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The LGBTQIA+ youth led podcast seeking to disrupt punitive and exclusionary conceptions of justice by interviewing people in the LGBTQIA+ community who envision justice as healing, creation, and transformation. Co-hosted by Teigh McGee, K McClendon, & Sam Koltes, with audio by Sophie Warrick. Cover art by Mercy Garriga.

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episode one

Queer Anti-Violence & Liberatory Healing

Listen to co-host K McClendon (they/them) and Dominique Cowling (she/her), an earth and fire Black femme who is the Healing Justice Program Manager at Community United Against Violence in San Francisco, discuss the resilience of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, explore the duality of joy and grief, address the nuances of violence, and envision liberatory healing in nature and in community. 

episode tWO

Exploring Prison Abolition

Listen to abolitionists and anti-capitalist organizers Amy Tran and Katie Lee discuss the foundational principles of prison abolition, critique the mainstream “homonormativity” movement, analyze how prisons, healthcare inequities, and capitalism perpetuate violence, and how they define Queer Justice. 

episode THREE

Nuancing Restorative Justice

Join co-host Sam Koltes (she/her & they/them) and Dr. Raj Sethuraju (he/him & they/them) as they discuss restorative justice and its practice, addressing the roots rather than the symptoms of systemic harm, explore the intersectional manifestations of oppression, and advocate for a humanity-centered approach to healing

episode four

Anti-Carceral Suicide Prevention & Restorative Justice

Join Dorothy (they/she), a suicide prevention advocate, and Conner (he/him), a restorative justice practitioner, as they discuss intersectional suicide prevention, community care without police, psychiatric incarceration, how to build safety amongst your pod, and working in the non-profit sector with prison abolitionist values. 

episode FIVE

Queer Crime & History 

 In this episode, criminal defense advocate and law student Jordan Madden explores the criminalization of Queerness using a historical lens; using individual cases to magnify systemic layers of oppression. Jordan discusses the importance of considering who holds the power in narratives and how this shapes the work moving forward.

episode SIX

Queer-Centered Legal Services

Join co-host Teigh McGee and guests Beau RaRa, Damion Mendez, and Diana Current as they share their experiences with gender’s impact in law enforcement and the prison system, how corrections “handles” gender and mental health, barriers and descrimination faced when trying to seek assistance and legal gender affirmation, and a discussion on what queer justice looks like in an ideal world.

episode SEVEN

Rural Queer Lives & Politics

Join Rachel, Britton and Kel for a conversation on being being Queer in rural Minnesota. Rachel, Britton and Kel discuss what community means in the time of Covid-19, organizing the Queer community in Central Minnesota, and finding belonging.

episode EIGHT

Journalism of Color Workshop

In a conversation with Teigh McGee (they/them), Cirien Saadeh (she/her) introduces us to the concept of Journalism of Color as a way to re-envision journalism as it currently exists in order to more effectively create change in our world using a community organizing lens. We are taken through a workshop/training conducted by Cirien, where we apply the concepts of “journalism of color” to creating pitches for stories.

episode NINE

Resistance, Power, & Joy through Poetry

 In this episode, one of our co-hosts, K McClendon (@iamtheprotestpoem), shares their poetry about grief, joy, resistance, pain, and self-love. K observes how joy and sorrow are not opposite emotions, but they exist together. Therefore, K aims to create art that captures the nuance of their own experiences, and inspire others to share their stories.

episode TEN

Queer Bodies & Embodiment

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