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Queernundrum Podcast Holly Greystone and Gary Thoren

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    Breaking Barriers: The Impact of Norman Lear and Lia Thomas on Inclusion

    Breaking Barriers: The Impact of Norman Lear and Lia Thomas on Inclusion

    Welcome back to another exciting episode of Queernundrum! In today’s show, we’re exploring the incredible journeys of two trailblazers who have broken barriers and paved the way for greater inclusion in their respective fields: Norman Lear and Lia Thomas. From transforming the television landscape to making history in collegiate swimming, these two icons have significantly impacted the fight for equality and representation.
    Episode Highlights:
    Norman Lear's Revolution: Dive into the world of Norman Lear, the legendary television producer behind groundbreaking shows like "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," and "Maude." Learn how his fearless approach to addressing social issues through comedy challenged societal norms and opened up crucial conversations about race, gender, and sexuality.Lia Thomas's Historic Victory: Discover the inspiring story of Lia Thomas, the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship. We’ll discuss her journey, the challenges she’s faced, and the broader implications of her success for transgender athletes worldwide.
    “Competing as my authentic self has been a deeply fulfilling experience, even with the challenges that come with it.” – Lia Thomas
    “I knew transitioning would be a struggle, but I wanted to live my true self and pursue my passion for swimming.” – Lia Thomas
    “Visibility matters. It’s important for young transgender athletes to see that they can compete and succeed as their true selves.” – Lia Thomas
    “Norman Lear’s shows did more than entertain; they challenged viewers to think differently about the world around them.” – Queernundrum on the Norman Affect

    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr 8 min
    From Shrouded Legacy to Proud Visibility

    From Shrouded Legacy to Proud Visibility

    In this episode of Queernundrum, we explore the evolving journey of LGBTQ+ visibility through the lives of two remarkable figures: Paul Lynde and Chasten Buttigieg. We delve into the unique challenges and triumphs they faced as they navigated their public and private lives in different eras, highlighting the broader struggle of the queer community to live out loud and proud.
    Paul Lynde’s Hidden Influence:
    Overview of Paul Lynde’s career and his iconic roles on "Hollywood Squares" and "Bewitched."The cultural impact of Lynde's flamboyant persona and sharp wit, despite the societal constraints of his time.Discussion on how Lynde provided subtle representation for the queer community and the complexities of his life as a gay man in mid-20th century America.
    Chasten Buttigieg’s Open Advocacy:
    Introduction to Chasten Buttigieg’s life, from his conservative upbringing to becoming a visible advocate.Exploration of his memoir, "I Have Something to Tell You," and its impact on LGBTQ+ visibility and acceptance.Chasten’s role in Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and his contributions to the national conversation on LGBTQ+ rights.
    Connecting the Generations:
    Analysis of the progress made from Lynde’s era to today, showcasing how representation and advocacy have evolved.Personal anecdotes and reflections on the importance of visibility and living authentically.The ongoing challenges and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equality and acceptance.
    Show Highlights:
    “Paul Lynde never publicly acknowledged his sexuality, yet his presence and humor provided a beacon for many.”“Chasten Buttigieg’s candid memoir and public advocacy offer a powerful message of acceptance and love.”“From hidden lives to living proud, the journey of LGBTQ+ visibility is one of courage, resilience, and continuous progress.”
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 52 min
    S4E1 Queer Figures and Supporters: One Revolutionary and One Trailblazer

    S4E1 Queer Figures and Supporters: One Revolutionary and One Trailblazer

    Hello, Queernundrum listeners! We're thrilled to have you back for another exciting season. We've missed our amazing community and can't wait to dive into more fascinating discussions, heartwarming stories, and thought-provoking topics that matter to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
    This season, we have an incredible lineup of guests, insightful conversations, and a few surprises up our sleeve. Whether you're a longtime listener or just joining us, we're here to explore the beautiful complexities of queer life, love, and everything in between.
    In this captivating episode of Queernundrum, we delve into the fascinating lives of two legendary figures who left an indelible mark on both Hollywood and the LGBTQ+ community: Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur. We explore Brando's complex sexuality, his outspoken support for gay rights, and his groundbreaking roles that challenged societal norms. Additionally, we celebrate Bea Arthur's legacy, highlighting her iconic roles in "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," and her unwavering advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and support for the Ali Forney Center.
    Join us as we uncover the ways in which these two iconic personalities championed LGBTQ+ visibility and equality, both on and off the screen. Their stories offer a compelling blend of courage, activism, and artistry that continues to inspire and resonate today.
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 3 Episode 17 | Queer and Suicide

    Season 3 Episode 17 | Queer and Suicide

    Welcome back to another enlightening episode of Queernundrum! In this episode, we dive deep into a crucial and often stigmatized topic, suicide. We wrap up with something lighthearted, we talk about the amazing Thom Hulce!

