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Consider us your Field Guide for Queer Pride. You will hear from the best of the best in terms of queer business leaders, queer relationship experts, the activists working to protect us all, and everyday LGBTQ+ people that have figured a few things out so you don’t have to.

“Out of Queeriosity” is brought to you by Pride and Joy Foundation.

Out of Queeriosity Elena Joy Thurston

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Consider us your Field Guide for Queer Pride. You will hear from the best of the best in terms of queer business leaders, queer relationship experts, the activists working to protect us all, and everyday LGBTQ+ people that have figured a few things out so you don’t have to.

“Out of Queeriosity” is brought to you by Pride and Joy Foundation.

    Ursula Benward: Identity Informs Reality

    Ursula Benward: Identity Informs Reality

    Hey fam! I am so excited to introduce you to our next guest, Ursula Benward. She has been a counselor for almost 20 years now and uses her lived experience as a queer, Native woman with ADHD, OCD, trauma, and neurodivergence to inform her practice. She is originally from the Navajo Nation. Speaking with Ursula was one of those experiences that simultaneously felt new and inspiring, while also feeling at home. I grew up with the Navajo Nation in my backyard and took for granted the many friendships and memories I have from there. Chatting with Ursula felt completely new, as every conversation I have with another out lesbian, because that’s where I am in my journey still. But as she talked, vivid memories from years ago came back to me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It’s amazing how the way I didn’t understand myself colors so many memories. Ursula has had the most amazing career, in the mental health field. From being the child therapist on a remote Native reservation, to teaching families resilience skills, to manning a crisis line, to present day being in private practice. And as we love to hear, along the way to professional success and fulfillment, she found love too. Fam, we are living in intense times and we are living our one precious wild life. We at Pride and Joy Foundation want to make sure you’re able to experiences moments of peace and joy, because you, Dear One, deserve to experience peace and joy. To that end we’ve published our first meditative coloring book for our community “Color Me Queer”. Maybe you’re like me and you didn’t get to experience basic childhood memories with authenticity. Maybe you need passive physical activity with some white noise in order to shut down all the mental tabs and experience true silence. Maybe you want to show a loved one how much you care about them, without risking you’re supporting a rainbow-washing corporation, but instead supporting a Foundation working to create systemic change. One of the most unique meditative coloring books you’ll find, our hope is that you’re able to experience moments of peace and joy within it’s pages. Order your copy and gifts at www.ColorMeQueerBook.com When you purchase through our website, we receive a $6 donation, but full transparency, it’s also a few dollars cheaper on Amazon. To get a copy with a personal note from me, your host Elena Joy, head to www.ColorMeQueerBook.com Thank you family! We can’t do any of this without you and we appreciate you so much! Now get ready to laugh with the amazing Ursula Benward. http://www.hozhocounseling.com/ Insta: https://www.instagram.com/hozhocounselingllc/

    • 41 min
    Elena Joy + Kristen: Preparing for extended family events after your kid has come out

    Elena Joy + Kristen: Preparing for extended family events after your kid has come out

    Our podcast host. and feature in this episode. is Elena Joy Thurston.  

    Elena Joy Thurston is an inspirational LGBTQ+ speaker, trainer, author, and founder of the nonprofit Pride and Joy Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community. Elena inspires her audiences to learn how emotional intelligence can improve company morale and productivity, changing members' lives in a practical way. A Mormon mom of four who lost her marriage, her church, and her community when she came out as a lesbian, her viral TEDx talk on surviving conversion therapy has been viewed more than 45,000 times and landed her media and speaking opportunities with ABC, CBS, FOX, Penn State, University of North Texas, Michael’s, Logitech, and more. Elena Joy is also one of the subjects of the feature film documentary Conversion, premiering Fall 2022.  Learn more about Elena Joy at www.ElenaJoyExperience.com.

    Kristen Kile runs multiple businesses including merch screen printing and helping adults transition to their next stage in life, i.e. what do we keep, give away, and sell so that we can downsize.  Kristen taught Elena Joy how to fly fish and on the off chance they can get away from the kids and their multiple companies, you can find them fishing on one of Arizona's mountain streams.

    Elena Joy and Kristen are partners and co-parenting their four kids along with Elena Joy's ex-husband and his beautiful wife.  Elena Joy and Kristen navigate the pressures of parenting alongside modeling inclusive behavior, navigating the world as LGBTQ+ individuals, and raising an LGBTQ+ child.  

    Don't forget to check out Pride and Joy Publishing's newest publication, Color Me Queer.  Available on Amazon and all major retailers but every purchase on the Pride and Joy Foundation website allows for $6 directly to support our mission: to reduce the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community.  Get your copy today! 

