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Queerantine + Chill

Queerantine + Chill

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Documenting the LGBTQ+ experience around the globe during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Season 1 Recap with host Vincent Jones & Producer Ben Salk in Los Angeles
In this week's episode, Queerantine + Chill podcast host Vincent Jones & Producer Ben Salk reflect over the first season and spill lots of tea. Hear how the podcast came together, find out what happened with the guy our host had been dating, learn how the murders of George Floyd affected the show, get the story behind why the "gayborhood" became a key part of each episode and so much more. You'll also get a sneak peak of season two which will be slightly different.
1:14:36
July 30, 2020
Cruise ship entertainment director Jamezy from London on a cruise ship
Dig deeper into what life has been like for cruise ship crew stuck onboard during the pandemic, dilemma faced when considering going “home” by long term crew members, challenges being openly-LGBT on ships and more in this week’s episode of Queerantine + Chill featuring Cruise ship entertainment director Jamezy (he/him/his) from London on a cruise ship. Today’s episode was recorded on June 2, 2020.
43:02
July 23, 2020
Pharmacist Victor Betancourth in Norway from Guatemala
Experiencing COVID in Scandinavia where countries took dramatically different approaches, working in a pharmacy in the midst of a pandemic, impact of weather on mental state during quarantines, and more are discussed in this week’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Pharmacist Victor Betancourth (He/Him/His) in Norway from Guatemala. Today’s interview was recorded on July 1st.
42:35
July 16, 2020
Recent College grad & student activist Alexander de Leon from Hampshire College, Massachusetts
Being one of a small number of students on campus after college went virtual, recreating the senior year experience under quarantine, entering the job market during one of the worst economic periods ever in American history, and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with recent college grad and student activist Alexander de Leon (he/him) from Hampshire College, Massachusetts. This conversation was recorded on June 2, 2020
41:14
June 5, 2020
YouTuber & tour operator Bruno Teixeira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Changing demographics of Brazilians infected by COVID-19, Carnival and social distancing, resurgence of classic telenovelas and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with YouTuber & tour operator Bruno Teixeira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today’s conversation with Bruno (he/him/his) was recorded on May 30, 2020.
50:09
June 4, 2020
Activist/Philanthropist/Entertainer/Drag queen Bisi Alimi from Lagos, Nigeria
Ball culture in Africa, role of Christian missionaries in spreading homophobia in Nigeria, power of viral social media content created by Black creators, and so much more in this special #Blackouttuesday episode of Queerantine + Chill with activist/philanthropist/entertainer/drag queen Bisi Alimi (@bisialimi) from Lagos, Nigeria. The conversation with Bisi (he/him/hers) took place on May 27, 2020.
48:28
June 2, 2020
Tour Operator Ylan Chrem from Lima, Peru
Cruise staff stuck at sea, international students facing visa challenges, transgender community in the Amazon, and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Tour Operator Ylan Chrem (@ylan.chrem) from Lima, Peru. Today’s conversation was recorded on May 26, 2020.
53:24
June 1, 2020
Equator Resort Manager Anthony Sibilly-Juarez in Key West
Running a hotel during and after quarantines and travel bans, potential impact to gay businesses, possible changes to cruise traffic in Key West and more discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Equator Resort Manager Anthony Sibilly-Juarez in Key West.
31:36
May 31, 2020
Brand manager/musician/travel advisor Leon Guan in Shanghai, China
Life after lockdowns, perspectives on international critique of the Chinese government’s reaction to Coronavirus, potential for support for more environmental protections in China, Shanghai pride, and so much more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Brand manager/musician/travel advisor Leon Guan in Shanghai, China. Today’s conversation was recorded on May 24, 2020.
52:36
May 30, 2020
Massage therapist & scientific researcher Moshin in Mumbai, India
Islamophobia and xenophobia colliding with coronavirus, preparing for a strict lockdown with only four hours advance notice, challenges of communicating public health measures in a country where many languages are spoken, and so much more in today's episode of Queerantine + Chill with Massage therapist & scientific researcher Moshin (he/him/his) in Mumbai, India.  Today's conversation was recorded on May 23, 2020.
52:52
May 29, 2020
Former Sex Worker “Kosher Sausage” from Las Vegas, Nevada
Sex work during lockdowns, underground drug parties, people in rehab falling through the cracks, and so much more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with former Sex Worker “Kosher Sausage” (he/him/his) from Las Vegas, Nevada. This conversation was recorded on May 21, 2020.