    Resources and Notes: FYI, we are not medical professionals, you don't have to be either. When it comes to suicide, just asking is the beginning:
    Opening Communication: Asking someone directly about their thoughts of suicide opens up a channel of communication. It lets the individual know that someone cares and is willing to listen without judgment.Immediate Relief: Many individuals who are struggling with suicidal thoughts experience immediate relief when they are asked about it. It can provide a sense of validation and acknowledgment of their pain.Connection to Help: Suicide assessment is often the first step in connecting individuals to professional help, such as mental health counselors, crisis hotlines, or support groups. Prompt intervention can prevent a suicide attempt.Safety Planning: Conversations about suicide can lead to the development of safety plans. These plans include strategies for coping with suicidal thoughts and identifying sources of support.Reducing Isolation: Suicidal individuals often feel isolated and alone. Talking about their thoughts can break the isolation and encourage them to seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals.Risk Assessment: Professionals who assess suicide risk can determine the level of risk an individual poses to themselves. This assessment informs treatment and support strategies.Follow-Up: After the initial assessment, it's essential to follow up with individuals to ensure their safety and continued support. Regular check-ins can make a significant difference.
    Show Links:
    CDC Suicide Data
    988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
    TREVOR PROJECT
    LIFELINE FOR VETS
    AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP)
    NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY
    SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 3 Episode 16: Queer and Aging

    Season 3 Episode 16: Queer and Aging

    Welcome to another episode of Queernundrum! Today, we dive into a crucial and often overlooked topic—the experiences of LGBTQAI+ seniors. Our elders bear the resilience of having navigated discrimination, societal prejudices, and the challenges of developing their identities in less accepting times.
    Before we explore the unique journey of LGBTQAI+ seniors, let's take a moment to acknowledge the present. As of today, 84 anti-LGBTQAI+ laws have been passed across the country, while 227 were thankfully shut down. However, 187 laws are advancing, attacking various fronts like accurate IDs, civil rights, free speech, healthcare, public accommodations, and schools. (see ACLU to learn more).
    A Glimpse into the Past:
    Reflecting on the 1940s, homosexuality was largely criminalized, and individuals faced legal persecution. Living in the closet was a necessity, affecting their sense of community. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness, leading to harmful practices like conversion therapy. Discrimination in healthcare was rampant, and legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity were nonexistent.
    Progress:
    Fast forward to today, and there has been a significant shift in societal attitudes. LGBTQAI+ individuals experience greater social acceptance, a sense of community, and there's growing acknowledgment of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. Legal milestones, like the marriage equality act and the 14th Amendment, mark substantial progress.
    Reflection:
    Our elder LGBTQAI+ individuals came of age during times of extreme prejudice, while younger generations often experience more supportive environments during their formative years. Elders may have spent a significant part of their lives in the closet due to societal pressures, while younger individuals often grow up in a more visible and accepting LGBTQAI+ culture. Elder LGBTQAI+ individuals might have faced rejection from biological families, leading to the importance of chosen families. Younger generations often experience more openness within their families. We recognize this is not always the case., discrimination still exist.
    Our call to action is clear: lets work together to create a future where our LGBTQAI+ seniors can age gracefully, surrounded by environments that honor their resilience, acknowledge their unique journeys, and celebrate the wealth of wisdom they bring to our community.
    We celebrate the resilience of our LGBTQAI+ seniors, acknowledging the wisdom they bring to our community. As we advocate for inclusive policies and cultural competence in healthcare, we commit to ensuring that the journey of aging is marked by pride, acceptance, and a continued sense of belonging.


    Donate:/Learn More at SAGE. Founded in 1978, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBTQ+ older people and their caregivers.National Resource Center On LGBTQ+ Aging
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” “Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA” and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren
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    Season 3 Episode 15: Catch Up and Pivot

    Season 3 Episode 15: Catch Up and Pivot

    Join us in this exciting episode as we take you behind the scenes of Queernundrum Season 3. We're back with our signature banter, laughter, and a fresh perspective as we navigate the dynamic landscape of LGBTQAI+ conversations.
    Season 3 marks a pivotal moment for Queernundrum. We've been on a journey of exploration, diving into new topics, and redefining our approach. In this episode, we open up about the decision to pivot, sharing the why behind our choices and the exciting directions we're heading.
    Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” "Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA" and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.
    Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
    Writer: G. Thoren

    • 47 min

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