00:00 – Welcome & Intro
01:23 – Queer News Goes Weekly
01:50 – Top Stories This Week
02:18 – Intro Music by Aina Bre’Yon
02:59 – BG Is Home Now
04:50 – Who Will Get The Exclusive Interview?
05:26 – Lost & Found for Podcasters
06:05 – Respect For Marriage Act is Law
06:35 – Reflections From The Lawn
07:26 – Imani Rupert-Gordon
08:53 – Cathy Renna
09:38 – Brian Johnson
11:15 – Thank You
11:34 – Year In Review
15:08 – Honorable Mentions (top 10)
17:35 – Top 5
19:58 – Number 1
21:15 – Anna’s Got A Word
22:00 – Outro
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This month our exclusive interview for the QCrew is with Glenise. Glenise is the founder of VDOM. VDOM is the latest sex-tech innovation made for and by our community. As a Black queer woman, Glenise was joking with friends about an easier way to strap up with her boo. What if it went from flaccid to erect so we could get it in anytime. Well she settled in on the idea and decided to create it. We talk about her journey and her recent 2nd place win in Pharrell’s Black Ambition Prize contest where she walked away with $250K.
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Now for the news. BG is home y’all. She’s really home. BG has left the Sam Houston Army Base to head back home for the holidays. I’ve waited so long to say that. The Respect for Marriage Act is now law and I share the top 5 episodes of the Queer News podcast in 2022. Let’s go.
Family, BG is home. After 294 days of being wrongfully detained and 2 weeks back on U.S. Soil BG is back in Phoenix. She left Fort Sam Houston last week and she made her first IG post since being back. She said, “It feels so good to be home! The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help…As I transition home to enjoy the holidays with my family, I want to acknowledge and thank the entire PISA staff and medical team at the San Antonio Fort Sam Houston Base. I appreciate the time and care to make sure I was okay and equipped with the tools for this new journey.
I also want to make one thing very clear: I intend to play basketball for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season, and in doing so, I look forward to being able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in person soon.” Yooo this WNBA season is about to be so lit. I hope they have someone documenting it because her season is going to be wild. Every arena is going to be sold out and the W is going to have its most successful season ever.
Our next Queer News story is about the Respect for Marriage Act is now law. This is a monumental moment to celebrate especially given the makeup of the Supreme Court and Justice Thomas’ threats to come for LGBTQ rights next. I had some friends who had the opportunity to attend in person. Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Cathy Renna, Communications Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Equality Illinois. I asked them to record reflections of their experience and I want to share them with you now.
How beautiful was that. Thank you Imani, Cathy & Brian. Thank you for your reflection but also for your tireless work.
It’s that time of the year when we begin to look back and compile our year in reviews.
- No script. Just want to speak from my heart as I share our top five podcasts of the year and our honorable mentions that comprise our top 10 episodes of 2022.
- Really proud
- Thank you