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A 2024 GLAAD Media Award Nominee for Outstanding Podcast! Fans of On Being and Los Culturistas love this indie where LGBTQ guests share the queer books that saved their lives with the authors who wrote them. Featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Greg Louganis, Becky Albertalli, and so many more, guests from across the rainbow tell these authors how their books helped them overcome alienation, gender dysphoria, familial homophobia, and being outed. Essayist, educator, and Lambda Literary Fellow J.P. Der Boghossian hosts the conversations with a gentle and energetic style, standing in as conversational partner for posthumous authors. Bonus features in off-weeks include the LGBT podcasts 7 Minutes in Book Heaven, where J.P. interviews queer authors about their exciting new releases for us to love and cuddle up with and new episodes of The Gaily Show celebrating LGBTQ culture and entertainment.

This Queer Book Saved My Life J.P. Der Boghossian

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A 2024 GLAAD Media Award Nominee for Outstanding Podcast! Fans of On Being and Los Culturistas love this indie where LGBTQ guests share the queer books that saved their lives with the authors who wrote them. Featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Greg Louganis, Becky Albertalli, and so many more, guests from across the rainbow tell these authors how their books helped them overcome alienation, gender dysphoria, familial homophobia, and being outed. Essayist, educator, and Lambda Literary Fellow J.P. Der Boghossian hosts the conversations with a gentle and energetic style, standing in as conversational partner for posthumous authors. Bonus features in off-weeks include the LGBT podcasts 7 Minutes in Book Heaven, where J.P. interviews queer authors about their exciting new releases for us to love and cuddle up with and new episodes of The Gaily Show celebrating LGBTQ culture and entertainment.

    The Gaily Show: The Sexy Liberal Tour is here! Plus F.T. Lukens!

    The Gaily Show: The Sexy Liberal Tour is here! Plus F.T. Lukens!

    A new episode of This Queer Book Saved My Life drops next week on April 16th! In our off weeks, we air the most recent episode of The Gaily Show which J.P. hosts for AM950 Radio.
    On today’s episode, Stephanie Miller joins us to talk about her upcoming Sexy Liberal Save the World Tour which kicks off in Minneapolis on April 13. Plus, F.T. Lukens has a new queer YA novel that just came out on April 2nd. They join us to talk all about it!


    Buy F.T.'s book here: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9781665916257Buy tickets to the Sexy Liberal Tour here: https://hennepintheatretrust.org/events/stephanie-millers-sexy-liberal-save-the-world-comedy-tour-pantages-theatre-minneapolis-mn-2024/Watch on YouTube
    We're in video too! You can watch this episode at youtube.com/@thegailyshow

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Production and Distribution Support: Brett Johnson, AM950
    Marketing/Advertising Support: Chad Larson, Laura Hedlund, Jennifer Ogren, AM950
    Accounting and Creative Support: Gordy Erickson
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    • 25 min
    Becoming a Man with K Jason Bryan

    Becoming a Man with K Jason Bryan

    As gay kids we have to get through so much that we end up not remembering a lot of our childhoods.

    Today we meet K Jason Bryan and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Becoming A Man: Half A Life Story by Paul Monette.

    Jason is a Sr Client Consultant for corporate insurance, and used to chair his company’s LGBT & Allies ERG. He is a former member of the Governors Board at the Human Rights Campaign. He also served as the Membership Director at Quorum, Minnesota's LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.

    Becoming A Man: Half A Life Story won the National Book Award and the LAMBDA Literary Award. Paul Monette was haunted, and finally saved, by a dream, "The thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing." This searingly honest, witty, and humane merging of memoir and manifesto has become the definitive coming out story--and a classic of the coming-of-age genre.

    Hear more Romanovsky and Phillips!
    website: romanovskyandphillips.com
    Featured song in this episode: "When Heterosexism Strikes" from their album Be Political, Not Polite (1991)

    Connect with Jason
    Facebook: facebook.com/kjason.bryan

    Our Bookshop
    Visit our Bookshop for  new releases, current bestsellers, banned books, critically acclaimed LGBTQ books, or peruse the books featured on our podcasts: bookshop.org/shop/thisqueerbook

    To purchase Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story visit: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9780060595647

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    Become an Associate Producer of our podcast through a $20/month sponsorship on Patreon! A professionally recognized credit, you can gain access to Associate Producer meetings to help guide our podcast into the future! Get started today: patreon.com/thisqueerbook

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Associate Producers: Archie Arnold, K Jason Bryan and David Rephan, Natalie Cruz, Jonathan Fried, Paul Kaefer, Nicole Olila, Joe Perazzo, Bill Shay, and Sean Smith
    Patreon Subscribers: Stephen D., Stephen Flamm, Ida Göteburg, Thomas Michna, and Gary Nygaard.
    Creative and Accounting support provided by: Gordy Erickson
    Permission to use a clip from "When Heterosexism Strikes" provided by Romanovsky and Phillips
    Music and SFX credits: visit thiqueerbook.com/music

    Quatrefoil Library
    Quatrefoil has created a curated lending library made up of the books featured on our podcast! If you can't buy these books, then borrow them! Link: https://libbyapp.com/library/quatrefoil/curated-1404336/page-1
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    • 33 min
    Swinging on the Garden Gate with Sandy Hope and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

    Swinging on the Garden Gate with Sandy Hope and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

    No one ever told me that I could be divine. That my sexuality was a gift.

