20 episodes

Listening Studio is a podcast that spotlights people, organizations and topics that impact the LGBTQ+ community.

Listening Studio Ken Young

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Listening Studio is a podcast that spotlights people, organizations and topics that impact the LGBTQ+ community.

    Jude

    Jude

    In 2015, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act, was the first transgender-specific legislation to be introduced in Colorado. After a long 5 year fight the bill finally passed and the country’s first openly gay elected governor, Governor Jared Polis, signed the bill into law just before Pride Month on May 31st of last year. The bill was amended with name "Jude's Law" and Colorado is now one of the first states in the country to have nonbinary gender options and self-attestation for gender on documents including birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and state identification cards. 

    Known as the namesake of Colorado House Bill 19-1039 "Jude’s Law", Jude was honored with the 2020 Spirit of Matthew Award at the
    Matthew Shepard Foundation gala on October 10, 2020.


    Special thanks to Jude's mom for coordinating our conversation with Jude!


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    • 17 min
    Jake Walker

    Jake Walker

    For those of us who are able to find our passion in life and follow it, it doesn't matter how much money we make. The experience and reward are some of the most fulfilling things in life. Like me, Jake Walker shares a love of broadcasting. He works in radio, owns his own digital marketing company and he's a positive influence in the Colorado Springs community.
    Listen to Jake on 98.9 Magic FM
    Follow Jake on Facebook

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    • 17 min
    One Year Anniversary of the Listening Studio

    One Year Anniversary of the Listening Studio

    Happy new year to you! I wanted to take a couple of minutes to say hello and say thank you for being a part of the Listening Studio podcast. I also wanted to tell you about our nomination for Outstanding Queer Media Space for the 2019 DIVAs Awards, and talk about season 3!

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    • 12 min
    Sage Singers

    Sage Singers

    If you happen to be walking past the First Baptist Church on Capitol Hill in Denver, Colorado on any given Sunday, you might just hear the sounds of the Sage Singers warming up for rehearsal.
    The Sage Singers are providing a safe and loving place for elders to maintain their dignity, health and involvement in the community. I would hope that many of the younger generation would join me in agreeing that we should do all we can to help our queer elders and ensure that their piece of our LGBT history is a story that is told for generations to come.


    As the heroes of our LGBTQIA+ community age, we have an obligation to preserve their legacy. Groups like The Sage Singers are providing a safe and loving place for elders to maintain their dignity, health and involvement in the community. I would hope that many of the younger generation would join me in agreeing that we should do all we can to help our queer elders and ensure that their piece of our LGBT history is a story that is told for generations to come.
     


    It’s the month of giving and this would perfect opportunity to donate a couple of dollars to support the Sage Singers. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are fully tax-deductible. Click here to visit their donation page.
     


    Special Thanks Tom Biddle, Kevin Crowe, Judith Nelson, Holly Hares, Sam Gomez, Donald Johnson, my wonderful husband Eric for his help with this episode, and all of the wonderful members of the Sage Singers for sharing their sacred space with us.

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    • 15 min
    Micah Porter

    Micah Porter

    Micah Porter came out later in life. He was married to a wonderful woman, he has two children, and he was a high school coach. It was a long and painful process for Micah to accept who he was and to come out as a gay man. His journey, his experience, his passion for sports are invaluable attributes that he applies to help youth through his work has a school administrator, helping students with everyday teenage problems, as an advocate for acceptance for other LGBTQ educators, and also as role model for LGBTQIA+ youth who also reach out him for advice. I so much appreciate Micah sharing his story with us.

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    • 23 min
    Anthony & David

    Anthony & David

    Husbands Anthony Aragon and David Westman have been volunteering and fundraising in the Colorado LGBT community for over 23 years. 
    They’ve been dubbed the “Gay Mayors” of Denver and one of Denver’s “Power Couples”, both well known in the Denver community by their drag persona’s, Lushus La’Rell and the “triple nippled” Nucula Waste. 
    Anthony was Empress 40 of the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire. Anthony also bares the title Miss Gay Pride of All Colorado 2019.
    Both were involved in the Colorado Gay Rodeo. David was named 2002 Mr. Colorado Gay Rodeo and 2003 Mr. International Gay Rodeo.
    Anthony and David will be honored with the Dennis Dougherty Award at the Matthew Shepard Foundation Bear to Make a Difference fundraising gala, coming up on October 26th.

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    • 42 min

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