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gAy A: The Queer Sober Hero Show

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gAy A delivers inspiring stories about queer people in sobriety who are achieving amazing feats in their recovery, proving that we are all LGBTQIA+ sober heroes. If you are looking for a safe space where all queer people, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, age, length of sober time, or method of recovery are valid, this is the sober show for you. If you are sober, you are a hero! This show is not affiliated with any program or institution, so you will hear stories from alcoholics and addicts where people mention getting sober using recovery methods such as rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient rehabs, sober living, hospitals, and some of us who got sober at home on our own. Guests may mention twelve step programs like AA, CMA, SMART Recovery, or other methods, while accepting that no one answer is perfect for everyone. This podcast will provide valuable insights for any interested in learning more about queer recovery, from those of us with years or even decades of recovery under their belt, to people just beginning their sobriety journey, to even the sober curious or friends and family of alcoholics and addicts. Each week, host Sober Steve the Podcast Guy tries to answer the following questions in various formats and with different perspectives: · How do I get and stay sober in the queer community? · Can you have fun while being sober and gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer? · What does a sober life as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community look like? · Where do sober gay and queer people hang out? · How can I have good sex sober? · What are tips and tricks for early sobriety? · How can I get unstuck or out of this rut in my recovery? · How will my life change if I get sober? · Can you be queer and sober and happy? · How can I untangle sex and alcohol and drugs?

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United States

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gAy A delivers inspiring stories about queer people in sobriety who are achieving amazing feats in their recovery, proving that we are all LGBTQIA+ sober heroes. If you are looking for a safe space where all queer people, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, age, length of sober time, or method of recovery are valid, this is the sober show for you. If you are sober, you are a hero! This show is not affiliated with any program or institution, so you will hear stories from alcoholics and addicts where people mention getting sober using recovery methods such as rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient rehabs, sober living, hospitals, and some of us who got sober at home on our own. Guests may mention twelve step programs like AA, CMA, SMART Recovery, or other methods, while accepting that no one answer is perfect for everyone. This podcast will provide valuable insights for any interested in learning more about queer recovery, from those of us with years or even decades of recovery under their belt, to people just beginning their sobriety journey, to even the sober curious or friends and family of alcoholics and addicts. Each week, host Sober Steve the Podcast Guy tries to answer the following questions in various formats and with different perspectives: · How do I get and stay sober in the queer community? · Can you have fun while being sober and gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer? · What does a sober life as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community look like? · Where do sober gay and queer people hang out? · How can I have good sex sober? · What are tips and tricks for early sobriety? · How can I get unstuck or out of this rut in my recovery? · How will my life change if I get sober? · Can you be queer and sober and happy? · How can I untangle sex and alcohol and drugs?

Language:

English


Episodes
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Mailbag Part 2: Sober Lessons over 200 Episodes!

7/11/2024
Send us a Text Message. In this 201st episode of the Queer Sober Hero Show, host Sober Steve celebrates over 1,132 days of sobriety by answering questions from influential guests who’ve been significant to his podcast and recovery journey. This second part of the 200th episode mailbag extravaganza features Steve reflecting on his transformation, the ongoing battle with alcohol-related thoughts, and the joys of living a sober, authentic life while addressing key questions and providing insights on sobriety and community. Celebrate by binging past episodes by the amazing guests who asked this week's questions! Charlie's Episodes: #23 At Least I'm Not The Frog #81 Listen To Yourself #116 The Frog's Bottle #135 Sexuality #180 The Frog No More Christina Hayes Scott: #194- Unraveling Recovery Jason R: #125 Give It Your All #168 Sex in Recovery Eric from Sobervation: #67 Not Afraid #191 Sobervation Alex S #77 You're Not Struggling Alone #192 Journaling and Community Brandy Jo #53 You Get Better #83 Discovering Your Identity #104 Marriage Support the Show.

