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Interview with Jane Martin & Helen Malone | Ep #22

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Release Date: 02/11/2022

Interview with Lilith Rose | Ep #27 show art Interview with Lilith Rose | Ep #27

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Lilith Rose is a twenty-something individual who identifies as transgender and non-binary. At the time of this interview, they had also just been named executive director of PFLAG San Francisco. Lilith grew up in what she describes as a toxic home environment. Born anatomically male, they first came out as gay before eventually discovering they are transgender. Today, Lilith is committed to educating others about the LGBTQ+ world. A professional speaker and blogger, they speak frequently on topics of social justice and teenage mental illness before audiences of educators, students, faith...

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Interview with Jeff Mack | Ep #26 show art Interview with Jeff Mack | Ep #26

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Five days later he died of deep wounds inflicted in one of the most vicious anti-gay attacks in American history. In this wide-ranging interview with PFLAG Cape Cod’s Rick Koonce, Jeff Mack, a personal friend of Matt’s and today the Executive Vice President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, talks movingly about Matt, his life, and the Foundation started by his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, just months after Matt’s gruesome...

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Interview with Alex Hagler | Ep #25 show art Interview with Alex Hagler | Ep #25

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Alex Hagler is a Latin and history teacher at a prestigious private school outside Boston. They’re also the recent co-founder of their school’s first Gay Straight Alliance. GSA’s (also known as Genders & Sexualities Alliances) operate in many school systems across the country today. As clubs, they’re intended to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools. Increasingly, however, they’re also serving as catalysts for social, racial, and gender justice. In this interview, conducted just after they founded their school’s GSA Chapter, Alex talks with...

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Interview with Kimberly Brooks Mazella | Ep #24 show art Interview with Kimberly Brooks Mazella | Ep #24

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Imagine being in a traditional heterosexual marriage for many years and then discovering that your husband or wife is gay or lesbian. What would you think? How would you react? What would you do? And where would you go to get help and find understanding in dealing with your situation? In the late 1980s, Kimberly Brooks Mazella found herself in this very situation, after being married to her husband Rob for less than three years. Today, she is a McLean, VA-based counselor and therapist who specializes in working with individuals and couples who find themselves in “mixed sexual...

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Interview with Lady Di | Ep #23 show art Interview with Lady Di | Ep #23

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

“Vernon Diannah Porter” is probably not a name you readily recognize. But that’s because he’s much better known by his stage name and alter ego, “Lady Di”, host of the popular Friday evening radio show, Leggs Up and Dancing, on WOMR-FM in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Lady Di has been a popular fixture at WOMR for the last 22 years. Each week, she hosts her show from her home in Sandwich, MA, playing music -- mostly from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, -- all the while presiding over a one-person house party that she enthusiastically invites all her listeners to attend. And her fans?...

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Interview with Jane Martin & Helen Malone | Ep #22 show art Interview with Jane Martin & Helen Malone | Ep #22

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Some life partners first spot each other from across a crowded room. But not Helen Malone. With a piece of birthday cake in hand, she literally bumped into her future wife, Jane Martin from behind, at a birthday party for a mutual friend back in 2002. From the moment they met, the lives of both women changed rapidly. And while their lives today on Cape Cod -- with three dogs – seems like the picture of domestic bliss, their back stories include marriages by both women to former husbands... three kids of Helen’s – one by artificial insemination... Jane’s journey to becoming a parent,...

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Interview with Rev. Dr. Joan Beilstein | Ep #21 show art Interview with Rev. Dr. Joan Beilstein | Ep #21

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Dr. Joan Beilstein is a Lesbian Episcopal Priest, and Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring MD. Today, though a senior, well-respected pastor in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, there was a time when Joan was rejected by her own priest for being gay. And even after being ordained a priest herself in 1994, Joan struggled to find employment, because no one wanted to hire an openly lesbian priest. In this revealing interview with PFLAG Cape Cod’s Rick Koonce, Joan looks back on a storied career that has spanned nearly 30 years. And she talks movingly about how, for...

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Hollis L. | Ep #20 show art Hollis L. | Ep #20

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

Hollis L. is a 25-year-old individual who identifies as both non-binary and transmasculine. In this fascinating interview with PFLAG Cape Cod’s Rick Koonce, the two explore the issue of gender identity in detail.

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Interview with David Bermudez & Bob Isadore | Ep #19 show art Interview with David Bermudez & Bob Isadore | Ep #19

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

David Bermudez and Bob Isadore are a same-sex couple who've been together for 47 years. In this interview with PFLAG Cape Cod's Rick Koonce, they talk about how they met, and share their secrets for sustaining a happy relationship over many decades.

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David Bermudez: Letter from President Barack Obama | Ep #18 show art David Bermudez: Letter from President Barack Obama | Ep #18

Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

David Bermudez's work on behalf of gay rights has continued since the days of the Stonewall uprising. Listen as he tells about the letter he received in the mail one day, acknowledging his decades of work on behalf of all gay and lesbian Americans.

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Some life partners first spot each other from across a crowded room. But not Helen Malone. With a piece of birthday cake in hand, she literally bumped into her future wife, Jane Martin from behind, at a birthday party for a mutual friend back in 2002.


From the moment they met, the lives of both women changed rapidly.


And while their lives today on Cape Cod -- with three dogs – seems like the picture of domestic bliss, their back stories include marriages by both women to former husbands... three kids of Helen’s – one by artificial insemination... Jane’s journey to becoming a parent, and even a child custody battle that, at one point in their relationship, tested Helen and Jane’s collective mettle.


In this interview with PFLAG Cape Cod’s Rick Koonce, Jane and Helen, together now for over 19 years, describe what they say are the secrets to creating and sustaining a loving, long-term lesbian marriage.


What matters most, they say, are good communication, patience, compromise, and the courage and confidence to be yourself.

 

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