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Take the Last Bite is a direct counter to the Midwest Nice mentality— highlighting advocacy & activism by queer/trans communities in the Midwest region. Each episode unearths the often disregarded and unacknowledged contributions of queer & trans folks to social change through interviews, casual conversations and reflections on Midwest queer time, space, and place.

For questions, comments and feedback: lastbite@sgdinstitute.org

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Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

Cover Art: Adrienne McCormick

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Take the Last Bite is a direct counter to the Midwest Nice mentality— highlighting advocacy & activism by queer/trans communities in the Midwest region. Each episode unearths the often disregarded and unacknowledged contributions of queer & trans folks to social change through interviews, casual conversations and reflections on Midwest queer time, space, and place.

For questions, comments and feedback: lastbite@sgdinstitute.org

To support this podcast and the Institute, please visit sgdinstitute.org/giving

Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

Cover Art: Adrienne McCormick

    Today’s Gender Is Up for Debate

    Today’s Gender Is Up for Debate

    We take a bite out of “the gender debate” with sports journalist Katie Barnes (they/them). 
    We reminisce about our days as student leaders at gay camp, how Katie’s educational background in history, higher education, and even Russian studies has positioned them to be a leading reporter at/on the intersection of sports and gender, and the release of their new book “Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debate” 
    Join us in Lexington, Kentucky November 3-5 for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference featuring Katie Barnes as Keynote. Register and make arrangements at mblgtacc.org 


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    This “Dad” Has More Than Jokes

    This “Dad” Has More Than Jokes

    We take a bite out of asexuality across generations with Cody Daigle-Orians (they/them) aka Ace Dad Advice and author of “I Am Ace: Advice on Living Your Best Asexual Life.” We chat about their Ace Dad persona, the nebulous concept of being a “queer elder,” and Cody’s aspiration for a multigenerational book series guiding folks through their asexual journeys. 


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    Animate Me Like One of Your Canonically Queer Characters

    Animate Me Like One of Your Canonically Queer Characters

    We take a bite out of queer animation, TV shows and characters with resident nerds Andy Newhouse and Michelle Walters. We discuss the finale of The Owl House, D20’s Dungeons and Drag Queens, and which other queer streaming moments we’d smash or pass. 

    Additional Resources & References  

    Listen to “The Anatomy of a Liberatory Think Tank” 

    Learn more about the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Strike

    Streaming & TV Show Recommendations and References 

    The Owl House 
    The Legend of Vox Machina
    Avatar: The Last Airbender 
    The Legend of Korra 
    The Last Airbender directed by M. Night Shyamalan 
    Harley Quinn
    D20 Dungeons and Drag Queens 
    Gravity Falls 
    The Ultimatum: Queer Love 

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    Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity 

    Cover art: Adrienne McCormick


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    Inside the “Journal of a Black Queer Nurse”

    Inside the “Journal of a Black Queer Nurse”

    We take a bite out of emergency-room and travel nursing with Britney Daniels, a Black, masculine-presenting, tattooed lesbian and author of “Journal of a Black Queer Nurse”. We chat about Britney’s observations in the emergency room, the derailment that led to her career, and her high hopes for improvements to healthcare systems. 

    Connect with Britney Daniels 
    Website: https://blackqueernurse.co/ Instagram: @BlackQueerNurseFind Journal of a Black Queer Nurse through Common Notions 
    Additional Resources & References
    Omaha City Council unanimously approves renaming of street to commemorate activist and musical artist Dominique Morgan 
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    Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity 

    Cover art: Adrienne McCormick


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    Hey Google, Who is Barbara May Cameron?

    Hey Google, Who is Barbara May Cameron?

    We take a bite out of a Google Doodle commemorating Native American and lesbian activist Barbara May Cameron. We’re joined by queer Mexican and Chitimachan artist Sienna Gonzales, aka Somewhere in June, who had the opportunity to design the homepage artwork. We discuss the stepping stones into her artistic and queer identities, a bumpy road to a BFA from UCLA, and the process of creating a visual homage to a queer powerhouse.
    Connect with Sienna Gonzales
    Website: https://www.somewhereinjune.comInstagram: @somewhere_in_june TikTok: @somewhere_in_juneAdditional Resources & References
    Check out the Google Doodle of Barbara May Cameron designed by Sienna Gonzales, including a Q&A with the artist and a letter from Linda Boyd-Durkee, Barbara’s long-term partner  Barbara May Cameron contributed an essay titled “Gee, You Don’t Seem Like an Indian from the Reservation” to the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of ColorFor questions, comments or feedback about this episode: lastbite@sgdinstitute.org.
    We’re on TikTok! You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or at sgdinstitute.org 

    Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
    Cover art: Adrienne McCormick


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    The Anatomy of a Liberatory Think Tank

    The Anatomy of a Liberatory Think Tank

    We take a bite out of Third Places, such as conferences, think tanks, liberation labs and other liberatory-conscious spaces that offer queer and trans community and connection outside of home, work and social media.
    Host R.B. Brooks (they/them) reflects on sharing (third) space with a small but mighty group of LGBTQ+ higher education scholars and educators to examine how to make LGBTQ+ centers/spaces on college campuses anti-racist spaces and how the facilitation, environment, and pace of the think-tank offered a liberatory framework for new possibilities. 
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    Additional Resources & References  

    Learn more about Third Places: 
    Michigan Minds episode – “Exploring How the Pandemic has Impacted Third Places” Ray Oldenburg, who coined the concept of Third Places, penned a newsletter to urban planners warning of “Our Vanishing ‘Third Places’” Allie Conti writes for The Atlanitic – “Do Yourself a Favor and Go Find a ‘Third Place’”AlibsWrites blogs about “The Death of Third Places and the Evolution of Communities” for Illumination on Medium Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown published by AK Press

    Resources for centering anti-racism work in LGBTQ+ spaces on college campuses: 
    The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice & Decolonization Consortium of Higher Education LGBTQ+ Resource Professionals Policy & Practice Recommendations--
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    We’re on TikTok! You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or at sgdinstitute.org 

    Host: R.B. Brooks, they/them, director of programs for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity 

    Cover art: Adrienne McCormick


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