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.
September 24th 2021 Queer Voices
Anti-Trans Texas Legislature -- 25th Annual Q-Fest -- Author Alecia P. Long
We speak with Andrew Edmonson about the upcoming special session that Governor Greg Abbott called. We talk about the particularly anti-trans legislative priorities.
GUEST: Andrew Edmonson
Q-Fest is Houston’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer film festival. Beginning Friday, September 24, it returns for its twenty-fifth anniversary season. The festival continues through Monday, October 4. We speak with festival organizers Kristian Salinas and Stephanie Saint Sanchez about this year's festival -- and their decision to end the festival on its twenty-fifth anniversary.
GUEST: Kristian Salinas and Stephanie St. Sanchez
We speak with the author Alecia P. Long. An acclaimed new book paints a fascinating portrait of gay life in the American South in the 1950s and 1960s. The book is called "Cruising for Conspirators: How a New Orleans District Attorney Prosecuted the Kennedy Assassination as a Sex Crime." We interview the author, the distinguished Louisiana State University historian Dr. Alecia P. Long. . The acclaimed writer Gary Krist, author of Empire of Sin, has observed of the book, “In "Cruising for Conspirators,' Alecia Long offers us a fresh new perspective on an endlessly enthralling subject—the alleged conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. She reveals how a pervasive and institutional homophobia shaped the prosecution of the only person ever tried in the affair. This is an engrossing and important book, meticulously researched and profoundly relevant to our country’s ongoing attempts to grapple with the deep-rooted inequities of its past.”
Guest: Alecia P Long
September 17th 2021 Queer Voices
Dr. Robb Kelly Addiction Expert -- Jody Randall Texas Pride Impact Funds Vice President
We speak with Dr. Rob Kelly addiction expert about the LGBT community and this disease. Robb has overcome homelessness, alcohol dependency, trauma, PTSD, and MDD and a whirlwind of events to be the "Gordon Ramsay" of the addiction treatment world. Before Robb succumbed to addiction and mental health issues, he played bass guitar at Abbey Studio with Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John. He is an accomplished musician, and the money he made helped him attend Oxford University to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology. Robb experienced a spiritual awakening on the cold streets of Manchester while homeless and in dire straights.
GUEST: Dr. Robb Kelly
Then, we speak with Jody Randall, vice president of the Texas Pride Impact Funds about this organization and her activism in West Texas. Texas Pride Impact Funds exists to propel the LGBTQ+ movement in Texas by supporting nonprofits that help thousands of our citizens across the state every day. Our work strengthens community organizations and their leaders, mobilizes donors and funders, inspires giving, and actively secures our LGBTQ+ community's future for generations to come. Its Mission - Securing the future for LGBTQ+ Texans by inspiring giving and investment to expand opportunities and enrich our communities. Its Vision - Texas Pride Impact Funds, as the leading progressive LGBTQ+ community foundation, boldly supports equitable and transformational change in Texas.
GUEST: Jody Randall
September 10th 2021 Queer Voices
Texas A&M University's First LGBT Exhibit --- New General Manager KPFT
We speak with Dr. Francesca Marini, Programming and Outreach Librarian at Texas A&M University, about the exhibit, "Coming Out Together to Share Our History: LGBTQIA+ Collections in College Station, Houston and Beyond". In its first large-scale collaboration with the LGBTQ community, Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives highlights local queer history, including some special memorabilia from Houston. Coming Out Together to Share Our History: LGBTQIA+ Collections in College Station, Houston, and Beyond runs through December 16, and is a must-see slice of local queer history and everyday life.
GUEST: Dr. Francesca Marini
Then, we speak with the new general manager of KPFT, Dr. Robert Franklin about his background and his vision for KPFT. Dr. Franklin last served as WVAS-FM station manager at Alabama State. He came to Alabama State University from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he served as Professor of Communication and General Manager of WCSU-FM, a Central State public radio station. He stands as a beacon for cooperative organizing where people work together for the greater good. His production portfolio contains examples of compelling programming, informative, in-depth interviews, and world-class documentaries designed to enlighten, educate, and inform the community. His body of work and his innumerable awards prove that he is a gifted and talented broadcast journalist who honors the ethical and honorable ways of true journalism. Recently Dr. Franklin won the Best Documentary award at the 2018 Houston Black Film Festival for his film “Rise: Mickey Leland, World Citizen” and was selected as the 2019 Educator of the Year by the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.
GUEST: Dr. Robert Franklin
September 3rd 2021 Queer Voices
LGBTQ+ Discussion at the Rothko Chapel -- Remembering Houston LGBTQ advocate Frank Campisi -- LGBTQ persons of color you should know
We speak with folks from the Rothko Chapel regarding the moderated conversation, "The Struggle for Equality: LGBTQIA+ Rights, Beyond the Rhetoric: Civil Rights & Our Shared Responsibility Series" The conversation will be on the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in the US with JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs at Human Rights Campaign and Adri Perez, Policy & Advocacy Strategist at ACLU of Texas. JoDee Winterhof will address national LGBTQIA+ issues and initiatives, followed by Adri Perez who will focus on the state of Texas. A moderated conversation with Q&A will be facilitated by Rev. Troy Treash, Senior Pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.
GUEST: Ashley Clemmer
Then, we speak to Parker Witt about the recent passing of Houston LGBT philanthropist Frank Campisi. He discuss Frank's life, his work in Houston including the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We discuss his activism and hear some funny stories that Frank liked to tell.
GUEST: Parker Witt
Finally, Matthew Williams interviews Brandon Mack about the people of color you should know in the LGBT community. We discuss the following LGBTQ people of color you should know: Margaret Chung, Dr. Amy Shioshi, Ernestine Eckstein, Marielle Franco and Marsha P. Johnson. Please listen to the interview to hear more about these folks.
GUEST; Brandon Mack
August 27th 2021 Queer Voices
Ian Haddock, Queer People of Color's response to COVID -- Annise Parker talks record number of LGBTQ people elected to office
We speak with Ian Haddock about the queer people of color's response in the times of COVID. Ian L. Haddock is the Executive Director of The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. With a wealth of knowledge in the public health field and community activist work, Ian uses a healing justice and harm reduction lens to tackle the multiplicity of traumas that are felt at the intersections of Black and Queer. As an esteemed writer, national activist, and community builder, Ian finds resolve in liberation for all people.
GUEST: Ian Haddock
Then, we speak with Annise Parker, the president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute about the record number of openly LGBTQ candidates elected to office. There are 986 known* out LGBTQ elected officials in the United States – a 17 percent increase in the past year – according to LGBTQ Victory Institute’s Out for America 2021 report, which was released today. While a large increase, LGBTQ people hold just 0.19 percent of elected positions in the United States, despite making up at least 5.6 percent** of the U.S. adult population. Americans must elect 28,116 more LGBTQ people to public office for LGBTQ people to achieve equitable representation (serving in 5.6 percent of elected positions).
GUEST: Annise Parker
August 20th 2021 Queer Voices
Transgender Healthcare in Houston -- Gov. Abbott's anti-trans executive order's effect on families
We speak with Lou Weaver about the state of Transgender healthcare in Houston. We discuss the current state of healthcare and the options available in the community. We also discuss what can be done to improve this important service to the transgender community going forward.
GUEST: Lou Weaver
Then, we speak with Aaron Richie, the father of two transgender children about the anti-trans executive order by the Texas governor. We discuss the harm this order would cause as well the work that was done to fight this legislation in the regular session of the state legislature. We discuss what effect this would have on transgender families across the state
GUEST: Aaron Richie
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