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*Featured in The New York Times* Get to know the LGBTQ community -- all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A gets beyond transition and coming out stories, to get to know each person's defining moments, accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters.

*Featured in The New York Times* Get to know the LGBTQ community -- all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A gets beyond transition and coming out stories, to get to know each person's defining moments, accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters.
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*Featured in The New York Times* Get to know the LGBTQ community -- all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. LGBTQ&A gets beyond transition and coming out stories, to get to know each person's defining moments, accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters.




Joseph Osmundson: Love Makes You Grow Up

Joseph Osmundson talks about his new book, Inside/Out, where he grapples with a past relationship that was...maybe abusive? Maybe not? It's hard to say. When does a cruel and manipulative relationship cross the line, qualifying as abusive? Joseph discusses that, as well as why he's gotten away from using "bisexual" to describe himself. Joseph is also a co-host of the podcast, Food 4 Thot, and brings a sexy game that makes Jeffrey uncomfortable. You should listen. LGBTQ&A is hosted by...

Duration: 00:43:15

Kim Coco Iwamoto: Candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Hawaii

Kim Coco Iwamoto talks about running for Lieutenant Governor in Hawaii and what inspired her to run for the Hawaii State Board of Education in 2006 (she was the first openly trans person to win a statewide election). She also talks about her mother's experience in a Japanese Internment Camp in America during WWII, taking activism to the streets with the group, The Transexual Menace, and being a foster parent to LGBTQ youth. More info on Kim: LGBTQ&A is hosted by...

Duration: 00:34:30

Aaron Carter: Embracing My Bisexuality

Aaron Carter talks about returning to music with his first album in 15 years, the "bad love" that inspired his songs, and worrying that fans might not still be there. He also talks about embracing his bisexuality, adjusting to being an out of the closet, being open to dating men, and being "hungry for love". LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters: AIDS Life/Cycle: You can recommend a guest or let us know what you...

Duration: 00:19:21

Solomon Georgio: What Sitcoms Taught Me About American Culture

Solomon Georgio talks about getting to a place in his career where people he respects seek out his opinion and what it's like to have to adjust to that. He also describes what it was like to grow up in an African immigrant family, having to learn English, having to learn that he was black, and being first exposed to American culture through American sitcoms. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1 You can recommend a guest or let us know what you think about the show on...

Duration: 00:41:20

Isis King: Paris Is Burning Changed My Life

Isis King talks about meeting Octavia St. Laurent from Paris Is Burning, how the movie opened her eyes to her own gender, and why she newly embraces the word "transexual". She says we have to persevere and fight for acceptance for trans people to make it easier for future generations. Isis also talks about being discovered by America's Next Top Model while living in a shelter, the media's learning curve in covering trans people, getting into acting, struggling to gain weight, and her love...

Duration: 00:40:13

Will Kostakis: A New Wave of LGBTQ Representation in YA

Will Kostakis talks about how losing his best friend as a teenager shaped his life, and served as part of the inspiration for his new book, The Sidekicks. Will's Australian and talks about how conservative it is there and why the recent postal survey on same-sex marriage is so complicated. He also says that Australian politicians are watching U.S. politicians very closely and that they've started to mimic our divisive rhetoric and use the phrase, "fake news". LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey...

Duration: 00:25:30

Ross Mathews: Gay People Wanted Me Off TV

Ross Mathews talks about the hatemail he receieved when he appeared as "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was accused of setting back the movement. Ross also talks about coping with the cancellation of his own talkshow (Hello Ross) after dreaming about having one for so long, meeting his mentor, Rosie O'Donnell, why the definition of "success" has shifted for him, and his his lifelong love of football. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1 You can...

Duration: 00:18:27

Susan SurfTone: Former FBI Agent Talks New Threat to LGBTQ Rights

FBI agent turned surf-rocker, Susan SurfTone talks about how unstable the rights of LGBTQ people are under this current administration. She says it has the potential to get really bad. Susan also discusses her time in the FBI, just how much power the FBI director has, and what she learned from studying mutilated bodies at crime scenes. Susan's always felt that she's experienced a blend of gender and talks about letting "both genders breathe." LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters....

Duration: 00:38:55

Zeke Smith: Life After Survivor

Zeke Smith talks about working with CBS and GLAAD to shape the media response after he was outed on the TV show, Survivor, the importance of the cast's onscreen outrage, and why he's not interested in having a relationship with the man who outed him. He also talks about figuring out how to navigate his newfound fame, what it's like to suddenly be a publicly out trans person, the lack of transmasculine men in the media, and his battles with depression. He used to think the world was "off...

