inhabiting a butch identity, knowing where the gender neutral bathrooms are at Disneyland, and confesses to never having seen The Avengers movie. Jeffrey Masters interviews Ali Liebegott.

1 min
Sep 1, 2016
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Welcome to LGBTQ&A! This is a collection of interviews with different members of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. The show is hosted by Jeffrey Masters. LGBTQ&A was created to document the stories of the L...

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