Duration:00:23:33

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Celebrating 200 Episodes - Mailbag #1

7/4/2024
Send us a Text Message. In this milestone episode, host Sober Steve celebrates 200 episodes with a special mailbag Q&A featuring questions from some of our amazing previous guests. Celebrate by binging past episodes by the amazing guests who asked this week's questions! Phil's Episodes: #172- A Change in Perspective #143- It’s How You Carry It Elsa's Episodes: #163 Managing Career in Sobriety #33 One Day at a Time Jimmy's Episodes: #159 Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously J9's Episodes: #184- Creating with ADHD #140- Making Music #64 Just Start, Don't Stop Dave from Sober Gay Sunday's Episodes: #160: Sober Gay Sunday #97: Sober Travel #87: Dating Sober #88: Sex and Communication #70: I Don't Do That Anymore Danielle's Episodes: #155 Sobriety & Recovery #121 Fearless & Thorough Also mentioned- Steve's Storyteller Sunday at Church: #183 Finding My Way Back To God Thank you all for listening! If you liked it, tell a friend! If you loved it, send a text using the link above. If you really loved it, leave a review! Stay sober <3 Support the Show.

Duration:00:28:17

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Living Authentic, Sober, and Queer ft. Sam (#199)

6/27/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve celebrates 1,123 days of sobriety by reflecting on a recent pride experience and the value of friendships. He welcomes guest Sam to discuss the journey of overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction, sharing candid stories about choosing sobriety over harmful habits. They delve into the challenges and joys of living authentically in the queer community, redefining personal truths, and cultivating genuine friendships. Key topics include recovery steps, embracing one's true self, dealing with societal expectations, and forming supportive relationships in sobriety. The episode emphasizes acceptance, continuous self-improvement, and the importance of living an authentic life. 00:36 Introduction and Gratitude 04:54 Interview with Sam Begins 10:31 Sam's Journey to Sobriety 22:41 Living Authentically in Sobriety **Where to Find Us:** - Sam on Instagram 🟢 - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Support the Show.

Duration:00:37:24

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Coping with Trauma and PTSD in Sobriety ft. Johnny Bear (#198)

6/20/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve Chats with Johnny Bear from Belly Talk on sobriety and bear community wellness Sober Steve celebrates his 1,117 days sober by sharing his gratitude for the supportive Sarasota community and exciting Pride Month activities. He then interviews Johnny Bear from the Belly Talk podcast, who opens up about his tumultuous journey through addiction, self-discovery, and eventual sobriety. They discuss the challenges and triumphs of remaining sober while being active in social and bear communities, and share advice on building a support network, seeking help, and maintaining daily sobriety practices. Johnny also highlights the importance of authenticity, community support, and promoting wellness within the bear culture. Full of personal insights and inspirational stories, this episode offers encouragement and practical tips for anyone navigating their path to sobriety. 00:00 Introduction and Gratitude 00:50 Interview with Johnny Bear 01:49 Johnny's Journey to Sobriety 04:38 Challenges and Turning Points 12:31 Finding Community and Self-Discovery 16:31 Overcoming Abuse and Seeking Help 21:51 Rebuilding Life and Embracing Sobriety 26:01 Maintaining Sobriety and Community Engagement 31:22 Conclusion and Contact Information **Where to Find Us:** - Johnny Bear on Instagram 🟢 - Johnny Bear on Belly Talk 🖇️ - Johnny Bear’s Blog! - The Belly Club Facebook Group 🖇️ - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:32:43

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Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs ft. Richard A (#197)

6/13/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve welcomes Richard to share his experience, strength, and hope with getting sober in the queer community, as well as their philosophy of the 3 T's of Sobriety Topics include **Where to Find Us:** - Richard on Instagram 🟢 - Richard on Facebook 🖇️ - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:35:05

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Swift Steps ft. Jewels & Emily (#196)

6/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve welcomes Jewels and Emily from Swift Steps to discuss their experience navigating sobriety and building a recovery community centered around being a fan of Taylor Swift. (Get it, now?) Topics include **Where to Find Us:** - The Swift Steps on Instagram 🟢 - The Swift Steps Website 🖇️ - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:32:14

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LGBTQ Mindfulness: Alex on Mindset Tips & Being Around Drinkers (#195)