    Today we meet Sandy Hope and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Swinging on the Garden Gate by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew. And Elizabeth joins us for the conversation!

    Sandy is a licensed mental health counselor whose practice focuses Internal Family Systems theory. She works with people around sexuality, spirituality, couples therapy, and people who struggle with eating disorders.

    Elizabeth is an author, writing coach, spiritual director, and co-founder of the Eye of the Heart Center.

    Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Memoir of Bisexuality and Spirit describes a period of time in award-winning writer and teacher Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew's life when she came to know bisexuality as an embodied manifestation of divinity. Andrew not only reconciles her United Methodist faith with her sexuality but realizes that her body is holy, her sexuality is holy, and the word she carried within her has always been holy.

    Connect with Sandy and Elizabeth
    Sandy's website: sandrahopecounseling.com
    Elizabeth's websites: elizabethjarrettandrew.com and spiritualmemoir.com
    Eye of the Heart Center: eyeoftheheartcenter.org

    Our Bookshop
    Visit our Bookshop for  new releases, current bestsellers, banned books, critically acclaimed LGBTQ books, or peruse the books featured on our podcasts: bookshop.org/shop/thisqueerbook

    To purchase Swinging on the Garden Gate visit: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9781558968783

    Become an Associate Producer!
    Become an Associate Producer of our podcast through a $20/month sponsorship on Patreon! A professionally recognized credit, you can gain access to Associate Producer meetings to help guide our podcast into the future! Get started today: patreon.com/thisqueerbook

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Associate Producers: Archie Arnold, K Jason Bryant and David Rephan, Natalie Cruz, Jonathan Fried, Paul Kaefer, Nicole Olila, Joe Perazzo, Bill Shay, and Sean Smith
    Patreon Subscribers: Stephen D., Stephen Flamm, Ida Göteburg, Thomas Michna, and Gary Nygaard.
    Creative and Accounting support provided by: Gordy Erickson
    Music and SFX credits: visit thiqueerbook.com/music

    Quatrefoil Library
    Quatrefoil has created a curated lending library made up of the books featured on our podcast! If you can't buy these books, then borrow them! Link: https://libbyapp.com/library/quatrefoil/curated-1404336/page-1
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    • 47 min
    Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim with Jacob Budenz

    Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim with Jacob Budenz

    Everyone calls me ma'am on the phone. I love it.

    Today we meet Jacob Budenz and we’re talking about the book that saved their life: Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris.

    Jacob is a true multi-hyphenate: musician, author, performance artist, director, and witch. Jacob published their new book Tea Leaves in 2023 and is the front person for the band Moth Broth.

    Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim is an essay collection where David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives -- a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love.

    Connect with Jacob
    Website: jakebeearts.com
    Instagram: @dreambabyjake

    Our Bookshop
    Visit our Bookshop for  new releases, current bestsellers, banned books, critically acclaimed LGBTQ books, or peruse the books featured on our podcasts: bookshop.org/shop/thisqueerbook

    To purchase Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim visit: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9780316010795

    Become an Associate Producer!
    Become an Associate Producer of our podcast through a $20/month sponsorship on Patreon! A professionally recognized credit, you can gain access to Associate Producer meetings to help guide our podcast into the future! Get started today: patreon.com/thisqueerbook

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Associate Producers: Archie Arnold, K Jason Bryant and David Rephan, Natalie Cruz, Jonathan Fried, Paul Kaefer, Nicole Olila, Joe Perazzo, Bill Shay, and Sean Smith
    Patreon Subscribers: Stephen D., Stephen Flamm, Ida Göteburg, Thomas Michna, and Gary Nygaard.
    Creative and Accounting support provided by: Gordy Erickson
    Permission to use clips from the tracks Baba Yaga and Fairy Queen performed by Moth Broth provided by Jacob Budenz.
    Audio clip from Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim read by David Sedaris is used here under the Fair Use doctrine for the purposes of literary commentary and criticism.
    Music and SFX credits: visit thiqueerbook.com/music
    Quatrefoil Library
    Quatrefoil has created a curated lending library made up of the books featured on our podcast! If you can't buy these books, then borrow them! Link: https://libbyapp.com/library/quatrefoil/curated-1404336/page-1
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    • 43 min
    Am I Blue with Ricardo Galaviz and Bruce Coville

    Am I Blue with Ricardo Galaviz and Bruce Coville

    When a closeted queer kid meets his fairy godfather what does he wish for?

