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A Lesbian Podcast Social brought to you from a basement somewhere in London. ​Each episode features autobiographically informed conversations with women from all walks of life who discuss everyday topics, share anecdotes or reflect on their individual life experiences and values. No flannel shirts were harmed in the making of these recordings.

A Lesbian Affair Jess W.

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A Lesbian Podcast Social brought to you from a basement somewhere in London. ​Each episode features autobiographically informed conversations with women from all walks of life who discuss everyday topics, share anecdotes or reflect on their individual life experiences and values. No flannel shirts were harmed in the making of these recordings.

    #0023 - Elaine McKenzie

    #0023 - Elaine McKenzie

    Something curious happens whenever Elaine is told that she can't do something... In fact, chances are that every 'no' she received in her life has possibly resulted in something special.

    When it comes to the community here in London - this special thing is called the 'Glass Bar', a small paradise tucked away in a lodge outside a big train station. Elaine built this women's space up herself and in this episode she talks about what it took to get it going.

    Jess and her explore her value system, the concept of 'butchness', her childhood, and experiences of bullying and discrimination. There is also a surprise guest who used to be a former patron of the bar.

    Listen to this episode if you have a special interest in stories from the Glass Bar's 'lost and found' section.

    Things mentioned in this episode:
    'A History of the Glass Bar'; 'Gay's The Word Bookshop'; Elaine's other Podcast Ventures 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #0022 - Annie

    #0022 - Annie

    Meet Annie - an operations & logistics professional with a background in voice-over work in the Nigerian film industry. In this episode, she shares her story, talks about what 'home' means to her, and also what it was like to find strength in her voice and grow in confidence.  Jess and her also talk about her family, her Nigerian roots, what coming out meant to her, as well as how school and her relationship to her grandmother helped her become who she is today. In addition to this, there is talk about androgyny and explorations into why Nigerian snails are potentially better than French ones.

    Things mentioned in this episode:
    Lagos,  A Recipe Sample, She Bar London (Facebook Page)

    • 1 hr 36 min
    A Lesbian Affair - Trailer

    A Lesbian Affair - Trailer

    Introducing a long-form, conversational lesbian podcast. The 'A Lesbian Affair' Pod might just be the answer to your google searches.

    • 39 sec
    #0021 - Pat

    #0021 - Pat

    What's it like to come out as gay to your twin sister? And what's life like in Arkansas? Meet Pat, a history buff, Park Ranger and 'thespian lesbian' who can  share some insight into these questions.

    In this episode, she talks to Jess about her upbringing in Texas,  what it was like to start a career as a teacher and to also transition out of it, the notion of rainbow flags at work,  political neutrality when in uniform, as well as what it was like to come out to her mother and herself.

    There are also conversations about allyship, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and what this might have to do with coming out, as well as thoughts about the era before 'don't ask - don't tell' in the US military.

    Things mentioned in this episode:
    Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs; Boston Marriages, Dr. Elizabeth Macmillan (or  just Mac) 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #0020 - The Lezmas Special

    #0020 - The Lezmas Special

    Surprise - we've reached the Season One Festive Special of 'A Lesbian Affair'!

    So let's have a look at what makes Christmas good and how we can also talk about its associated challenges. What's love got to do with it and what about family traditions that are unique to each and every one of us?

    Jess explores these and other personal questions in a celebratory round-up of conversations with Diana Souhami, Mia, Fen & Kerry, Miriam, Sarah and Fae. Trigger warning - this episode features some serious 'grinching' but also more reflective and joyful moments. Thank you for listening and see you all in the next year for Season 2.

    Things mentioned in this Episode:
    St Lucy's Day, Stollen, The Happiest Season,  The Priory of the Orange Tree (Book), The Marshmallow Test

    Spoiler Alert: Don't Listen to this Episode in front of minors 

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #0019 - Anna & Teresa

    #0019 - Anna & Teresa

    What's it like to find love, and dance into a relationship that comes with its own challenges... such as navigating a 20 year age-difference? Meet Anna and Teresa, who have learned to deal with just that.

    In this episode, they generously let us in on their lives; their coming out stories; how they got to know and love each other, and also what the prospect of marriage and commitment means to them individually.  We hear about Teresa's activist work during the Aids Crisis and what it was like to be a nurse for the National Health Service during less accepting times.

    In turn, Anna tells us about her relationship to her parents, her experiences in college, food in relation to health and culture, personal agency, and what it means to embrace Teresa's Chinese heritage. This episode features the couple's personal experiences with Covid-19.

    Things mentioned in this episode:
    Amanda Burton, The 'Ice Berg' Advert, London Lighthouse, Teresa's Youtube Channel (The London Organic Grower)

    • 1 hr 28 min

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