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Lost Spaces explores queer experiences as told through now-closed bars and clubs. Every episode singer/songwriter K Anderson interviews a different member of the community to find out about a venue from their past, the memories they created there and the people that they used to know. Theme song - 'Well Groomed Boys' by K Anderson. Find out more at https://lostspacespodcast.com/

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Lost Spaces explores queer experiences as told through now-closed bars and clubs. Every episode singer/songwriter K Anderson interviews a different member of the community to find out about a venue from their past, the memories they created there and the people that they used to know. Theme song - 'Well Groomed Boys' by K Anderson. Find out more at https://lostspacespodcast.com/

    "A Slice Of Lesbian Reality That I Had Never Seen" - with Paris Poirier and Karen Kiss

    "A Slice Of Lesbian Reality That I Had Never Seen" - with Paris Poirier and Karen Kiss

    * This episode is sponsored by Spaces, the new group chat app for queer communities - find out more at https://www.queerspaces.com/ (and, come join the Lost Queer Spaces Space after you've set up your profile! *

    Picture it.

    It's 1989. 

    Maud's, one of the only lesbian bars in San Francisco, is about to close down permanently. 

    And, in its last few days a plucky film crew sets up to document the final days of the bar, celebrate the women who went there, and mark the importance of such a space.

    I know this is a really naive thing to say, but it blows my mind that as a community we were having these conversations about the importance of queer spaces and their preservation of our culture over 30 years ago! And we're still having them! 

    The resulting documentary from these few days of filming, 'Last Call at Maud's' is a fascinating insight into not only the lesbian bar scene, but where we were culturally at that time.

    So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, i was lucky enough to sit down with the film-makers Paris Poirier and Karen Kiss, to talk about them making the film, the reaction to it, and..... what San Francisco life was like back in the 70s and 80s....

    Do you have any memories of Maud's, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about Last Call at Maud's by visiting the website http://lastcallatmauds.com/


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    • 31 min
    "He Took Me To My First Gay Club" - with Jonathan Marotto from the Yaaas Bro Podcast

    "He Took Me To My First Gay Club" - with Jonathan Marotto from the Yaaas Bro Podcast

    * This episode is sponsored by Spaces, the new group chat app for queer communities - find out more at https://www.queerspaces.com/ (and, come join the Lost Queer Spaces Space after you've set up your profile! * 

    You know how when you were a baby gay and you had to someone pluck up every single shred of courage within you in order to make that first visit to your local queer bar, and how you had to go through the emotional acrobats just to make that first step through the front door?

    Well.... my guest this week DIDN'T have that experience at all! 

    In fact, bucking all trends and being in a long-term relationship that started when he was 16... Which means he was introduced to clubbing by his boyfriend, and didn't have to do all of that awkward small talk and flirting with strangers that made the rest of us want to shrivel up and disappear in to the beer-soaked carpet... 

    So that means that this week's guest, Jonathan Marotto, from the Yaaas Bro podcast, has a really different perspective on his early days of clubbing and how they shaped him. 

    We caught up to talk about the Miami under-age club 'Diskotekka', and along the way we discuss how Lady Gaga helped with his coming out, breaking up, getting back together, and then breaking up again.... and I get some tips on how to convince your classmates that you're totally, totally 'masc'... 

    Do you have any memories of Diskoteka, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about Jonathan by visiting  his website https://www.yaaasbro.com/,  or follow him on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/yaaas.bro/


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    • 1 hr
    "Every Bachelorette Party Seems To Be At A Queer Bar Now" - with J.P. Der Boghossian (from This Queer Book Saved My Life Podcast)

    "Every Bachelorette Party Seems To Be At A Queer Bar Now" - with J.P. Der Boghossian (from This Queer Book Saved My Life Podcast)

    *Before we dive in to this week's episode - did you know that I also write a weekly newsletter? I'd love to spend a little time in your inbox! If you want some queer shit once a week sign up here - https://tinyurl.com/lostspacespod *

    One of the perverse things about doing this podcast is that when I'm talking to a potential guest and they say that all of the bars that were ever significant in their life are still open, instead of me responding 'Yay! That's great news! Queer spaces are thriving', I'm like 'Damn! Now we have nothing to talk about!'  

    Anyway, that's a long way of saying that that is exactly what happened when I first got in touch with this week's guest. J.P. Der Boghossian, the founder of Queer Armenian Library and the host of the podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life. 

    The bar that he first went to when he started going out, Sidetrack in Northern Michigan, is still open. 

    But, after a bit of back and forth we realised that one of the other spaces that he frequented at that time, the magical world of AOL chatrooms, no longer exist!

    So, we're taking a trip back to the late 90s, in the very early days of the internet, to talk to random strangers and take grainy pictures of ourselves with our shitty webcams! 

