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Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence.
Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life.

Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.

The Forbidden Apple: LGBTQ+ SPIRITUALITY Pelayo A. Melissa W.

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 71 Ratings

Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence.
Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life.

Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.

    Becoming an LGBT Global faith leader - Bishop Joseph Tolton (Part II)

    Becoming an LGBT Global faith leader - Bishop Joseph Tolton (Part II)

    In Part II of this Episode, Bishop Tolton talks about his mission of creating Interconnected Justice (ICJ)- a global racial justice movement in which the continent of Africa and its diaspora build an ecosystem of self-defined and determined advocacy.
    Bishop Tolton works directly with leaders to build integrated justice movements connecting activists with civil society advocates, media professionals, academics, and political leaders.
    Bishop Tolton opens our eyes to the “invisible” influences of the West that jeopardize LGBTQ rights in Africa.
    You can contact Bishop Tolton and check out his mission here:
    https://icjustice.org/
    http://tfamglobal.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Becoming an LGBT Global faith leader - Bishop Joseph Tolton (Part I)

    Becoming an LGBT Global faith leader - Bishop Joseph Tolton (Part I)

    Bishop Joseph Tolton is a legendary global faith leader and the Founder and President of Interconnected Justice - a global racial justice movement in which the continent of Africa and its diaspora build an ecosystem of self-defined and determined advocacy.
    Bishop Tolton shares the complexities of growing up in Harlem as a promising preacher kid with an inner conflict: feeling the devil had planted the seed of homosexuality as part of his spiritual journey.
    Bishop Tolton opens about about his journey from going through exoricisms to try to rid himself of the "devil", to coming to a place of self acceptance and embracing his sexuality.   
    You can contact Bishop Tolton and check out his mission here:
    https://icjustice.org/
    http://tfamglobal.org/

    • 59 min
    A Queer Feminist Activist - Dr. Stella Nyanzi

    A Queer Feminist Activist - Dr. Stella Nyanzi

    The inimitable Dr. Stella Nyanzi is a Ugandan queer feminist activist, human rights advocate, poet, medical anthropologist, and scholar of sexuality, family planning, and public health.
    At the time of our recording, Stella speaks to us from Kenya where she is taking refuge due to the current regime in Uganda where she is unsafe as a very vocal opposition.
    Stella shares with us about her work being a vocal activist. She talks about her time in prison and using her body and sexuality as a means of protest.
    Listen till the end to hear Dr. Stella read a poem that she wrote while in prison.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Raising the voice of sexual violence survivors with Mary Muthui TW Sexual Violence

    Raising the voice of sexual violence survivors with Mary Muthui TW Sexual Violence

    Mary Muthui is a human rights activist from Kenya.
    She shares the stigma and violence she faced being noticeably queer, and what gave her the strength and courage to fight for herself and others.
    Mary talks to us about the practice of corrective rape- which is unfortunately common practice against LGBTQ individuals specifically lesbians. Mary survived this sexual violence against her and is an outspoken activist trying to end this practice often putting herself at risk to help others.
    Mary’s home is open 24/7 to victims of sexual violence and is often the first stop for those needing medical help, food, safety, and support. 
    Listen to learn more about the lifesaving work she does singlehandedly. 
    You can support Mary by donating here through Paypal:
    mmuthui26@yahoo.com

    • 30 min
    A Media Pioneer from Angola - Coréon Dú

    A Media Pioneer from Angola - Coréon Dú

    Coréon Dú is an award-winning Angolan recording artist, creative director, designer, screenwriter and producer. 
    Coréon shares how he started creating much-needed entertainment for folks his own age in Angola, and how he became a leading voice on the forefront of change with his revolutionary content.
    We discuss the far-reaching impact his work has had on the representation of the LGBTQ community in Angola and beyond.
    Listen to hear Coréon share how he incorporates his love of Africa into everything he does. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    It Feels Good To Be Forbidden- Val Kalende

    It Feels Good To Be Forbidden- Val Kalende

    Val Kalende is an activist and founding member of Uganda's LGBTQ MOVEMENT. Val helped launch Freedom and Roam Uganda-FARUG. She shares how taking the risk to be visible has paid off in advancing LGBTQ rights in Uganda.
    Val opens up about her journey of going back into the closet after being a vocal LGBTQ activist to undergo conversion therapy.
    Her journey is one of struggle and hope and finally coming to full acceptance of her queerness. 
    Find Val on Fb @Val Kalende
    To learn more about Val :
    https://76crimes.com/2022/02/02/unchanged-a-lesbian-christians-journey-through-ex-gay-life/

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Mariana_14 ,

Religion+LGBTQ

Excellent, insightful discussions! I always love podcasts where one can share perspectives and find common experiences. It is important to dig deep and see how one can practice spirituality while being part of the LGBTQ community. Faith is a tricky subject specifically in the context of LGBTQ, but this podcast gives forth a platform where you can voice your deeper understanding and critiques of the intersection of religion + LGBTQ.

Hello! Jamal's here. ,

Take a bite, take a bite...

I've learned so much listening to this podcast. I'm coming into my own spiritually, and have had a bumpy relationship with religion as a whole. The Forbidden Apple podcast has helped me learn about other queer experiences with religion and spirituality, and have opened my eyes (and ears) to so much. I've been keeping up with this podcast since Summer 2020, and it has definitely helped my healing around religious topics (as they relate to my life). Keep up this beautiful work, Pelayo and Melissa! Much love, Jamal - Thanks for Coming Podcast

Abbie_ G ,

Really great experience listening

This is amazing! As a queer person trying to figure out my faith/spirituality and hearing the latest episode on astrology was really eye opening in understanding my own experiences and navigating that.