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Navigating gay culture is tough, we all carry various preconceptions and internalized baggage that can make it difficult to "find our place" in the gay community. Join Host Elliott Skaggs and Special Guest Andrew LeFey as they discuss how to navigate gay culture and the issues involved with it.
Elliott is a former LGBT student organizer and club president. He got his B.A. degree in Religious Studies from Appalachain State University and did his senior thesis research on the Gay Men's Movement in Contemporary Paganism. His research focused on sociological and psychological perspectives on the issues of internalized homophobia, gay socialization, objectification in gay culture, and gay solidarity. Elliott also has blogged on several of these issues and more both during and after his research which can be accessed through his blog "Searching for Queer Spirit."
Andrew LeFey has been on the Path of the Witch for around 10 years, and is one of the founders of The Owl’s Well, and education-focused Pagan community in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a member and student of the Temple of Witchcraft, getting ready to start his Third Degree studies this fall. He works in-depth with his Allies amongst the Fey as well as his connection to the Triple Goddess Archetype. He has worked in the Queer community for almost a decade as a Drag Queen as well as working with GLBT Youth Groups in the Nashville and St. Louis areas.
The Stonewall Riots in New York City have been widely regarded as the birthday place of the Gay Civil Rights Movement. This interview with Director, Gregorio Davila, takes a deeper look at Los Angeles as the true birthday place of the movement. Gregorio's latest project 'L.A. | A Queer History' shows the effect Angelino gay and lesbians had on the world that we live in today.
Guest | Gregorio Davila
Host | Xavier Mejia
Special Co-Host | Zoey Luna
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Did you ever consider going pro with a hobby, side business or passion ? Join HiC & Charlie for this month's Amethyst Oracle as they welcome special guest, SARI MELINE, who offers powerful, sexy, committed coaching that will steer you towards the achievement of your biggest dreams and goals.
Call in during the L*I*V*E show with your questions for how to take the next step(s) towards your life's ambitions !
Whether starting your own business, taking your career to the next level, or living the dream on a tropical island, tune in to hear tips and strategies for going from intention to completion of your goals and desires in life. This is the show for you if you know there's something MORE to do; if you feel a transition coming (or one has already happened) and you're not sure how to proceed; if you know your purpose but can't seem to shake the inner-critics; if you have come to the bridge you kept saying you'd cross when you got to it; if you know there's something keeping you from powerful forward movement.
This interview takes a closer look at the 2015 Queer Latin@ Arts & Film Festival (LQAFF). The festival is dedicated to showcasing the stories of Trans| Queer | and two spirited Latin@s through film | visual arts | and music.
Guest | Karla Legaspy | Jon Imparato
Host | Xavier Mejia
Special Co-Host | Zoey Luna
Our host, Xavier Mejia, sits down to talk with queer artist, Karen Anzoategui (from Ser), about new project: Catholic School Daz. David Flores, from the Wall Las Memorias Project, joins us to discuss a new POZ group starting up in the heart of Highland Park, Ca. Featured music from LGBT Hero Awards recipient 'La Voz De Oro' and Giovanni Aguayo.
He has been a friend of #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb for years. Now musician Ezra Brown stops by the program to talk about his literal journey in pursuing his music and what it's been like to share THE JOURNEY with the world.
Join your host Elliott Skaggs with special guest Oberyn Kunning on "Queer Spirits: Empowering the Tribe" on discussing body image issues in gay culture. Many gay men feel they are objectified and/or marginalized both in their gay culture experience. Issues of body take on varying multi-sectional issues of age, race, size, objectification, and even gender expression. We escape a heteronormative mold often to encounter the homonormative one. This episode we will discuss these issues and more as they relate to gay male body issues.
I am your Host Elliott Skaggs, here is some info on my background:
Elliott is a former activist, academic, and community organizer. He earned his BA degree at Appalachian State University and did his senior thesis on Gay Socialization covering issues ranging from objectification, internalized homophobia, and building models of gay solidarity. He is also a former president and founder of a LGBT student organization at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Joining us today is our guest Oberyn Kunning:
Oberyn Kunning is an activist working along multiple intersections of organizing, including communities of size/Fatness, queerness, feminism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, anti-Capitalist, and disability. They are a witch, partner, father, teacher, and co-founder, director, producer, and performer at the new queer-occult studio Drewary Lodge.
Nicholas Snow welcomes Bryce Bentley Summers, Ph.D:, author of Queer Sense: Where Do Our Attitudes Come From? A Revolutionary Theory for Educators, Parents, and Anyone LGBT. In Queer Sense, Dr. Summers examines how people form attitudes toward sexual orientation, for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, as well as those who are not. During his college years, he became interested in the infinite ways people can perceive and experience life. Queer Sense is a nonfiction guide for parents, teachers, mental health professionals, educators and anyone interested in queer theory and is focused on building acceptance toward the queer community. Click here for more information about Dr. Summers, and here for the Indiegogo Campaign.
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Host Cyrus Webb welcomes producer and musician Narada Michael Walden to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his amazing journey in music and what it's been like to do what he loves and see the way people are impacted by it. The two will also discuss how he has remained relevant over the years and what's to come for his fans.
This is the first of our Best of CMW episodes, and I suppose this one could unofficially be called the Dine Alone Records round-up.
Dine Alone is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, and as such, founder Joel Carriere anchored a special panel during the conference to talk about the ups and downs of the last decade in the label game. Mike caught up with him before the round table to talk shop, and it's a great interview.
For musical artists, we've got both Monster Truck and Single Mothers on this weeks show - both blowing up, both Dine Alone bands. The former is working on the follow-up to 2013's hugely successful Furiosity while Single Mothers are still riding the attention surrounding their debut, Negative Qualities.
We've also got the boys in Billy Talent, who may not be a Dine Alone band, but considering their history with the likes of Alexisonfire, Moneen, Cancer Bats, and the gang, could be considered extended family.
Plenty more from CMW coming up. Enjoy!
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Music Journalist Alli Marshall has begun the promotional tour for her first novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, which was inspired by her years of interviewing musicians. The Western New York native was transplanted to Western North Carolina via Goddard College where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing before landing a job as the arts & entertainment reporter at Asheville’s alt-weekly news and arts paper, Mountain Xpress. A dozen years later she’s still at it, regularly interviewing musicians and artists of all genres, reviewing albums and writing articles. She also serves as the arts section editor at Xpress.
Musician, songwriter and performer Joey Stuckey has no boundaries. In his spare time, we're guessing he never sleeps, he is a producer, adjunct professor, TV show host, studio engineer - at his own Shadow Studios - husband, and very active in his community of Macon, Georgia. He's worked with and is highly respected by many of music's luminaries. While in Nashville working a production gig with legendary Alan Parsons he suggested a subtle change with one of the instruments would greatly improve the recording. After testing the idea, Parsons deferred to his judgement and followed it by directing the crew to follow Stuckey's direction without question. Yet even the Eye In The Sky guy likely never imagined he would see video proof of the Macon guitar slinger carjacking a woman's BMW to get to a gig in the video for his Blues song Blind Man Drivin'.
Mme Perry also had a few surprise guests that night!
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