WASI – Building Legacies Beyond Music

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.

RIOT POP dropped on Friday, June 7, 2019 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and wherever music is sold / streamed.

Learn about WASI’s recording process, their debut album and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Ishaan Sethi – Introducing India’s First LGBTQ+ Dating App

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.

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Javier Saucedo – Facilitating Pathways of Acceptance

Javier Saucedo is a born leader. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, a city in the very conservative Orange County’s very conservative. Growing up there weren’t really any services for the Latinx LGBTQ community. So as a grassroots movement, him and a couple of friends created numerous organizations including the, currently running, De Colores Queer Orange County. De Colores Queer Orange County is an organization that supports first-generation Mexican families and their kids who come out as LGBT and hosts monthly support meetings at the LGBT Center OC in Santa Ana.

Additionally, Javier has worked tirelessly advocating for PrEP, HIV prevention and education. Today, Javier is on to a new journey as Program Supervisor for the TransVision Program. His hope is to put the T in front of LGBTQ+ and provide the service and care to the community that is and will continue to be his family.

Learn about Javier’s purpose, mission and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Fran Tirado - Unapologetically Queer

Out. Into More. Them. Hello Mr. Communion. What do these things have in common? All have facilitated the voice of rising activist, writer and editor Fran Tirado. Fran Tirado describes himself as “a writer, editor, and community-maker for all things queer.” His claim to fame was a little publication called Hello Mr. At Hello Mr., he was an editor, writer and curator for all things queer covering subjects from rape to racism and collaborated with everyone from sex workers to trans hikers and Pulitzer-winners. After working at Hello Mr., he was hired at OUT Magazine as their Deputy Editor in November 2018.

Fran is unapologetically queer and makes it known that he not only wants to wake queers up but to also help queers live in their queerness.

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#TBT Mario Elias – Queering the Straight Male Gaze

Queering the Straight Male Gaze.

Mario Elias is a visual designer, photographer, and Art Historian, with a focus on art as a tool for Queer Expression. Focusing on narratives that give visibility to those who have been historically marginalized, overlooked, or overshadowed, Mario’s work presents the Queer individual as a royal and otherworldly figure.

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Tyler Jacob – Soul Master Flex

Lawyer or Doctor. Those were some of Tyler Jacob‘s predestined careers. He kept denying and denying his talent as a singer. But it wasn’t until one of his early year teachers intervened that he began his path as a singer.

Singer / Songwriter Tyler Jacob was born in Camden, NJ in a time when it was considered one of the most dangerous cities in America. He always knew he wanted to be a singer and through some miracle he was discovered while singing on the train. From there he was signed, was a part of a reality TV show called Unsigned and opened for Brandy (yes that Brandy). Tyler Jacob’s ultimate goal is to get everyone to their highest self through his music.

Learn about Tyler’s musical aspirations, fashion influences and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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James Jorden – Opera from a Queer Perspective

Opera from a queer perspective isn’t a phrase that you hear too often. Well, that’s what James Jorden set out to do in the early 90s and how he came up with the idea is interesting. During a hookup, James and the mystery man got high and discussed what they did and wanted to do with their lives. The hookup then told James that maybe he could make a zine for opera, just like the mystery man’s friend who did it for architecture. And thus Parterre Box was born. The first few issues were distributed in The Met bathroom.

Today, the writers for the e-zine-cum-blog are official press at The Met. What makes James’ Parterre unique is that it is a quirky, witty and sometimes savage (re: honest) review of opera performances. Outside of the online publication, Parterre Box also has a supplemental podcast, Unnatural Acts of Opera.

To find out more, follow his unapologetic and irreverent Twitter account @parterre. Tell him Uncensored Visionary sent you so he can come on the show!

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#TBT Miss Pvssy – Inspiring the bad b*tch in all of us

#TBT to this incredible episode of Uncensored Visionary. —

Queen of Trans Rap.

Miss Pvssy is an up-and-coming rapper most known for her Chi Raq (Freestyle). The rapper is not afraid of showing off her sexuality and the power of being a phenomenal woman.

Born in Chicago, Miss Pvssy grew up writing music as early as Elementary School. She spent the next few years developing her writing, sound and stage presence. Currently, Miss Pvssy is a steady performer on the Blow Pony circuit in Portland, Oregon and is busy preparing to new music.

Check out her tracks Chi Raq (Freestyle) and Just Ain’t Me (Bow Down Freestyle).

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Andrew Neal – The Future is Genreless

Janis Joplin, kid’s performer Fred Penner and Hayley Williams from Paramore are some of this week’s Uncensored Visionary’s musical influences. And after listening to Andrew Neal’s music, you can definitely tell that his musical influences are eclectic.

Andrew Neal, born in Virginia Beach to a large family, always knew he was going to be singer / songwriter. It was only a matter of time after numerous performing art schools and a move to LA, that he was destined to become a performer. Today, Andrew is working full-time, while actively pursuing his solo career. Andrew admits that his songs won’t all be happy. Some of his songs are emotionally draining to write and will make his fans cry and be sad. With a combination of soul, rock, blues and funk, Andrew creates a somewhat musical blend that some may consider to be genre-less music.

Learn about Andrew’s musical influences, deep songwriting process and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Vincent Coleman – Bone-Chillingly Soulful

Queer R&B dripping in sensuality & harmonies. Vincent Coleman is a soul singer from the Leimart Park (Los Angeles) area. He knew from the age of 3 / 4 that he was going to be a singer. At the age of 11, he added the songwriter skill to his repertoire.

As a singer / songwriter, Vincent is currently exploring the landscape of lust vs. love. With songs like, “Eventually,” “Little Eyes,” and “HUNGRY, THIRSTY, LOVE” Vincent is well on his way to building a community of emotionally honest Booh Bears (?). The depth and brutal honestly of his songs creates a mood of sensual freedom.

In addition to being a singer / songwriter, he recently released a book of poetry called, “(in)capable of love.” where he navigates his family’s relationship with his homosexuality. Learn more about this multi-faceted artist on the latest episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ podcast.

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