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This podcast program, produced by Huntington Northstar Productions of Hyannis, Massachusetts, in collaboration with PFLAG Cape Cod, explores the lives of PFLAG Cape Cod members, including members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, who have dealt with issues of sexual identity/orientation, gender transition, and social acceptance.

Many episodes offer moving and intimate portraits of individuals wrestling with their sexual/gender identity, and the path they have taken toward wholeness and healthy self-acceptance. Other episodes profile the parents, family members, and allies of LGBTQ+ individuals on their own journeys toward understanding and acceptance of loved ones.

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage is intended both to educate listeners about the challenges facing those who identify as LGBTQ+, and to help anyone struggling with issues of orientation and sexual/gender identity to find the resources and social support they need to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

Rick Koonce (Host, Interviewer and Producer) is a former print and broadcast journalist and author or co-author of seven books. A board member of PFLAG Cape Cod, he was a commentator on Public Radio’s popular business program, “Marketplace” for five years, and has conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every walk of life over the course of a 25-plus year long career in business and print and broadcast journalism.

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This podcast program, produced by Huntington Northstar Productions of Hyannis, Massachusetts, in collaboration with PFLAG Cape Cod, explores the lives of PFLAG Cape Cod members, including members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, who have dealt with issues of sexual identity/orientation, gender transition, and social acceptance.

Many episodes offer moving and intimate portraits of individuals wrestling with their sexual/gender identity, and the path they have taken toward wholeness and healthy self-acceptance. Other episodes profile the parents, family members, and allies of LGBTQ+ individuals on their own journeys toward understanding and acceptance of loved ones.

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage is intended both to educate listeners about the challenges facing those who identify as LGBTQ+, and to help anyone struggling with issues of orientation and sexual/gender identity to find the resources and social support they need to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

Rick Koonce (Host, Interviewer and Producer) is a former print and broadcast journalist and author or co-author of seven books. A board member of PFLAG Cape Cod, he was a commentator on Public Radio’s popular business program, “Marketplace” for five years, and has conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every walk of life over the course of a 25-plus year long career in business and print and broadcast journalism.

    Interview with David Bermudez & Bob Isadore

    Interview with David Bermudez & Bob Isadore

    David Bermudez and Bob Isadore are a same-sex couple who've been together for 47 years. In this interview with PFLAG Cape Cod's Rick Koonce, they talk about how they met, and share their secrets for sustaining a happy relationship over many decades.

    For more information, visit the PFLAG Cape Cod website: https://www.pflagcapecod.org/podcasts.html

    • 40 min
    David Bermudez: Letter from President Barack Obama

    David Bermudez: Letter from President Barack Obama

    David Bermudez's work on behalf of gay rights has continued since the days of the Stonewall uprising. Listen as he tells about the letter he received in the mail one day, acknowledging his decades of work on behalf of all gay and lesbian Americans.

    For more information, visit the PFLAG Cape Cod website: https://www.pflagcapecod.org/podcasts.html

    • 2 min
    Interview with David Bermudez

    Interview with David Bermudez

    David Bermudez is one of the few remaining veterans of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in New York City. As Bermudez tells PFLAG Cape Cod's Rick Koonce, this uprising in a smoky, crowded gay bar helped light the spark of the American gay rights movement.

    For more information, visit the PFLAG Cape Cod website: https://www.pflagcapecod.org/podcasts.html

    • 47 min
    Interview with Ryan R.

    Interview with Ryan R.

    Ryan R. is a 24-year-old non-binary lesbian. In Ryan’s case, that means that though they are lesbian and like to date women, they don’t identify with being a girl, a woman, or, with the attributes of traditional femininity.
    It was a discovery that Ryan made after dating boys in high school, faking physical attraction to males at the time, and then discovering their true gender identity in college and afterwards.
    “I don’t feel like the words girl or woman describe me,” Ryan tells PFLAG’s Rick Koonce in this wide-ranging interview. Ryan goes on to say that being non-binary means different things to different people, but, in their case, has given them the freedom to pursue both personal relationships -- and their continuing discovery of self -- without feeling hemmed in by traditional gender roles or social expectations.
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    For more information, visit the PFLAG Cape Cod website: https://www.pflagcapecod.org/podcasts.html
    © 2021 PFLAG Cape Cod

    • 39 min
    Interview with Nell Fields

    Interview with Nell Fields

    Nell Fields is a born-again Christian, social justice advocate, and a happily married lesbian who’s been with her wife Sarah, a lawyer, for over 20 years. She’s also the minister of Waquoit Congregational church in East Falmouth, MA.
    The youngest of five daughters whose father was a career Army officer, Nell initially pursued a career in business and journalism. But, at a pivotal point in her early professional life, when living in the closet was exacting a heavy personal toll, Nell says she felt God’s call to enter the ministry.
    As she tells PFLAG Cape Cod’s Rick Koonce in this compelling interview, her coming out story wasn’t easy. In fact, she and a partner were once told by a minister at their church in California not to share with other members of the congregation that they were lesbian.
    For Nell, it was a moment of shock, hurt, and deep disappointment. Yet, in retrospect, that moment of exclusion -- of being the other, the outsider -- proved a key turning point in Nell’s pastoral career. In fact, it has shaped her progressive pastoral vision and inclusive ministry to people of all kinds ever since.
    “God gives all of us the gift to be who we are -- be it straight or LGBTQ+,” says Nell.
    She goes on to say, “God loves diversity. There’s so much diversity and variety in nature, why wouldn’t there be diversity in humanity as well?”
    For more information, visit the PFLAG Cape Cod website: https://www.pflagcapecod.org/podcasts.html
    © 2021 PFLAG Cape Cod

    • 31 min
    Interview with Deer Sullivan

    Interview with Deer Sullivan

    Bisexuality. Even among members of the LGBTQ+ community it's a concept and reality that often is not understood -- or appreciated. And that can make being bisexual a lonely place to be, says bisexual educator and counselor Deer Sullivan.

    • 34 min

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