Podcast: This Queer Book Saved My Life!

On This Queer Book Saved My Life! we have conversations with guests from across the LGBTQ rainbow about the queer books that saved their lives. These are the LGBTQ books that gave new life to how they live and love in this world. As we get to know our guests, we bring in the book’s author for a meaningful conversation about queer life and the power of telling our stories.

Running With Scissors with Rex Ogle

Hello! When the adults in your life are this reckless and dangerous, what do you do? Today we meet Rex Ogle and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Rex Ogle is an award-winning author and the writer of nearly a hundred children’s books, comics, graphic novels,…

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Live from Twin Cities PRIDE (June 29)

Hello! This is the recording of our live episode at Twin Cities PRIDE on June 29 from the tent of AM950-KTNF Radio. Guests were Mia Lucky, showrunner of the web series Transplant. Patrick Nathan, author of the novel The Future Was Color. And Paul Kaefer, board member of Quatrefoil Library. Connect with Transplant and Mia Lucky Watch…

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More Tales of the City with David Ciminello

Hello! After reading about the characters in this book, I made it my mission to have their kind of life for myself. Today we meet David Ciminello and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. David Ciminello is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of…

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Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl with Saraid de Silva and Andrea Lawlor

Hello! This book made me think about how my relationship to myself is lifelong. Today we meet Saraid de Silva and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor. Saraid de Silva is the author of Amma and a screen writer on the…

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LGBTQ Book Bans: Narrating the Crisis

Hello! A deep dive into LGBTQ book bans with two of the nation’s leading researchers. Today, we are joined by Sabrina Baêta and Tasslyn Magnusson. They are leading researchers in the United States on LGBTQ book bans in our schools. They led efforts to research and write the new 2024 PEN America report Banned in…

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The Fire Next Time with Kim Hines

Hello! When I read his work I feel like he was a good close friend that I lost. That’s how much he resonates with me. Today we meet Kim Hines and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Kim Hines is a playwright, actor, director, and…

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We Are All Armenian with Natalie Cruz

Hello! Seriously though. When you’re life is hyphenated, how do you put it altogether to live the life you want? Today we meet Natalie Cruz and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: We Are All Armenian edited by Aram Mrjoian and featuring eighteen essayists. Natalie lives in Philly, is the managing editor…

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Loveless with Jake Mier

Hello! They say what matters most is love. But for a lot of us…that’s not what matters most. Today we meet Jake Mier and we’re talking about the book that saved their life: Loveless by Alice Oseman. Jake lives in the Twin Cities and works in restorative justice. Loveless is the funny, honest, messy, completely…

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Catching the Queer Spirit!

Hello! We’re kindred queer spirits in podcasting. Today we have a special cross-pollination episode with the Queer Spirit podcast.  The Queer Spirit podcast has conversations with embodied artists, practitioners and activists who care for, enliven and empower our 2SLGBTQ+ communities to thrive + flourish. Their hosts are Nick Venegoni, MA (he>they) and TanyaMarck Oviedo (they/them)….

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Love Lives Here with Archie Arnold and Rowan Jetté Knox

Hello! All the love in our queer families. Today we meet Archie Arnold and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Rowan Jetté Knox. Archie is a grant writer working at a community college in Minnesota. His career in grants and…

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