LGBTQ&A

Weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world. Recent guests include Laverne Cox, Pete Buttigieg, Roxane Gay, and Brandi Carlile. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate magazine, in partnership with GLAAD.

Society & Culture
TV & Film
Sexuality
1
Sarah Schulman: The Political History of ACT UP
"It's about the individual who's up against the institution. Having that conversation with the person in power, sometimes jeopardizing their own ability to earn a living, it helps people change their minds."
29 min
2
Alok Vaid-Menon: Trans People Have Always Existed
“What feminine part of yourself did you have to kill in order to survive in the world?”
40 min
3
François Clemmons: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
"It was spiritual. It was emotional. He supported me in a way that I had never had."
22 min
4
Brandon Wolf: The Pulse Survivor Talks Gun Viol...
The younger generation will "create sweeping change sooner than people think."
40 min
5
Lauren Hough: Grew Up In A Cult Where Homosexua...
"Old men are writing the rules, so those are the rules you're going to go by. Homosexuality was a sin akin to murder."
20 min
6
Brandi Carlile: Music, Faith, & Motherhood
"If I just write it all down in one place and I hand it to you, if you still accept me, then I belong here."
27 min
7
Amy Ray: Indigo Girls FOREVER (!!!)
I'm closer to fine after this interview.
28 min
8
Melissa Febos: The Gray Areas of Sex and Consent
“Girlhood was a darker time for many than we’re often willing to acknowledge."
30 min
9
Jim Obergefell: The Love Story That Changed His...
“It is my hope that the term gay marriage will soon be a thing of the past. It will simply be marriage. And our nation will be better for it.”
26 min
10
Brandy Clark: When Your Life is a Record
"Music falls into two categories: it's either good or it's bad. If it makes you feel something, it's good. If it doesn't, it's bad."
22 min
11
Ivy Bottini: The Pioneering Lesbian's Legacy
"I find death is a big waste of time. If you're a productive human being, why do you have to leave?"
24 min
12
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy: What The Trans Elder ...
"There aren't that many black girls still alive that have come this far. We've got to let them know they can get here too."
22 min
13
Brian Michael Smith: Makes Trans TV History on ...
"I didn't think there would really be a day when I would be able to play a trans male heroic character."
22 min
14
Mark Segal: Selma, Seneca Falls, Stonewall
"I've fought for visibility and I will remain visible. I'm a gay man. Get used to it, people."
29 min
15
Tracey "Africa" Norman: The Legendary 'Born Bea...
"I'm 68-years-old. I'm proud to have lived this long and to still be relevant."
23 min
16
What to Expect When You're Expecting New Episodes
The shortest (and gayest) announcement in the history of podcasts.
2 min
17
Jose Antonio Vargas: Coming Out As Undocumented
"Home is not something I should have to earn."
26 min
18
Jennifer Finney Boylan: Has Had a Front Seat to...
"The quest to be yourself is universal."
25 min
19
Adam Eli: How Social Media Is Changing Queer Ac...
"Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere."
26 min
20
Karine Jean-Pierre: The History-Making Lesbian ...
"There is hope. I see it and I know it exists. We just have to work."
26 min
21
Lucia Lucas: Cracking Opera’s Trans Glass Ceiling
"When I was growing up, I had to learn these traits of masculinity...They served me well for protection going into high school and into college, but I just use them for the stage now."
26 min
22
Ilona Verley: Drag Race's Two-Spirit Queen
"Honestly, fuck gender. I just want to be myself."
32 min
23
Tuck Woodstock: Gender, A Definitive Guide
"If you think you're trans, you're trans. If you want to be trans, you're trans. There's no Real Trans People and Fake Trans People."
29 min
24
Carson Kressley: The Queer Eye OG
"I'm just being myself and there's nothing stereotypical about being your authentic self."
32 min
25
Cleve Jones: Queer Spaces After COVID-19
"I can't tell you how painful and frustrating it is for me to watch so many of the mistakes that we made during the worst years of HIV/AIDS being repeated now by yet another Republican administration. It's beyond shameful."
