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Book reviewer, Tara Scott, and award-winning author, Kris Bryant, discuss queer books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels and narrow down selections for listeners. Grab a glass of wine, dram of whisky, or cup of coffee and join them as they suggest to you, the listener, and to each other, something wonderfully queer and inspiring to check out.

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Book reviewer, Tara Scott, and award-winning author, Kris Bryant, discuss queer books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels and narrow down selections for listeners. Grab a glass of wine, dram of whisky, or cup of coffee and join them as they suggest to you, the listener, and to each other, something wonderfully queer and inspiring to check out.

    Maybe the tree isn’t going up today (QR 072)

    Maybe the tree isn’t going up today (QR 072)

    It’s the holiday season BAYbee! We’re decking those halls. We’re putting up the tree. Kris demands to know how big Tara’s feet are, which leads to a measurement ON AIR. We’ve got bitches stealing Christmas, a bunch of thirsty suitors, and an oddly unprompted promotion for a Secret Santa website. Buckle up.
    On a more serious note, this week Tara recommends (albeit not queerly) the short documentary film Apostate by Carmel Mikol, which both deals with and leads to a conversation about religious trauma, cults and a bunch of related bad stuff. If you're not down for that, the applicable content is between 31:00 - 40:16.
    Official Recommendations 
    From Kris: The Holiday Sitter (2022)
    A workaholic bachelor gets stuck with his sister’s kids for the holiday season. What a bummer. He’s not cut out for this. His solution involves hiring a guy who is into taking care of the kids…and his heart!
    Kris describes this as perfectly gentle and the kind of Christmas movie where all the obstacles are believable but totally overcome. It’s a warm hug of a film. Don't you deserve a warm hug?
    From Tara: Make Her Wish Come True by A.L. Brooks
    Tara's recommendation is a fauxmance leading to true romance at Christmas. A woman’s kid writes a letter to Santa asking for another mom for Christmas. Turns out Santa thinks the proper present this year is an aspiring journalist who's looking for a story and open to fake dating to get it. And he’s right!
    Tara notes that despite it having fake dating deception in it, the deceit is dropped fairly early on. So, put down the stress ball, kiddies. It’s time for some romance under the mistletoe. 
    Works/People Discussed
    elfster.com The Great British Baking Show (BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4) RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC Three) Canada’s Drag Race (Crave) The Bitch Who Stole Christmas (2021) Thirsty Suitors (Outerloop Games)  Heartstopper by Alice Oseman A Carol for Karol by Ann Roberts Apostate Spider Man Pointing at Spider Man Meme Support & follow the show
    Buy us a Ko-fi Sign up for our newsletter on Substack Twitter: @queerlyrec Facebook: @QueerlyRecommended Instagram: @queerlyrecommended Blusky: @queerlyrec.bsky.social Get all our links on Linktr.ee Support local animal shelters by joining Kris's Patreon

    • 59 min
    The Holiday Season is UNCANCELLED (QR 071)

    The Holiday Season is UNCANCELLED (QR 071)

    Queerly Recommended is here to celebrate the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike — and also that we'll be covering queer holiday-themed content this year! Labor rights are of the utmost importance and we would have supported the strike as long as it took, but we're excited to bring you Christmas treats next month, too.
    In addition to talking about the outcome of the strike (there’s a lot of good here, but some troubling portents for the future), Kris talks about good vs bad queer kissing in films. Tara goes on to discuss the benefits of feeling uncomfortable. 
    Official Recommendations
    From Kris: Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)
    This week, Kris dives into the 2023 film Red, White & Royal Blue, the cinematic adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s m/m novel of the same name. It’s a high-powered romance featuring the son of the American president and a British prince. Kris wants you to know that the chemistry is hot, hot, hot, and the cast is out of this world. 
    From Tara: Flung Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith, by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer (Illustrator)
    Tara recommends the graphic novel, Flung Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith, by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer (Illustrator). It’s a fictionalized imagining of how Patricia Highsmith came to write The Price of Salt, aka Carol, and it doesn't shy away from Highsmith's flaws. This story invites us to hold two truths at the same time: The Price of Salt is a foundational text in the sapphic canon that saved an inestimable number of lives and Highsmith held awful views and exhibited ugly behaviors. This exploration of her life and times will leave you with a deeper appreciation of our history and can't be missed.
    Works/People Discussed
    Justine Bateman Slams SAG-AFTRA Tentative Deal's AI Provisions (Hollywood Reporter) Black Mirror, Season 6, Episode 1: Joan is Awful (Netflix) Dame Judi Dench Masterfully Does A Shakespeare Sonnet (Graham Norton Show) The Great British Baking Show (BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4) Chicago Fire (NBC) The Morning Show (Apple TV+) Alone (History) RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC Three) Dropout.tv Dimension 20: The Unsleeping City (Dropout TV) Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (2023)

