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Queernundrum Podcast Holly Greystone and Gary Thoren

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A couple of awesome queers explore the full spectrum of queer history, terminology, culture, scifi, fantasy, and more!

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    S4E1 Queer Figures and Supporters: One Revolutionary and One Trailblazer

    S4E1 Queer Figures and Supporters: One Revolutionary and One Trailblazer

    Hello, Queernundrum listeners! We're thrilled to have you back for another exciting season. We've missed our amazing community and can't wait to dive into more fascinating discussions, heartwarming stories, and thought-provoking topics that matter to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
    This season, we have an incredible lineup of guests, insightful conversations, and a few surprises up our sleeve. Whether you're a longtime listener or just joining us, we're here to explore the beautiful complexities of queer life, love, and everything in between.
    In this captivating episode of Queernundrum, we delve into the fascinating lives of two legendary figures who left an indelible mark on both Hollywood and the LGBTQ+ community: Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur. We explore Brando's complex sexuality, his outspoken support for gay rights, and his groundbreaking roles that challenged societal norms. Additionally, we celebrate Bea Arthur's legacy, highlighting her iconic roles in "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," and her unwavering advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and support for the Ali Forney Center.
    Join us as we uncover the ways in which these two iconic personalities championed LGBTQ+ visibility and equality, both on and off the screen. Their stories offer a compelling blend of courage, activism, and artistry that continues to inspire and resonate today.
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 3 Episode 17 | Queer and Suicide

    Season 3 Episode 17 | Queer and Suicide

    Welcome back to another enlightening episode of Queernundrum! In this episode, we dive deep into a crucial and often stigmatized topic, suicide. We wrap up with something lighthearted, we talk about the amazing Thom Hulce!

    Resources and Notes: FYI, we are not medical professionals, you don't have to be either. When it comes to suicide, just asking is the beginning:
    Opening Communication: Asking someone directly about their thoughts of suicide opens up a channel of communication. It lets the individual know that someone cares and is willing to listen without judgment.Immediate Relief: Many individuals who are struggling with suicidal thoughts experience immediate relief when they are asked about it. It can provide a sense of validation and acknowledgment of their pain.Connection to Help: Suicide assessment is often the first step in connecting individuals to professional help, such as mental health counselors, crisis hotlines, or support groups. Prompt intervention can prevent a suicide attempt.Safety Planning: Conversations about suicide can lead to the development of safety plans. These plans include strategies for coping with suicidal thoughts and identifying sources of support.Reducing Isolation: Suicidal individuals often feel isolated and alone. Talking about their thoughts can break the isolation and encourage them to seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals.Risk Assessment: Professionals who assess suicide risk can determine the level of risk an individual poses to themselves. This assessment informs treatment and support strategies.Follow-Up: After the initial assessment, it's essential to follow up with individuals to ensure their safety and continued support. Regular check-ins can make a significant difference.
    Show Links:
    CDC Suicide Data
    988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
    TREVOR PROJECT
    LIFELINE FOR VETS
    AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP)
    NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY
    SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 3 Episode 16: Queer and Aging

    Season 3 Episode 16: Queer and Aging

    Welcome to another episode of Queernundrum! Today, we dive into a crucial and often overlooked topic—the experiences of LGBTQAI+ seniors. Our elders bear the resilience of having navigated discrimination, societal prejudices, and the challenges of developing their identities in less accepting times.
    Before we explore the unique journey of LGBTQAI+ seniors, let's take a moment to acknowledge the present. As of today, 84 anti-LGBTQAI+ laws have been passed across the country, while 227 were thankfully shut down. However, 187 laws are advancing, attacking various fronts like accurate IDs, civil rights, free speech, healthcare, public accommodations, and schools. (see ACLU to learn more).
    A Glimpse into the Past:
    Reflecting on the 1940s, homosexuality was largely criminalized, and individuals faced legal persecution. Living in the closet was a necessity, affecting their sense of community. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness, leading to harmful practices like conversion therapy. Discrimination in healthcare was rampant, and legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity were nonexistent.
    Progress:
    Fast forward to today, and there has been a significant shift in societal attitudes. LGBTQAI+ individuals experience greater social acceptance, a sense of community, and there's growing acknowledgment of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. Legal milestones, like the marriage equality act and the 14th Amendment, mark substantial progress.
    Reflection:
    Our elder LGBTQAI+ individuals came of age during times of extreme prejudice, while younger generations often experience more supportive environments during their formative years. Elders may have spent a significant part of their lives in the closet due to societal pressures, while younger individuals often grow up in a more visible and accepting LGBTQAI+ culture. Elder LGBTQAI+ individuals might have faced rejection from biological families, leading to the importance of chosen families. Younger generations often experience more openness within their families. We recognize this is not always the case., discrimination still exist.
    Our call to action is clear: lets work together to create a future where our LGBTQAI+ seniors can age gracefully, surrounded by environments that honor their resilience, acknowledge their unique journeys, and celebrate the wealth of wisdom they bring to our community.
    We celebrate the resilience of our LGBTQAI+ seniors, acknowledging the wisdom they bring to our community. As we advocate for inclusive policies and cultural competence in healthcare, we commit to ensuring that the journey of aging is marked by pride, acceptance, and a continued sense of belonging.


