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.
July 23rd 2021 Queer Voices
Hate in the State Legislature - Supreme Court Case Part 2
We speak with Brad Pritchett, field director for Equality Texas, about the Texas legilative session about the potetntial impact on the LGBT community. Brad details plans for the fight against these damaging bills.
GUEST: Brad Pritchett
Then we feature the second part of an interview with attorney Jason Lyon about the Supreme Court decision Fulton County --vs-- Philadelphia. In a surprising unanimous decision recently in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court ruled that Philadelphia violated the First Amendment’s free exercise clause by refusing to contract with a Catholic foster care agency — Catholic Social Services — that refrained from placing children with same-sex families.
GUEST: Jason Lyon
July 16th 2021 Queer Voices
Anti Trans Texas Special Session -- Religious Freedom in the Supreme Court
Andrew Edmonson discusses the special session of the Texas legislature and what is at stake for the LGBT community. We discuss the anti transgender bill banning athletes from competing and its likelihood of passage.
GUEST: Andrew Edmonson
We speak with attorney Jason Lyon about the Supreme Court decision Fulton County --vs-- Philadelphia. In a surprising unanimous decision recently in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court ruled that Philadelphia violated the First Amendment’s free exercise clause by refusing to contract with a Catholic foster care agency — Catholic Social Services — that refrained from placing children with same-sex families.
GUEST: Jason Lyon
July 9th 2021 Queer Voices
Author Stef M. Shuster - "Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender" -- Tori Williams Oral History Project
Guest co-host Alexis Melvin interviews author Stef M. Shuster regarding the non fiction work, "Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender". Surfacing in the mid-twentieth century, yet shrouded in social stigma, transgender medicine is now a rapidly growing medical field. In Trans Medicine, stef shuster makes an important intervention in how we understand the development of this field and how it is being used to “treat” gender identity today. Drawing on interviews with medical providers as well as ethnographic and archival research, shuster examines how health professionals approach patients who seek gender-affirming care. From genital reconstructions to hormone injections, the practice of trans medicine charts new medical ground, compelling medical professionals to plan treatments without widescale clinical trials to back them up. Relying on cultural norms and gut instincts to inform their treatment plans, shuster shows how medical providers’ lack of clinical experience and scientific research undermines their ability to interact with patients, craft treatment plans, and make medical decisions. This situation defies how providers are trained to work with patients and creates uncertainty. As providers navigate the developing knowledge surrounding the medical care of trans folk, Trans Medicine offers a rare opportunity to understand how providers make decisions while facing challenges to their expertise and, in the process, have acquired authority not only over clinical outcomes, but over gender itself.
GUEST: Stef M. Shuster
Tori Williams, local AIDS activist, discusses the 40th anniversary of the first reports in the United States of the disease that would come to be known as AIDS; the Oral History Project's work chronicling the HIV crisis in the Bayou City; and the significant progress that The oH Project has made thus far, with 75 out of 100 interviews having been completed.
GUEST: Tori Williams
June 25th 2021 Queer Voices
History of Houston Pride Parades - Tennessee and Truman biopic
We discuss the history of Pride Parades in Houston with LGBT historian JD Doyle. We discuss how the parade originated and its move to a night time event.
GUEST: JD Doyle
Then we speak about the film "Tennessee and Truman: An Intimate Portrait". The work, lives, and personal journeys of iconic American artists Truman Capote and Tennesee Williams coalesce with creative combustion in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland distills the loves, fears, and artistic achievements of these masters via an array of archival materials, film clips, and vibrant voiceover work from Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto as Capote and Williams, respectively. Packed with pearls of wisdoms and eloquent observations, the film celebrates the sometimes tumultuous friendship of the titular writers through the ages, while honoring the way their queer identity informed their world-renowned artistic achievements and relationships with their family, confidants, and -- most significantly -- each other.
GUEST: Andrew Edmonson
June 18th 2021 Queer Voices
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
Then 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 Edmonson
June 11th 2021 Queer Voices
Texas Legislative Nastiness -- Pose the TV Show and its Impact
Today 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 Prichett
Then, 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 Stylz
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