Derek Frost talks about his new book ‘Living and Loving in the age of AIDS’ an intimate, personal account of living through the AIDS crisis in the 80’s and 90’s. Derek’s husband Jeremy Norman (who created the LGBTQ venues the Embassy Club and Heaven) was diagnosed during the height of the pandemic and faced a fight for his life which thankfully he ultimately won thanks to advancements in medicine. In this interview Derek shares his story and what he hopes people will learn from the book.
Public speaker Rebecca Ashley joins us to talk about her identity being an aromantic asexual lesbian. Rebecca points out the many misconceptions and raising awareness of lesser-known orientations. Rebecca is from Toronto Canada and is the founder of ‘Arts Healing Hearts’.
As we mark the 12th annual Transgender Day of Visibility, Sam is joined by trans woman Sarah Stephenson-Hunter who also lives with a disability - Sarah is blind. Sarah is the founder of ‘Simply Equality’ which aims to amplify the voices of LGBTQ disabled people. She has a lot of experience in the higher education sector currently working at the University of Oxford. Sarah was named Stonewall’s LGBT role model of the year for the East Midlands in 2018. In this interview we talk about being transgender in 2021, the barriers for trans and disabled people and how to be a better trans ally.
Author of the new book ‘The Greatest Superpower’ Alex Sanchez chats to Sam about the release which features a transgender coming out story. Alex’s previous work has included ‘You Brought Me The Ocean’ for DC Comics which depicted a gay origin story of superhero Aqualad. Alex talks about the changing concept of gender and the challenges of writing the book.
Sam previews an upcoming podcast series from ‘Ugly Duckling Films’, which looks into the still unidentified serial killer ‘The Doodler’. The show unravels the case and dives into the archives of the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Police Department. The Doodler, known for drawing portraits of his victims, committed violent targeted attacks against the LGBTQ community in the San Francisco area between 1974 and 1975. He brutally beat and murdered at least 5 gay men and got away with it due to little evidence and lack of attention from the media and the police at the time.
Jason Kniep the founder and executive director of OUTSpoken Illinois joins Sam to talk about why he founded the LGBTQ non-profit group which is based in Wheaton. OUTSpoken formed in 2019 and offers support services for LGBTQ young people and do community outreach work including getting businesses involved with events including ‘Pride Month’.
Dr Aidan McKearney, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at London South Bank Universities Business School shares the findings of his latest research ‘How gay men have overcome the challenges of living in rural communities in England and Ireland’. The new research looks at the challenges of living in these areas and how gay men overcame them.
Sam is joined by Rae McDaniel, a transgender non-binary therapist turned life coach. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor, they offer services and support to other gender non-conforming people to help them fully embrace their true selves. Rae’s goal is for trans and non-binary people to see transition and embracing their gender identity as a celebration of their uniqueness, not always as a negative barrier.
Sam Wise is joined by Erin Lux and Tristan Gray from ‘End Conversion Therapy Scotland’. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish parliamentary election in May the group are asking MSPs and candidates to pledge their support for banning the abusive practice. Previously the Westminster government in the U.K. has pledged numerous times to ban conversion therapy pending a ‘consultation’ but have continuously dragged their feet. What can be done to end the abuse once and for all?
Bestselling gay author of ‘A Path to Wisdom’ Tony J Selimi talks about his life journey from growing up in the Republic of Northern Macedonia to escaping civil war, and then arriving in London in 1990. Tony talks about his struggles and how he got to where he is today.
Tony has given over 12,000 coaching and mentoring sessions and has facilitated over 250 workshops. His aim is to promote global LGBTQ rights and he once spoke at the United Nations.