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Metrosource Minis: The LGBTQ World & Beyond

  • Kathy Griffin is Finding the Funny

    22 ABR. 2024 · Kathy Griffin is one of the most resilient entertainment personalities on record. Living life as an open book, we have been witnessing her career triumphs as well as her personal and public low points. Hitting the road with her new show tour, My Life on the PTSD-List, and having just announced her Fall extension hitting up Carnegie Hall and The Chicago Theatre among a long list of others, she is once again using her voice to cause a sensation on behalf of the LGBTQ community, those who suffer from PTSD, and those who give a damn about the future of the nation. A recent cancer survivor and being diagnosed with PTSD, she is hitting the stage maybe a bit more delicate, but no less fierce.  What was supposed to be a quick, formal interview turned into a lively and revealing conversation with Kathy about some of the bumps in the road, grief, the power of comedy, her activism as an ally that actually started when she was a kid, of course we talked politics, and even have a pop-up appearance from E. Jean Carroll who was in Kathy’s hotel room when we chatted, we talked about Kathy’s amazing parents, and we got all the scoop on Kathy’s new tour. And kids, she needs our help. Check out the part of our chat where we talk about Kathy’s three-year court case that is happening in Tennessee, all because she stood up for our community on social media. Why hasn’t the media made a bigger deal out of it? Good question. If she loses this fight, it will set a precedent for capturing hate action on social media. Time to rally the troops! Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. @alexanderisonair Check out our in-depth chat with her in the current issue of Metrosource or at Metrosource.com   For info on Kathy’s tour head to KathyGriffin.net 
    34m 38s
  • Travina Springer is a Hollywood Rising Star

    3 ABR. 2024 · Travina Springer is wasting no time making her mark in Hollywood as an actor and comedian. She is a refreshing, down-to-earth dose of optimism and positivity, while at the same time exuding that spark and passion that has made her instantly recognizable on the screen. Last year she made her debut in the Marvel Universe for her role in Ms. Marvel, one of the franchise’s most ambitiously diverse pieces to date. She can currently be seen in NBC’s hit show, The Irrational, renewed for season 2, holding her own opposite the show’s star, Jesse L. Martin.  Comedy has been a constant in Travina’s life. She’s been a member of UCB Comedy, performed in the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, her stand-up was featured on the reboot of BET’s Comic View, and she’s taken the stage at powerhouses like Flappers, The Comedy Store, and The Ice House. She uses her comedy to bring up social themes that play a big part in her life. She is a shining star on the rise. In this super fun chat, we talk about her moving around a lot as a kid, the power of comedy, the hot topic of free speech in comedy, being part of the Marvel Universe, her conversion to Islam and the role that spirituality plays in her everyday life, what it’s like to be part of NBC’s The Irrational (her first major, primetime show), and more. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. @alexanderisonair Check out our in-depth chat with her in the last issue of Metrosource or at Metrosource.com  
    18m 26s
  • Joel Kim Booster is on a Comedic Path to Loot

    6 MAR. 2024 · Joel Kim Booster has done just about everything in Hollywood. Producing, writing, acting, podcasting, hosting, and stand-up, he’s mastered them all. His most ambitious project, Hulu’s Fire Island, which he wrote, produced, and starred in, was welcomed with both critical and audience praise. This spring, he reprises his role as Nicholas, alongside Maya Rudolph, for season 2 of AppleTV’s hit series, Loot. His work in the entertainment industry has focused the spotlight on his identity as a gay, Asian actor, progressing the talk of Hollywood’s need for diversity even further. In this intimate chat, we cover his early family life, discovering his culture at a later age, having to move out and make it on his own after coming out, getting into Hollywood via comedy, the evolution of Asian and LGBTQ representation in the media, censorship of comedians, supporting other LGBTQ community members, the new season of Loot, and so much more. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. @alexanderisonair Check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    29m 16s
  • Travel Channel’s Adam Berry is Communicating with the Past to Understand the Future

