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
R. Eric Thomas: We Learn About Love By Loving O...
"I love that we can be boring. There's freedom in being really, really unexceptional."
31 min
2
Karine Jean-Pierre: The Historic White House Pr...
"There is hope. I see it and I know it exists. We just have to work."
26 min
3
Hugh Ryan: Will Change How You Think About Quee...
"The Women's House of Detention was not a secret. It's simply something we have forgotten."
38 min
4
Don Bachardy: His 33-Year Love Affair With Chri...
"Looking back on those years with Chris, I was extraordinary. And the better I knew him, the more extraordinary I became."
29 min
5
Shatzi Weisberger: The 91-Year-Old Death Educat...
"I think it is amazing that I'm still alive and that my getting old has been as easy as it has been."
24 min
6
Greg Louganis: This Is What HIV Looks Like | LG...
"When I was in the pool, HIV/AIDS didn't exist. That was a sanctuary for me. It was a place that I could go to, really to seek refuge from the stress of the HIV diagnosis."
26 min
7
Alexandra Billings: Transgender Acting Legend |...
"I really was raised by drag queens and trans women."
35 min
8
Tracey 'Africa' Norman: The Trailblazing Model ...
"I'm 68-years-old. I'm proud to have lived this long and to still be relevant."
23 min
9
Jamison Green: Where Are All The Trans Men? | L...
"People don't care about trans men."
33 min
10
Ruthie Berman: An Old-Fashioned Lesbian Love St...
"I deserve better in my golden years than what I have now. The world sucks. America is in the worst place in my history that it's ever been and I'm concerned about my community."
32 min
11
Harvey Fierstein: Makes Broadway (And Queer) Hi...
"If there's a way to f*ck with gender, Harvey's gonna find a way to do it."
30 min
12
Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker: Her Harrowing Fi...
"They refused to give me my HIV meds and treated me really like I was an animal."
22 min
13
Barbara Satin: The Trans Ministry of Presence |...
"I realized that it hadn't been much fun living life as being cursed by God. I thought I would try and live it as a blessing from God."
36 min
14
Introducing Our LGBTQ+ Elders Project ✨
This is a time machine!!!!!!! We're launching a new series dedicated exclusively to the stories of LGBTQ+ elders.
4 min
15
John Cameron Mitchell: Hedwig And The Angry Inc...
"It was a great privilege to be gay. Otherwise, I'd probably be very boring and unhappy and unexamined."
30 min
16
Jared Frieder: Queer Intimacy On-Screen
"HIV's no longer a death sentence. People live long lives. They fall in love. They pursue their dreams."
27 min
17
Rachel Krantz: Dives Deep Into Polyamory & Non-...
"I found, at least for me, there's probably no limit to the amount of people I could love."
26 min
18
LZ Granderson: Life Out Loud
"I just needed someone to come and tell me that it was OK, that there was nothing wrong with me. And eventually I got that message. It just took years."
32 min
19
Margaret Cho: A Complete History of Bisexuality
"I get polyamory fatigue and I get total BDSM fatigue...It takes so much energy in terms of negotiating and what you want and what you're doing and I just don't have the energy for it."
29 min
20
Roxane Gay: Our Big 5-Year Anniversary Celebrat...
"I'm a woman and I'm queer and I'm Black and I'm fat. I try to inhabit all of these identities in my writing."
43 min
21
Hida Viloria: Born Both, An Intersex Life
"There's a story that we don't hear enough of about intersex people, which is that it's amazing and wonderful to be intersex."
25 min
22
Magora Kennedy: The 83-Year-Old Gay Reverend
"Love yourself, live your truth, and laugh in the face of adversity. That way, stay focused on who you are and don't let nobody turn you around."
24 min
23
Jay Toole: Super Butch Stonewall Veteran
"People have to know of the history because even though I'm talking about my history, there's so many more out there that are my history. It's our history."
31 min
24
Angela Chen: What Asexuality Reveals About Desi...
"You're not broken if you're different."
25 min
25
Larry Kramer: Making Gay History
"I think being a gay man, even today, with AIDS, is a wonderful, is a wonderful thing. I love being gay."
24 min
26
Victor Garber: Has Kinda Been In Everything
"I've never been, I guess, a radical. I have strong beliefs and I do what I can. I'm not proud of this. This is just my nature and who I am."
22 min
27
VINCINT: There Will Be Tears
"It takes all of us queer, Black men who are in the spotlight right now banding together and being like, 'Hi, you should see us.'"
28 min
28
Theo Germaine: The Nonbinary Actor Changing Hol...
"My first memories are The Lion King and gender dysphoria."
25 min
29
Jen Winston: How Bisexuals Are Reimagining the ...
“Bisexuality isn't just an identity. It's a lens through which to reimagine the world."
25 min
30
Ts Madison: The Future Belongs to Her
"Oh honey, I've been there, did that, got a t-shirt, made a meal, and keep going. Y'all just now getting into something that I've already conquered."
35 min
31
Peter Staley: ACT UP Changed The World — Here's...
"There is no way we could have gotten through the tragedy that was those years without a heavy dose of sex, love, humor, and community. It was a surreal existence."
32 min
32
Senator Tammy Baldwin: LGBTQ+ History Maker
"It is a new world and that is pretty amazing to have witnessed. But we still have a long way to go."
