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The fascinating, true stories and achievements of trailblazers and innovators who also happened to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, gender-nonconforming or otherwise queer people. An at turns hilarious, touching and enlightening exploration of our shared humanity.

Kickass Queers Rachel Stuart; Larry Womack

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

The fascinating, true stories and achievements of trailblazers and innovators who also happened to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, gender-nonconforming or otherwise queer people. An at turns hilarious, touching and enlightening exploration of our shared humanity.

    Paul Bartel, Part 2: Divorced, Gay or Painter

    Paul Bartel, Part 2: Divorced, Gay or Painter

    Paul Bartel was one of the most celebrated cult movie directors and most recognizable character actors of all-time. For two and a half decades, he was the go-to choice for nebbish and pompous supporting players.
    In the conclusion of his life story, we'll be joined by actress and comedian Susan Saiger, a friend of Bartel who worked with him on a number of projects over the last 20 years of his life. She'll help us fill in the details and keep the story straight (so to speak).
    Kickass Queers shares the incredible life stories of amazing lesbian, gay, transgender, gender-nonconforming and otherwise queer people.
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    The Tonopah Five trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bd9aRrLmz8
    The Comic Strip Presents: Demonella https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muspEMD0xxk
    Paul Bartel: The Life and Times, by Stephen B. Armstrong https://amzn.to/45Qcktp
    Death Race 2000 https://amzn.to/4cN29Im
    Eating Raoul (with Secret Cinema and Naughty Nurse) https://amzn.to/3VQ96RL
    Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills https://amzn.to/3LfOm0R
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    • 58 min
    Paul Bartel, Part 1: 'He Should Be Standing with His Nose in a Lily'

    Paul Bartel, Part 1: 'He Should Be Standing with His Nose in a Lily'

    Paul Bartel was one of the most celebrated cult movie directors and most recognizable character actors of all-time. For two and a half decades, he was the go-to choice for nebbish and pompous supporting players. Most would be surprised to learn of the giddy peaks and harrowing valleys that helped shape his trademark dark humor.
    In the first half of this two-parter, we explore how those circumstances informed his personality and later work. We also talk about the first half of his career, including his work on films like Death Race 2000 and Eating Raoul.
    In part two, we'll be joined by hilarious and insightful actress Susan Saiger, a friend of Bartel who worked with him on a number of projects over the last 20 years of his life.
    Kickass Queers shares the incredible life stories of amazing lesbian, gay, transgender, gender-nonconforming and otherwise queer people.
    Learn More & Support the Cast
    Paul Bartel: The Life and Times, by Stephen B. Armstrong https://amzn.to/45Qcktp
    Death Race 2000 https://amzn.to/4cN29Im
    Eating Raoul (with Secret Cinema and Naughty Nurse) https://amzn.to/3VQ96RL
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    Email: kickassqueers@gmail.com
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    • 43 min
    Margaret Mead, Superstar Social Scientist

    Margaret Mead, Superstar Social Scientist

    Margaret Mead upended the way people think about sex and gender. By studying Samoans up close (and possibly personal,) she realized that not every society shared the same shame and hang-ups as the rest of us.
    She was also a rather libertine bisexual, who had a long line of male lovers amid a quarter-century romantic relationship with her female mentor.
    Kickass Queers shares the incredible life stories of amazing lesbian, gay, transgender, gender-nonconforming and otherwise queer people.
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    Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women https://amzn.to/4cz9v1S
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Bonus: Kickass or Nah?

    Bonus: Kickass or Nah?

