Conversations: Michael - My OG Husband

Hello once more friends, and welcome back to general queries. Today we are joined in the studio by friend of the podcast Michael! Michael is a bad comedian and creative writing student, who is now studying a Master of Teaching and has come to talk to us about being gay and the life of trying to write after finishing uni. This includes a deep dive into the current project he’s on and queer identities in fiction, particularly how he wants to incorporate them into his fiction.

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Is it too early to call this episode a mistake?

Hello listeners and friends, get ready for the audio chaos of our assembled team. This episode is a chance for the squad to meet up and talk to you about what we’ve been up to, plans for the podcast, interesting things to see, and more! Good luck, I hope you enjoy the banter, and take care. - Jonathan

p.s. Sorry for the coughing

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Conversations: Harry - Hashtag Horoscopes and Words have Meaning

Content warning for use of fag in this episode

Hello dearest listeners! Today we have a conversation with Harry, a returning guest! This time start on a rant about horoscopes and a deep dive on terms about it (I'm an Aquarius), as well as the prevalence of being gay defining characteristics and relationships. Tahlya also goes all literary theory on us and talks about the binary and dichotomy of societal expectations for men and women. If you know what that means I'm glad, cause I sure don't.

Have a listen and enjoy the podcast

-Jonathan

Talking points: horoscopes, gay speed, Kickass, GBF, toxic masculinity

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Conversations Bek: It’s ‘feck off’ if you want to be funny

Hello friends! Tahlya is away this week filing taxes, so today’s episode is being hosted by Megan and our wonderful graphic designer Nita. We also have long time friend Bek come back on to talk about her experiences as a sex-repulsed person, and how she navigates the sometimes intrusive questions of allosexuals. We also talk about identity fluidity, self identification, and the odd and divisive intersection of being queer and being Christian.

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Conversations: Dana – Here, Queer and ready to talk

Hello our dear audience, today we talk to a listener and friend, Dana! Dana is a UQ graduate and teacher who has come to talk to us about queerness in the workspace, and what influenced her to begin teaching. Dana talks about her teaching philosophy, which is focused on providing students in vulnerable positions a place of support and safety, hoping to make things easier to handle. She also gives us some insight into the benefits of joining a union for your job, especially from a queer perspective, and job security.

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Conversations: Bec - Dr Phil is a “Psychologist”

Hey everyone! Today we are joined by Megan’s lovely girlfriend Bec! Bec is a disabled queer woman who talks to us about how disabilities have affected her, and the intersection between being disabled and being queer. This ranges from the way she thinks of herself and her disabilities, to the practical effects on day to day life. We also hear from Megan on how the relationship has made her change her way of thinking about several issues.

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Conversations: Graeme - It’s Just Sandalwood

Content warnings: kink, BDSM, sexual references

Hello, everyone! Today we’re in the studio with Graeme, a corporate man who’s down to discuss everything from drag to diversity. Strap in as Maldives gets mispronounced, hell gets rebranded, and we discuss why it’s so important to have a safe space, and what it’s like to find your people.

Talking points: bears, drag queens, pubs, diversity, workplaces, safe spaces, Brisbane queer scene, the connection between the queer scene and the kink scene

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Conversations: Josh - I Occasionally Sleep

Hello friends! Today we talk to Josh, a doer of things and occasional sleeper. Josh is a psychology student at the University of Southern Queensland and vice-president of USQPride. This episode he talks to us about creating USQPride, and the many contentions that have arisen around it.

Talking points: university, bartending, night clubs, psychology, pride, safe spaces, glitter

USQ Pride Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usqpride

USQ Pride Email: usqpride@gmail.com

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Conversations Bradley

Hello and welcome back to General Queeries friends! A previous guest, Bradely from the Holding the Man episode has returned to talk about how the show went, as well as more from his personal experiences. As well as being involved in theatre, Bradley is a teacher, and talks to us about his experiences in schooling regarding sexuality and the role of teachers taking care of students. Check a listen and enjoy.

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Conversations Nita - A Passionate Hatred for Romantic Subplots

Howdy howdy kind listeners, today we get to talk to our graphic designer and all-around delight Nita. Nita is an Aromantic and Queer artist who also helps us with areas of research for the podcast. In this episode we talk about Nita’s process for art and how symbolism is so vital in the queer community. We also deep dive on some of her upcoming projects and her goals for them and the topics she wants to represent.

Talking points: aromantic, aromanticism, queer, art, representation, the creative process, a passionate hatred for romantic subplots, creative projects, writing, Archie, Riverdale

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Ace-Aro Panel 4: That Terrible Tom Cruise Movie

Hello hello! For our finale of the asexual and aromantic specials we talk about mainstream representation and pieces of media to check out that can be read in an ace/aro way or explicitly mention asexuality. We also have a slight aside talking about trashy young adult novels, please bear with us. Check a listen and enjoy.

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EPS 20: Ace-Aro Panel 3: I’m Valid in this Chili’s

Welcome back friends! This is the third episode of our asexual and aromantic specials, today focusing more on the aromantic part of the discussion. Tahlya and our lovely panel of guests discuss aromanticism and romantic orientations, and the relation to sexuality that is often seen in these areas while bringing in their personal experiences and feelings.

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EPS 19: Ace-Aro Special 2: So Many Labels and No Sticker Maker

Our lovely panel from last week return to talk to us about something called the Split Attraction Model (also called the SAM), a model of talking about attraction developed by asexual people. This is to provide language for the pieces of attraction often not thought of. We deep dive into the definitions of all these points, as well as how these definitions are relevant to our host and panel.

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EPS 17: Holding the Man

A bit of a special episode today, as Tahlya talks to Bradley and Lachlan, the directors of an upcoming theatre production called Holding the Man, running from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March. The play is inspired by the memoirs of Timothy Conigrave, and presents a take on the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s, focusing on bringing an Australian perspective to the issue. Get ready for lots of theatre talk, friends, and check a listen.

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EPS 16: Jen

Content/Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault and Abuse, Drinking Culture, Peer Pressure, Name-ing and Shame-ing, unhealthy college cultures

For our first episode recorded in Twenty-bi-teen we talk to Jen, a bi woman with a background in education, media and communications, and an a capella choir, the QUT Aca-demics. This time we talk about University Colleges and the unhealthy cultures that can develop within, as well as the dangers that can arise when a “boys will be boys” mentality is allowed. Following this we get onto the realisation and coming out process, and some tips for those entering first year of uni, especially in a college.

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EPS 15: Megan

Hello everyone! Today our guest is actually one of our hosts, Megan! We decided that introductions were in order for members of the team, and this is the first in a set of planned episodes. Megan is a queer woman with a background in theatre, and with her we talk about the process of realising one’s sexuality, the thought processes that can occur as you start coming out, and the way things can change after you do. Check a listen to get to know one of our hosts better.

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EPS 14: Harry and Olivia

Heya folks, today we talk to Harry, a gay man and Livie, a queer person who says goodbye to labels. Today we talk about the arts (as always), relaxed coming out experiences, and the ways we can present ourselves before fully coming out. This includes topics like the ways privilege can emerge in artistic pieces, as well as a recent project from our guests, a theatre piece called Arrival presented at the Festival for Australian Student Theatre(FAST). Check a listen and enjoy!

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EPS 13: Arden

Happy 20 bi-teen. To kick off the year we welcome Arden into the space. Asexual, agender and just all around queer, we discuss with Arden the importance of pronouns and how it feels to be misgendered as well as what it’s like trying to medically transition as a nonbinary person.

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