27 min
26
Susan SurfTone: It's LGBTQ+ History Month, Baby
"You don't want to lose the feminine side of who you are, but there's a masculine side too. So, you let them both breathe."
22 min
27
Darnell L. Moore: Queer Spirituality + Being Seen
"This year has been a storm within a storm within a storm within a storm, but I'm also very cognizant that for Black queer, trans, nonbinary people, it isn't new."
24 min
28
Ritchie Torres: From The Bronx to Congress
"You're about to have the gayest congress in the history of the United States."
21 min
29
Peppermint: The Drag Race Star Has Literally Do...
"I'm a lot more playful with it. I no longer view my drag as the only way that I can communicate my womanhood."
27 min
30
Lili Reinhart: Bisexuality, Crystals, Reiki, an...
"Like, oh, do I need to make it a magazine cover for me to tell people am bisexual? No. Who cares? It's not that big of a deal."
23 min
31
Angela Chen: Asexuality Is Pretty Complex—And T...
"We don't need to make assumptions that everyone loves sex or needs to love sex, or that if you don't love sex, then you are sexually repressed or sexually conservative. Sexual variation exists."
29 min
32
Tayla Parx: Has Written All of Your Favorite Po...
"I don't think you should exclude people or their listening experience just because you decided to say 'him' or 'her'. I think it allows people to say, 'Oh, this song could be about anybody and I can sing it too.'"
27 min
33
Chasten Buttigieg: Shares His Side of the Story
"Why are we policing the boundaries and making young people believe that queerness has to be performed a certain way and has to look a certain way as if you have to exist a certain way to belong in our community?"
27 min
34
Tyler Glenn: I Can Feel You Feel Forgetting Me
"There was a real deep gut-punch of sadness for a lot of the queer people that were trying to make the Mormon church work and I was one of them."
27 min
35
Holland Taylor: Is 77 and Busier Than Ever
"I just don't have any impulse to define myself at all by anything other than a person. I'm a person."
25 min
36
Brandon Taylor: Would Rather Be Alone, Thank Yo...
"Writers who are black don't get second chances."
29 min
37
Ianne Fields Stewart: The Okra Project (ft. Sco...
"Activism is something I fell into because I saw a world that was abusing people that looked, loved, and lived like me. And I just couldn't stand by and let it happen any longer."
24 min
38
Akwaeke Emezi: I Like to Talk About Death
"I like to talk about death a lot...for a lot of queer people death really is a constant companion."
28 min
39
Shea Couleé: Your RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars ...
"Drag queens, I've learned, are incredibly kind, tender, giving, sweet people."
32 min
40
Shea Diamond: Why Music is a Tool for Trans Lib...
"I came from the dirt roads of Little Rock, Arkansas, honey. And I'm walking the red carpets now. That's not something that was meant for me. I'm too dark, too trans, too fat, too old."
32 min
41
Maria Town: Disability Rights Are LGBTQ+ Rights
"Everyone will become disabled if they're lucky enough. Aging is a privilege...if you do get the opportunity, you will likely become disabled."
29 min
42
Rufus Wainwright: Unfollow the Rules
"I was as gay as the day is long, especially these days. And I very much took that opportunity to indulge in myself and all the trappings of rock and roll success."
23 min
43
Laverne Cox: Fighting for Trans Lives
"The trauma of what I've experienced throughout my life doesn't magically go away because I'm a recognizable actress now."
26 min
44
Sam Feder: Transgender Lives On Screen (ft. Ale...
"Is representation necessary at any cost? Is horrible representation better than no representation?"
27 min
45
Alok Vaid-Menon: Beyond The Gender Binary
"Is my femininity something that is organic or is it something that was imposed?"
40 min
46
James Baldwin: The 1967 Detroit Riots
"When you try to stand up and look the world in the face like you had a right to be here, when you do that, without knowing the result of it, you have attacked the entire power structure of the Western World."