44:29
May 28, 2020
Creative Consultant Leandro Antoniuk in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Enduring an ongoing economic crisis during the pandemic, helping businesses to think deeper about what it means to support all of their stakeholders at this time, being a creative consultant, and more are discussed in today's episode of Queerantine + Chill with Creative Consultant Leandro Antoniuk  (@leandro.antoniuk) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This conversation with Leandro (he/him/his) was recorded on May 19, 2020.
37:40
May 27, 2020
LGBTQ+/Luxury travel advisor Santiago Aguirre Montoya in Bogota, Colombia
Transphobic quarantine policies, how coronavirus affected mass student-led protests around the country, a project to develop more affordable ventilators and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with LGBTQ+/luxury travel advisor Santiago Aguirre Montoya (@santi_aguirrem) in Bogota, Colombia. Today’s conversation with Santiago (He/Him/His) was recorded on May 18, 2020).
40:48
May 26, 2020
Mr. Gay World New Zealand, Ballroom Dancer, and salon consultant Liam Reid in New Zealand
Life after Coronavirus has been contained, leadership after successive crises - earthquake, mass shooting, grappling with a fast growing population at this time, bring Mr. Gay World New Zealand and more are discussed in today’s episode of the Queerantine + Chill Podcast with Mr. Gay World New Zealand, Ballroom Dancer, and salon consultant Liam Reid (@mr.gay.nz.2020) in New Zealand. This conversation with Liam (He/Him/His) was recorded on May 18, 2020.
47:40
May 25, 2020
Crisis Communications expert & Art Enthusiast Jose Luis Cedeno in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The tragic murder of a mentally ill transgender woman, impact of recent natural disasters and political corruption on Coronavirus response, working artists finding a way to survive without gallery showings and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with crisis communications expert & art enthusiast Jose Luis Cedeno (@joseluiscedeno) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conversation with Jose (He/Him/His) was recorded on May 15, 2020.
53:52
May 24, 2020
LA Pride President & Legislative staffer Estevan Montemayor in West Hollywood, California
Deciding to move LA Pride virtual, recovering from Covid-19, policymaking to help people survive the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic, loneliness in the gay community, and so much more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with LA Pride (@lapride) President & Legislative staffer Estevan Montemayor (@ejmontemayor) in West Hollywood, California. The conversation with Estevan (He/Him/His) was recorded on May 14, 2020)
1:12:24
May 23, 2020
Congressmember Mark Takano in Riverside, California
Protecting benefits for workers and national guard members on the frontlines, young LGBT people quarantined at home in unsafe environments, being the first openly gay person of color in Congress, inspirational LGBT elected officials like Barbara Jordan, Barney Frank, Harvey Milk, and so much more are discussed in today’s special episode of Queerantine + Chill with Congressmember Mark Takano (@repmarktakano) in honor of Harvey Milk Day. This conversation with Congressmember Takano (He/Him/His) was recorded on May 19, 2020.
52:32
May 22, 2020
Binational (and new) couple Haechan & Arnaud in Seoul, South Korea
Being a new couple, the reality of contact tracing, public reactions to new infections after coronavirus was believed to be under control, and more are discussed in today's episode of Queerantine + Chill with binational (and new) couple Haechan (@haechanjun) & Arnaud (lotharian_13) in Seoul, South Korea.  This conversation was recorded on May 12, 2020.
46:52
May 21, 2020
Legendary DJ Lina Bradford in New York, New York
Bringing the dance floor to people in their homes via instagram, staying vigilant about politics, impact of quarantine on TV show productions, a look back at NYC gay nightlife in the late 90s and early 2000s and so much more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with legendary DJ Lina Bradford (@thelinabradford) in New York City, NY. This conversation with Lina (she/her/hers) took place on May 12, 2020.
51:22
May 20, 2020
Refugee/entrepreneur/philanthropist/activist Michael Kajubi from Kampala, Uganda living in Toronto
Fleeing anti-LGBT violence, anti-LGBTQ persecution in Uganda, living in a homeless shelter, being resilient during the coronavirus pandemic and more are discussed in today’s extra special episode of Queerantine + Chill with Refugee/entrepreneur/philanthropist/activist Michael Kajubi (He/Him/His) from Kampala, Uganda living in Toronto, Canada.
59:13
May 19, 2020
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01:02
May 18, 2020
Biden for President LGBTQ+ Vote Director Reggie Greer in Washington, DC
Getting out the LGBTQ+ vote now, building community in virtual spaces, living with disabilities under quarantines and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Joe Biden for President LGBTQ+ Vote Director Reggie Greer (@rwgreer) in Washington, D.C. This conversation was recorded on May 7, 2020.
