PRIDE

PRIDE

The LGBTQ experience is more than just a rainbow flag, it’s a movement. The PRIDE podcast hosted by Levi Chambers celebrates every person under the queer umbrella with skillful journalism and engaging interviews. Ever wondered about the queer pirates who of the Caribbean? How about the origins of the expression "coming out" or the queer history of the United States? Join us as we provide a platform to LGBTQ people with stories to tell — stories about sexuality, gender, love, laughter or anything that unleashes your curiosity. PRIDE’s weekly podcast from Straw Hut Media is guaranteed to let your mind run wild in a safe space full of wonderment. So come along, we’re proud to have you. *This podcast is not affiliated with Pride Media

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May 14, 2021 30 min
Brian Falduto has a slew of titles under his belt. He was a child actor alongside Jack Black, he has a career in country music, he’s a life coach, oh and he’s thinking about writing a children’s book. But today, we talk to Brian about what really got him to this point in his life. All the elementary school bullies, the pressure from being in the public eye, and his own internal homophobia that kept him from being his true self for ...
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In honor of Mother's Day in the US, here is a rebroadcast featuring Hannah Graf's story as a trans mother along with trans husband and father, Jake Graf. Love to all trans parents out there! ------ There are lies people tell us to keep us in line. You’ve heard them. Some are relatively harmless. Be good or Santa won’t bring you any presents. Don’t eat sweets before bed or you’ll have nightmares. Others carry with them damag...
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It wasn’t until the ‘80s that the Marvel Universe started to introduce queer characters to their stories and it was another 10 years before any characters were able to fully acknowledged their sexuality and actually say “I am gay.” Today, we are joined by Dr. Andrew Deman, a University lecturer and comic book expert to talk about how queerness was introduced into the comic book world and why many readers don’t give comic book creat...
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April 23, 2021 32 min
When you think of the AIDS epidemic, a few words may pass through your mind. Illness, fear, death, and probably gay. After the first case was discovered in 1981, people began referring to the disease as “gay cancer” or “gay plague.” And it was seen as a death sentence. Even years later, after many improvements in science and medicine and a significantly longer life expectancy for HIV positive people, there is still a stigma around ...
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April 16, 2021 39 min
Brooke Eden had been a toxic relationship with a man and she wasn’t in love. It wasn’t a fairytale but it was an experience she documented in her music. But then she met Hilary, her current girlfriend and her music took a turn. She wrote a series of love songs, you just listened to one, to tell the world that we don’t get to choose who we love, it just happens. Now, she’s ready to share her love with the world and on the way, trans...
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April 9, 2021 32 min
Today we speak with Robbie Couch, a storyteller who is about to release his newest book, “The Sky Blues.” Robbie tells us all about how he went from journalism school to writing queer young adult books and why these stories are so important for young teens to have access to. Libraries have not always been stocked with these stories, but that’s slowly changing thanks to authors like Robbie. "The Sky Blues" is out now! Be s...
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April 2, 2021 32 min
Today, we’re joined by Yasmin Benoit, a model and activist for the asexual and aromantic community. Yasmin has created hashtags to form an online community for ace individuals and is about to make history by launching the very first International Asexuality Day on April 6th. She’s here to talk about her personal journey in discovering who she is, why she does not need a partner to be complete, and how others can help to stop the sp...
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March 26, 2021 34 min
The ways in which we are raised and the ideology we are presented with at a young age can have an irreversible impact on how we grow up and act in our adult lives. This could be religion, culture, or politics, it all shapes a part of who we are now and later in life. This was especially true for Bolu Okupe, a gay Nigerian man who was raised by his homophobic, Christian father.  In Nigeria, being gay is a crime, one that can actual...
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March 19, 2021 37 min
Most of us can agree that appearances are important. The amount of care we put towards our appearances in any given moment can vary, but we all know we’re posting that selfie for a reason. This concept is especially true in Hollywood, where celebrities can find their recent scandals all over the front pages of entertainment magazines if they aren’t careful. But for Anne Heche, it wasn’t so much about trying to be the best version o...
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March 16, 2021 9 min