28 min
33
Charles Silverstein: The Joy of Gay Sex
"I found that the more in love two people are, the more easily it is for them to hurt each other."
29 min
34
Melissa Etheridge: Comes To Our Window
"It did my heart good to go back and listen and go, 'Oh, I wasn't as bad as I thought.'"
24 min
35
Alicia Garza: How We Come Together When We Fall...
Black Lives Matters "is our generation's stamp on a movement that is ongoing."
35 min
36
Denne-Michele Norris: Coming Out in the Pandemi...
"Coming out as trans, I felt that there was a way in which the people closest to me had to participate and affirm or deny in a way that they didn't before."
28 min
37
Abby McEnany: Dykes Can Do Whatever The F*ck Th...
"There is a fat, gray-haired, masculine woman who is the lead of a show. That is bonkers."
23 min
38
Darryl Stephens: Noah's Arc, HIV, and Becoming ...
"When I was 22, we were terrified. We were wearing three condoms, right? You didn't touch anything or anybody without a condom. It was terrifying at that age."
29 min
39
Billie Jean King: Pressure is a Privilege
"When you can be your authentic self, you know you've arrived."
19 min
40
Andrew Rannells: From Book of Mormon to Modern ...
"Life is very messy."
22 min
41
Carolina de Robertis: A Love Letter to Anyone W...
"If we all wait for all the homophobic people to come around, we're going to give up our whole lives. For me, having kids really rooted me in that."
26 min
42
Kate Bornstein: Still A Gender Outlaw
"Gender is not something you can hold onto, unless you get really angry about it."
21 min
43
Kate Bornstein: Gender Is A Playground (5/2/18)
"The future of gender is its dissolution. The word nonbinary is heralding that."
36 min
44
Edafe Okporo: Seeking Asylum in The U.S.
"Smile every day — that was a dream I had as a child. I just want to be happy and being happy is not being in any form of closet."
29 min
45
Ann Northrop: The Crucial Role of Women in ACT UP
"The first two words you have to know are ignorant and arrogant. They know nothing. They think they know everything."
34 min
46
Eureka O'Hara: The Drag Race All Stars Season 6...
"I'm luckier than I think sometimes. We probably all are."
31 min
47
Chella Man: Trans, Deaf, Goofy, Hungry, and Tired
"I just want to discard all the limitations and allow us to be who we are."
21 min
48
Rep. Sharice Davids: The First LGBTQ+ Native Am...
"Native people are not a monolith. I think it's helpful to constantly remind people of that."
19 min
49
Charles M. Blow: The Debt We Owe As Queer People
"When you are not living an honest, open, true life, you are taking advantage of a privilege granted to you by older, gay, lesbian, queer people who have sacrificed tremendously so that you could come into this place."
23 min
50
John Paul Brammer: Hola Papi! Why Am I Single??!
How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons
26 min
51
Ashley C. Ford: Somebody's Daughter
"I didn't get to grow up with the myth that you can love someone and they won't do terrible things if you love them."
25 min
52
Niecy Nash & Jessica Betts: Their Great Queer L...
"I never want to imagine a future without this being...I don’t want that.”
25 min
53
Gina Brown: The Invisibility of Women Living Wi...
Women living with HIV are invisible in our community. Gina Brown is working to change that.
23 min
54
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
55
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
56
François Clemmons: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
"It was spiritual. It was emotional. He supported me in a way that I had never had."
22 min
57
Brandon Wolf: The Pulse Survivor Talks Gun Viol...
The younger generation will "create sweeping change sooner than people think."
40 min
58
Lauren Hough: Leaving Isn't The Hardest Thing
"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
59
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
60
Amy Ray: Indigo Girls FOREVER (!!!)
I'm closer to fine after this interview.
28 min
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
What to Expect When You're Expecting New Episodes
The shortest (and gayest) announcement in the history of podcasts.
2 min
70
Jose Antonio Vargas: Coming Out As Undocumented
"Home is not something I should have to earn."
26 min
71
Jennifer Finney Boylan: Has Had a Front Seat to...
"The quest to be yourself is universal."
25 min
72
Adam Eli: How Social Media Is Changing Queer Ac...
"Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere."
26 min
73
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
74
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
75
Ilona Verley: Drag Race's Two-Spirit Queen
"Honestly, fuck gender. I just want to be myself."
32 min
76
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
77
Carson Kressley: The Queer Eye OG
"I'm just being myself and there's nothing stereotypical about being your authentic self."
32 min
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
Ritchie Torres: From The Bronx to Congress
"You're about to have the gayest congress in the history of the United States."
21 min
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
Brandon Taylor: Would Rather Be Alone, Thank Yo...
"Writers who are black don't get second chances."
29 min
90
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
91
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
92
Shea Couleé: Your RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars ...
"Drag queens, I've learned, are incredibly kind, tender, giving, sweet people."
32 min
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
Sam Feder: Transgender Lives On Screen (ft. Ale...
"Is representation necessary at any cost? Is horrible representation better than no representation?"
27 min
98
Alok Vaid-Menon: Beyond The Gender Binary
"Is my femininity something that is organic or is it something that was imposed?"
40 min
99
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
100
Kimberly Drew: Art and Activism
"I’m not your typical art historian. I am not your typical activist."
31 min