    27 ENE. 2024 · Adam Berry, paranormal investigator and co-host of the Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits, released his debut book, Goodbye Hello: Processing Grief and Understanding Death Through the Paranormal this last holiday. Sound a bit morbid for a gift? Not so. The book, thoroughly entertaining, is a positive and hopeful look at the afterlife through stories from Adam’s encounters, supernatural research, and psychology. Add Adam’s touch of queer sensibility and style of storytelling, and you have a touching book that serves as a comfort to those struggling to come to terms with grief and the end of life, themes that can play a heavy hand for those going through loss. Adam began experiencing the paranormal when he was a kid in his childhood home. But it wasn’t until a visit to Gettysburg, in a scene like a movie, that his relationship with the paranormal world would become his life’s journey. After appearing and winning the reality show Ghost Hunters Academy, he and his partner in crime, Amy Bruni, would build their own legacy in the paranormal world with their TV show Kindred Spirits. In this episode, we chat with Adam about the paranormal experience that started it all, understanding grief through the paranormal, life after death, coming out, being part of the LGBTQ community, his theatre work, we tackle the subject of God’s existence, and so much more! It’s a wild ride! Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can purchase Adams’ book Goodbye Hello wherever you get your books, and check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    41m 34s
  • Fellow Travelers’ Ron Nyswaner – Smalltown Outsider to Tinseltown Insider

    16 ENE. 2024 · This season, Showtime premiered the series Fellow Travelers, an ambitious, beautifully woven multi-era-spanning love story between two men as they fight the odds of societal norms, family pressure, and personal demons. Starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey in undeniably career-topping performances, the series is based on the novel by Thomas Mallon and brought to television by Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated writer and director, Rony Nyswaner. No stranger to telling our stories, Ron has been infiltrating Hollywood with subjects that include homosexuality, AIDS, homophobia, and LGBTQ activism, in works that include Philadelphia with Tom Hanks, Showtime’s Soldier’s Girl, and The Policeman with Harry Styles. His craft captures characters in a gripping and visceral way, something that was inspired by dealing with his sexuality in his youth. In this episode, we talk with Ron about how being an outsider as a kid shaped his future career, we also talk about religion, the evolution of Hollywood, overcoming addiction, loss, being an openly gay writer in the 80s, expressing gay sexuality on the screen, and gay activism; we also chat about the behind the scenes look at Fellow Travelers, finding the joy in struggle, and more. Yeah, we talk about it all! Check it out. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can watch Fellow Travelers on Showtime and check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    34m 8s
  • Luxx Noir London: She's Not Cocky, She's Correct!

    17 NOV. 2023 · Even on a day off, from the comfort of her home, without the spotlight or judges panel, without makeup or a gown, there is no mistaking Luxx Noir London’s star quality. As one of the youngest competitors of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she made it to the finale of Season 15, after a season of outspoken commentary and high fashion looks. Performing “It’s Giving Fashion” in dashing red, she was giving fierce energy, showing off her stage skills, and whether her off-handed comments ruffled some feathers, there is no denying that she’s got talent. Taking her newfound audience with her, she is moving from Drag Race herstory to high fashion and entertainment with self-branding projects on the horizon. In this episode, we talk about Luxx’s early childhood, the power of expressing yourself, Drag Race, defining star quality, creating your own brand, being young in the biz, being correct (not cocky!), and more. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez IG: @AlexanderisOnAir You can follow Luxx on Instagram at @LuxxNoirLondon and check out our in-depth chat with her in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    19m 10s
  • XOXO, Cody: Peloton's Cody Rigsby Spills the Tea

    11 OCT. 2023 · Cody Rigsby is heartbreakingly honest in his debut book, XOXO, Cody: An Opinionated Homosexual’s Guide to Self-Love, Relationships, and Tactful Pettiness. This could easily be dismissed as, oh, another attractive gay influencer writes a book … how (pardon the pun) novel. Flip open the book and there’s a dedication to Britney Spears, a dig at flip-flop wearers, and a promise of his infamous “Hit and Miss” lists. But, as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. What a journey. Couldn’t put the book down, read in one sitting, sometimes laughing aloud, sometimes in tears, and sometimes in utter shock at what was being said. Forget what you think you know about Cody – his success at Peloton, his stint on Dancing with the Stars, his social media empire, his early years dancing for Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, becoming the media’s darling – you don’t know squat. This book, more engaging than any superhero’s origin story, tells the tale of a kid who has survived some of life’s hardest knocks, complete with themes of poverty, addiction, codependency, broken hearts, and grief, and emerged a sassy beacon of light for many people. The book is raw and unfiltered, and entirely inspiring. In this episode, Cody holds nothing back as we delve deeper into what he covered in his book, including overcoming childhood obstacles, making it on his own, his relationship with his mom, dealing with addiction with loved ones, loss, sexuality, love and dating, and what the future holds in store. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can follow Cody on Instagram at @CodyRigsby and check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com Order your copy of XOXO, Cody wherever you get your books!
    31m 45s
  • NY Times Bestselling Author Steven Rowley Talks Grief, Loss, Joy and Celebration

