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The Forbidden Apple: LGBTQ+ SPIRITUALITY

Religion & Spirituality Podcasts

Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence. Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.

Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence. Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.

Location:

United States

Description:

Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence. Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.

Language:

English


Episodes

“Homosexual” in the bible 1946 with Sharon “Rocky” Roggio

6/3/2021
What if the word homosexual was never meant to be in the bible? Sharon Rocky Roggio, producer and director of the documentary film 1946 joins us to discuss the film that chronicles how the misuse of a single word changed the course of modern history. Rocky also shares her personal struggle and her complex relationship with her dad, a conservative pastor, and her hope that this film heals and prevents further pain for LGBTQ folks. 1946 the...

Duration:00:30:00

Taking Drag to Church: with Penny Cost

5/11/2021
Penny Cost, a drag queen in the process of getting ordained by the Methodist Church, shares how her ordination has caused “chaos” in the church. While she has received support from her church she has also received backlash from conservative Methodists. Penny wants to use drag and carnivalesque performance to transform the church into a more accepting and welcoming space for LGBT folks. Check out Ms. Penny Cost journey( Isaac Simmons (he/his) out of drag) on her IG...

Duration:00:42:37

Affirming LGBTQ youth with Ross Murray

4/27/2021
Ross Murray from GLAAD, Yass, Jesus! podcast and the Naming Project is back on the pod! His new book ”Made, Known, Loved” shows congregations how to create a program that affirms LGBTQ youth. How can we transform religious spaces into more welcoming environments and guide future leaders? Listen to find out! Order this important book. Find it anywhere you buy your books and on www.rossmurray.org Check out...

Duration:00:36:05

Comedy for social change with Carolyn Bergier

4/11/2021
Today are joined by our favorite comedian Carolyn Bergier host of the podcast "Dyking Out". We discuss all things comedy: The limits, the pitfalls, and how smart comedy can be used for social change. Carolyn breaks down how to broach difficult topics with humor. Listen for a good time and expert advice. www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com www.patreon.com/theforbiddenapple

Duration:00:40:50

On the Catholic Church statement on Same-Sex Unions (BONUS)

4/4/2021
Pelayo brings you a rant on the Catholic Church statement on same-sex unions and their impossibility to bless them. An answer to their "unjust discriminations" and being "unable to bless sin". This statement comes shortly after Pope Francis mentioning homosexuals are children of God and have a right to a family, If you have enjoyed this feel free to check out Pelayo's channel www.youtube.com/pelayoaf www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com www.patreon.com/theforbiddenapple

Duration:00:04:59

Time for a religious reformation with Rev Liz Edman

3/28/2021
Your hosts are joined by Rev. Liz Edman, queer priest, and author of “Queer Virtue”, to discuss the latest statement from the Vatican on Same-sex Unions. We talk about the let down many of us feel about this statement and the need to unite to continue the fight. Liz explains the cycle of reformation of religious institutions every 500 years and shares her personal experience on creating change within orthodox institutions. We close off with advice on how as queer people we can move...

Duration:00:35:01

Your spiritual toolbox - Appreciation vs Appropriation with your hosts

3/14/2021
Continuing with our "nuanced series" we discuss how to build your own spiritual toolbox.' Your hosts Pelayo and Melissa unpack the difference between appropriation vs appreciation. The question of the hour is " how do we learn from others and apply it in a respectful way to our lives? We look forward to hearing your thoughts! Remember to leave us a 5 stars review and send us your questions to our Instagram @theforbiddenapplepodcast

Duration:00:21:31

“The Nuanced series": Ex-gays. With your hosts.

2/28/2021
Melissa and Pelayo talk about the phenomenon of the “ex-gay’ and the effects it has on LGBTQ+ community. Can we live our truth without judging others or does our truth affect our humanity as a whole? How do we have nuanced conversations around things we are ideologically opposed to? We discuss this and more in this episode. More questions than answers but we’re doing it - having these tough conversations. As @glennondoyle says “ we can do hard things” Please join these conversations We...

Duration:00:31:45

Introducing the Forbidden Apple around the world: Africa. (with your hosts)

1/31/2021
Join Pelayo and Melissa as they share the details of their new series "the Forbidden Apple Around the world: Africa". We will hear from people who have survived gender-based violence and corrective rape, live with HIV in Africa, and those who risked their lives to work towards legalizing homosexuality in their countries. They share these stories to bring light to these issues, teach us about the impact of colonialism and get support for their local organizations to change the narrative of...

