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*Nominated for Outstanding Podcast at the GLAAD Awards* Weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world. Recent guests include Laverne Cox, Janelle Monáe, Pete Buttigieg, Brandi Carlile, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Angela Davis. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters.

LGBTQ&A Jeffrey Masters

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 646 Ratings

*Nominated for Outstanding Podcast at the GLAAD Awards* Weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world. Recent guests include Laverne Cox, Janelle Monáe, Pete Buttigieg, Brandi Carlile, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Angela Davis. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters.

    Duane Michals: Redefined Photography, But Don't Call Him an Artist

    Duane Michals: Redefined Photography, But Don't Call Him an Artist

    Duane Michals has never followed the rules. The pioneering photographer, now 92 years old, says, "Because I didn't learn the photo rules it was very easy for me to abandon them. You're either defined by the medium...well, I redefined the medium."

    Duane talks about discovering his love for photography in the 1950s, not looking down on commercial work, his half-century-long relationship with his partner, and why talking about "art" makes him want to vomit.

    To see all of the photos that Duane talks about, come check out our Substack. And if you're able, becoming a paid Substack subscriber is also the best way to support our work. Click here to do that. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed. This show wouldn't be able to continue without you.

    This is a part of our special series, The LGBTQ+ Elders Project. If you want to recommend an elder, come find me on Substack or social media (@jeffmasters1). And if it’s someone who isn’t well-known, it's most helpful if you can share as much info as possible.

    LGBTQ&A is hosted and produced by Jeffrey Masters.

    • 32 min
    If You Can Read This, You're Gay (We Are So Back)

    If You Can Read This, You're Gay (We Are So Back)

    Hi! We're coming back! On February 27th! And we're continuing our special series, The LGBTQ+ Elders Project. I can't wait for you to hear it.

    For more info, come check out our Substack.

    Do you know an amazing elder and want to hear from them on the show? Come find me on Substack or social media (@jeffmasters1) and let me know. I'd love to hear all about them.

    Ok, I'm off to finish editing the first episode. Love you!! Bye!!!

    • 2 min
    Amy Ray: How The Indigo Girls Became The Greatest Band of All Time

    Amy Ray: How The Indigo Girls Became The Greatest Band of All Time

    When Amy Ray first started playing music with her Indigo Girls bandmate, Emily Saliers, her "head felt like it was going to explode". She remembers thinking, "This is amazing. Not, we sound amazing. But this feels amazing. It was always about, This feels amazing."

    They've been playing together for over 35 years now and it's their music that the queer community (and Greta Gerwig in the new Barbie movie) continues to return to again and again. Amy joins us to talk about the band's legacy, coming out publicly in the '90s, and the lasting power of "Closer to Fine".

    LGBTQ&A is hosted and produced by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1

    Want to recommend a guest for our new season? I'm currently interviewing LGBTQ+ elders for our upcoming season and would love to know if there's anyone you've been wanting to hear from. You can send me a message here: www.lgbtqpodcast.com

    • 29 min
    Darcelle XV: The Oldest Drag Queen in the World (ft. Poison Waters)

    Darcelle XV: The Oldest Drag Queen in the World (ft. Poison Waters)

    Darcelle XV (Walter Cole), the world's oldest drag queen, died on March 23, 2023. She was 92.

    Since 1967, Darcelle has been performing and running the Portland drag venue, Darcelle XV Showplace, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020. I had the opportunity to speak with Darcelle and her friend and collaborator, Poison Waters (Kevin Cook) a few weeks before her death.

    This is part of our special series, the LGBTQ+ Elders Project. You can listen to previous interviews with LGBTQ+ elders like Angela Davis, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, André De Shields, and Dr. Charles Silverstein.

    LGBTQ&A is hosted and produced by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1

    • 16 min
    Charles Silverstein: Remembering The Joy of Gay Sex Author (1935-2023)

    Charles Silverstein: Remembering The Joy of Gay Sex Author (1935-2023)

    Dr. Charles Silverstein died this week at the age of 87. Best known for making the 1973 presentation before the American Psychiatric Association that led to the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s list of mental illnesses, he was also a co-author of the landmark book The Joy of Gay Sex.

    More than simply a sex manual with graphic drawings (though there was plenty of that), The Joy of Gay Sex, first published in 1977, was a first-of-its-kind guidebook for every aspect of the gay experience.

    This interview was originally recorded in August 2021 and was one of Silverstein's last.

    LGBTQ&A is hosted and produced by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1

    • 26 min
    Shatzi Weisberger: Remembering The People's Bubbie (1930-2022)

    Shatzi Weisberger: Remembering The People's Bubbie (1930-2022)

    Shatzi Weisberger died this week at the age of 92. A lifelong activist, Shatzi was a fixture at marches and protests here in NYC and was affectionately known as The People’s Bubbie. "I was a political lesbian for many years. I just loved being around lesbians...one of my earlier demonstrations was here in New York City and we did a die-in along with other people lying on the ground. And I started to cry because I felt that I was in the right place, doing the right things with the right people. I felt very together about it. I have been an activist ever since."

    In the later part of her life, Shatzi became a death educator and helped people to dismantle their fears and worries around dying.

    This interview was originally recorded in April 2022 and was one of her last. We wanted to reshare it today to help honor her and remember her remarkable life.

    Click here to listen to the full interview with André De Shields that is excerpted at the end of the episode.

    LGBTQ&A is hosted and produced by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
646 Ratings

646 Ratings

litoq ,

A great podcast

I’m late to the party, but these short interviews are so wonderful, inspiring, and essential listening for anyone queer or who loves a queer person. I hope there will be future episodes.

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What happened

This podcast is FANTASTIC!! What happened?

Please. Insider bringing it back!!!

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Love this podcast!

Very well researched and the conversations are always thoughtful and interesting!

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