    We're trying something different this episode!
    With a little help from our friends Noah and the Comedatrix Ms. Grey, we're going down a surprise list of contemporary and controversial queer people and deciding on the fly if they are kickass, or... something else entirely!
    A few of the personalities we'll be covering:
    An occultist filmmaker who tried to off his leading lady on-screen;
    An academic even more controversial than Michel Foucault;
    A lesbian separatist with an enviable sexual history;
    A trans activist with a history of next-level personal vendettas;
    The 80s' most-irritating icon;
    And--most controversial of all--a journalist who once wrote something problematic.
    Learn More & Support the Show:
    (Spoilers - Come back to these after you listen to the episode!)
    Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger's super trashy, mostly false Hollywood tell-all https://amzn.to/4db4Zb2
    The Films of Kenneth Anger V. 1 https://amzn.to/4dcMoLx & V. 2 https://amzn.to/4d9IlQ3
    Patricia Highsmith's Ripley Novels https://amzn.to/4d8mWXG
    The Price of Salt https://amzn.to/447MCjb
    Camille Paglia's Provocations https://amzn.to/44iOc1K & Sexual Personae https://amzn.to/3U9pxb1
    Rubyfruit Jungle https://amzn.to/3xKHQvD
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe https://amzn.to/3U9VXlY
    All of Us Strangers https://amzn.to/3QgGqzo
    The Smiths first album https://amzn.to/3xXAeWH
    Phranc https://www.phranc.la/
    Lil Nas X documentary https://amzn.to/3WalPk0 & his Crocs because why not? https://amzn.to/3W5LYRb
    Jodie Foster's lion story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRVxLH5EiYs & singing in French https://youtu.be/sBmAuWMEX0I?si=tFwgFLR5utjTXxlg
    Susan Sontag: Essays of the 60s and 70s https://amzn.to/3QdOqkO
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    Email: larry@kickassqueers.com | rachel@kickassqueers.com
    Instagram: @kickassqueerscast
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    Note: This episode does contain some audio distortion on one track. We're super sorry, but such is the cost of including awesome guests!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Johnnie Ray & the Birth of Rock and Roll

    Johnnie Ray & the Birth of Rock and Roll

    Before the Beatles, before Elvis (but after Sinatra,) there was Johnnie Ray. Ray overcame partial deafness to become the world's biggest pop idol and inspire generations of songwriters to come. He was also pretty queer! Larry has the whole story.
    We'll also be talking briefly about two other queer trailblazers who helped shape modern music: Little Richard and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
    Kickass Queers shares the incredible life stories of amazing lesbian, gay, transgender, gender-nonconforming and otherwise queer people.
    Learn More & Support the Cast
    The Best of Johnnie Ray https://amzn.to/4arHvwf
    Johnnie Ray Singles Collection https://amzn.to/4a5ueJp
    Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music https://amzn.to/4cpDGth
    Oregon Experience: Johnnie Ray documentary https://www.pbs.org/video/johnnie-ray-zatqth/
    Johnnie Ray in Concert on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PdvMAPZeNo
    Johnnie and Elvis joke about their perceived rivalry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A_Ort7_aP0
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    Email: kickassqueers@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Michel Foucault Part Two: Context and Consent

    Michel Foucault Part Two: Context and Consent

    In the conclusion of Rachel's very first sprawling epic, we learn about the later life of pop culture's most talked-about philosopher. We'll learn how Foucault's independent thinking led him to be way ahead of the curve on some issues... and tragically wrong on others. We'll also talk about perceptions of his massive impact on contemporary culture and politics.
    Oh, and, we'll also hear about Larry's brief visit to an adult entertainment convention.
    Kickass Queers shares the incredible life stories of amazing lesbian, gay, transgender, gender-nonconforming and otherwise queer people.
    Learn More & Support the Cast
    Biography by Didier Eribon https://amzn.to/3ItnQQg
    Books by Michel Foucault https://amzn.to/3wQPxjn
    If you love this episode, remember to show it by subscribing, rating, reviewing and sharing with your friends. Or, better yet, leave us a tip at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/kickassqueers
    Email: kickassqueers@gmail.com
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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EricWayne ,

keepin their stories alive

I just finished episode 4!! I’m living for the herstory of it all, I actually didn’t even know who Rivera was until this Ep, sorry to my trans sister lol 🏳️‍⚧️
and I definitely never knew she through the first barrel of tea into the Boston harbor LOL!!! jk

I’m obsessed! thanks for educating me and having sexy voices. 👉 The mystery behind the stonewall riot is fascinating to me, can’t wait for the Marsha episode!!

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