Queer We Are

Queer We Are

Conversations with LGBTQ celebrities and everyday people sharing positive stores within our community. Hear how they hold on to hope when so many struggling to do so. Guests include gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and non-binary, intersex, and allies sharing their stories.


September 26, 2023 71 mins

This is the final week of introductions to podcasts Brad enjoys. He returns from his time off next week, and October is a special month. You'll enjoy the trailblazers he chats with.

Remember Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched? Without it being said on the show and without us saying it to each other, we all knew he was Samantha's "gay" uncle.

Mike Johnson and Kyle Getz return in one of th...

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Ever wonder what it feels like to redefine yourself, step into a new identity, and navigate a world that feels like a foreign country? That's what Kit experienced when she came out as a lesbian at the age of 30. Recorded for the Coming Out Stories podcast, Kit and Emma Goswell explore her journey, discussing the societal expectations and realities that made her struggle with her identity. They examine the stereotypical portray...

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Ever wondered how a film from the 90s shaped the contemporary queer landscape? Philip Bahr dives right in and breaks down the iconic 1994 Australian film 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.' It's a frothy, fun, and deeply impactful film that still holds significance in the current political climate.  He sifts through its layers, characters, and the harsh reality of that era, as well as elements of the ...

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Join us as we navigate the challenges of gay stereotypes with Mike Johnson and Kyle Getz from the Gayish podcast and their mission to tear down narrow perceptions. We touch upon the wide spectrum of topics their show covers - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious. Their diversity of episodes covering everything from farming and depression to butt plugs and penis size. We also explore the evolution of the Gayish podcast, fr...

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What if you could find strength in the darkest of life's moments? Meet David S Peterson, an author whose bumpy road to success has been paved with resilience and positivity. His incredible journey, from overcoming school bullying and a brutal physical attack to harnessing the power of theater and choir, will leave you awestruck. This episode is a testament to David's indomitable spirit, his zest for life and his infectiou...

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August 22, 2023 36 mins

Ready for an enlightening journey through the decades? We're thrilled to welcome Matt Baume, popular YouTube sensation and author of "Hi Honey, I'm Homo," to our podcast. Together, we traverse the fascinating terrain of queer representation in TV.  We delve into the complexities of these portrayals and the courageous sitcoms that dared to feature queer characters.

We take a deep dive into the rich histo...

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Picture a world where love transcends barriers, prejudice, and misunderstanding; that's the world seen through B Proud's lens. Guest, photographer B Proud, transports us into the heart of the LGBTQ community with her powerful and evocative images. She shares insights into her captivating projects, such as her 2014 book featuring black and white photographs of LGBTQ couples and her current visually stunning exhibit, the Tr...

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Do you know actors such as William Shatner, Chris Pine, Leonard Nimoy, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, and others may have Lucille Ball to thank for advancing their careers? Without her, Star Trek may never have happened.  And that's a small part of our discussion.

Tony Maietta is a man of many talents: actor, host, producer, writer, and author. His passionate and insightful tales of Tinseltown's golden era will have...

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From the comedy stages of Los Angeles to the political epicenter of Madison, Wisconsin, Dina Nina Martinez Rutherford not only is a trans woman stand-up comedian who's been breaking barriers in the world of comedy, but Dina Nina also holds the distinction of being Madison's first elected trans official. Her journey is far from ordinary, marked with grit and resilience.

 With a powerful message for trans kids and...

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Sam Kirk's murals are not just about aesthetics, they're stories that promote inclusivity and redefine public spaces. This episode takes you through Sam's journey from her magnificent installation in Times Square to her deeply personal mural in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago near where she was the victim of a brutal hate crime. 

We go beyond Sam's art to uncover the person that she is. A queer indi...

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Ready to embark on a melodious journey into the world of film music? Join Brad in an enlightening conversation with the extraordinary David Gonzalez, who has lent his mesmerizing musical talent to film and talent. David's insights on the significance of music in film – from its indispensable role during the silent movie era to its power to amplify cinematic brilliance in the present day – are nothing short of remarkable.

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Can you imagine the profound impact of losing a child, and simultaneously choosing to transform that pain into a global drive for change? Our journey today is a deeply moving and powerful one as Brad sits with Judy Shepard, the courageous mother of Matthew Shepard, whose tragic murder laid the groundwork for a significant advancement for LGBTQ+ rights. Join them in this intimate conversation as they walk through the haunting night ...

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Host Brad Shreve takes us on a wild ride as he shares his personal story of love, addiction, abuse, and ultimately finding himself. From a life fueled by drugs,  alcohol, sexual addition, to facing domestic violence, Brad opens up about the challenges he faced and the difficult decisions he had to make. But this episode isn't just about the dark times. Brad reminds us that amidst the negativity, there are powerful stories of r...

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Caesar Zepeda struggled with his sexuality before coming out in a big and fabulous way in front of millions of people. After rejection from his family, he reached a low part of his life but rebounded by being an activist in his community and being an example for those younger than him. Today he is the first openly gay man on the city council in Richmond, California, located in the San Francisco Bay area.

In addition, the ...

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What happens when a fictional character evolves alongside decades of LGBTQ history, reflecting the changes and challenges faced by the community? Join us this week on Queer We Are as we delve into the fascinating world of the Donald Strachey mystery series with its author, Richard Lipez, also known as Richard Stevenson. Together, we'll explore the series' 18 novels and the growth of its characters, from Strachey and his p...

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Can a love revolution truly start on the dance floor? Join us as we explore this possibility with my special guest, Mr. Slade, while discussing his unique blurring of music genres and allow his aggressive fun nature to motivate you.

Throughout our conversation, we dive into Mr. Slade's electrifying, sexy blend of metal, techno, and disco. We discuss the power of music and how it can transcend differences to connect p...

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Wendy Whitman, former executive and producer of Court TV and the Nancy Grace show on HLN, shares her fascinating journey from comedy to crime. Wendy opens up about her experiences collaborating with comedic geniuses George Carlin and Lily Tomlin and how the OJ trial led her to Court TV.

Throughout our conversation, we explore the darker side of true crime, discussing its impact on society and how to prevent fear from consu...

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Del Shores, a trailblazing gay filmmaker, playwright, and actor known for his contributions to the genre of LGBTQ+ entertainment is Brad’s guest. The conversation begins with a discussion of his plays and films Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies and includes a comparison between the two stories. The comparison reflects on how each represents different aspects of Del’s life.

Del also opens about his own creative proc...

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Two time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are an American folk music duo who have been performing together for over forty years. Their newly released film All Wigged Out brings lightness, comedy, and hope, while also being honest about the challenges of living with cancer. You may not find cancer funny, but some of the eye-opening day to day rituals patients push through may have you in stitches. Add to that the som...

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Mike Dorsey & Chih Lin are the Dumpling Dudez. They share their inspiring story of leaving their safe and comfortable engineering careers to start a successful small business making dumplings.
"If I can create all this achievement for other people, maybe it's time for me to take a chance on myself and invest in myself instead of investing in other people's passions and dreams."

Their conve...

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