Duration: 00:40:15

Sylvia Rivera: The World Has Made Me Crazy

Eric Marcus (from Making Gay History) joins the podcast to talk about and share an interview he did with Sylvia Rivera in 1989. In the interview, Sylvia talks about Stonewall, growing up an effeminate child, and leaving home at the age of 10. Check out more information about Making Gay History at LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters. @jeffmasters1 You can recommend a guest or ask questions about the show by emailing More information:...

Duration: 00:15:33

Katya Zamolodchikova: "Piss Queen From the Jump"

Katya Zamolodchikova says it sucks to be doing a Russian character right now, though it was never about being Russian. It was about being confident. She also talks about her new Viceland show with Trixie Mattel, safety concerns while touring the world, stealing $20,000 to pay for drugs, and getting paid to sleep with men while in drag. Katya also talks about relationships: moving fast with guys, sexual preferences, sleeping with fans, and why she's engaging in teenage frivolity with her...

Duration: 00:40:17

Zeke Thomas: Wants You To Slide Into His DMs

Zeke Thomas talks about how prevalent sexual assault is in the gay community. He's also clear when it comes to consensual sex: he wants you to be having a lot of it. We talk about how there's not a manual for being queer, so you have to figure it out as you go, and he shares about how growing up with a famous father (Isiah Thomas) affected his perception of fame, the secret text message chain of famous basketball player's gay sons, and other openly gay DJs (Hello, Samantha Ronson. Please...

Duration: 00:30:56

Special Ep! Celebrate National Coming Out Day With Cleve Jones

Cleves Jones talks about why coming out of the closet is still so important in the fight for LGBTQ rights. He also lays out the what we gain from of living amongst a community of LGBTQ people: political power, specialized social services for the more vulnerable in our population, and cultural vitality. CleveJones joined the gay liberation movement in the 1970s, was mentored by Harvey Milk, created the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and his memoir, When We Rise, is part of the inspiration for the ABC...

Duration: 00:06:31

Abdi Nazemian: Gay Iranians, Gay Dads, & The Gospel of Madonna | LGBTQ&A

Abdi Nazemian talks about what it was like to come out in a Middle Eastern family and how it differs from the typical Western LGBTQ experience that people know. He talks about the Iranian president’s comments that they “don’t have any gays in Iran” and describes why he didn’t feel at home in either the […]

Duration: 00:41:18

Cameron Esposito: To Be Apolitical & an Artist is a Waste of Time

Cameron Esposito talks about making comedy in the Trump era, saying that to be apolitical and an artist right now is a waste of time. She also describes life without her iconic asymmetrical haircut, the ways we police different people's gender, and the stress of having to decide whether or not to come out to strangers in a heteronormative society. Cameron also talks about the great impact Edith Windsor had on all aspects of her life. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters....

Duration: 00:46:30

Tommy Pico: How Not To Be One With Nature | LGBTQ&A

Tommy Pico talks about growing up on a Native American reservation, trying to tame the English language with his poetry, and why labeling himself as an “NDN” is a powerful act of reclamation. He also talks about how people often don’t know enough about indigenous people to be able to stereotype them, and then he […]

Duration: 00:43:01

Shadi Petosky: Chosen Families & The Challenge of Gender | LGBTQ&A

Shadi Petosky talks about wanting to create a diverse and inclusive world in her animated series, Danger and Eggs. She also talks about still being confused and challenged by gender, switching up pronouns amongst friends, and why we have a great responsibility to love and honor the people in our chosen families. Shadi also talks about […]

Duration: 00:41:27

Michael Varrati: Horror Movies Are Coming Out of the Closet & We’re So Proud of Them! | LGBTQ&A

Michael Varrati talks about the queer undertones (both hidden and overt) in horror movies and why the recurring theme of the underdog who has to persevere in the face of adversity is so relatable. He talks about how there are many horror stories, like The Laramie Project, that we don’t consider to be horror movies […]

Duration: 00:41:58

Cheryl Dunye: Why We Need to Change the Way Queer Stories Are Told | LGBTQ&A

Cheryl Dunye is a pioneering queer filmmaker. She talks about the enduring legacy of her film, The Watermelon Woman (celebrating its 20th anniversary), and directing sex scenes with brown bodies, why she’s no longer interested in making the compromises necessary to be a commercial filmmaker. She also talks about supporting more films by and about queer […]

Duration: 00:31:38

Our Lady J: The Birth of Transgender Identities in Pop Culture | LGBTQ&A

Our Lady J talks about being a writer for Transparent, the power and responsibility that storytellers have, and shares the “beautiful and excruciating” moments from growing up in a predominantly Amish community. She talks about playing piano for people like Sia, as well as the discrimination she faced in the music industry after she transitioned. Our […]

Duration: 00:36:35

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