    • 53 min
    I’m Greedy (QR 070)

    I’m Greedy (QR 070)

    This week, Tara and Kris are back! They're also sleepy, busy, and full of recommendations. 
    Kris is our official correspondent from this year’s Women’s Week in Provincetown. Then, Kris accuses Tara of lying about her height and Tara insists she's not because that inch is REAL. 
    Kris explores the sweeter side of David Beckham. Tara talks about a comedian’s dreams of ice skating and Whitney Houston. Both discuss how watching so many documentaries has changed them (for the better!). And then, as always… the recommendations.
    Official Recommendations
    From Kris: Back to Black (2020) and Reclaiming Amy (2021) 
    This week, Kris recommends two documentaries about Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (2020) and Reclaiming Amy (2021). Taken separately, they tell conflicting stories that silo Winehouse into images that those creating the documentaries most want to portray. But, the truth is in the cracks, in the similarities and differences between accounts.
    From Tara: An Acquired Taste by Cheri Ritz (Bella Books)
    This week, Tara recommends An Acquired Taste by Cheri Ritz, which she describes as the ultimate gentle, cozy, lovely, sapphic romance. Set in a reality competition cooking show, it follows two former acting rivals who are both competing for something different: bragging rights as Celebrity Cook Off Champion. Maybe they'll cook up some love too? (We'll see ourselves out...)
    Works/People Discussed
    The Great British Baking Show (BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4) The Great Canadian Baking Show (CBC Television) Beckham (2023) (Netflix) Survivor (CBS) Alone (History) Alone Australia (SBS) RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC Three) I Have Nothing (Crave Original) Baroness von Sketch Show (CBC Television) Handsome podcast Support & follow the show
    Buy us a Ko-fi Sign up for our newsletter on Substack Twitter: @queerlyrec Facebook: @QueerlyRecommended Instagram: @queerlyrecommended Blusky: @queerlyrec.bsky.social TikTok: @queerlyrecommended Get all our links on Linktr.ee Support local animal shelters by joining Kris's Patreon

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Rerun: Melissa Brayden Has Not Been Frugal With Her Jewels (QR Bonus 006)

    Rerun: Melissa Brayden Has Not Been Frugal With Her Jewels (QR Bonus 006)

    Kris went to Women's Week and Tara got knocked over by a couple of vaccines, so no new episode this week. 
    We didn't want to leave you totally hanging, so we're rerunning one of our faves: last year's conversation with Melissa Brayden, popular author of sapphic romances. We may have recorded it for Valentine's Day, but this is a fun listen any time of year. 
    We’re talking love this episode, people! Kris, Tara and Melissa compare their fave fictional couples, kisses, and romances that they love to reread. We also find out if Kris has a low bar for kissing in media (Melissa thinks so), Kris thinks out loud about Charlize Theron’s mouth, and Tara recounts her Summer of Steel at the tender age of twelve.
    Works/People Discussed
    Chapters: Interactive Stories – App Imagine Me & You (2005) Atomic Blonde (2017) Steven Universe (Cartoon Network) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane Wynonna Earp (Syfy) The Red Files and Under Your Skin by Lee Winter Star by Danielle Steel Paradise by Judith McNaught Too Close to Touch by Georgia Beers Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran Turn Back Time by Radclyffe Fated Love by Radclyffe Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon Winter Jacket by Eliza Lentzski Leave Yesterday Behind (1978) Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman (CBS) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte All that Matters by Susan X. Meagher Didn’t Stay in Vegas by Chelsea M. Cameron Truth and Measure by Telanu If you want to check out more from Melissa, you can find her on:
    Twitter: @MelissaBrayden Instagram: @mbraydenbooks Facebook @melissabrayden  Support & follow the show
    Buy us a Ko-fi Sign up for our newsletter Twitter: @queerlyrec Facebook: @QueerlyRecommended Instagram: @queerlyrecommended Tumblr: @queerlyrecommended TikTok: @queerlyrecommended Get all our links on Linktr.ee Support local animal shelters by joining Kris's Patreon

    • 56 min
    Nice! (QR 069)

    Nice! (QR 069)

