This Queer Book Saved My Life!

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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The Song of Achilles with Christina Bagni

Hello! Today we meet Christina Bagni and we’re talking about the book that saved her life The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Christina is an editor, host of Classics and Chill, and the author of the YA novel My Only Real Friend is the Easter Bunny at the Mall. For Christina, The Song of…

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American Renaissance with Scott Bane

Hello! Today we meet Scott Bane and we’re talking about the book that launched a life-saving journey for him: American Renaissance by F.O. Matthiessen. Scott is a Program Officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation and author of A Union Like Ours: The Love Story of F.O. Matthiessen and Russel Cheney. Imagine coming across a…

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Blind: A Memoir with David-Elijah Nahmod and Belo Miguel Cipriani

Hello! Today we meet David-Elijah Nahmod and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Blind: A Memoir by Belo Miguel Cipriani. And Belo joins us for the conversation! David-Elijah is a freelance journalist in San Francisco, who writes for publications all over the country and in Canada. Belo Miguel Cipriani is a digital…

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The Velvet Rage with Chris Tompkins

Hello! Today we meet Chris Tompkins and we’re talking about the book that saved Chris’ life: The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs. Chris is an LGTBQ affirmative therapist and author of the new book Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground. In The Velvet Rage, psychologist Alan Downs draws on…

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Valencia with Leslie Vincent and Michelle Tea

Hello! Today we meet Leslie Vincent and Michelle Tea! We’re talking about the book that saved Leslie’s life: Valencia by Michelle Tea. As a music maker, Leslie Vincent performs jazz and the great American Songbook. She released her new album About Last Night earlier this year. Michelle is a writer, Guggenheim Fellow, founder of Drag…

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