This Queer Book Saved My Life!

Becoming a Man with K Jason Bryan

Hello! As gay kids we have to get through so much that we end up not remembering a lot of our childhoods. Today we meet K Jason Bryan and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Becoming A Man: Half A Life Story by Paul Monette. Jason is a Sr Client Consultant for…

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Swinging on the Garden Gate with Sandy Hope and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

Hello! No one ever told me that I could be divine. That my sexuality was a gift. Today we meet Sandy Hope and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Swinging on the Garden Gate by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew. And Elizabeth joins us for the conversation! Sandy is a licensed mental health counselor…

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Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim with Jacob Budenz

Hello! Today we meet Jacob Budenz and we’re talking about the book that saved their life: Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. Jacob is a true multi-hyphenate: musician, author, performance artist, director, and witch. Jacob published their new book Tea Leaves in 2023 and is the front person for the band…

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Am I Blue with Ricardo Galaviz and Bruce Coville

Hello! Today we meet Ricardo Galaviz and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Am I Blue by Bruce Coville. And Bruce joins us for the conversation! Ricardo (all pronouns) is the Associate Director of the Milwaukee LGBT Center. Bruce (he/him) is the author of over 100 books including My Teacher is an…

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To Kill A Mockingbird with Jean M. Gustafson

Hello! Today we meet Jean M. Gustafson and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Jean M. Gustafson is a seasoned attorney who specializes in various branches of law, including employment law, elder law, criminal and family law. She is licensed in the states of Minnesota,…

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The Front Runner with Leon Acord

Hello! Today we meet Leon Acord and we’re talking about the book that saved his  life: The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. Leon Acord is the author of the memoirs Expletives Not Deleted and Sub-Lebrity: The Queer Life of a Showbiz Footnote. Leon created, wrote, and starred in the TV series Old Dogs &…

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2024 GLAAD Media Award Nomination

GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Outstanding Podcast On January 17, 2024, our podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Podcast by GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization.  Watch our discussion about the nomination on The Gaily Show and…

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The Homosexualization of America with Philip Anthony and Dennis Altman

Hello! Today we meet Philip Anthony and we’re talking about the book that saved his  life: The Homosexualization of America by Dennis Altman. And Dennis joins us for the conversation! Philip is based in Minneapolis and is host of the podcast The Downright Upright Show. Dennis is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer…

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The Color Purple with Maya Williams

Hello! Today we meet Maya Williams and we’re talking about the book that saved their  life: The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Maya Williams (ey/em, they/them, and she/her) is a religious Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently an Ashley Bryan Fellow and the seventh Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine . ​Maya’s debut poetry…

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Princess Freak with Adrineh Der Boghossian and Nancy Agabian

Hello! Today we meet Adrineh Der Boghossian and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian. And Nancy joins us for the conversation! Adrineh Der Boghossian (no relation!) is is an editor and avid reader who currently works as a project manager for a Vancouver-based book publisher. Originally from…

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