Tiffany Wright grew up in North New Jersey, 45-minutes outside of New York. Since she was in 1st grade, she knew she wanted to teach. Fast forward to college at Gettysburg College she not only figured out that she was gay, but she also changed the course of her life.
While in college, she worked with a local literacy agency providing classes for the local jail. Then it clicked. She wanted to work for marginalized populations of students and discovered she wanted a research lens to her career. Her initial goal was to research the percentage of students who identify as LGBTQ who ended up in the system. From there her career took off and she has released studies such as LGBT Educators’ Perceptions of School Climate, A Safer Place? LGBT Educators, School Climate, and Implications for Administrators and most recently LGBT Educators’ Perceptions of Safety and Support and Implications for Equity-Oriented School Leaders.
Today, her research aims to dive into what it means to work as a LGBTQ educator and the challenges they face being their authentic selves.
Learn more about Tiffany’s research on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
Andy Thayer is a long-time activist who has worked on a number of issues, including 1st Amendment rights, anti-war, and affordable housing. Described as “a gigantic pain in the butt for law enforcement” by a retired Chicago Police Deputy Commander, he’s been arrested numerous times in various protests, including twice in Moscow, Russia for protesting against that government’s bans on gay rights demonstrations. He is a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, a multi-issue LGBT rights direct action group which played a principal role in winning equal marriage rights in Illinois.
Learn more about Andy’s activism on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
Debt Free Guys‘ Story:
We’re David and John, husbands living our fabulous life. We help other gay men like you who also want to live an amazing life without sacrificing your financial security. With this website, our Queer Money™ podcast, tools and resources, we help you live fabulously, not fabulously broke.
We were sitting on the dining room floor or our cold, dark basement apartment wondering why we weren’t as successful as we wanted. We just admitted that between us we had $51,000 of credit card debt. We were living naively and unconsciously and doing it all on credit.
After spending the weekend in the mountains and looking at property to build a vacation home, we realized we could barely afford to spend a weekend there, let alone buy land and build a vacation home.
How could we have a vacation home when we didn’t even own a home?
We realized that for the past few years, we were spending beyond our means to make ourselves feel better, in part, to make up for being bullied and picked on for being gay when we were younger.
Even though we eventually found our community, we had limiting beliefs and thought we had to prove ourselves worthy to them. So, we spent and lived like the A-List gays. They had new clothes. We had new clothes. They had new phones. We had new phones. They went on amazing vacations. We went on amazing vacations.
Then, that night sitting on the floor of that gloomy apartment, we hit rock bottom. We were two financial services professionals making good money and bad decisions.
We were the gay cliché of living fabulous but being fabulously broke.
Hear David and John’s story in this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
They Won’t Win is a folk-rock duo is made up of Danny M. Cohen and Greg Lanier. Originally, the duo played around the Chicago area as DannyPlusGreg but changed their name to They Won‘t Win in 2017 when they went into the studio to record their debut album, Lost At Sea.
Danny M. Cohen, who originally hails from London, is the author of the Holocaust novel Train and the choose-your-own-adventure story The 19th Window. He is the founder of the human rights education nonprofit Unsilence and a distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University. He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with his husband and daughter.
Greg Lanier grew up in America’s south and heartland and now works for the social science research institute NORC at the University of Chicago where he helps researchers share their work. He is also the co-founder of Cowboys and Astronauts, a men’s lifestyle and supplies shop that he runs with his partner. The shop is in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, where he also lives with his partner and daughter.
Hear Danny and Greg’s story in this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jake was always told they were “over the top” and “campy”. It wasn’t until they created their performance alter ego, Vogds, that they dove straight in and embraced their campy-over-the-top-ness.
As an artist at heart, it wasn’t hard for them to become a revolutionary visual artist and build a following in Chicago, IL. Writing, producing and learning to master their own songs, the sky is the limit for this multi-faceted artist. In addition to being an artist, they also act and are a fashion designer. Together with Sky Cubacub and Compton Q they form The Radical Visibility Collective, which makes Intersectional Future-Fashion Accessible to All.
