The Golden Queers

The Golden Queers

California LGBTQIA2S+ elders and youth connect to reflect on our community, our movement, and what older and younger generations have to learn from each other. This limited-series audio endeavor is sponsored by California State Library and hosted by bilingual Storycorps veteran M.R. Raquel and “Unapologetically Us” producer Je’nae Singh (a.k.a. Jae). Listen in as M.R. and Jae do some deep engaging and listening with a rich array of California LGBTQIA2S+ elder activists and luminaries. M.R. Raquel (they, elle) is a bilingual audio producer who is committed to storytelling for community-building, accessibility, transformative justice, accountability, and healing. Their ethos is to always honor storytellers in pursuit of folx sharing personal and community narratives. By handing the microphone to folx in their community, this becomes a reality. M.R‘s work has appeared on/at NPR, StoryCorps, iHeart Radio, and The Library of Congress, among other outlets. Je'nae Singh (she/her) is one of the co-producers for The Outwords Archive podcast project. Since undergrad, she has studied audio production and radio broadcast at SFSU while minoring in journalism. She is currently producing Unapologetically Us, a podcast through The Katra Box. She's previously produced Volume Slider for Fanbyte media, a gaming culture website, which can be found on Spotify.

Episodes

August 19, 2022 32 min
Jude Patton found the medical resources he needed to transition because his colleague at the dog grooming salon just happened to be one of the first 6 Americans to have FTM gender-affirming surgery. This chance encounter launched him into advocacy to ensure that trans people wouldn’t need to rely on sheer luck to access healthcare. In the Golden Queers Season 1 finale, M.R. and Jude explore their intersectional identities, the impo...
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From growing up walking past MLK’s house in Atlanta, to running Harvey Milk’s media campaign in San Francisco, Gwenn Craig’s lifetime of activism is next-level. Jae and Gwenn dive into their unique challenges as women of color, Gwenn’s journey, and why white nuns are “always on some extra stuff.”

The Golden Queers is produced, hosted and edited by Jae Singh and M.R. Raquel, with music provided by Karl Casey at White Bat Audio. Fi...
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July 22, 2022 35 min
Juggling both an AIDS and Klinefelter's Syndrome diagnosis, plus the responsibilities of a devoted intersex activist, David Strachan understands the importance of self love. Jae and David talk surviving the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, the importance of comprehensive sex ed, third genders in South Asian cultures, and why parents should not have have autonomy over their children’s sex organs.

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July 8, 2022 27 min
After decades of burying her trans identity, attorney Mia Yamamoto deliberately publicized her transition as she came out to her clients, her colleagues, and the world. From a surprising moment of tenderness from a hanging judge, to the parallels between trans rights and reproductive rights, M.R. and Mia unpack the power of visibility and advocacy.

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June 24, 2022 34 min
After growing up in India, Arvind Kumar came to the United States, where he eventually co-founded Trikone, a support network for gay and lesbian South Asian community. Jae and Arvind talk about queer representation in Bollywood, the complications of coming out to family, how Trikone connected Arvind to his husband, and so much more.

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June 24, 2022 32 min
From standing up to the governor at 13 years old, to helping create the San Francisco Protocol Implementation Task Force to educate the city on how to treat trans people, Afro-Latinx trans artist and health educator Yoseñio V. Lewis is a lifelong activist. In this conversation with host M.R. Raquel, Yoseñio shares how he strives to become both a role model for and collaborator with younger generations to shape the future. In respon...
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5th-generation Mormons Gary and Millie Watts thought their lives were perfect. Then their son Craig came out to them -- and their world turned upside down. Through much turmoil and pain, Gary and Millie discovered an entirely new definition of family.

Producer: Cameron Tenner
Featuring: Gary and Millie Watts
Music: Across the River by Podington Bear, Falling Falling by Podington Bear, Morels by Podington Bear, Chicxulub by Podington B...
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September 25, 2018 25 min
OUTWORDS presents the stories of five LGBTQ individuals from South Carolina to Oklahoma to Los Angeles, and the unique, courageous, and sometimes hilarious ways they navigated the tricky path of growing up queer in America. (This episode was first published in 2018.)
Tune in for The Golden Queers, launching on June 24, 2022: thegoldenqueers.org
To learn more about OUTWORDS, visit theoutwordsarchive.org

Producer: Cameron Tenner
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September 24, 2018 23 min
Previously with OUTWORDS: OUTWORDS presents the story of Doc Duhon, polyamory educator and long-term HIV survivor. (This episode was first published in 2018.)
Tune in for The Golden Queers, launching on June 24, 2022: thegoldenqueers.org
To learn more about OUTWORDS, visit theoutwordsarchive.org.

Producer: Cameron Tenner
Featuring: Doc Duhon
Music: Clouds Pass Softly Deux by Podington Bear, Smolder by Podington Bear, Trilobite by Poding...
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