The Queer Caucus
Episode 11: Pride, Prejudice, & Privilege

Episode 11: Pride, Prejudice, & Privilege

July 7, 2017

We discuss the controversy surrounding St. Louis Pride Fest, and bring you an interview by St. Louis resident Jae Shepherd to discuss the lack of trans and queer inclusion in modern day Pride celebrations. Cassidy and Jill discuss the casting decisions in Battle of the Sexes, the upcoming biopic about Billie Jean King, renown lesbian tennis player, and Bobby Riggs, human trash heap and male chauvinist. We yet again step onto our soap boxes about LGBTQIA+ roles reflecting LGBTQIA+ actors, and shout at Hollywood to DO BETTER. We also get fresh about summer fashions, most importantly - ROMPHIMS. Finally, we introduce a new segment called A-Cis-ting Others, where Cassidy and Jill will answer any LGBTQIA+ related questions you may have, but are too afraid to ask. This episode is dedicated to Mark Wilson, St. Louis theatre designer and beloved friend. Rest in Peace, Mark.

Episode 10: Cassidy Interviews Andrew Kuhlman

Episode 10: Cassidy Interviews Andrew Kuhlman

May 18, 2017

Cassidy Flynn sits down with St. Louis based actor, director, and educator Andrew Kuhlman to discuss the intersection of body image and queer culture. These gays chat about acceptance, tolerance, boys, and bears. Andrew is on an epic weight release journey. Listen to him spit some profound wisdom and heart felt stories about his lived experience.

Episode 9: Jill Interviews Ariel Hicks

Episode 9: Jill Interviews Ariel Hicks

March 23, 2017

In our first ever interview edition, Jill interviews friend of the podcast Ariel Hicks. Ariel lives in Baltimore, MD, where she currently works for Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities. Ariel is also involved in a public astronomy project called Popscope, and a personal dinner series designed to bring people from diverse political ideologies together called Project Spark. You can find Ariel on Facebook, Twitter @ariel_hicks, or Instagram @hicks.ariel. You can find the Baltimore branch of Popscope online Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bmorepopscope.

Episode 8: The Valentine’s Day Episode

Episode 8: The Valentine’s Day Episode

February 13, 2017

In our current tumultuous political climate, we dedicate this episode to love - the celebration of it, the beauty in it, and the queerness in it. Cassidy and Jill have a hearty discussion on LGBTQIA movies, and how they can inspire pride in us and comfort us. We give a special shout-out to Anna Howard Shaw Day and Galentine’s Day, our favorite alternative Valentine’s Day celebrations. We also discuss the concept of queer people feeling pressured to assimilate to heteronormative and cisnormative gender roles within our modern society, especially in terms of marriage and child rearing. Finally, The Queer Caucus gets REAL about queer sex - its differences from heterosexual culture, its beauty, and some of the challenges LGBTQIA people face in struggling to get comprehensive, inclusive sexual education. Most of all, we want to encourage everyone to celebrate your queerness and what makes you different, and we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Links: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/queer-culture-in-the-age-of-transgender-disruption?utm_source=vicefbus

Episode 7: Reunited, and It Feels So Good!

Episode 7: Reunited, and It Feels So Good!

January 30, 2017

This episode features a recap and queer commentary on the 74th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. We discuss the complicated history of homosexuality in comedy, and the fine line between humor being used to normalize LGBTQIA people in our culture, or exploit them for easy laughter. The Fuckass Five are able to reunite over the 2016 winter holidays, and share their thoughts on long-distance group friendship. We recount our struggles and successes in post-grad life, and share our goals for 2017 and beyond.

Episode 6: Holiday Episode!

Episode 6: Holiday Episode!

December 23, 2016

The Queer Caucus brings you a very special holiday episode! Cassidy and Jill highlight some winter holidays, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Boxing Day, & Chinese New Year, suggest some queer-friendly charities to consider this season, and offer a Queer Gift List for your favorite queer person this year. Cassidy and Jill also share their “New Queers Resolutions” for 2017, and give a special listener shout-out. Finally, we wrap up with a holiday edition of “Clearly O’Leary,” a weekly op. ed by producer Jan O’Leary. Happy Holidays! Links to Charities Mentioned: www.promoonline.org www.doorwayshousing.org www.thetrevorproject.org www.aclu.org www.lambdalegal.org www.plannedparenthood.org www.lalgbtcenter.org www.eqca.org

Episode 5: BRB, Shattering the Gay Ceiling

Episode 5: BRB, Shattering the Gay Ceiling

December 8, 2016

Jill and Cassidy review the Fox remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and discuss the trans politics surrounding the show and Laverne Cox’s performance. We also offer some helpful tips for Queer Self Care during this upcoming holiday season, discuss Tig Notaro’s new show on Amazon, and ponder Sean Hayes’ apology at the Outfest Trailblazer Awards for not coming out sooner. This prompts an interesting discussion on the existence of a “Gay Ceiling” in Hollywood, and Cassidy and Jill of course plan to shatter it. Finally, we wrap up with an installment of “Clearly O’Leary,” a weekly op. ed. by producer Jan O’Leary.

Episode 4: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Episode 4: Bridge Over Troubled Water

November 30, 2016

Cassidy and Jill talk about the shock of losing the queer cultural landmark AfterEllen, drag OUT Magazine through the dirt over their enabling article featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, and reconcile their feelings on money playing a larger role in life than most want to admit. The Queer Caucus sing praises to the Youtube channel “Queer Kid Stuff,” hosted by Lindsay Amer. Cassidy and Jill weep over the recent engagement of Samira Wiley, and light candles of mourning for all the broken queer hearts out there. On a more celebratory note, Cassidy and Jill gush about Transparent and its recent Emmy wins, talk about trans talent, and fantasize about being BFFs with Jill Soloway. On a personal topic, Cassidy and Jill talk about queer breakups, and how they sometimes differ from a cis-hetero breakup. Finally, we wrap up with our 4th installment of “Clearly O’Leary,” an op. ed. by producer Jan O’Leary.

Episode 3: Election Confessions

Episode 3: Election Confessions

November 5, 2016

We get real about the 2016 Presidential Election, sexism, and speculate on what a Trump Presidency would mean for LGBTQIA+ people. We discuss hate crimes against Muslim-Americans, LGBTQIA+ people, and the intersection of violence against visible difference. On a personal note, we reminisce on moments we realized we were queer. Finally, we wrap up with another “Clearly O’Leary,” a weekly op. ed. by producer Jan O’Leary.

Episode 2: Such Bullshit

Episode 2: Such Bullshit

September 18, 2016

We voice our support of the Black Lives Matter protest at The Muny, which sparks a conversation about the racial politics surrounding our nation. We tackle sexism in corporate America, tell Marco Rubio to GO HOME, rant about bad queer movies, praise Carol, Transparent, and other high quality queer content, and finally wrap up with “Clearly O’Leary,” a weekly op. ed. by producer Jan O’Leary.