LGBTQ&A

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

Society & Culture
TV & Film
Sexuality
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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
102
Sam Feder: Transgender Lives On Screen (ft. Ale...
"Is representation necessary at any cost? Is horrible representation better than no representation?"
27 min
103
Alok Vaid-Menon: Beyond The Gender Binary
"Is my femininity something that is organic or is it something that was imposed?"
40 min
104
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
105
Kimberly Drew: Art and Activism
"I’m not your typical art historian. I am not your typical activist."
31 min
106
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
107
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
108
Don't Be The Last To Know
The shortest (and most important) announcement in the history of podcasts.
1 min
109
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
110
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
111
John Cameron Mitchell: 20 Years of Hedwig and t...
"It was a great privilege to be gay, otherwise I'd probably be very boring and unhappy and unexamined."
30 min
112
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
113
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
114
Roxane Gay: How to Write About Love
We sat down with Roxane Gay to talk about sex, love, and soulmates.
49 min
115
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
116
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
117
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
118
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
119
Ian Alexander: Is Coming For Your Gender Norms
"Now I realize there's nothing wrong with being trans. I'm not broken."
31 min
120
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
121
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
122
Karina Samala: We Need Chosen Families
"Mother" Karina talks about her 25+ years of fighting for trans people in Los Angeles.
30 min
123
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
124
Zach Stafford: What Is The Future Of LGBTQ Media?
The Advocate's new Editor-in-Chief talks about where we're heading.
45 min
125
Buck Angel: Let's Talk About Masturbation
"Sex is a very important part of your transition and learning how to love yourself."
33 min
126
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
127
Tre'vell Anderson: Here to Critique
How do we critique queer art (especially when it's beloved)?
41 min
128
Grace Bonney: After Design*Sponge
Figuring out your identity in a public space can be YIKES.
46 min
129
Alexei Romanoff: The 1967 Black Cat Protest
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore."
41 min
130
DeRay Mckesson: Out of the Quiet
"Why haven't you seen Zootopia?"
31 min
131
Wrabel: Hello, My Name Is Needy.
The time for LGBTQ pop stars is now.
27 min
132
Jake Shears & Ira Madison: LIVE From the Big Qu...
Ever have a car crash turn into a hookup?
60 min
133
Chani Nicholas: Doesn't Care If You Hate Astrology
Astrology is a tool for healing.
33 min
134
Sonya Passi: We Need to Talk About Domestic Vio...
It's a severe national crisis.
30 min
135
River Gallo: Intersex Bodies Are Healthy Bodies
There are records of intersex people dating back to Ancient Greece.
26 min
136
Arisce Wanzer: Gets Candid About Sex and Dating
Trans women are discovering Grindr as the next frontier for dating.
32 min
137
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
138
Fran Tirado: A Wink of Faggotry
"Wait. Does God exist?"
44 min
139
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
140
Guy Branum: Emotions Are Scary
P.S. We're all very broken inside.
52 min
141
Mara Wilson: Bisexual Imposture Syndrome
"Do people like Matilda more than they like me?"
41 min
142
Steven Canals: The Restorative Power of Art
Pose co-creator, Steven Canals talks about prevailing against transphobia in Hollywood.
40 min
143
Gaby Dunn: Dating Men? In This Political Climate?
Gaby Dunn talks about the need for more queer female content in Hollywood.
38 min
144
Shakina Nayfack: The Radical Act of Being a Tra...
LIVE from the Big Queer Pod Fest in NYC.
28 min
145
Kate Bornstein: The Future of Gender
What is the future of gender going to look like?
56 min
146
Wilson Cruz: We're In Revolutionary Times
Wilson Cruz: Star Trek, 13 Reason Why, My So-Called Life
38 min
147
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
148
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
149
Jeffrey Marsh: Finding LGBTQ Community Online
For many LGBTQ people, the internet is only place where they can find acceptance.
39 min
150
Chelsey Johnson: Portland's Queer Mythology
Portland was an accessible queer haven in the 90s...so what happened to it?