    This week, Tara and Kris start by celebrating the conclusion of the WGA strike and sending support for SAG-AFTRA in their continued quest for an equitable deal.
    Looking ahead, they wonder about the future of AI. Tara doesn’t think it’s as bleak as it sounds. Kris disagrees. Luckily we have opinions on survival reality shows to bring us together. 
    After getting deep into Alone Australia and Survivor, we hear more about RuPaul's Drag Race UK from Tara and then dive headlong into recommendations!
    Official Recommendations
    From Kris: Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix)
    This week, Kris recommends the 2017 Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, which covers a year in the life of Lady Gaga as she works on her fifth studio release album, Joanne. It’s a deeply vulnerable piece according to Kris, examining long standing pain conditions that the artist suffers from. It also details the 51st Super Bowl half-time show where Gaga gave her critically acclaimed appearance.
    From Tara: Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Author), Jenn St-Onge (Artist)
    After comic creator Lawrence Lindell talked about it in our bonus episode with him, Tara picked up one of the books he suggested: Bingo Love. Spoiler: she fell in love with it.
    Bingo Love is a second-chance romance between two Black women that starts in the 1960s when they meet and become instant best friends at their church's Sunday bingo. Separated once their relationship turns romantic and is discovered, they go on to marry men, have families, and then meet once more sixties at another Sunday bingo when they're in their 60's. It’s a beautiful story about love, second chances, and honestly how many stories like this include Black women? We love to see it. Check it out.
    Works/People Discussed
    If Books Could Kill (Podcast) "On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?" By Emily M Bender, Timnit Gebru, Angelina McMillan-Major and Shmargaret Shmitchell Alone Australia (SBS) Survivor (CBS) https://www.tiktok.com/@208sportscards RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC) The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge (Netflix) Mimosa by Archie Bongiovanni Black Mirror, Series Three, Episode Four “San Junipero” (Channel Four/Netflix) Support & follow the show
    Buy us a Ko-fi Sign up for our newsletter Twitter: @queerlyrec Facebook: @QueerlyRecommended Instagram: @queerlyrecommended Tumblr: @queerlyrecommended TikTok: @queerlyrecommended Get all our links on Linktr.ee Support local animal shelters by joining Kris's Patreon

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ding Dong Delicious (QR 068)

    Ding Dong Delicious (QR 068)

    This week, we start with a little update on the Hollywood strikes (still ongoing, no end in sight). This was recorded before Drew Barrymore and Bill Maher decided to go back on strike instead of scabbing, but that doesn't mean our assessment of Bill Maher being a colossal a*****e was incorrect. Bill might be a stopped clock that's correct in this moment, but we’re full digital at Queerly Recommended and we know an a*****e when we see one.
    We also talk about Kris’s new work situation, which seems to include nothing but meetings. It’s like that Lion King meme where Mufasa is saying everything the light touches belongs to Simba, except it's meetings. Everything the light touches is meetings.
    You know what else the light touches? Recommendations.
    Official Recommendations
    From Kris: Glow Up, Season Five (Netflix)
    This isn't the first time that this reality make-up competition show has been queerly recommended (and we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not the last, either). The Netflix show is a delight of diverse contestants, celebrations of art, and in Kris’s words "a good introduction for seeing what a queer world actually looks like." 
    From Tara: Goodbye Volcano High by KO_OP (Playstation, PC)
    It’s the senior year of high school, and young Fang has to decide what to do with the rest of their life. The Battle of the Bands is coming, but so are strange reports of a coming meteor. Did we mention that Fang and all her friends are dinosaurs? Tara described this game as a poignant, powerful reflection of our modern moment. Also, the music fucking slaps. Check it out.
    Works/People Discussed
    Alone Australia (SBS) RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (WOW Presents Plus) Alone (History Channel) The Bodyguard Affair by Anna Stone and Hildred Billings I Like to Watch with Trixie and Katya (Youtube) How to Become a Cult Leader (Netflix) Support & follow the show
    Buy us a Ko-fi Sign up for our newsletter Twitter: @queerlyrec Facebook: @QueerlyRecommended Instagram: @queerlyrecommended Tumblr: @queerlyrecommended TikTok: @queerlyrecommended Get all our links on Linktr.ee Support local animal shelters by joining Kris's Patreon

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

allysophie ,

Love this podcast!

Love this podcast! Fan of both Kris and Tara seperately so it's really wonderful to find out they have a show together giving queer recommendations! :-) I've bought and read several books from this podcast, all amazing! Thank you so much for all the great content!

Chapinhead ,

One Word…Audio

Worthy of 10 stars…if not for audio issues. Please don’t hate the messenger.

God this is a great podcast but the difference in the volume between the two hosts makes it really hard to enjoy it. I WANT to listen but I either can’t hear one or get blown out by the other. I love the exuberance but it hurts my ears.

Sorry. I want to say amazing things about this podcast. Can you modulate them audio a bit?

Castaway1954 ,

Fun podcast

I am a big lesfic fan and I’m late to this podcast (on week #6, maybe?), but recently started following both of these women on Social media. Since I started listening I’ve figured out that I’m going to have to have my notebook open for notes on the queer content they discuss. The reason for this is that I agree with their recommendations on most of the stuff I’ve already consumed, but, on a recommendation from Tara I read one of the funniest books I’ve read in awhile & that’s saying something. You will definitely relate to either one of them or both for whatever reasons. Been a big fan of Kris Bryant’s books & even contribute to her Patreon which she uses 100% to find wet food for animal shelters (how cool is that?). Just listen to a really fun and laid back conversation about what they’re watching, or reading and have some fun. There is something for everyone.

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