    Donate:/Learn More at SAGE. Founded in 1978, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBTQ+ older people and their caregivers.National Resource Center On LGBTQ+ Aging
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren
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    • 45 min
    Season 3 Episode 15: Catch Up and Pivot

    Season 3 Episode 15: Catch Up and Pivot

    Join us in this exciting episode as we take you behind the scenes of Queernundrum Season 3. We're back with our signature banter, laughter, and a fresh perspective as we navigate the dynamic landscape of LGBTQAI+ conversations.
    Season 3 marks a pivotal moment for Queernundrum. We've been on a journey of exploration, diving into new topics, and redefining our approach. In this episode, we open up about the decision to pivot, sharing the why behind our choices and the exciting directions we're heading.
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” "Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA" and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 47 min
    Season 3 Episode 14 | Dorothy Arzner

    Season 3 Episode 14 | Dorothy Arzner

    Welcome to another episode of Queernundrum, where we explore the lives and legacies of remarkable individuals who have left a mark on history. In today's episode, we dive into the incredible life and career of Dorothy Arzner, an American film director, a true pioneer in the entertainment industry, and an LGBTQ+ icon.
    Dorothy Arzner was a trailblazer, and her story is nothing short of inspirational. Born 1897, she would go on to become one of the most prolific and innovative directors in the history of American cinema. In an era when female directors were a rarity, Arzner shattered glass ceilings and blazed a trail for future generations of women in film.
    In 1927, she directed her first feature film, "Fashions for Women," making her the first woman to direct a sound film. One of Arzner's most iconic films is "The Wild Party" (1929), starring the legendary Clara Bow, a Hollywood sweetheart. It was a critical and commercial success and solidified Arzner's reputation as a director who could bring out the best in her actors and push the boundaries of storytelling. She was known for her meticulous attention to detail, innovative camera work, and her ability to create dynamic and compelling narratives.
    Throughout her career, Dorothy Arzner directed numerous films, working with some of the biggest stars of her time, including Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Lucille Ball. Her work covered a wide range of genres, from comedies and dramas to musicals, and consistently pushed the boundaries of what was possible in filmmaking.
    But Dorothy Arzner's story is not just one of cinematic achievement; it's also a story of personal courage and resilience. Arzner was openly gay in an era when such a revelation was met with hostility and discrimination. She lived her life authentically and unapologetically, making her a queer icon and an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community. Her work often featured strong, independent female characters, which was a reflection of her own determination to break through the barriers imposed by a male-dominated industry.
    Arzner's influence on Hollywood extended far beyond her own films. She mentored and inspired a new generation of filmmakers, both male and female, and her legacy can be seen in the work of directors who followed in her footsteps.
    In this episode, we explore the life and career of Dorothy Arzner, a visionary director, a pioneer in cinema, and a queer icon. Join us as we celebrate her groundbreaking contributions to the world of film and honor her legacy as a trailblazer who fearlessly shattered the glass ceiling, both in Hollywood and in matters of the heart.
    Q-News:
    LGBTQ+ Montanans have celebrated another brief win after a judge prolonged the injunction on the state’s vaguely-worded drag banBiden honors Matthew Shepard and condemns anti-LGBTQ violence - On the 25th anniversary of Shepard's death, President Biden condemned anti-LGBTQ violenceCasting gay actors to play gay characters is about ‘authenticity’60th anniversary of the March on Washington Gay and targeted in Uganda: Inside the extreme crackdown on LGBTQ...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Season 3 Episode 13 | Billy Haines

    Season 3 Episode 13 | Billy Haines

    Billy Haines was a notable American actor of the silent film era and early talkies. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a vaudeville performer and model. He made his way to Hollywood and gained fame as a leading man in numerous silent films during the 1920s.
    Haines was known for his charismatic screen presence and comedic talent. He appeared in popular films such as "Show People" (1928) and "Tell It to the Marines" (1926), earning him a dedicated fan base. What sets Billy Haines apart in LGBTQ+ history is that he was one of the few actors of his era to openly live as a gay man in Hollywood. He had a long-term romantic partnership with his partner, Jimmie Shields, which was uncommon and often considered scandalous at the time.
    Despite his success in the film industry, Haines' career faced a setback when rumors of his sexuality began to circulate. In 1933, he was faced with an ultimatum by MGM Studios to end his relationship with Jimmie Shields or have his contract terminated. Haines chose love over his career and left the film industry.
    After leaving Hollywood, Billy Haines transitioned into a successful career as an interior decorator, becoming renowned for his stylish and innovative designs. He maintained a strong and loving relationship with Jimmie Shields for over five decades until his death in 1973.
    In the years that followed, Haines' story became an important part of LGBTQ+ history, representing the challenges faced by gay individuals in the entertainment industry during a less accepting time. His choice to live openly with his partner and prioritize his personal happiness over his career was a bold and pioneering act.
    Q-News:
    California Republicans fight over softening stance against abortion and same-sex marriage – NBC NEWS
    Appeals court upholds Tennessee and Kentucky bans on trans care for minors -NBC NEWS
    Progressive Florida churches rally against DeSantis over LGBTQ, abortion and school laws - Miami Herald
    Human Rights Campaign Remembers US Senator Dianne Feinstein - HRC.org
    Show Notes:
    How Billy Haines Became Hollywoods Leading Decorator - Town and Country Mag
    William Haines - Wikipedia
    Out of the Closet, Off the Screen - 2001 Documentary - YouTube
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” "Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA" and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.

    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr

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