38 min
151
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
152
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
153
Kathy Tu: What Makes Us A Community?
She's still figuring it all out — but aren't we all?
41 min
154
Brooke Sullivan: HIV In the Trans & GNC Community
Why has the trans community been so underserved for HIV prevention?
35 min
155
Trixie Mattel: Expanding The Definition of Drag
In an art form where you can do anything, how do you define drag?
31 min
156
Keiynan Lonsdale: Queer Superhero (On TV and Re...
Keiynan talks about looking forward to a future where labels aren't needed.
16 min
157
Greg Berlanti: Love, Simon Director & Legendary...
Love, Simon is the first major studio movie to have a gay teen lead.
24 min
158
Shangela Laquifa Wadley: Think Before You Tweet
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Finalist
47 min
159
BRB Still Recovering From Drag Race
The briefest announcement in the history of iTunes.
0 min
160
Andrew Gurza: Sex & Disability
Andrew Gurza talks about working to convince people of the sexual viability of those with disabilities.
31 min
161
Jacob Tobia is back! A Field Guide to Transfemm...
Jacob Tobia talks about what they describe as the great unfinished business of their gender exploration: figuring out what it means to be desired as a transfeminine person.
23 min
162
Food 4 Thot: Love is TBD Real
The hosts of the podcast, Food 4 Thot are here for a special Valentine's Day extravaganza.
64 min
163
Dana Goldberg: In Defense of Scissoring
...that's a joke. But this isn't: you're going to love Dana Goldberg after this interview.
36 min
164
Conner Habib: Your Strict Sexual Preferences Ar...
We're talking about all things sex this week with Conner Habib, the Cate Blanchett of porn.
33 min
165
Lina Bradford: Magic Is Real
Lina Bradford talks about how labels can pigeonhole people, and says that beauty doesn't have a gender.
34 min
166
Joseph Osmundson: Love Makes You Grow Up
Joseph Osmundson: scientist, writer, and that guy on Twitter who tweets a lot about therapy.
43 min
167
Kim Coco Iwamoto: Candidate for Lieutenant Gove...
Kim Coco Iwamoto, the first openly trans person to win a statewide election, is now running for Lieutenant Governor in Hawaii.
34 min
168
Aaron Carter: Embracing My Bisexuality
Aaron Carter talks about adjusting to being an out of the closet, being single, and being open to dating men.
19 min
169
Solomon Georgio: What Sitcoms Taught Me About A...
Solomon Georgio talks about immigrating from African, learning that he was black, and learning American culture through watching sitcoms.
41 min
170
Isis King: Paris Is Burning Changed My Life
Isis King talks about America's Next Top Model and how Paris Is Burning opened her eyes to her own gender.
40 min
171
Will Kostakis: A New Wave of LGBTQ Representati...
Will Kostakis talks about his new YA book, The Sidekicks, and Australia's recent survey on marriage equality.
25 min
172
Ross Mathews: Gay People Wanted Me Off TV
Ross Mathews talks about being accused of setting back the movement while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
18 min
173
Susan SurfTone: Former FBI Agent Talks New Thre...
FBI agent turned surf-rocker, Susan SurfTone talks about how unstable the rights of LGBTQ people are under this current administration.
22 min
174
Zeke Smith: Life After Survivor
Zeke Smith talks about working with GLAAD and CBS to shape the media response to his outing, and what he's doing now that the show is over.
40 min
175
Sylvia Rivera: The World Has Made Me Crazy
The legendary activist talks about Stonewall, growing up as an effeminate kid, and leaving home at 10.
15 min
176
Katya Zamolodchikova: "Piss Queen From the Jump"
Katya Zamolodchikova talks about her new Viceland show with Trixie Mattel, stealing $20,000 to pay for drugs, and getting paid to sleep with men while in drag.
40 min
177
Zeke Thomas: Wants You To Slide Into His DMs
Zeke Thomas talks about how prevalent sexual assault is in the gay community.
