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In this episode of Closet Talk, jaysays talks with Kyle Levinger, a 22 year old gay man who came out at 19 years old. Kyle grew up in Idaho but moved to California 3 years ago. He is an artist whose photography can be viewed at http://www.kylelevinger.com.
Something a little different for our listeners tonight. Instead of Jay asking the questions, he'll be asked the questions. Tammy, the San Antonio Relationship Advice Examiner for examiner.com and blogger at tamfastic.com, will be asking the questions.
We'll be discussing my coming out story and how I came to be the activist that stands before you today.
Preston Parsley, a member/organizer for Join the Impact San Antonio, will be sharing his story with jaysays during this episode of Closet Talk. Preston came out at 16 years old and received a mixed response from his closet family members. Although he misses his family, he recognizes the familial relationships available to him within the gay community.
In this episode of Closet Talk, jaysays interviews MJ. MJ identifies as a lesbian and came out after a marriage to a man. Hear her coming out story and the effects it had on her life. You can read more about MJ in her own words at http://itisalwaystoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/yes-i-am-lesbian-and-im-happy-about-it.html.
Well, we missed Jason last time he was going to be on the show, but we've got him rescheduled. Jason has played in just about ever show you can imagine, from comedy hits like Will and Grace to the intriguing, like The Closer.
We'll be discussing Jason's work as an actor and comedienne as well as his work as a public speaker on being out in the workplace.
Here we go now!
Militant Atheist? Angry anti-conformist? What would Jesus do?
Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church Klan hold up offensive signs in public everyday. The signs declare "God Hates Fags" and "Gad Hates America" - and other ridiculous claims that assume God even exists.
Meet now, the Saint, who uses similar tactics with signs like "Jesus ing Christ" shooting the bird, to promote his atheist agenda. In many of
Kim Pearson is Executive Director/Co-Founder of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) and National Board President of PFLAG-TNET. She first directed her energy into GLBT support, advocacy and education as the founder and president of her local PFLAG Chapter when the youngest of her three children came out as lesbian in 2005. Eighteen months later she found herself facilitating that same child's transition to living life as a young man.
Fueled by her passion for ensuring respect and equal rights for children like hers she co-founded TYFA, the first and only national organization that supports, educates and advocates exclusively for gender variant and transgender children.
Kim now travels the country educating educators about transyouth/children and will be sharing her knowledge and experience with us.
Kim Pearson is Executive Director/Co-Founder of
Megan Siler, Co-Director of And Then came Lola, is an award-winning producer of both fiction and documentary films. She has an MFA from UCLA’s film program, an environmental studies degree from UC Berkeley and has taught screenwriting and film production for UC Berkeley Extension, Writers Boot Camp, and the Academy of Art College.
Her most recent film, Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer, won the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award, and is being used by environmental health and breast cancer advocates around the country.
Megan won the Emerging Talent Award from the Los Angeles Outfest for her feature length film The Midwife’s Tale, the UCLA Theater Arts Alumni Spotlight Award for her fictional short First Base, a short fiction film about first kisses, girlfriends and busting up. Megan also won a Dore Schary Award for her documentary, Single Mothers: Living On the Edge.
The film, And then Came Lola, gives a not so subtle nod to the popular film, Run, Lola, Run and a sexy, lesbian romp. After an advertisement submitted to Facebook was rejected for being too "adult", the film skyrocketed to the hearts and minds of activists all over the world. The movement resulted in the ad being approved, as originally submitted, by Facebook.
We'll be talking with Megan about the film, her work and the effect of discrimination on the films promotion.
Christopher Rice, author of, A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden: A Novel, Light Before Day, and Blind Fall: A Novel, joins us in this episode of Closet Talk to discuss his newest novel and his own coming of age.
Imagine a world of international terrorism, corporate corruption, queer Saudi Princes and powerful Middle Eastern families and you may find yourself in the latest novel by Christopher Rice. The Moonlit Earth takes the news headlines of today and mingles them into suspenseful, action packed fiction. Rice introduces his first female protagonist, Megan Reynolds, whose brother, Cameron, has gotten caught up in an terrorist plot.
When Lt. Dan Choi chained himself to the White House fence, it was supposed to send the message that we will no longer tolerate government sanctioned discrimination targeting our gay service members. Simultaneously, activists in D.C. and California staged sit-ins at Nancy Pelosi's offices demanding the an inclusive ENDA be brought up for a vote.
But rather than turning the focus to activism and pushing forward for gay rights, grassroots organizers and the big Gay, Inc. money machines went to war with each other. Some grassroots organizers burned their HRC stickers in protest. The message shifted to, "Down with the HRC."
Join me with guests David Badash (blogger at The New Civil Rights Movement); author Kathy Belge (who authors the Lesbian Life section for About.com); and activists, Stuart Wilber and Chloe Noble with a recorded message from Genia Stevens (blogger and podcaster from SistersTalk.net).
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