8 min
47
Kimberly Drew: Art and Activism
"I’m not your typical art historian. I am not your typical activist."
31 min
48
François Clemmons: Hi from Mister Rogers' Neigh...
"It was spiritual. It was emotional. He supported me in a way that I had never had."
21 min
49
Alice Wu: The New Queer Rom-Com
"I'm sitting in my closet and coming out of the closet. This is such cheap symbolism."
22 min
50
Don't Be The Last To Know
The shortest (and most important) announcement in the history of podcasts.
1 min
51
Robyn Crawford: My Life With Whitney Houston
"We were intimate on every level." For the first time, Whitney Houston's best friend, assistant, and long-rumored girlfriend, Robyn Crawford, is talking publicly about their relationship.
46 min
52
Renée Zellweger: The Judy Garland Ep (ft. Rufus...
Special episode! Renée Zellweger and Rufus Wainwright take a trip down the yellow brick road to talk about the gay icon, Judy Garland.
27 min
53
John Cameron Mitchell: The Legacy of Hedwig and...
"It was a great privilege to be gay, otherwise I'd probably be very boring and unhappy and unexamined."
50 min
54
Ryan O'Connell: A Big Yes to Sex Work
"I wanted to show the humanity in sex work. I also wanted to show Ryan have sexual agency and have wants and desires because as disabled people, our private parts are cut off by society."
37 min
55
Amiyah Scott: Hollywood's New Leading Lady
"Balls were created to not only be a safe space, but to celebrate the community. We weren't being celebrated, so we decided to celebrate ourselves."
40 min
56
Roxane Gay: How to Write About Love
We sat down with Roxane Gay to talk about sex, love, and soulmates.
49 min
57
Pete Buttigieg: The Big Gay Interview
Pete Buttigieg takes a break from the campaign trail to talk with Jeffrey Masters about his history-making candidacy...and the most millennial thing ever: meeting his husband on a dating app.
21 min
58
Don Bachardy: To Christopher Isherwood, With Love
"Looking back on those years with Chris, I was extraordinary. And the better I knew him, the more extraordinary I became."
30 min
59
Jasika Nicole: Queer + Biracial in Hollywood
Consider this a formal plea from The Advocate that Jasika be cast in The L Word reboot.
43 min
60
Gigi Gorgeous: The Queen of YouTube Is Here
"Don't take this moment for granted. If you're feeling down, bitch, get up. You are living and breathing and experiencing life. You've worked your ass off to get here."
24 min
61
Ian Alexander: Is Coming For Your Gender Norms
"Now I realize there's nothing wrong with being trans. I'm not broken."
31 min
62
Jennifer Finney Boylan: Oprah's Place in Trans ...
"It's the spectacular mystery of life: the way we keep becoming other versions of ourselves."
39 min
63
Joel Kim Booster: See You at the Circuit Party
"There's a lot of inner life going on in a circuit party that you might not want to admit. I'm there and I fucking read."
48 min
64
Karina Samala: We Need Chosen Families
"Mother" Karina talks about her 25+ years of fighting for trans people in Los Angeles.
30 min
65
Jacob Tobia: Will Change How You Think About Ge...
"We're all walking around with a level of psychic trauma that we don't know how to talk about, and that requires attention and healing."
43 min
66
Zach Stafford: What Is The Future Of LGBTQ Media?
The Advocate's new Editor-in-Chief talks about where we're heading.
45 min
67
Buck Angel: Let's Talk About Masturbation
"Sex is a very important part of your transition and learning how to love yourself."
33 min
68
Mary Lambert: All I Know of Love Is Hunger
"The world taught me to dress up my trauma in short skirts and secret bathroom crying."
42 min
69
Tre'vell Anderson: Here to Critique
How do we critique queer art (especially when it's beloved)?
41 min
70
Grace Bonney: After Design*Sponge
Figuring out your identity in a public space can be YIKES.
