106 episodes

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/

Lost Spaces K Anderson

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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/

    "Everybody I Ever Knew Who Had HIV Had Died" (with De'Vannon Hubert)

    "Everybody I Ever Knew Who Had HIV Had Died" (with De'Vannon Hubert)

    1 December is World Aids Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic. 

    To mark this day on this week's show I'm joined by De'Vannon Hubert, podcaster and author of 'Sex, Drugs, and Jesus', a memoir about his struggles with his HIV+ diagnosis, drug addiction, homelessness, and rejection from his church for his sexuality.

    And the venue we're discussing is F-Bar in Houston, Texas, a place that holds bittersweet memories for De'Vannon - it was here that he celebrated, danced, and made friends and chosen family. But it was also here that he received the phone call telling him that he'd contracted HIV. 

    Do you have any memories of F Bar, 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 De'Vannon at his website - (https://www.sexdrugsandjesus.com/) , or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SexDrugsAndJesus/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TabooTopix) 






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    • 46 min
    "I Don't Hide My Lesbianism. It Is Always A Kernel Of Everything I Do" (with Gretchen Phillips)

    "I Don't Hide My Lesbianism. It Is Always A Kernel Of Everything I Do" (with Gretchen Phillips)

    So, if you've ever listened to this show before you'll know that I often talk to my guests about straight people in queer spaces... and, for the most part people are not exactly against the idea, but fear that it can compromise the integrity of a space, or... just make it a bit more boring...

    Well, this week's guest, Gretchen Phillips, has an entirely different view, and wants to see a world where there is more integration, and more 'reaching across the aisle', as she puts it...

    Gretchen is an influential singer-songwriter, who currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, but spent a good proportion of her life in Austin, Texas, where she was involved in cult bands Meat Joy, Girls in the Nose, and Two Nice Girls. 

    It was with Two Nice Girls that she released he best known compositions, 'The Queer Song', and 'I Spent My Last $10 (on Birth Control and Beer)', a song which sends up heterosexual relationships.

    We got together to talk about Chances, a lesbian bar in Austin that Gretchen started visiting in the 80s, and the space where she first laid eyes on her partner of 30 years.... 

    Do you have any memories of Chances, 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 Gretchen at her website - http://gretchen-phillips.com/


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    • 45 min
    "Even Though I Was Gay, I Wasn't Limp Wrist Gay" (with Reese from Not Another Drag Race Podcast)

    "Even Though I Was Gay, I Wasn't Limp Wrist Gay" (with Reese from Not Another Drag Race Podcast)

    This week's guest is Reese Williams, host of the Not Another Drag Race Podcast. 

    If you follow me on social media you'll have seen this week that I was the guest on his show, spouting my ill-informed opinions about last week's episode of Drag Race UK, and now it's time to return the favour!

    Reese grew up in Melbourne's outer suburbs and still remembers the long train ride he'd take to come in to the city and explore queer nightlife...

    The place that's left the strongest impression on him is The Greyhound Hotel (or, as it came to be known, The GH), which was in the seaside area of St Kilda, and which was closed in 2017 to make way for some luxury flats (sound familiar?).

    We talk all about taking your straight female friends out dancing, seeing drag for the first time, and we even have a little lesson in Aussie slang!

    Do you have any memories of The Greyhound, 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)

    Follow Reese on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/notanotherdragracepod/ and https://www.instagram.com/reesieboi/


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    • 46 min
    "What Type Of Gay Person Do I Want To Be?" (with Michael Ryan)

    "What Type Of Gay Person Do I Want To Be?" (with Michael Ryan)

    Michael Ryan, who leads the Gay Bars That Are Gone walking tour in NYC, and loves queer spaces as much as I do, is this week's guest.

    Originally from Augusta, Georgia, he first moved to New York for college, and although he quickly threw himself in to the scene, he wasn't sure what kind of gay he wanted to be... It wasn't until he found Splash, one of those old school gay bars that was bold, trashy and, invariably, the place you'd end up at the end of the night, that he found his tribe...

    And that tribe was the people that went to Musical Mondays, a night that celebrated all things musical theatre.... And, if you've listened to the show before you know that I'm a bit of a luddite when it comes to musicals, but through this conversation I feel as though I'm starting to understand the appeal a little bit more... 

