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The Forbidden Apple

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Welcome to "The Forbidden Apple" podcast, where we explore the relationship between queer people and spirituality. Melissa Weisz, a former Orthodox Jew and Pelayo Alvarez a Spanish raised Catholic meet weekly and sink our teeth into "The Forbidden Apple". We interview LGBTQ artists, activists & clergy from unique religious backgrounds. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg. Join our conversations as we discuss overcoming prejudices, find common ground, and celebrate our differences.

Welcome to "The Forbidden Apple" podcast, where we explore the relationship between queer people and spirituality. Melissa Weisz, a former Orthodox Jew and Pelayo Alvarez a Spanish raised Catholic meet weekly and sink our teeth into "The Forbidden Apple". We interview LGBTQ artists, activists & clergy from unique religious backgrounds. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg. Join our conversations as we discuss overcoming prejudices, find common ground, and celebrate our differences.

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United States

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Welcome to "The Forbidden Apple" podcast, where we explore the relationship between queer people and spirituality. Melissa Weisz, a former Orthodox Jew and Pelayo Alvarez a Spanish raised Catholic meet weekly and sink our teeth into "The Forbidden Apple". We interview LGBTQ artists, activists & clergy from unique religious backgrounds. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg. Join our conversations as we discuss overcoming prejudices, find common ground, and celebrate our differences.

Language:

English


Episodes

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

How to find joy during the COVID19 pandemic: with your hosts

9/8/2020
Pelayo and Melissa discuss what brings them joy and how they find their voice during these uncertain times. As we enter our 6th month of the global pandemic we wanted to share methods we find useful to stay present and connected to our own inner truth. Extra! Extra! Extra! Pelayo has launched his youtube channel Pelayo A.F., where he focuses on spirituality, creativity, and working through emotions with a fun twist. Subscribe to Pelayo’s channel here: https://youtu.be/ZjVSVZ0XW-0

Duration:00:20:59

"Harry Potter and the Sacred Text": Casper ter Kuile

8/26/2020
Casper ter Kuile, Harvard Divinity School fellow, is the host of "Harry Potter & the Sacred text", author of the book of “The Power of Ritual” and founder of “Sacred Design Lab”. We discuss how to discover connection, meaning, and purpose through the power of ritual. Casper also assesses the complex structure of spirituality as well as where he sees the future of religion. Join our conversation to learn how to uncover the rituals you already have and ensure they have a transformative effect...

Duration:00:38:34

A Chaplain on Rikers Island's trans unit: Ethan Roberts

8/19/2020
Ethan Roberts shares how his journey took him to seminary and to eventually become a chaplain in the trans unit on Rikers Island. Ethan opens up about his own spiritual injury and journey of healing and how he creates trust with the people he helps in jail. We also discuss ways Ethan unwinds and practices self-care to avoid burn out. This episode is released in memory of Layleen Polanco who died at Rikers Island on June 7, 2019 in solitary...

Duration:00:31:57

"The witches made me do it": Ryan Cassata

8/9/2020
Singer/songwriter, Ryan Cassata, shares his journey of losing touch with religion after he came out as trans. After feeling spiritually sick he found a mentor whose powerful words helped him realize that being queer and religious can coexist. As a result, Ryan found healing and reconnected with his faith. Listen to hear Ryan's advice on how to be true to yourself and how to use your struggles to help others. http://www.ryancassata.com/music Don't forget to sink your teeth...

Duration:00:29:35

LGBTQ History: Rev. Troy Perry.

8/3/2020
We had the honor to speak with Rev. Troy Perry who is a gay rights activist, and founder of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). MCC started with 12 people in Perry’s home and has grown to have a presence in 37 countries with 222 affiliated churches. Rev. Perry who has been invited to the white house 5 times, talks to us about organizing the first pride in Los Angeles. He shares how he used prayer and friendship to empower him to fight towards LGBTQ equality for all these...

Duration:00:51:14

"Mr. Gay India": Sushant Divgikar aka Rani KoHEnur

7/27/2020
We are joined by Sushant Divgikar aka Rani KoHEnur, "Mr. Gay India", who was recently featured as the first Indian drag queen on "Forbes 30 Under 30" Asia. Sushant talks about building their career with no representation and paving a path for others to follow. They share how hatred and criticism made them stronger. Sushant also clears up some misconceptions the west has of the Hindu religion. https://www.instagram.com/sushantdivgikr/?hl=en Don't forget to sink your teeth...

Duration:00:26:41

"GOD vs. GAY": Jay Michaelson

7/20/2020
We are honored to have Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, a multidisciplinary author with years of experience working in the intersection of politics and spirituality. Jay is also a teacher and editor at Ten Percent Happier. Jay shows us how paganism is present in "Burning Man" and hidden in many normative religious practices. He shares his thoughts on the future of spirituality and gives us actionable tools on being mindful and present as we progress through the opening stages of the...

Duration:00:37:50

Re-introducing "The Forbidden Apple Podcast": Pelayo Alvarez and Melissa Weisz

7/12/2020
To our new and old listeners welcome to this space of radical acceptance! It has been a whole year and we wanted to take this moment to reintroduce ourselves. We are Pelayo Alvarez and Melissa Weisz. We are the hosts of "The Forbidden Apple" where we explore the complex relationship between queer people and spirituality. We discuss our views on spirituality and how its relationship with the LGBTQ community has evolved. Do you want to know our real reasons behind starting the...

Duration:00:08:07

Happy anniversary to "The Forbidden Apple": with your hosts.

7/8/2020
Happy anniversary!!! 365 days of the Forbidden Apple! Pelayo and Melissa discuss their feelings and get personal as we unwrap a wonderful year. We share our goals and ambitions for this new year. Thank you for joining us on this journey and we promise to make this year even better. Don't forget to sink your teeth into: www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com

Duration:00:20:46

Hummingbird Humanity: Brian McComak

6/30/2020
Brian McComak is the C.E.O. of Hummingbird Humanity, a company that makes workspaces more inclusive. He uses personal stories to make businesses understand the power of diversity. Brian shares how he learned that he was HIV positive and how he came to accept it. Listen to learn more about inclusion, diversity, belonging, and the concept of equity. To learn more about the field of inclusivity: https://www.hummingbirdhumanity.com/

Duration:00:36:11