Vogds can be described as “a pop queer futurist singer-songwriter-producer and multidisciplinary artist.” Learn what makes Vogds so unique in the Season 3 premiere of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
28 days until the Season 3 premiere of Uncensored Visionary.
In celebration we will be doing a countdown of the 28 episodes we have released thus far!
28. WASI: Building Legacies Beyond Music – LISTEN HERE
27. Javier Saucedo: Facilitating Pathways of Acceptance – LISTEN HERE
26. Tyler Jacob – Soul Master Flex – LISTEN HERE
25. Andrew Neal – The Future is Genreless – LISTEN HERE
24. Vincent Coleman – Bone-Chillingly Soulful – LISTEN HERE
23. Kidd – Jack of All Trades – LISTEN HERE
22. Lucy LaForge – Love is Gay – LISTEN HERE
21. Myles Thatcher – Embracing ‘Otherness’ – LISTEN HERE
20. The Shequida Hall Show – LISTEN HERE
19. Matthew Dean Stewart – The Omnipresent Photographer – LISTEN HERE
18. Guelmo Rosa – The Ultimate Fighter – LISTEN HERE
17. Jaimie Kelton & Robin Hopkins – If These Ovaries Could Talk – LISTEN HERE
16. Thee Supaman – Certified Sex Specialist – LISTEN HERE
15. Corey Camperchioli – Unapologetically FEMME – LISTEN HERE
14. Adrian De Berardinis – Breaking Bread – Using Food to Break Down Barriers – LISTEN HERE
13. Teddy Margas – Doing it all by bypassing the conventional – LISTEN HERE
12. Barbara Belmont – Blazing a trail for LGBT badasses in science, technology, engineering and math – LISTEN HERE
11. Romi Faylo – Changing the fashion landscape, one sleeve at a time – LISTEN HERE
10. Eric Vera – Creating a lane for himself on his own terms – LISTEN HERE
09. Gayish Hosts Mike & Kyle – Plowing through one gay stereotype at a time – LISTEN HERE
08. Adam Tabellija – Creating cocktails with a sassy twist to kickstart your kiki! – LISTEN HERE
07. Jethro Patalinghug – Using film as a catalyst to educate, empower and protest – LISTEN HERE
06. Mario Elias – Queering the Straight Male Gaze – LISTEN HERE
05. Chad Onyx – Creating safe spaces for self-discovery with leather and kink – LISTEN HERE
04. Miss Pvssy – Inspiring the bad b*tch in all of us – LISTEN HERE
03. José Hernandez – Appreciating the masculinity and femininity of style – LISTEN HERE
02. Tom Bosworth – Putting our mile run time to shame, by walking – LISTEN HERE
01. Sampson McCormick – Ignoring what is supposed to be said in polite company – LISTEN HERE
WASI’s music and vigor is an invitation into WASI World: a utopia of love, liberation and a constant challenge of the status quo. Their anthemic songs speak of their experiences as Outsiders and owning your voice in a cloudy world. Influenced by the pop tenderness of Tegan and Sara with the rebellion of The Clash, WASI draws influence from the west coast underground punk scene, late night dance clubs and hip hop production.
Their debut album RIOT POP speaks the stream of conscious honesty of a rebel who also fights to love themselves.
Learn about WASI’s recording process, their debut album and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.
On August 24th, 2017, India struck down the illegality of Section 377 confirming the right of the LGBT+ people to express their sexuality without discrimination (or in some cases jail time). Months later, Ishaan Sethi built a LGBT+ dating app called Delta. A Brown University graduate who worked in marketing after graduating, Ishaan used his talent to create a record breaking app that creates safe spaces for like-minded individuals, while promoting access to support and resources. After moving back to India, which Ishaan says took him back 200 years progressively, he created the app as an opportunity to do something BIG for the community.
Today, Delta has more than 50,000 users and continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. Why is it so popular? It probably has to do with it’s verification process to make sure that users are saying who they are? Or maybe it’s because the company links with local small business to provide safe spaces for users to meet? No matter what the reason is, Ishaan has something amazing on his hands and we cannot wait to see where he and Delta end up.