    If you're listening to this on Spotify I'm experimenting a little with their new interactive features - I've set up a simple question - 'What is your favourite musical of all time?' - so if you can have a look at the episode there and answer the question that'd make me super excited.... and I'll be your best friend FOREVER if you say Grease 2!

    Do you have any memories of Splash, 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 Michael at his website https://michaelryanlovesplaces.com/, or follow him on IG https://www.instagram.com/michaeljamesryan/ and https://www.instagram.com/gaybarsthataregone/

    If you're in NYC and you want to go on Michael's walking tour you can book through Bowery Boys Walks - https://www.boweryboyswalks.com/walking-tours/gay-bars-that-are-gone-tour/






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    • 44 min
    "I saw the word transsexual, and I thought, 'Well, I guess that's me'" (with Cidny Bullens)

    "I saw the word transsexual, and I thought, 'Well, I guess that's me'" (with Cidny Bullens)

    The story behind how this week's conversation happened is almost as good as the interview itself!

    So, you may know this already, but I’m a big fan of Grease 2, which I think is a far superior film to Grease. 

    Having heard me rant about it on a previous episode of the show (see 'Queer as Punk' with Demi Wylde) a follower on twitter, @rnfrw, who is also a long time listener of the show (hello!) reached out to disagree, and we had a little bit of a back and forth about it. 

    This got me thinking about Grease, which led me to wikipedia, and then I fell in to a bit of a wiki-hole and now I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the two films… But, one of the things that I didn’t know before I fell in to this wiki-hole, is what happened to the singer behind my absolute favourite song from the soundtrack to the Grease movie, which is obviously ‘It’s Raining on Prom Night’. 

    And my internet sleuthing led me to the singer/songwriter Cidny Bullens....

    Cidny has had a long and fascinating career, and made the brave decision to transition in 2010 in his early 60s…

    We had a really great conversation about his life, but I have to admit that we’re kind of stretching the theme somewhat, and rather than talk about one physical space we are talking about the spaces that were created on the 1975 Elton John West of the Rockies Tour.

    Cidny was a back up singer on this tour, and is currently in the process of writing his memoir, so had a tonne of stories and insights to share about that experience and creating magic in front of an audience every evening....



    Do you have any memories of 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 Cidny at his website (https://www.cidnybullens.com/), or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cidbullens/), or Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/cidnybullens/)


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    "I Never Wanted To Do Drag. Other People Wanted Me To Do Drag" (with Regina Gently / Gentleman Reg)

    "I Never Wanted To Do Drag. Other People Wanted Me To Do Drag" (with Regina Gently / Gentleman Reg)

    One of the big perks of doing this show is that I get to reach out to people I admire with the flimsy excuse that I want to interview them for my podcast, and then get the opportunity to talk one-to-one with them for a few hours...

    And, this week's guest is very special. Regina Gently, who you may also know as Gentleman Reg, is  a singer, songwriter and drag performer from Canada, who has worked alongside Broken Social Scene, The Hidden Cameras, and Owen Pallett. And, as Reg she even appeared in John Cameron Mitchell's film Shortbus. 

    And this is a bit of a record for Lost Spaces, as this is the third time we've featured The Beaver, a dive bar set up by the visionary Will Munro in Toronto's West End that closed in 2020. 

    In the late 00s he was working at the bar, and it's where he first fell in love with drag, which is where Regina comes in to the picture... 

    We talk all about getting in to drag relatively late in life, transitioning from indie rock to dance music, and I continue my age old tradition of discussing Celine Dion with Canadian guests...

    Do you have any memories of The Beaver, 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 Regina on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/reginagently/), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/reginagently/) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/reginagently/)






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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

franklykev ,

Lively Trip Down Memory Lane

Not only are K’s podcasts enjoyable as a listener but as a guest as well. K is prepared, gracious, funny, unique, compassionate, curious, respectful, insightful and most importantly, a great listener. Enjoy hearing about the lost spaces but also getting a glimpse into guests’ lives and who they are.

erik98122 ,

Love

Such a wonderful podcast! So many great guests and stories! The host is so charming and such a good listener. You can tell the guests are at ease being interviewed by him. Look forward to every new episode!

UltraJay ,

Love This Podcast!

I binged all the available episodes in one day. I love hearing how people were affected by the queer venues in their past. I enjoy listening to how being in those places helped shape the queer person they are today. I highly recommend this podcast and can’t wait until the next one comes out.

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