We often hear so much about the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. But on this show, we talk about all of the awesomeness within queer relationships! We're here to de-center the cis, hetero, monogamous relationship escalator- and find out what's working.
From Married Friends to Roommates & Lovers
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had your queer awakening to your friend moonwalking in the office, the same friend that also officiated your wedding to another man. Anyone? Well luckily, we found that exact couple, Caroline and Amy Bouvin, and they’re here to tell you their unconventional but very queer love story.
(02:54) How Amy and Caroline became friends
(06:44) Making out with girls while drunk (the signs were there)
(10:37) Sobriety and moving in together
(18:09) Coming out to family and the grief of divorce
(26:41) Joyful moments from the proposal and wedding
(37:36) Queer Joys
If you are interested in Amy and Caroline’s couples retreat you can check it out here. And let us know what you thought of this episode @Queer_Relationships_Queer_Joy.
Rethinking Valentine’s Day & Leading With Love
It’s easy to dismiss Valentine's Day as this commericialized holiday full of red roses, hallmark cards, and cupid’s arrows. The real meaning of love gets buried under all the marketing hype. That's why we're all about redefining the holiday, making it more about genuine love and connection, as we like to put it, leading with love as we move through our relationships.
(12:56) What it looks like to lead with love in daily life
(18:23) When it’s not possible to lead with love
(21:05) Balancing love with other challenging emotions
(30:26) Queer joys
If you want to keep the conversation going, let us know what you think by writing in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regulating Your Nervous System
Everyone feels stressed and anxious from time to time, but high stress leaves an impact on your body, particularly your nervous system. Join us for an overview on understanding how to calm our nervous system and why its important for your relationship health.
(15:24) The nuances of anxiety, dysregulation, and sensations in the body
(18:59) Coregulating in relationships
(21:23) Strategies to regulate stress and strengthen the vagus nerve
(36:41) Queer joys
Chat with us more about this topic over on Instagram
New Relationship Energy
Ah, New Relationship Energy (NRE)–that magical, butterflies-in-your-stomach phase at the start of a new relationship, where everything feels exciting and your new person seems absolutely perfect. Maybe you're in this phase–love it or hate it–or maybe you're on the outside watching someone else experience this rush. Whichever side you’re on, we’re discussing how to navigate NRE.
(10:23) How we experience NRE and how it impacts others
(18:22) NRE in non-monogamous relationships
(25:56) Change, jealousy, and trust issues
(28:39) Setting boundaries, self-care, and sitting with the unknown
(39:51) Queer Joys
Let us know your thoughts on NRE over on Instagram!
What to Leave Behind & Bring Into the New Year
We love the energy of the New Year, especially as a time for embracing new intentions and releasing old patterns. Today, we’re sharing how we can slow down to evaluate relationships, trust our intuition over societal expectations, and use the winter season for reflection and leaving behind what no longer serves us.
(11:19) Slowing down & the process of transformation.
(13:16) Rest, setting intentions, and personal growth during winter.
(21:26) Goal-setting with attunement and awareness.
(30:08) Relationship markers, grief, and New Year's “NRE”.
(34:39) Queer joys.
Let us know what intentions you have for the new year and connect with us over on Instagram.
End of Year Reflections & Relationship Check Ins
In this end-of-year episode, we're taking a moment to celebrate the past two years of this podcast. It's hard to believe, but we're already at the midpoint of our current season and heading into a well-deserved mid-season break. As we wrap up another year, we're excited to dive into applying these end-of-year reflections to the realm of relationships.
You’ll hear about
Nervous system regulation in dating and relationships Connection and communication challenges in the digital age “Slow burn”, year-end reflections, and setting intentions Stay connected with us over the break @Queer_Relationships_Queer_Joy, and we’ll be back in the new year.
A new approach to understanding queer relationships
This podcast is awesome in that instead of pathologizing or problemetizing queer relationships, Keely and Melisa bring their expertise as relationship therapists to talk about what makes relationships work and celebrating the many and varied strengths within queer relationships! A great listen!
Queer joy is taking over
I am SO excited for this show! This is exactly what the queer community needs, a place to celebrate each other and our joys! A show that builds us up and connects us. Keeley has done it again, bringing relevant positive content that helps and heals with her witty soft demeanor it’s a show best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and a journal handy for all the pearls of wisdom and fun insights! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