Jun 11, 2020
Black Trans Lives Matter
19 min

Imara Jones joins us to talk about creating a truly inclusive Black Lives Matter movement, and getting back to the roots of Pride.

Imara Jones is an award-winning journalist, and the creator of TransLasha multi-episode series about what it is like to be transgender, especially a trans person of color, at a time of social backlash.  


— Trans Lifeline - Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.

— The Okra Project - The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.

— The Transgender District - The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood.

— Trans Justice Funding Project The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. 

Music in this episode by Jeremy S. Bloom and Josh Woodward ("20/20"). Theme by Alexander Overington.

History is Gay
History is Gay
Leigh & Gretchen
Episode 33: Besotted with Beefcake: A MichelangelHO Story
In this episode of History is Gay, Leigh and guest host and art museum professional nerd Amanda Helton discuss Michelangelo Buonarroti. THE Michelangelo. And we'll get into all the juicy deets you didn't learn in art history class-- full of stories of broken noses, the gay art of forgery, big ol’ artist egos, and attempts to answer the question, “what even is a titty”? Buckle up for the extremely gay Italian Renaissance, everyone! Our wonderful guest host for this episode, Amanda Helton, can be found at or on Instagram at oryxbesia. Outline 00:00 – Introduction 5:36 – Main Topic: Michelangelo: Besotted with Beefcake 6:34 – Socio-Historical Context 15:14 – Who were they? Bio Time. 48:43 – Why do we think they're gay? 1:22:25 – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions 1:28:56 – How Gay were They?| 1:34:06 – Closing and Where to Find us Online Want to help us continue to make the show? Support us on Patreon and get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! You can get super cool merch in our store! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things. If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over to to join the team of volunteers! Find our full list of sources and bonus content at Get at us on twitter @historyisgaypod, tumblr at historyisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!
1 hr 37 min
Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast
Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast
Sarah MacLean & Jen Prokop
S03.16: Best Romance Novels of 2020
The Best Romance Novels of 2020! It’s the best and worst task of the year for us, because we read so many AMAZING books over the course of the year, and choosing ten and not one hundred is hard for us, ok? But here they are — ten gorgeous books that we adored—books with badass heroines, larger-than-life heroes, brilliant structure, and outstanding writing. Buy the Fated Mates Best of Book Pack in one fell swoop from our friends at Old Town Books in Alexandria Virginia, and get the seven traditionally published books on the list, a Fated Mates sticker and a candle from the bookstore! Support fabulous authors and a woman-owned independent bookstore all at once! Thank you, as always, for listening! If you are up for leaving a rating or review for the podcast on your podcasting app, we would be very grateful!  Next week, we get back to doing what we do best: Reading Romance! We’re deep-diving on Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. Get it at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple or at your local indie via The Best Romance Novels of 2020 Fated States Interested in phone banking or writing postcards to voters in Georgia? Join us for our upcoming Fated States events: phone banking on 12/2/20 and 1/4/2021 and postcards on 12/5/2020. Show Notes Consider buying a Fated Mates pack of 7 of our 10 books (it doesn't include the self-published books) from Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virgina. You can also check out our Bookshop link. Can you believe that RWA debacle was 11 months ago?  So you want to hear us talk about A Heart of Blood and Ashes, Like Lovers Do, Queen Move, or The Devil of Downtown?  Cold War history is fascinating. Not only all the nuclear stuff, but Sarah's story about K Blows Top sounds fascinating.  Some LitFic novels that play around with dual storylines are The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Possession, and the more romance adjacent Secret History of the Pink Carnation.  All about danger banging. And of course there’s a button for that.  Tammany Hall is often used as a historical example of total police corruption.  Up next week, we'll be reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
1 hr 12 min
When In Romance
When In Romance
Book Riot
E71: Feathers, Scales, and an Accidental Kidnapping
It’s recommendation request time!! Jess and Trisha offer recs to readers looking for soapy drama, storylines related to social justice, SFF without the alpha males, funny and quirky narrators, and more.  This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy (KidsBuzz); and Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang with POPPYPUB and KPIPA. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  No news on this episode, but Jess did recommend Crash Landing on You (available on Netflix). Books Discussed The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham After the Wedding by Courtney Milan Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo Life is Sweet by Lily Seabrooke Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Thirsty by Mia Hopkins Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite Open House by Ruby Lang The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole The Rose by Tiffany Reisz Strange Love by Ann Aguirre Intercepted by Alexa Martin Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur  So Forward by Mina V. Esguerra The Bollywood Bride and Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev Rumor Has It by Cheris Hodges Theirs for the Night and Forever Theirs by Katee Robert Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez More recommendations still to come, and as always, feel free to send us your thoughts and questions! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown). See for privacy information.
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