Queer and Queerer Ep. 71 – The Resurrection And The Return

Zack’s blog has found salvation after being completely reconstructed, allowing it to be cleansed of its impurities and restored to new life. Similarly, Peterson has returned from his month of journeying across Europe and eagerly regales Zack and listeners with tales of his misdeeds. In fact, Peterson had quite an impact on how people think about their religious beliefs, challenging traditional interpretations of scriptures. On the island of Malta, in particular, his performance raised quite a few eyebrows and then opened some hearts. His experiences mesh with recent uprisings in the Middle East, so the podcast segues into a conversation about the fine lines between challenging, mocking, and outright offending religion. Most importantly, the podcast is back and not going anywhere anytime soon! (Note: This episode was recorded Wednesday, September 26, 2012.)

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Queer and Queerer Ep. 70 – Peterson Prepares For British Humanists

The long-lost episode! This was originally recorded August 13, 2012, but was the first lost when Zack’s blog was in disrepair. Now it’s back and ready to be listened to in case you missed it!

Peterson and Zack are back to have a conversation about the intersection of faiths. Peterson is getting ready to head to Europe, where he’ll be speaking and performing before the British Humanist Association. (You’ll also find him at the Greenbelt Festival.) Unsure of how a room full of non-believers will receive him, he turned to Zack, who obviously is prepared to speak on behalf of all atheists. We get into a conversation about discussing religion across “interfaith” spaces, and effective ways to keep the event inclusive. Plus, Zack gets one step closer to winning that toaster.

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Queer and Queerer Ep. 69 – The Outing of Jonathan Merritt (ft. Azariah Southworth)

The married Peterson and award-winning Zack are back with an intense conversation about the outing of people who use the closet to hold anti-gay positions, an extension of a conversation from way back in Episode 3. The conversation focuses on a very specific outing, that of Jonathan Merritt, an evangelical writer who takes mixed positions on LGBT issues and who most recently defended Chick-fil-A despite its anti-gay positions and donations. Blogger Azariah Southworth responded by outing Merritt as gay, and he joins us on the show to discuss that decision. We discuss outing, religious narratives about LGBT issues, the “ex-gay defense,” and more.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

Zack’s background on the Chick-fil-A controversy:
» Memo To The Media: Chick-fil-A Condemns, Discriminates, And Campaigns Against LGBT People
» The Chick-fil-A Controversy Is About Religious Bullying, Not Chicken Sandwiches
» Chick-fil-A And The Conservative Appropriation Of Christianity As An Anti-Gay Wedge
» Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Round-Up: Intolerance On Display

» Jonathan Merritt: In Defense of Eating At Chick-fil-A.

Azariah Speaks:
» Jonathan Merritt: Come Out
» Why I Outed Jonathan Merritt

Ed Stetzer: Jonathan Merritt Shares His Story



Queer and Queerer Ep. 68 – The (Peterson’s) Wedding Episode!

Marriage is an issue talked about a lot, but weddings themselves less so. Given Peterson’s impending nuptials (THIS WEEKEND!!!), it seemed an apropos topic. So what is this whole “wedding” concept? Is it a heterosexual institution? What’s the point of the ceremony? Zack and Peterson go back and forth about their own experiences at weddings and thoughts on the power of the ceremony as a form of direct action.

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Queer and Queerer Ep. 67 – So You Think You’re An Ally (ft. Anarchist Reverend Shannon Kearns)

No doubt, allies are crucial to every community, but being an ally is not easy nor simple role to play. Zack and Peterson talk with the Anarchist Revered, Shannon Kearns, to discuss how allies sometimes get it wrong. Sometimes allies make it all about them, or believe that apologizing for the actions of their church counts as action. Zack and Peterson discuss their own experiences as trans allies, and Shannon offers some insights about the intersections between queer and faith identities. High standards are important for allies, and hopefully people committed as allies will appreciate the task before them. Take a listen!

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Learn more about our guest, Shannon Kearns:

» The Anarchist Reverend (and on Facebook).
» Camp Osiris (and on Facebook).
» House of the Transfiguration.

» “Things I Need From Allies.”
» “Six Things I Don’t Need to Hear From Cisgender People.”



Queer and Queerer Ep. 66 – Proud And Prouder

Zack and Peterson are back after a week off with a lovely conversation about LGBTQ identities. Peterson talks about his ecstatic dancing and Bible lectures at the Quaker Jamboree, the duo discuss the significance of Anderson Cooper’s coming out, and Zack pontificates a bit on “pride.” If this half hour isn’t enough, make sure to listen to some of Peterson’s lectures!

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Take a listen to Peterson’s Bible lectures.

» Anderson Cooper came out, and Zack reacted.

» Zack’s view of the New York City Pride parade:



Queer and Queerer Ep. 65 – Where Do You Get Your News About Vaginas?

It seems these days that everyone is talking about vaginas, except of course for those folks who are offended by people talking about vaginas. Zack and Peterson talk vaginas and the Michigan state representative battle over women’s bodies and rights to their bodies that is also happening all over the United States right now. Depending on where you get your news, of course, you will hear completely different stories about these issues and more. What is news? What is ideological propaganda and how on earth do Zack and Peterson end up talking about butt sex by the end of the program??? This and more on this episode of Queer and Queerer.

We are interested in where you get your news. Please let us know in either the comments here or on Facebook what you find to be a reliable news source. Also, let us know how you feel about pride and we might incorporate your thoughts into our next episode!

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Check out @lgbtiamish on Twitter.

» Watch what transpired with the censoring of “vagina” in the Michigan legislature and the special Vagina Monologues performance that countered it, then tweet about it with #sayvagina.

» Read the New Yorker’s in-depth piece about hate-monger Bryan Fischer.



Queer and Queerer Ep. 64 – Epic Trans Recap (ft. Abby Jensen)

Zack and Peterson welcome Abby Jensen (@Arizona_Abby) for an epic discussion about a variety of issues affecting the transgender community and intersections with other communities and movements. Abby is an attorney, trans woman, feminist and general rabble rouser on trans, LGB, and other social justice issues. She is also an avid follower and tweeter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Plus, Zack gets an education on swiss chard.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Learn more about the #girlslikeus phenomenon.

» Watch the trans equality panel from Netroots Nation.

» Watch the first-ever trans testimony before the U.S. Senate.



Queer and Queerer Ep. 63 – Reeking of Faith Pt. 3 – Bible-Induced Coma

Zack doesn’t know how to count, because obviously this is episode 63, not 62. Peterson and Zack resume their in-depth personally challenging conversations about the nature of faith and how we interact with it. Peterson discusses the various ways he challenges how people respond to the Bible and interpret the stories, and as a result Zack claims victory that Peterson is actually subscribing to Humanism and challenging the Bible as a sacred text. Listen to the drama unfold!

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Queer and Queerer Ep. 62 – African-Americans and Latinos Can Be Gay, Too?

Zack and Peterson are back after a very slight delay this past week, and the episode is jam-packed to compensate. Birds in the background. Bank Holidays. Memorial Day. Fighting ex-gay therapy abroad. Latin America’s Oprah/Jerry Springer? Federico García Lorca. The National Organization for Marriage’s race-wedging. Marriage polling that counters conservatives’ narratives. Dolores Huerta. Burritos. And more! Listen for all the details!

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Federico García Lorca’s lover revealed.

» NOM’s confidential memo and internal emails documenting their race-baiting.

» POLLING: Maryland, Pennsylvania, National.

» Dolores Huerta: “Siempre En La Lucha: Latinos and Marriage Equality.”