49:58
May 18, 2020
Student & budding musician “Hope Seeker” from Gaza Strip in Doha, Qatar
Celebrating Ramadan during quarantine, the pandemic in Palestine, being a college student now and so much more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with student and budding musician “Hope Seeker” from the Gaza Strip in Doha, Qatar. This conversation was recorded on April 28, 2020.
44:40
May 17, 2020
Comedian/event producer/community leader Kia Barnes (aka Kia Comedy) in Atlanta, Georgia
Protesting the murder of Ahmaud Abery, teaching, and being an entertainer under quarantine and more are discussed in today’s episode with comedian/event producer/community leader Kia Barnes (@kiacomedy) in Atlanta, Georgia. This conversation took place on May 6, 2020.
38:24
May 16, 2020
Creative + DJ Lelo Meslani in Johannesburg, South Africa
TV DJs bringing the club into homes during lockdown, challenges communicating public health messages in a country with 12 official languages, queer life before the lockdown and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with creative and DJ Lelo Meslani (@lelowhatsgood) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Today’s episode was recorded on May 3, 2020.
31:28
May 15, 2020
Nightlife experiences curator & entrepreneur Aisha Shaibu in London
Creating virtual spaces for lesbians, impact of national healthcare system on COVID-19 infection patterns in Great Britain, the good and the bad consequences of the role nightlife plays in the LGBTQ+ community and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with nightlife experiences curator and entrepreneur Aisha Shaibu (she/her/hers) of Moonlight Experiences (@moonlight_experiences) in London. This conversation was recorded on April, 29, 2020.
55:28
May 14, 2020
Activist & @gaysofCoachella founder Mike Ai in Chino Hills, California
Virtual and drive in concerts, Tiktok gays, quarenTEAMing, LGBT activism now, and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with activist and @gaysofcoachella founder Mike Ai (He/Him/His) in Chino Hills, California. This conversation was recorded on May 3, 2020.
43:36
May 13, 2020
Activist & non-profit CEO Masen Davis in Santa Francisco
Challenges of running an international organization at this time, cruising during COVID-19, transitioning people forced to shelter in place in unsupportive living situations and more are discussed in today’s episode with activist and non-profit CEO Masen Davis (He/Him/His) in San Francisco, California (instead of Berlin, Germany) where he’s supposed to be now. This conversation was recorded on April 23, 2020)
1:02:12
May 12, 2020
Fitness executive & drag queen Brad Wharakura (Madame Mincemeat) in Hong Kong
Dating during and after quarantine, gyms as social centers for gay men, pro-democracy protests, and so much more are covered in today’s episode with fitness executive & drag queen Brad Wharakura (aka Madame Mincemeat) in Hong Kong. This conversation took place on April 25, 2020)
53:04
May 11, 2020
Activists/parents/entrepreneurs Trystan + Biff in Portland, Oregon
Parenting, testosterone shortages, prisoners rights during quarantine and more are discussed in today’s episode with activists/parents/entrepreneurs Trystan + Biff (@biffandi) in Portland, Oregon. This conversation was recorded on April 18, 2020.
55:12
May 10, 2020
Activist & entrepreneur Donnya Piggott in Bridgetown, Barbados
Digitally uhauling under quarantine, appreciating the natural beauty around you more when you’re restricted from it, LGBTQ+ life in the Caribbean before COVID-19 and more in today’s episode with activist & entrepreneur Donnya Piggot (she/her/hers) of Pink Coconuts in Bridgetown, Barbados. This conversation was recorded on April 27, 2020.
45:54
May 9, 2020
Hotelier Santichai Boonrasri in Phuket, Thailand.
Stopping tourism in the world’s most visited country, canceling a national holiday celebration that draws thousands of tourists, managing a luxury resort during lockdowns and more are discussed in today’s episode with hotelier Santichai Boonrasri (He/Him/His) in Phuket, Thailand. This conversation was recorded on April 18, 2020.
46:36
May 8, 2020
Entrepreneur/coffeemaker/activist Julio Cesar Calvo in San Jose, Costa Rica
Supporting workers in the informal economy during quarantine, being adaptable when crisis impacts your business, queerness in the Costa Rican coffee industry and more are covered in today’s episode with Entrepreneur/activist Julio Cesar Calvo (He/him/his) in San Jose, Costa Rica. This conversation was recorded on April 21, 2020.
51:05
May 7, 2020
Flight attendant Andrew Collins in Atlanta, Georgia
What life is like for a flight attendant right now, what the airplane experience might be like when we begin traveling again, and more are discussed in today’s episode with flight attendant Andrew Collins (He/Him/His) in Atlanta, Georgia. This conversation was recorded on April 24, 2020.