The Zodiac. The Unabomber. Ted Bundy. Serial killers you’ll be familiar with. But between 1974 and 1975, there was another ruthless serial killer at large, terrorizing San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ community. He was coined “the Doodler.” While a social movement roared to life in the city, the Doodler haunted its queer nightlife scene: drawing sketches of his victims and engaging in sexual acts with them before brutally murdering them....
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March 12, 2021 46 min
The Judaeo-Christian scriptures rarely mention same-sex sexuality. Of the 35,527 verses in the Catholic Bible, only seven, which is about 0.02% are sometimes interpreted as prohibiting homosexual acts. So if it’s such a small part of the official text, why is it such a big deal?  Last week, in part one of our look at the history of same-sex love in the Catholic Church, we examined how the church’s perspective has changed over the ...
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March 5, 2021 43 min
When you think about the Catholic church and its relation to the LGBTQ+ community, either as a believer or a non-believer, it likely isn’t as an ally. But the church’s stance on same-sex love isn’t as cut and dry as you might think. Over the span of two millenia, the church has adapted, however slowly, to a changing world. Today, we’ll start part one of our exploration of the history of same-sex love in the Catholic church, and...
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January 28, 2021 36 min
Danell Leyva has become accustomed to being judged by people. He’s a professional gymnast who has waited in front of large crowds waiting for the numbers to be called assessing his performance. He has literally dealt with judges his entire life. But facing the judgement of coming out is a different story.  He stood in the spotlight of being an out professional athlete and confronted the stereotypes people fit you into for being a p...
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January 22, 2021 30 min
Polyamory is defined as being open to intimate relationships with more than one person. Polyamorous people are usually looking to share a romantic or sexual connection with more than one person. For Ian Jenkins, his day-to-day worries had less to do with whether his family or peers would accept his two partners. He was proud to be in a same sex throuple. But that meant neither he nor his partners were able to physically give birth ...
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January 15, 2021 36 min
By now, most people understand or at least are aware of the trials and tribulations the transgender community experiences every day. You may have a close friend or even a relative who is trans. Or maybe there’s a celebrity you adore, who identifies as trans. Perhaps, you’re part of the trans or gender-non-conforming community yourself. But what some people may not realize is that being trans is not new. Trans people have been aroun...
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January 7, 2021 34 min
It’s no surprise that social media has become a popular topic to discuss in daily conversations. From the newest Tik Tok trend to that funny video forwarded to you during lunch, it occupies a large chunk of our everyday lives. I never look forward to the notification my phone gets at the end of the week on my daily screentime, and I bet you don’t either.  Today, we hear from model Max Emerson and psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey. Em...
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December 31, 2020 43 min
Most countries that have legal surrogacy specifically exclude queer people and same-sex couples. In fact, there are very few countries that have supportive surrogacy laws that also include same-sex couples. These countries include the United States, which supports commercial surrogacy for gay couples; Canada, which restricts surrogacy only to non-profit altruistic programs; Colombia, some states in Australia; and a few European cou...
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In 2015, Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, was released. In 2015, the life of Allison Tate was forever changed. The only thing left to do? Create a Carol Support Group. Be sure to follow Allison on IG! Your host is Levi Chambers, co-founder of Gayety. Follow the show and keep up with the conversation @Pride. Want more great shows from Straw Hut Media? Check out or website at strawhutmedia.com. Your producers are Levi Chambers, Ma...
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December 16, 2020 33 min
High school dress codes are notoriously problematic because the students who are targeted most often are girls, LGBTQ+ youth, and students of color. Stories make it to the news semi regularly. A girl sent home for not wearing a bra, a boy sent home for dreadlocks, or a boy wearing nailpolish. When Trevor Wilkinson was sent to the office for coming to school with his nails done, it wasn’t his first dress code violation. Since co...
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December 10, 2020 50 min
When people say mean or ignorant things to you or about you, you probably respond like most people. You get angry. It’s the natural reaction. But Rain Dove doesn’t and it’s glorious. Rain is a model who models both men’s and women’s products. And since building their platform, they’ve become a sort of unofficial queer Dear Abby, opening up their inbox to everyone from young queer folks to angry non-allies, answering vitriol with hu...
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