    Today we meet Ricardo Galaviz and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Am I Blue? by Bruce Coville. And Bruce joins us for the conversation!

    Ricardo (all pronouns) is the Associate Director of the Milwaukee LGBT Center.

    Bruce (he/him) is the author of over 100 books including My Teacher is an Alien, Into the Land of Unicorns, and Jeremy Hatcher, Dragon Hatcher.

    Am I Blue? Coming Out From The Silence is an anthology of short stories edited by Marion Dane Bauer and the title comes from the Bruce's short story Am I Blue? in which a fairy godfather offers a young queer kid three wishes.

    Read more!
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a fantastic article about this episode. Many thanks to Amy Schwabe!

    Connect with Ricardo and Bruce
    Ricardo's website: mkelgbt.org
    Bruce's website: brucecoville.com

    Our Bookshop
    Visit our Bookshop for  new releases, current bestsellers, banned books, critically acclaimed LGBTQ books, or peruse the books featured on our podcasts: bookshop.org/shop/thisqueerbook

    To purchase Am I Blue? visit Bruce's website: brucecoville.com

    Become an Associate Producer!
    Become an Associate Producer of our LGBT podcast through a $20/month sponsorship on Patreon! A professionally recognized credit, you can gain access to Associate Producer meetings to help guide our podcast into the future! Get started today: patreon.com/thisqueerbook

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Associate Producers: Archie Arnold, Natalie Cruz, Jonathan Fried, Paul Kaefer, Nicole Olila, Joe Perazzo, Bill Shay, and Sean Smith
    Patreon Subscribers: Stephen D., Stephen Flamm, Ida Göteburg, Thomas Michna, and Gary Nygaard.
    Creative and Accounting support provided by: Gordy Erickson
    Music and SFX credits: visit thiqueerbook.com/music
    Quatrefoil Library
    Quatrefoil has created a curated lending library made up of the books featured on our podcast! If you can't buy these books, then borrow them! Link: https://libbyapp.com/library/quatrefoil/curated-1404336/page-1
    Support the show

    • 45 min
    To Kill A Mockingbird with Jean Gustafson

    To Kill A Mockingbird with Jean Gustafson

    A tomboy who wants to be Perry Mason (and has a crush on Della) included this book on job applications.

    Today we meet Jean M. Gustafson and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

    Jean M. Gustafson is a seasoned attorney who specializes in various branches of law, including employment law, elder law, criminal and family law. She is licensed in the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, Utah and Federal Court of the District of Minnesota. She has also received training in Basic Mediation. Jean is a firm believer in mediation and she has seen it obtain better results for her clients than adversarial court battles. She is currently highly involved in the Minnesota bar association serving as a diverse attorney in two affinity bars, Elder Law Education committee member and former chair of the Elder Law Institute Planning Committee.

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father--a crusading local lawyer--risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

    Connect with Jean
    website: guslaw.net
    email: jean@guslaw.net

    Our Bookshop
    Visit our Bookshop for  new releases, current bestsellers, banned books, critically acclaimed LGBTQ books, or peruse the books featured on our podcasts: bookshop.org/shop/thisqueerbook

    To purchase To Kill A Mockingbird: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9780060935467

    Become an Associate Producer!
    Become an Associate Producer of our podcast through a $20/month sponsorship on Patreon! A professionally recognized credit, you can gain access to Associate Producer meetings to help guide our podcast into the future! Get started today: patreon.com/thisqueerbook

    Credits
    Host/Founder: J.P. Der Boghossian
    Executive Producer: Jim Pounds
    Associate Producers: Archie Arnold, Natalie Cruz, Jonathan Fried, Paul Kaefer, Nicole Olila, Joe Perazzo, Bill Shay, and Sean Smith
    Patreon Subscribers: Stephen D., Stephen Flamm, Ida Göteburg, Thomas Michna, and Gary Nygaard.
    Creative and Accounting support provided by: Gordy Erickson
    Music and SFX credits: visit thiqueerbook.com/music

    Quatrefoil Library
    Quatrefoil has created a curated lending library made up of the books featured on our podcast! If you can't buy these books, then borrow them! Link: https://libbyapp.com/library/quatrefoil/curated-1404336/page-1



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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

LaraLillibridge ,

My new favorite podcast

Such an interesting concept-a great listen for queer conversation but also for book discovery. I’m a bit picky about audio quality in my podcasts (I hate when one voice is louder or softer and I have to keep adjusting the volume) but this is smooth and easy on the ears as well as having excellent content.

Gemn3000 ,

Outstanding New Queer Podcast

This Queer Book Saved My Life is an amazing listen from the very first episode. The show, hosted by J.P’s and his rich and kind voice, is a dynamic discussion between a featured author and guest. It is an engaging and thought provoking dialogue. Subscribing will definitely expand your reading list with quality queer literature to explore! This podcast is an outstanding much-desired addition to the queer podcast landscape. I look forward, with anticipation and excitement, for new episodes.

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