    25 SEP. 2023 · This summer, viewers tuned into The Today Show to find NY Times Best Selling author Steven Rowley enjoying his chat about his latest novel, The Celebrants, as an official Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club pick. As part of his mega book tour that took over a month, he was in the spotlight as never before, having earned his way with his previous novels, Lily and the Octopus, The Editor, and The Guncle, each earning a number of accolades from critics and readers alike. Not a bad start for having published his first book at the age of 45. Each novel is masterfully crafted, with the inclusion of queer characters so perfectly woven into the story, the books are not limited to the LGBTQ community but rather appeal to all audiences while telling our stories. In this episode, we chat about his early writing as a kid, the critic and audience appeal of his work, healing through grief, aging in the gay community, life after death, his creative process in developing his characters, his marriage with fellow writer Byron Lane, the power of friendship, touring the nation, the future of The Guncle, his message to the LGBTQ community, and so much more. Girl, we get deep! Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can follow Steven on Instagram at @MrStevenRowley and check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    28m 27s
  • Barrett Paull Is Using His Influence

    15 SEP. 2023 · At first glance, social media personality Barrett Pall, with his good looks and sculpted physique, fits the mold of the current trend of popular, gay influencers. With literally millions of followers across his YouTube channel, Instagram, and TikTok, he has always been in the public eye from his career as a professional model, starting when he was just a freshman in college. Yes, he is attractive. But after you stop scrolling and really look at his material, you see he is much more than what meets the eye. In addition to his social media presence, he has been a professional life coach for the past eight years, graduating from NYU with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Culture, and Media, focusing his studies on human interactions, social processes, journalism, and politics. He is certified in Behavioral Change by the American Council of Exercise and has since created his own methodology that incorporates the mind, body, soul, and emotional space. He has traveled to all seven continents, taking part in humanitarian work throughout different sectors in countries like Cambodia, Thailand, and Kenya, and was named an official UN Partner in 2019. He has meshed his social media and life coaching skills to provide messages of acceptance, self-affirmation, and positivity while calling out attacks on inequality or the promotion of misogyny. Though he is the first to admit that he is still discovering himself and coping with life’s obstacles, he has overcome a path laden with bullying, personal demons, and even sexual assault. In this episode, we chat about Barrett’s growing up, looks vs reality, bullying, coming out, the double-edged sword that is social media, speaking your truth, overcoming life’s obstacles, dealing with haters, his sexual assault recovery, life coaching, looking to the future, and his message to the LGBTQ community. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can follow Barrett on Instagram @BarrettPall and check out our in-depth chat with him in the current issue of Metrosource on newsstands or at Metrosource.com
    29m 22s
  • Addiction in the LGBTQ Community with Rainbow Hill Recovery Founders, Andrew Fox & Joey Bachrach

    4 SEP. 2023 · As Pride season continues with festivals, parades, and increased nightlife, there is a community within our LGBTQ+ family that continues to thrive and grow, gaining a stronger voice in the last decade – that of our sober community. Pride celebrations now include safe spaces and events that cater to those on their journey from addiction, the stigma towards our sober family and the assumption that they can’t party with us is being diminished. Yet, there is still a long way to go. Because of our battle with discrimination, isolation, gender identity, and abandonment, the LGBTQ community struggles with substance abuse at a rate of two to three times that of the general population. Alarmingly, up until now, there have been zero facilities dedicated to our particular needs. Enter Rainbow Hill, founded by Southern California-based couple Andrew Fox and Joey Bachrach. The two, inspired by their own journey in recovery, left lucrative careers in real estate to open the doors of Rainbow Hill Sober Living in 2021, and, this summer, Rainbow Hill Recovery, an intensive outpatient treatment center in the Los Angeles area. In this episode, we chat about how these two met and got Rainbow Hill off the ground, we talk about addiction in the LGBTQ community, advice for friends and family of those suffering addiction, relapse rates, spreading the message of sobriety, the services that Rainbow Hill has to offer, and what the future of the organization holds. Hosted by Alexander Rodriguez. You can find out more about Rainbow Hill RainbowHillRecovery.com Check out our in-depth article with Andrew and Joey at Metrosource.com
    29m 30s

Metrosource Minis is the official podcast companion to the national LGBTQ print and online magazine featuring short form interviews with our featured celebrities from the LGBTQ world and beyond...with your...

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Metrosource Minis is the official podcast companion to the national LGBTQ print and online magazine featuring short form interviews with our featured celebrities from the LGBTQ world and beyond...with your host, Alexander Rodriguez. Quick, fun, and informative...Metrosource on the go.
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