Activist Blake Pruitt from ‘Reclaim Pride NYC’ joins Sam to discuss the Queer Liberation March which has taken place in New York City since the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in 2019. The march which has been attended by tens of thousands in recent years aims to take Pride back to its routes, focussing more on activism and without corporate sponsorship. Blake tells us why he thinks Pride has become a shadow of its former self and shares his views on the debate surrounding police marching in uniform at Pride events.
Bisexual solo artist Sage Suede joins Sam to talk about his new sexually charged and unapologetically gay new album ‘Foolin Around’ which takes risks mainstream artists are scared to take. Sage also shares his thoughts about the commercialisation of Pride and his view that ‘everyone is a bit bisexual’.
For our first episode of Pride Month 2021 black LGBTQ music artist Rebel Will from Toronto, Canada joins Sam to discuss a range of issues including music, racial injustice, the pressures of life and being an unapologetically queer artist. Rebel’s latest album is ‘REBELFUTURISM’, and his influences include Janet Jackson and Prince.
Author Ian and Illustrator James join us to talk about their new LGBTQ inclusive children's book 'Nen and the Lonely Fisherman'. The book features a same sex love story and has been described as the gay version of 'The Little Mermaid'. Ian and James talk about how the book is personal to them and what it would have meant to have seen such representation when they were in school.
Gay poet Randall Mann speaks to Sam about his new poetry collection 'A Better Life'. The collection covers a variety of themes including LGBTQ history, HIV and the impact of apps on modern day dating. Randall is a critically acclaimed, established poet from a multi-racial background and draws on his own personal experience to bring intimacy and authenticity to his writing.
Sam chats to Andrew Sartory, co-founder of 'Gay Man Thriving' which Andrew runs with his husband Zach. Both are professionals who aim to help gay men overcome common obstacles that keep gay men single and attracting toxic relationships. In this interview Andrew discusses mental health, body image and how 'Gay Man Thriving' helps gay and bisexual men embrace who they are.
Sam chats to singer-songwriter and LGBTQ activist Ryan Cassata. Ryan is transgender and hails from Long Island, New York. He’s been described as a ‘transgender singing sensation’ and was listed in Billboard’s list of ‘11 transgender and non-binary musicians you need to know’. Ryan talks about his music, activism, and the rise of hate towards trans people in the United States, what we can do to combat it and be better trans allies.
LGBTQ business coach Kevin Colley joins us to talk about getting back on track after the pandemic, being a cyclist enthusiast and the importance of safe spaces including being part of an LGBTQ cycling group. In the past Kevin has struggled with mental health, including body image issues, we delve into the reasons why and the methods which could help others.
LGBTQ music artist Sev7en Taylor joins us to talk about his new deluxe EP ‘Bless A Bee’, which Sev7en says explores his spiritual side. He also shares his thoughts on recent ‘outrage’ from conservatives levelled at Lil Nas X and if being black and gay has made him more of a target. Keeping with racial discrimination Sev7en shares his thoughts on the recent shootings of unarmed black men, including Daunte Wright, and the continuing problem of systemic racism in the police force and how people have become almost desensitised to these incidents.
Author of the new book ‘Determined To Be Dad’ Steve Disselhorst joins us to talk about his journey to becoming a father. Steve has two adopted children Kaitlyn and Matthew and shares his experience and how he was determined not to let his sexuality impact his dream of becoming a Dad. As well as his book Steve shares his views on the changes, he has seen in terms of same sex parenting over the years.