13 episodes

Join Sam Fagan as she celebrates her 10th anniversary out of the closet and dives into the transformative experiences and collective wisdom shared by herself and her queer friends since coming out.

In each episode, Sam guides heartfelt conversations and personal storytelling, exploring the profound lessons, challenges, and triumphs encountered in the queer experience. Through intimate reflections and candid dialogue, Sam and her guests delve into topics such as self-discovery, relationships, love, and the ongoing pursuit of living life authentically.

Ten Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community Sam Fagan

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Join Sam Fagan as she celebrates her 10th anniversary out of the closet and dives into the transformative experiences and collective wisdom shared by herself and her queer friends since coming out.

In each episode, Sam guides heartfelt conversations and personal storytelling, exploring the profound lessons, challenges, and triumphs encountered in the queer experience. Through intimate reflections and candid dialogue, Sam and her guests delve into topics such as self-discovery, relationships, love, and the ongoing pursuit of living life authentically.

    Ep 13: Queer Me

    Ep 13: Queer Me

    In this special final episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," the tables are turned as I take a step back from my usual role as host and become the guest. My close friend and fellow advocate, Kimberly Culbertson, sits down for an intimate interview, delving deep into my transformative journey since coming out.

    As the conversation unfolds, I opens up about my experiences growing up in an evangelical community and the pivotal moment when I decided to embrace my true identity at the age of 29. Sharing my personal story, I reflect on the continuous nature of coming out, revealing that the process never truly ends. I highlight the challenges and triumphs that have shaped my path, as well as the surprising ways in which my life has unfolded.

    I candidly discuss the ways in which my foundations were shaken and how navigating through uncharted territories proved to be both difficult and rewarding. Through my story, I explore the profound lessons I've learned, emphasizing the importance of empathy and shedding judgment. My journey has allowed me to intimately understand what it means to be "the Other," ultimately transforming me into a stronger advocate for equality and inclusivity.

    Join Kimberly Culbertson as she guides this heartfelt conversation, allowing me to reflect on my growth, resilience, and the vibrant, colorful place I now call home.

    Tune in to the final episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community" to hear my powerful narrative, and discover how my journey has inspired me to become a beacon of hope and understanding within the queer community and beyond.

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    Ten Years Out Website: https://tenyearsoutpodcast.com

    • 41 min
    Ep 12: My Mom with Diane Fagan

    Ep 12: My Mom with Diane Fagan

    In this heartfelt episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," I welcome a very special guest: my mother, Diane Fagan. Join me and my mom as we delve into an inspiring conversation about acceptance, growth, and the ever-evolving journey of understanding.

    As a straight woman, Diane opens up about her own experiences and the valuable lessons she has learned throughout her life. She candidly shares how, regardless of age, she continues to discover new perspectives, challenge preconceived notions, and embrace the beauty of learning. Diane's story serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement for parents and individuals alike, demonstrating that it is never too late to evolve and grow.

    Listeners will gain valuable insights into the power of empathy, communication, and unconditional love in fostering a harmonious relationship between parents and their LGBTQ+ children. Diane's story is a testament to the transformative nature of genuine connection and a reminder that acceptance is an ongoing process for everyone involved.

    Tune in to Episode 12 of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community" as we share a poignant conversation that will touch the hearts of parents, allies, and individuals seeking encouragement on their own paths of acceptance.

    PFLAG: https://pflag.org/

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    Ten Years Out Website: https://tenyearsoutpodcast.com

    • 21 min
    Ep 11: Queering Life with Nancy Shadlock

    Ep 11: Queering Life with Nancy Shadlock

    In the eleventh episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," host Sam Fagan welcomes Nancy Shadlock, a queer woman. Join Sam and Nancy as they delve into the multifaceted aspects of Nancy's life, from growing up as a missionary kid to finding her true identity later in life.

    Nancy opens up about her experience of coming out at the age of 33, a pivotal moment that led her to embrace her authentic self. As a spiritual director, she realized that in order to help others, she needed to live her truth unapologetically. Through her podcast, the "Coming Out Chronicles," Nancy aims to foster empathy and understanding by sharing diverse coming out stories, recognizing that the process of coming out extends beyond the LGBTQ+ community and resonates with various life changes.

    Together, Sam and Nancy explore the concept of coming out as a universal process of growth, encompassing everything from personal transformations to major life decisions. They discuss how living authentically allows individuals to challenge societal norms and embrace alternative ways of being, thinking, and loving. Nancy shares her vision of a commune, a place where chosen family ("framily") can come together and support one another in a queer-friendly environment, breaking away from the confines of heteronormativity.