5/30/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve welcomes Alex from LGBTQ Mindfulness to discuss their experience navigating sobriety in the queer community while living a mindful life. Topics include **Where to Find Us:** - Alex on Instagram 🟢 - Alex's Site 🖇️ - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:31:58

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What Does Diversity Mean To You? Diversefest 2024 Bonus

5/27/2024
Send us a Text Message. Earlier this month, Steve had the opportunity to ask his local community, "What Does Diversity Mean to You?" Find out what it means to the people of Sarasota, live from Diversefest at The Harvest Church on 17th Street. Enjoy the bonus episode, and until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:12:06

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Unraveling Recovery ft. Christina Hayes Scott (#194)

5/23/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve welcomes Christina Hayes Scott to discuss the significance of sobriety and holistic recovery. Topics include Christina shares her personal journey to sobriety, emphasizing the transformative power it holds in dealing with emotions and progressing in life. Both Sober Steve and Christina stress the importance of holistic recovery by addressing underlying issues for a successful sobriety path, alongside promoting nature connection and positive social media presence for support and inspiration. **Where to Find Us:** - Christina on Facebook! - Christina on Instagram 🟢 - Christina's Site - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:37:10

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Winding Down from Florida Roundup '24 (#193)

5/21/2024
Send us a Text Message. Steve shares a bonus audio diary episode about his experiences at this years Florida Roundup, with takeaways such as... Stay tuned for our usual episode Thursday! Want to hear more, check out Instagram- Live on release day or saved afterwards @gayapodcast Leave a review if you like the podcast- even just a little- it's free and would make me the happiest sober queer podcast host in the whole wide world! Support the Show.

Duration:00:29:08

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Journaling and Community in Sobriety ft. Alex S (#192)

5/16/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve is joined by Alex Sphon to discuss recovering out loud in his community as well as tips and advice for anyone who is sober or sober curious. **Episode Highlights Include** - **The Role of Journaling in Recovery:** Alex shares how his journaling has helped him from the beginning of his sobriety journey and continues today. - **You Say I'm an Alcoholic Like It's A Bad Thing:** Alex shares how recovery out loud has changed his perception and sense of community over the years. - **Friendships in Recovery** Many people worry about how sobriety changes their friendships and relationships, so Alex and Steve reflect back on how those has changed over the years since getting sober. - **And Much More! ** **Where to Find Us:** - Alex on Facebook! - Alex on Instagram 🟢 - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:19

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Sobervation: Sober Motivation featuring Eric (#191)

5/9/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve is joined by Eric from Sobervation to discuss recovering out loud, starting businesses sober, and staying motivated. **Episode Highlights Include** - **The Role of Fitness in Recovery:** Eric shares on how his weight loss journey and sobriety journey have continued since his last episode two years ago. 💪 - **Building a Business:** Eric shares how Sobervation was created, as well as how it’s helped his sobriety. 👕👚 - **Humor in Recovery** How humor has helped us both stay sober, and how not to take yourself seriously. - **And Much More! ** **Where to Find Us:** - Sobervation Store 🏣 - Eric’s IG 🟢 - Sobervation’s IG 🟢 - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:40

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No Fighting in the Life Boat with James Sweasy (#190)

5/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve is joined by James Sweasy to share his experience, strength, and hope on navigating sobriety while helping others through their own journeys. **Episode Highlights Include** - **Identify, Don't Compare:** How focusing on our similarities rather than our differences helps keep us connected and sober! - **Finding Value in Sobriety:** You need to value your sobriety to recovery as a whole person and keep an open mind! - **Finding Value in Yourself:** James shares just how much he went through and how he came out the other side believing in his own value. - **And Much More! ** **Where to Find Us:** - James Sweasy's Website - James on Facebook - James on IG 🟢 - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:33:33

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Working with Your Partner Sober ft. Joey B (#189)