46 min
71
Alexei Romanoff: The 1967 Black Cat Protest
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore."
41 min
72
DeRay Mckesson: Out of the Quiet
"Why haven't you seen Zootopia?"
31 min
73
Wrabel: Hello, My Name Is Needy.
The time for LGBTQ pop stars is now.
27 min
74
Jake Shears & Ira Madison: LIVE From the Big Qu...
Ever have a car crash turn into a hookup?
60 min
75
Chani Nicholas: Doesn't Care If You Hate Astrology
Astrology is a tool for healing.
33 min
76
Sonya Passi: We Need to Talk About Domestic Vio...
It's a severe national crisis.
30 min
77
River Gallo: Intersex Bodies Are Healthy Bodies
There are records of intersex people dating back to Ancient Greece.
26 min
78
Arisce Wanzer: Gets Candid About Sex and Dating
Trans women are discovering Grindr as the next frontier for dating.
32 min
79
Alaska Thunderfuck: Squishy Human Drag Thing
Alaska talks about racism in the drag community, being a nudist, and why her new album has been so confronting.
34 min
80
Fran Tirado: A Wink of Faggotry
"Wait. Does God exist?"
44 min
81
Scott Turner Schofield: I Look Trans Because I ...
Scott talks about the treatment of trans actors in Hollywood: "We are so much more than our gender."
44 min
82
Guy Branum: Emotions Are Scary
P.S. We're all very broken inside.
52 min
83
Mara Wilson: Bisexual Imposture Syndrome
"Do people like Matilda more than they like me?"
41 min
84
Steven Canals: The Restorative Power of Art
Pose co-creator, Steven Canals talks about prevailing against transphobia in Hollywood.
40 min
85
Gaby Dunn: Dating Men? In This Political Climate?
Gaby Dunn talks about the need for more queer female content in Hollywood.
38 min
86
Shakina Nayfack: The Radical Act of Being a Tra...
LIVE from the Big Queer Pod Fest in NYC.
28 min
87
Kate Bornstein: The Future of Gender
What is the future of gender going to look like?
56 min
88
Wilson Cruz: We're In Revolutionary Times
Wilson Cruz: Star Trek, 13 Reason Why, My So-Called Life
38 min
89
Laura Jane Grace: Self-Loathing is a Cherished ...
Against Me! creator and front-woman, Laura Jane Grace talks about the DIY Punk Movement and her internalized transphobia.
32 min
90
Jasika Nicole: Hollywood's LGBTQ Diversity Issue
How has being biracial and queer affected her acting career? Hint: it's not a happy story.
43 min
91
Jeffrey Marsh: Finding LGBTQ Community Online
For many LGBTQ people, the internet is only place where they can find acceptance.
39 min
92
Chelsey Johnson: Portland's Queer Mythology
Portland was an accessible queer haven in the 90s...so what happened to it?
38 min
93
Alexander Chee: On Becoming An American Writer
Alexander Chee talks about reading tarot, his witchy side, and the challenges of writing about sexual assault.
30 min
94
Ryan Berg: 40% of Homeless Youth Are LGBTQ...Wh...
Often leading to incarceration or homelessness, Ryan Berg's here to talk about what needs to be done to improve the foster care system.
24 min
95
Kathy Tu: What Makes Us A Community?
She's still figuring it all out — but aren't we all?
41 min
96
Brooke Sullivan: HIV In the Trans & GNC Community
Why has the trans community been so underserved for HIV prevention?
35 min
97
Trixie Mattel: Expanding The Definition of Drag
In an art form where you can do anything, how do you define drag?
31 min
98
Keiynan Lonsdale: Queer Superhero (On TV and Re...
Keiynan talks about looking forward to a future where labels aren't needed.
16 min
99
Greg Berlanti: Love, Simon Director & Legendary...
Love, Simon is the first major studio movie to have a gay teen lead.
24 min
100
Shangela Laquifa Wadley: Think Before You Tweet
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Finalist
47 min