Duration:00:08:34

The best of 2020 and looking into 2021: with your hosts

12/6/2020
Pelayo and Melissa close a year full of meaningful queer stories and share the Forbidden Apple’s plans for the New Year. In the meantime check out our previous seasons: Thanks for the support during this year, enjoy your holidays and we cannot wait to see you in 2021. www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com www.pelayoaf.com www.melissaweisz.com

Duration:00:11:37

You are not your thoughts: Chris DiMeglio

11/25/2020
Chris DiMeglio is a meditation teacher and professional musician. He opens up about the interconnections between coming out and starting his meditation practice. Chris shares how the work of Byron Katie and Shinzen Young help him when he’s in a stressful mindset and remind him to just observe and not identify with his thoughts. Meditate with Chris: http://www.chrisdimegliomeditation.com/classes Sink your teeth into... www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com

Duration:00:34:25

Bad with Money: Gaby Dunn

11/18/2020
We welcome Gaby Dunn, author, comedian, you-tuber, and fellow podcaster from "Bad with Money" and "Just Between Us" Gaby shares how ritual, culture, history, and dark humor connects her to her Judaism. We discuss separatism, generational trauma, and how antisemitism is on the rise. Gaby talks about why she started her podcast “Bad with Money” and the harmful stereotypes associated with Jews. Listen to learn more. Follow Gaby @GabyRoad https://www.gabyandallison.com/ Don't forget to...

Duration:00:40:36

Queerituality, Unf*ck your spirituality- Mandi Rice

11/8/2020
Mandi Rice is a chaplain and founder of the Queerituality project. Mandi traveled around the US, with her project Queerituality, interviewing folks who were trying to reconcile their queerness and spirituality. She attended Harvard Divinity School, and after 16 years of reconciling her queerness and faith, she was able to find a community where she belonged, completing her "confirmation" as a Christian, on her own terms. For more on Mandi’s journey check out...

Duration:00:41:58

Brit "Beans" Barron: Good news: you are "worth it"

10/27/2020
Brit Barron talks about her journey from being raised in an Evangelical mega-church to coming out after falling in love. Brit shares “behind-the-scenes” information about the church's positions on LGBTQ inclusion and the misleading language they use to come across as "accepting". Listen for some great advice on how we can use the strength it takes to hide, to become fully realized, and to choose freedom over...

Duration:00:29:08

The Jewish Cabaret - David Djemal

10/21/2020
David Djemal is an Israeli-British actor, theatre creator, and activist. He brings humor to his work to portray important issues. David shares the struggles of being LGBTQ in his traditional religious home, as well as being religious in the LGBTQ community. David is committed to increasing representation and co-created “The Jewish Cabaret” a theatre collective. David co-wrote the musical “Cafe named desire” which has toured Internationally. Follow David and his work...

Duration:00:35:33

Queer Astrology- Colin Bedell (Queer Cosmos)

10/13/2020
Colin Bedell "Queer Cosmos" shares how astrology helps him in his spiritual life. We talk about how science works hand in hand with astrology. We discuss the importance of accessible language and the dangers of gatekeeping. Colin shares how using the principles of “A Course in Miracles" can help us to heal, connect with ourselves and with society. Visit Colin's website: https://www.queercosmos.com/ Don't forget to sink your teeth into... www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com

Duration:00:54:05

Unholier Than Thou: Phillip Picardi

10/2/2020
Digital-media darling, Phillip Picardi, joins us to share his spiritual journey from growing up in a Catholic home to starting his podcast “Unholier Than Thou.” Phil shares the important role media played in his own coming out and how he now works to ensure more positive queer representation in the media. We talk privilege and the process of starting “them” at "Teen Vogue" and how Anna Wintour championed for him. “Unholier Than Thou” is now available on Crooked Media...

Duration:00:27:05

Black and Jewish, an orthodox rapper: Y-Love/ Yitz Jordan.

9/22/2020
Y-Love is a rapper and activist who has created Tribe Herald, a space for Jews of color. He opens up about feeling he was Jewish at a young age and the challenges of converting. Y-Love shares how at his highest professional point, as a recognized rapper, he was going through a low personal point, after being outed by one of the community members. Y-Love is now dedicated to creating representation for Jews of color and LGBTQ folks. https://tribeherald.com/author/ylove613/ Don't forget...

Duration:00:45:16

A Course in Miracles: Rev. Yolanda and Rev. Glen Ganaway.

9/16/2020
Rev. Yolanda and, Rev. Glen Ganaway join us to discuss their ministry "The Mighty Companions” a ministry that hosts weekly meetings to discuss lessons from "A Course in Miracles" and "Church of the 2 Drink Minimum" a monthly spiritual cabaret. Rev. Yolanda shares her personal journey of coming to terms with her identity as trans femme and genderqueer. Her partner Rev. Glen discusses how he supported her through this transition while they were both in seminary. You cannot miss this episode...

Duration:00:35:01

Gay and Catholic: Jay Malksy

9/15/2020
Jay Malksy, comedian and entertainer, shares their experience as a gay and non-binary practicing Catholic. Jay came out in Catholic high school and was supported by the LBGTQ group run by a priest at school. We discuss the complex progress of LGBTQ rights in the Catholic Church. https://linktr.ee/gaymalsky @GayMalksy www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com

Duration:00:30:59