4/25/2024
Send us a Text Message. Sober Steve is joined by Joey Bachrach from Rainbow Hill Recovery to peel back the curtain and discuss what it’s like working in recovery with his husband, Andrew Fox. **Episode Highlights Include** - **The Role of Community in Recovery:** Insights from my visit to Rainbow Hill Recovery and how my sober community helped me get through my insecurities in Los Angeles. 🤲 - **Building Professional Fulfillment:** Joey discusses the growth and success of Rainbow Hill now being DHCS certified and their dedication to making recovery accessible to EVERYONE. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ - **Joey’s Sober Heroes:** Honoring individuals like Manny Rodriguez, whose authenticity helped pave the way for Joey and others in the recovery community. 🦸‍♂️ - **Navigating Relationships At Work and At Home:** Exploring the delicate dynamics of relationships after addiction, emphasizing routine, communication, and mutual growth.🏣🏡 - **And Much More! ** **Where to Find Us:** - Rainbow Hill Recovery 🏣 - Rainbow Hill Sober Living 🏡 - Totally Sober 🔴 - Joey’s IG 🟢 - gAy A on IG 🟢 - gAy A everywhere else 🖇️ Tell a friend to listen today!! Until next time, stay sober! Support the Show.

Duration:00:28:08

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Grief & ADHD Sober ft. Andy (#188)

4/17/2024
Send us a Text Message. In this episode, Sober Steve chats with our special guest, Andy, who bravely opens up about his journey to sobriety through grief and ADHD. Andy shares his struggles with alcohol, how he found his place within the queer community, and built a network of sober friends. Andy shares his challenges of traveling while sober, and the positive shifts in lifestyle that come with sobriety. You don't want to miss Andy's inspiring story and the valuable insights shared in this episode. Steve then dives into the correlation between ADHD and addiction with some facts and stats that may surprise you! Do you have an ADHD diagnosis already? Or might you have ADHD and have not been diagnosed yet? If you are in recovery, your chances of this affecting you are higher than you might think! Connect with Andy on IG @andyalsop Connect with Steve everywhere @gayapodcast or email Steve@SoberSteve.com Until next time, stay sober friends! Source for ADHD Mentions: https://www.addictions.com/blog/adhd-in-addiction-recovery-and-how-it-affects-people/ Support the Show.

Duration:00:33:36

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Trans Figured in Sobriety ft. Brian B

4/11/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to gAy A: The Super Soberhero Show! In this episode, we delve into the inspiring story of Brian Belovitch, author of Transfigured. He is a resilient individual who has navigated through societal pressures, personal struggles, and the challenges of identity and sobriety. Brian also has the unique experience of transitioning from male to female in his youth, and then a transition back to male in sobriety. Join host Steve as he sits down with Brian to explore his transformation, his experiences and insights on sobriety, and his mission to carry a powerful message within the queer community. Together, they discuss navigating the complexities of reclaiming one's identity, the importance of asking for help, and the significance of embracing change. Get ready for a raw and empowering conversation you won't want to miss! Check out Brian's book, Trans Figured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man, here: https://a.co/d/dEB7DrC Connect with Brian online: https://www.facebook.com/brian.belovitch1 Connect with Steve and the podcast online everywhere @gayapodcast or email Steve at steve@sobersteve.com Want more content? Head over to Patreon for bonus episodes and early releases at www.patreon.com/gayapodcast Support the Show.

Duration:00:37:14

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Success in Sobriety ft. Christopher V

4/4/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to gAy A: The Super Soberhero Show! In this episode, we dive into the inspiring journey of our guest, Christopher, a fragrance and skin care developer and fashion designer. He shares his experiences with sobriety, the challenges he faced, and the resilience he developed. From creating his own line of fragrances to navigating personal struggles, Christopher's story is one of strength and determination. Our host, Steve, also discusses his own sobriety journey and the impact of joining a kickball league on his perception of team sports. Plus, we'll explore the importance of community support and the evolving perspectives on sobriety. Check out Bloke NYC at www.blokenyc.com and find Christopher at https://www.facebook.com/chris.valiante Engage with Steve on the socials @gayapodcast, email him at steve@sobersteve.com or add him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/steven.bennet.90/ Enjoy exclusive content and early access at over at www.patreon.com/gayapodcast Support the Show.