46:24
May 6, 2020
Activist/author/drag queen Lil Miss Hot Mess in San Francisco
How taking Drag Queen Story Hour virtual is expanding its reach, what it's like to release a book "The Hips on the Drag Queen go Swish, Swish, Swish" during a global pandemic, a behind the scenes view of a virtual drag show and more are discussed in today's episode with activist/author/drag queen Lil Miss Hot Mess from San Francisco.   Go to www.lilmisshotmess.com to see buy her book and to see performances.  This conversation was recorded on (April 27, 2020)
48:08
May 5, 2020
Artist & global nomad Mathieu Boucher in Luxor, Egypt
What it’s like to be an openly gay nomad in countries where it’s illegal to be LGBTQ, how to quarantine at “home” when you’re a global nomad, why some locals might not be too kind to tourists “stuck” in their countries now and more are discussed in today’s episode with artist and global nomad and artist Mathieu Boucher (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 20, 2020.
36:20
May 4, 2020
Queerantine + Chill with Muhammad in Cairo, Egypt
Finding love and friendship while avoiding police harassment in a homophobic culture, how some Egyptians balance economic needs and protecting themselves from COVID-19, the Egyptian healthcare system and more are discussed in this episode with Muhammad (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 17, 2020. Please note that this episode includes discussion of an attempted suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please consider contacting the Trevor Project which has trained counselors on hand 24/7 who can help.
1:04:08
May 3, 2020
Musician/Cantor Juval Porat in West Hollywood
Dating, Being a religious leader, and making music during the coronavirus pandemic and more are discussed in today’s episode with Juval Porat (He/Him/His). Today’s conversation was recorded on April 14, 2020.
46:12
May 2, 2020
Hollywood producer/Violinist Zach Zyskowski in Hollywood, California
Netflix hits “Love is Blind” and “Tiger King,” LGBTQ+ teens quarantined in unsupportive homes, “Big Brother,” the potential for a second “roaring twenties” and more are discussed in today’s episode with Zach Zyskowski (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 11, 2020.
1:01:38
May 1, 2020
Isaac Namdar, MD in New York City
In today’s extra special episode, we talk with a doctor in New York City who is helping his regular clients by night and helping COVID-19 patients by day. Dr. Namdar also gives some insight into his LGBT activism, what it was like growing up in Iran and Israel, and how he balances his busy professional with his full personal life.
55:12
April 30, 2020
Wedding planner/officiant Steffen Stefany in Nuremberg, Germany
Being coupled up during Quarantine, having a scientist as a leader now, easy ways to help neighbors, and more are discussed in today’s episode with with Steffen Stefany (he/him/his) in Nuremberg, Germany. This conversation was recorded on April 10, 2020). Steffen is (anchors.world) on Instagram and TikTok
42:34
April 29, 2020
Non-Profit CEO & Cannabis activist Gabe Maldanado in Riverside, California
Going to church, running a non-profit organization, whether or not to continue smoking marijuana and more are covered in today’s episode with Gabe Maldanado (He/Him/His) in Riverside, California. This episode was recorded on Easter Sunday.
54:02
April 28, 2020
retired non-profit leaders Toni & Janice in Placencia, Belize.
Impact of travel bans in a tourist dependent country, how community steps in to support each other when government infrastructure is weak, how women leaders around the world are showing us how to lead in a crisis, and more are discussed in today’s episode with expat couple Toni & Janice (she/her/hers). This episode was recorded on April 13, 2020.
1:02:35
April 27, 2020
banker turned entertainer Alexander Rodriguez in Orange County.
Supporting gay bar workers, creatives adapting to quarantine, advocating for loved ones in hospitals, hookup apps, and more are discussed in today’s episode with Alexander Rodriguez)He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 12, 2020.
51:20
April 26, 2020
Queerantine + Chill with luxury retail trainer Wesley Gray in Long Beach, California.
The role of retail in the LGBTQ+ community, Dr. Brix’s scarf game, being a vacation rental owner now and more are discussed in today’s episode with Wesley Gray (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 10, 2020.
51:22
April 25, 2020
actress/producer/activist Haviland Stillwell in Los Angeles, California.
Healthcare in the entertainment industry, making movies post COVID-19, being an out actor and more are discussed in today’s episode with Haviland Stillwell (she/her/hers). This conversation was recorded on April 11, 2020.
57:36
April 24, 2020
Chef Lior Hillel in Los Angeles, California
Transforming a restaurant overnight, helping to feed frontline workers in LA, maintaining the spark in a new marriage during the zombie apocalypse and more are coveted in today’s episode with Chef Lior Hillel(he/him/his). Today’s episode was recorded on April 15, 2020.