    The conversation delves into the unique dynamics and intricacies of queer relationships, highlighting the ways they differ from traditional societal expectations. By defying norms and embracing their own truths, Sam and Nancy exemplify the power of living authentically and inspire listeners to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.

    Nancy's Podcast: http://www.centered.ca/podcast

    Nancy's Coaching: https://www.facebook.com/CenteredLifeCoaching

    Nancy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyshadlock/

    Nancy's Insta: https://www.instagram.com/nancyshadlock/

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    • 33 min
    Ep 10: Trans Joy with Jonathan Bay

    Ep 10: Trans Joy with Jonathan Bay

    In this episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," host Sam Fagan welcomes Jonathan Bay, a trans man who began his medical transition 16 years ago. Jonathan shares his journey of navigating limited access to trans healthcare and the challenges he faced during that time. Reflecting on his own experience, he encourages listeners to embrace who they want to be without fixating on the destination of their transition.

    The discussion delves into the societal pressure of traditional gender roles, touching on Sam's decision to challenge expectations by embracing her leg hair. Jonathan shares the impact of testosterone on his head hair and explores the freedom that comes with being trans, where individuals have the power to determine their own presentation and roles.

    The evolving language within the queer community is explored, with Jonathan contemplating how his transition might be different today given the expanding spectrum of gender identification. The episode also highlights the concept of Queer Joy and the transformative power it holds.

    Addressing the current challenges faced by the trans community, Jonathan sheds light on the rise of anti-trans bills across the US. He discusses the distressing practice of forced de-transitioning in Missouri and Florida, advocating for sanctuary states that prioritize and protect trans rights.

    The episode concludes with an emphasis on the importance of a supportive community for the survival and well-being of queer individuals. Listeners are encouraged to join the ongoing journey towards equality, understanding, and acceptance.

    Erin Reed

    ACLU trans rights donation page

    Trans Equality page

    TRANSport - seeking asylum outside of the US

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    • 43 min
    Ep 9: Being Different with John-Allison Weiss

    Ep 9: Being Different with John-Allison Weiss

    In the ninth episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," host Sam Fagan welcomes the incredibly talented John-Allison Weiss, a trans-masc, queer musician, for an inspiring conversation about their ongoing process of self-discovery.

    As a successful indie musician, John-Allison has found solace and empowerment through their music, but their journey of self-acceptance and coming out hasn't always been a straightforward one. Join Sam and Johnny as they delve into the multifaceted layers of their personal narrative, exploring the intersections of their queer identity and the evolving understanding of their gender.

    Discover how Johnny first came out as gay, only to later realize their true trans identity. Together, they highlight the significance of finding one's own unique path and how coming out is a continuous process of growth and self-exploration. As they navigate the complexities of their own experiences, they emphasize that there is no singular right way to come out or define oneself within the queer community.

    Throughout the episode, Sam and John-Allison celebrate the diverse and vibrant world of queer music, discussing the rise of remarkable LGBTQ+ bands and artists. They showcase the power of music as a medium for self-expression, healing, and connecting with others who share similar journeys.



    Johnny's Insta: https://www.instagram.com/johnallisonweiss/

    Johnny's Music: https://www.lowerkeymusic.com/

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    • 27 min
    Ep 8: Being Human with Ruoyun Killian

    Ep 8: Being Human with Ruoyun Killian

    In the eighth installment of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community," your host Sam Fagan welcomes Ruoyun Killian, a cisgender, bisexual woman of Asian American heritage. Join Sam and Ruoyun as they delve into her unique perspective on queerness and the absence of religious baggage surrounding her bisexuality.

    Ruoyun shares her personal journey and highlights the gradual yet undeniable changes she has witnessed within the queer community over the years. With her diverse background and experiences, Ruoyun sheds light on the evolving dynamics and the importance of embracing change within the LGBTQ+ community.

    Drawing from her work expertise, Ruoyun takes a thought-provoking dive into the Target Pride scandal. She discusses the significance of finding belonging within the queer community and how the incident affected those seeking validation and acceptance. Through this conversation, listeners gain insight into the complexities surrounding representation, allyship, and corporate responsibility.

    Tune in to this enlightening episode of "10 Years Out: Stories from My Queer Community" as Sam and Ruoyun engage in a heartfelt conversation, exploring the power of change, the yearning for belonging, and the importance of allyship within the queer community.

    Ruoyun's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imperfectlyren

    Sam’s Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/suprsam/⁠⁠

    • 22 min

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