    • 22 min
    Amy Porter: Queer Parent and CHD Advocate

    Amy Porter: Queer Parent and CHD Advocate

    Amy Porter (pronouns are she/they so you will hear us use them interchangeably in this episode and in the show notes) is an educator, achieving Bachelor's degrees in Education and Music, and is a passionate Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Advocate. Conventionally unconventional, she and her wife built their own family and are mothers to two young children.Amy is a self-proclaimed “research nerd.” Her curiosity about the world, her passion for knowledge, and the lived experience of her son’s critical heart defect diagnosis have led her to educate sonographers and parents about the importance of early detection.Amy has been educating and inspiring audiences since 2009.   Amy's nonprofit is  www.1in100.org   To learn more about CHD, please visit www.tinytickers.org

    Here's the video of Jimmy Kimmel telling his story about his son. They were fortunate to have had an attentive nurse and they were able to avoid a lot of permanent chaos due to someone being on top of things. They noticed something was off around 3 hours after birth, which in Amy's son's case, would have been far too late. 

    To learn more about vocal empowerment for LGBTQ+ leaders, head to www.KeynoteQueers.com, the class will run again in fall 2022.

    Follow Amy on Instagram to learn how we can all advocate for the health of the next generation of kids but putting less focus on finding out the gender and a little more focus on heart screening. 

    You can also connect with Amy on LinkedIn.  

    • 39 min
    Meghan P: Speaking Out as a Pride and Joy Parent

    Meghan P: Speaking Out as a Pride and Joy Parent



    In this episode of Out of Queeriosity, we sit down with Meghan P. 

    Meghan has been a part of our network of parents for a while now but in this episode, we sit down to get granular on her experience raising her nonbinary child, her path to advocacy and getting comfy speaking up publicly for her child and other LGBTQ+ youth. 

    If you resonate with this conversation, we invite you to join us at our next Parent Advocacy group meeting on May 22nd, 2022 where we will be reviewing the graphic novel, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.  Find details about this meeting and all following meetings at  www.PrideandJoyParents.com. 

    Can't wait to see you there! 




    • 38 min
    Queers in the Country: Elena Joy's Takeaways

    Queers in the Country: Elena Joy's Takeaways

     Queers in the Country was a three-day meetup for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC nomads and local Kentuckians in April 2022.  It was sponsored and hosted by The Stonehouse at Silver Creek, as well as

    Harvest Hosts
    VanMade Gear
    Poppy & Rod

    Follow Pride & Joy Foundation, as well as Queers in the Country to learn more about our future events! 




    • 10 min
    James Murray: Removing Barriers to Inclusive Mental Health Support

    James Murray: Removing Barriers to Inclusive Mental Health Support

    Hey, fam. So about a year ago, Pride and Joy Foundation began a survey to find out what employee benefits could a company offer that would have the biggest impact on LGBTQ+ families. We've had almost 300 People respond. About 70% identify as LGBTQ+ themselves, and about 30% identify as family members. The number one response so far by a longshot, is extensive mental health coverage, which employers weren't surprised to hear. But often the response I hear is, well, we offer that and no one uses it. Well, as we know, as LGBTQ+ people, it's often quite challenging to find someone in mental health who is in our state, covered by our plan, and a part of our community, or even, obviously, affirming of our community. Seeking mental health support is vulnerable, and the barriers of access can feel huge. So after we figure out the logistics of how to find support, and how we're going to pay for it, finding a therapist who gets us is another monumental milestone. So how can the everyday employee access truly inclusive mental health care? Find out from today's guest, James Murray, the CEO of a Black owned company, Therify. 

    Therify provides personalized mental health resources to help improve employee satisfaction, well-being, and belonging. Jame's goal is to create a world where access to inclusive mental health is as easy as going on your morning walk. Listen to James share more on his mental health journey as a Black man in America and how he took things into his own hands to help other marginalized people have better access to affordable and inclusive mental health care. 

    If you are an employer or practitioner who would like to partner with Therify, please visit their website, https://therify.co to fill out an application and you will be contacted directly for the onboarding process or email James directly, jem@thereify.co. 

    Did you learn anything new? Did this episode spark a new thought? What about you, do you feel like identity is crucial when considering mental health care access? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Join us on our blog, or on our Instagram page @PrideandJoyFoundation. Thank you so much for joining us. Please consider sharing this episode with anyone in your network who needs to hear. Be good to yourself fam, I appreciate you.

    Bio: James previously led partnerships with digital news organizations at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, he worked on the enterprise sales team at InVision, a venture-backed product design platform. James received a BA from Howard University and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

    Email: jem@therify.com 
    Website: https://therify.co/
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mytherify/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellotherify/




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