    Do you have any memories of AOL chat rooms, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about J.P. by visiting his website https://jpderboghossian.com/, the Queer Armenian Library https://queerarmenianlibrary.com/ website or the podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life https://thisqueerbook.com/


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    • 53 min
    "We Call It The Gaybourhood Here" - with Maurice Smith from Category Is... Podcast

    "We Call It The Gaybourhood Here" - with Maurice Smith from Category Is... Podcast

    *Before we dive in to this week's episode - did you know that I also write a weekly newsletter? I'd love to spend a little time in your inbox! If you want some queer shit once a week sign up here - https://tinyurl.com/lostspacespod *

    So, you're new to a city... You know no-one... The job you moved for has since disappeared, and you've got to start from scratch...

    Where do you go to meet people? How do you make new friends?

    Well, how about... Facebook? (You thought i was going to say your local gay bar, didn't you?)

    For this week's guest, Maurice Smith from Category Is... Podcast, it was Facebook where he first made connections after he moved to Philadelphia in the late 00s.

    But, when it was time to meet them in real life? That's where Bump came in to play.

    We chat all about renaming the gaybourhood, learning to overcome shyness, and, I learn a new word - meetcute! Wanna know what it means? Well, you'll have to listen to the episode to find out....

    Do you have any memories of Bump?, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about Maurice by following Category Is... on twitter (https://twitter.com/CategoryIsPod), or listen to the show wherever you stream podcasts!


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    • 34 min
    "I Think A Lot Of Gay People Go Through That" - with Dillan Gay from The Sober Gay Podcast

    "I Think A Lot Of Gay People Go Through That" - with Dillan Gay from The Sober Gay Podcast

    *Before we dive in to this week's episode - did you know that I also write a weekly newsletter? I'd love to spend a little time in your inbox! If you want some queer shit once a week sign up here - https://tinyurl.com/lostspacespod *

    It's no secret that there's an addiction issue in the queer community, with those identifying as LGBTQ+ more likely to experience an addiction. 

    And there are different theories about why this is - LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience early emotional trauma, which means they're more likely to experience a mental health problem, and there can also be additional barriers to accessing support. But, one of the big reasons, and one of the things I'm sure you've heard before, is that our community spaces are often centred on drinking and drug-taking, which means there's an added exposure and, some would say, pressure. 

    Which brings us to today's guest - Dillan Gay (yes, that is his actual surname!), is the co-host of The Sober Gay, a podcast about being sober in the LGBTQIA+ community. In our chat we talk a lot about his alcohol addiction, how queer spaces intersected with that, and his experiences with recovery... 

    But, that makes it sound like this is a really heavy episode - it's not! Although we cover a lot of serious topics in our chat there are giggles aplenty! I promise!

    Do you have any memories of Stonewall?, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about The Sober Gay podcast by visiting the website https://www.thesobergay.com/, following him on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thesobergaypodcast/), or, of course, listen to the show wherever you stream podcasts! 


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    • 50 min
    "This Queer Felt That Way..." - with Owen Keehnen

    "This Queer Felt That Way..." - with Owen Keehnen

    *Before we dive in to this week's episode - did you know that I also write a weekly newsletter? I'd love to spend a little time in your inbox! If you want some queer shit once a week sign up here - https://tinyurl.com/lostspacespod *

    This week we're doing something a little different - we're not going to a bar, a club, or even a community group. We're embracing summer and headed to a lost queer beach! 

    The Belmont Rocks were large limestone rocks on the lakefront of Lake Michigan, Chicago, that served as a gathering place for the LGBTQ+ community for decades, but were removed in 2003 due to erosion. 

    I caught up with the writer Owen Keehnen, who runs 'A Place for Us', a facebook page that gathers people's memories of Belmont Rocks, to discuss his early days in Chicago in the 80s (when his dream job was to work at Ripley's Believe It or Not), coming out during the AIDS crisis, and why it was so important to him to have access to this space.

    Do you have any memories of The Belmont Rocks?, or clubbing from your own queer scene that you want to share? Well, if you have please get in touch - I want to create the biggest online record of people's memories and stories - go to www.lostspacespodcast.com and find the section 'Share a Lost Space' and tell me what you got up to! Bonus points for embarrassing photos!

    You can also find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lostspacespod), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lostspacespod) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lostspacespod)

    Find out more about Owen by visiting his website www.owenkeehnen.com, following him on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/owenkeehnen), or follow the facebook page 'A Place for Us' - https://www.facebook.com/A-Place-for-Us-LGBTQ-Life-at-the-Belmont-Rocks-1962452347335386/


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

markcwalton ,

All our tender histories …

I love this podcast. Each episode is ostensibly a reminiscence about a closed queer bar or club but thanks to K Anderson’s warm engaging questioning it is also packed with tender coming out stories and raunchy tales of debauched nights out, all shot through with queer history as told through its basement bars and sticky dance floors.

jonbuckerfield ,

Absolutely fascinating

It’s great to hear about all of these legendary queer venues that are no longer with us from the people who enjoyed them. Insightful and enjoyable.

jaylondonjay ,

Great idea and why o why not ofund before

Lovely -apart from a few, I dont recognise these bars/venues-being described Kudos was a Village copy, Duke of Welly always went upstairs, Black cap was the mirror ceilling - before ever had an upstairs! to be converted to flats

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