30 min
178
Abdi Nazemian: Gay Iranians, Gay Dads, & The Go...
Abdi Nazemian talks about what it was like to come out in a Middle Eastern family and how it differs from the typical Western LGBTQ experience that people know.
41 min
179
Cameron Esposito: To Be Apolitical & an Artist ...
Cameron Esposito talks about making comedy in the Trump era and the great impact Edith Windsor had on all aspects of her life.
46 min
180
Tommy Pico: How Not To Be One With Nature
Tommy Pico talks about growing up on a Native American reservation and trying to tame the English language with his poetry.
43 min
181
Shadi Petosky: Chosen Families & The Challenge ...
Shadi Petosky talks about wanting to create a diverse and inclusive world in her animated series, Danger and Eggs.
41 min
182
Michael Varrati: Horror Movies Are Finalllllly ...
Michael Varrati talks about the queer undertones (both hidden and overt) in horror movies.
41 min
183
Cheryl Dunye: Why We Need to Change the Way Que...
Cheryl Dunye is a pioneering queer filmmaker.
31 min
184
Our Lady J: The Birth of Transgender Identities...
Our Lady J talks about being a writer for Transparent and the power and responsibility that storytellers have.
36 min
185
Kristin Russo: LGBTQ Sex Ed, A-Camp, Reclaiming...
Kristin Russo, author of This is Book for Parents of Gay Kids.
47 min
186
Laith Ashley: Everything is a Spectrum, Nothing...
Laith Ashley talks about why living openly as a transgender person is a privilege.
47 min
187
Special Episode! Shane Ortega Reacts to Trump’s...
Shane Ortega talks about how to interpret President Trump’s tweets banning trans people from serving in the military.
10 min
188
Erin Judge: Plus Size Women Can Have Active, He...
Erin Judge talks about how overweight people are able to have active, healthy sex lives, despite how the media often represents them.
49 min
189
Eliel Cruz: The End of Bisexual Erasure (Hopefu...
Eliel Cruz talks about why religion has remained such a large part of so many LGBTQ people’s lives.
38 min
190
Mariana Marroquin: Transgender Immigrants: “I S...
Mariana Marroquin works as an Anti-Violence Project Manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
34 min
191
Nico Tortorella: Biphobia, Polyamory, and Under...
Nico Tortorella talks about why people are freaked out and fascinated by his bisexuality, saying people equate it with promiscuity.
41 min
192
Alexandra Billings: Being Transgender is a Gift
Alexandra Billings talks about the women who mentored her and why Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS marches.
22 min
193
Shane Ortega: Fighting for Transgender Rights i...
Shane Ortega talks about being the first transgender person to serve openly in the military.
35 min
194
Matt Baume: Chechnya, Polari, and The Gift of Q...
Matt Baume talks about the torture of queer men that’s occurring in Chechnya and what you can do if you feel helpless.
47 min
195
Cleve Jones: LGBTQ Activist Talks Harvey Milk, ...
Cleve Jones talks about his life in the LGBTQ movement: working with Harvey Milk, starting the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and marching on Washington.
42 min
196
Amin El Gamal: Prison Break, LGBTQ Muslims, and...
Amin El Gamal talks about why he doesn't want to play any more terrorists.
44 min
197
Asia Kate Dillon: TV’s First (And Only) Openly ...
Asia Kate Dillon talks about the Emmy Award’s message of inclusion towards them as a non-binary actor.
23 min
198
Michelle Stevens: From Childhood Abuse to the P...
Dr. Michelle Stevens talks about surviving a childhood of sexual abuse, the mental illness that resulted, and how common abuse is.
41 min
199
Angelica Ross: Spending Time in Silence
Angelica Ross talks about how her life has changed since becoming a Buddhist.
45 min
200
Melissa Febos: Hickeys, Daddy Issues, and Celibacy
Melissa Febos talks about how the conditions of our childhoods inform our adult relationships, dealing with daddy issues (yay!!!), and her new book.
39 min