1:09:08
April 23, 2020
long time couple Steven & Heggie in San Francisco, California
Leather community, Airbnb, essential workers and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with longtime couple Steven & Heggie (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 5, 2020.
40:32
April 22, 2020
luxury travel event planner Simon Mayle in São Paulo, Brazil.
In today’s episode with Simon Mayle (he/him/his), we cover how coronavirus has impacted event planning and luxury travel as well as navigating shared living spaces, among other things. This conversation was recorded on April 6, 2020.
40:12
April 21, 2020
entrepreneur/singer/photographer Mike the Tour Guide in Jamaica.
Cruising after COVID-19, LGBT life in Jamaica, gay travel to the island and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill. The interview with Mike the Tour Guide (he/him/his) was recorded on April 5, 2020.
45:02
April 20, 2020
entrepreneur Ricardo Godoy in Merida, Mexico.
Long distance relationships during quarantine, impact of coronavirus on Mexican tourism industry, and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Ricardo Godoy (He/Him/His). This conversation was recorded on April 5, 2020.
36:16
April 19, 2020
college student & budding entertainer Steve in Nairobi, Kenya.
Quarantine curfews, being openly LGBT in Kenya, and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Steve (he/him/his). This conversation was recorded on April 4, 2020.
40:38
April 18, 2020
non-profit leader & campaign veteran Michelle Wright in Oakland.
Zoom brunches, quarantining with a partner, campaigning in the age of coronavirus and more are discussed in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill. This conversation with Michelle Wright (she/her/hers) was recorded on April 8, 2020.
52:32
April 17, 2020
legendary activist Cleve Jones in San Francisco
In this special episode of Queerantine + Chill with activist and author Cleve Jones (he/him/his), we compare the beginning of the AIDS epidemic to the coronavirus pandemic, discuss how the quarantine is impacting working people, and so much more. This conversation was recorded on April 5, 2020.
52:16
April 16, 2020
DJ/hair stylist/spin instructor Dov the DJ in Winnipeg, Canada
Online drag shows, Canada’s Covid 19 response, quarantine eating habits, and more in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Dov the DJ (he/him/his) in Winnipeg, Canada. This conversation was recorded on April 6, 2020.
52:16
April 15, 2020
Activist/educator Nii-Quartelai Quartey in Washington, DC.
LGBT seniors, domestic abuse, birthday celebrations during quarantine and more are discussed in today's episode of Queerantine + Chill.  Nii-Quartelai Quartey's pronouns are he/him/his and this conversation was recorded on April 5, 2020.  Join the discussion at www.facebook.com/queerantineandchill
53:36
April 14, 2020
actor & ex-boy band member Trevor Dow from Los Angeles
Boy bands, artistic creativity, Rupaul’s Drag race and more are covered in today’s episode of Queerantine + Chill with Trevor Dow whose pronouns are he/him/his. Today’s interview was recorded on April 4, 2020. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/queerantineandchill.
45:52
April 13, 2020
activist/educator/mom/wife Robin McGehee from Fresno, California
Religion, farmworkers, activism in the time of Coronavirus and more are covered in today's episode of the Queerantine + Chill podcast. Robin McGehee's pronouns are she/her/hers and this conversation was recorded on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  Join the conversation at Facebook.com/queerantineandchill.
53:37
April 12, 2020
Cruise Ship Director Brian Dale Bailey somewhere in the middle of the ocean
Being trapped at sea, Broadway, Tiger King and more is covered in today's episode of the Queerantine + Chill podcast.  Brian Dale Bailey's pronouns are He/Him/His and this conversation was recorded on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Join the conversation at Facebook.com/queerantineandchill.
1:00:16
April 11, 2020
Pride event producer & Travel Advisor Dean Nelson in Vancouver, Canada
Pride celebrations going online, the Queen's speech, the US/Canada relationship during the pandemic and more is discussed in today's episode of the Queerantine + Chill podcast.  Dean Nelson's pronouns are He/Him/His.  This conversation was recorded on Sunday, April 5, 2020.  Join the discussion at facebook.com/queerantineandchill
46:24
April 10, 2020
Entrepreneur & Dual Citizen Jet de la Isla in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Naked boat tours, laid off strippers, health care and more is discussed in the first episode of the Queerantine + Chill podcast.  Jet de la Isla's pronouns are He/Him/His.  This conversation was recorded on April 5, 2020.  Join the conversation at Facebook.com/queerantineandchill
50:08
April 9, 2020