Duration:00:47:19

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Creativity in Sobriety: Leo S on Being a Creative Sober and Uncomfortable Work

3/28/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome back to gAy A: The Super Soberhero Show, where we celebrate sobriety, resilience, and creativity. In today's episode, our host, Sober Steve, shares his personal journey of sobriety, reflecting on 1026 days of continuous sobriety and the approval of his workshop on overcoming shame and trauma in the context of sex and recovery for the Florida roundup. We then dive into a captivating interview with the talented Leo S., who shares his 35-year sobriety journey intertwined with a successful music career and struggles with alcohol dependency and anxiety. Leo's story explores the themes of personal growth, artistic perseverance, and the power of giving back to the community. From navigating uncomfortable conversations about race in creative work to the challenges of forgiveness and compassion in sobriety, Leo's wisdom and experience provide invaluable insights. So sit back and get ready for an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation with Leo S. on gAy A: The Super Soberhero Show. Want to connect with Leo? Visit https://leoschwartz.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/leo.schwartz.1 Connect with Steve and the podcast everywhere @gayapodcast or by email at steve@sobersteve.com Want more gAy A content? Join our Patreon community and unlock bonus episodes and early access! www.patreon.com/gayapodcast Support the Show.

Duration:00:41:24

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Skating, Self Love, ADHD, and Making Music in Sobriety ft. Chad and J9 #184

3/21/2024
Send us a Text Message. Hey there, Super Soberheroes! Today we have two stories that both touch on unique experiences, but share receiving an ADHD diagnosis in sobriety. We're joined by Chad C from Vancouver, who shares his 23-year journey through sobriety, competitive figure skating, and the unexpected challenges life throws our way. His story, filled with gratitude for life's gifts including marriage and travel, offers a raw and inspiring look at overcoming obstacles and the importance of supportive networks. The conversation takes a deeper look at the intersection of recovery and maintaining physical fitness, an often-overlooked aspect of the sober life. Through my own struggles and triumphs, we address the complexities of eating disorders, particularly in the high-pressure world of competitive sports, and how these experiences shape our paths toward healthy living. We also touch on the intricacies of recovery, which demand more than just exercise and nutrition, reminding us that self-compassion and accountability are crucial for sustained sobriety. Moreover, the episode underscores the broader impact of personal recovery on relationships and responsibilities, urging us to stay alert to the dangers of an all-or-nothing approach in our ongoing quest for growth. Wrapping up, we celebrate the milestones of our guest J9, who shares the latest twists in their life's journey, including a fresh single, Pleasure and Pain, amidst the backdrop of sobriety and an ADHD diagnosis. Unpacking the nuances of emotional regulation and daily management of ADHD, we offer insights and strategies that resonate with many who navigate similar challenges. Thanks for listening! Find Chad Online: Chad Conley on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chadlconley and Instagram @chad_c78 Find J9's New Song, Pleasure and Pain Streaming: bit.ly/PleasureAndPain-stream Follow J9 on all the socials @J9grooves Support the Show.

Duration:00:52:05

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Finding My Way Back to God ft. Steve #183

3/17/2024
Send us a Text Message. In this bonus episode of gAy A: The Super Soberhero Show, host Sober Steve shares his powerful and personal story told at his church's storyteller Sunday. From his childhood in Erie, Pennsylvania to his struggles with sobriety and finding his way back to God, Steve takes us on a raw and emotional journey. He talks about the impact of being "othered" and how it affected his sense of self-worth, his faith journey, and ultimately led to his battle with alcohol. Steve discusses his path to sobriety, the inception of his podcast, and his evolution into a life coach. His story is a testament to the power of community, self-discovery, and redefining happiness. Join us as we delve into Steve's journey of healing, rediscovery, and finding spiritual connection in unexpected places. What did you think? Let me know at steve@sobersteve.com or on social media @gayapodcast Stay sober, my friends! Support the Show.

Duration:00:16:19