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Profiles in LGBTQ+ Courage

28 EpisodesProduced by Rick KoonceWebsite

This podcast program, produced by Huntington Northstar Productions of Hyannis, Massachusetts, in collaboration with PFLAG Cape Cod, explores the lives of PFLAG Cape Cod members, including members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, who have dealt with issues of sexual identity/orientation, g… read more

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Interview with Connor Ryan | Ep #28

August 19th, 2022

25:51

Connor Ryan is an 18-year-old transgender male and 2022 graduate of Bourne High School in Bourne, MA.


He’s also one of three recipients of the 2022 …

Interview with Lilith Rose | Ep #27

June 24th, 2022

41:55

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 …

Interview with Jeff Mack | Ep #26

May 13th, 2022

36:07

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, …

Interview with Alex Hagler | Ep #25

April 22nd, 2022

37:33

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 …

Interview with Kimberly Brooks Mazella | Ep #24

March 11th, 2022

43:21

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 …

Interview with Lady Di | Ep #23

February 25th, 2022

34:52

“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, …

Interview with Jane Martin & Helen Malone | Ep #22

February 11th, 2022

39:56

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 …

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

January 28th, 2022

35:14

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 …

Hollis L. | Ep #20

January 14th, 2022

32:49

Hollis L. is a 25-year-old individual who identifies as both non-binary and transmasculine. That means that, though assigned a designation of female …

Interview with David Bermudez & Bob Isadore | Ep #19

September 24th, 2021

40:10

David Bermudez and Bob Isadore are a same-sex couple who have been together for 47 years.

David, a veteran of the Stonewall uprising of 1969, met Bob, in 1974, when the two were both living and working in New York City.

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

September 24th, 2021

2:23

David Bermudez's work on behalf of gay rights has continued since the days of the Stonewall uprising. Listen, as he tells PFLAG Cape Cod's Rick Koonce, about the letter he received in the mail one day, acknowledging his …

Interview with David Bermudez | Ep #17

June 25th, 2021

47:58

In the history of the gay rights movement, there are few moments as pivotal as the Stonewall uprising – a night in June 1969, when, confronted by a …

Interview with Ryan R. | Ep #16

May 21st, 2021

39:02

Ryan R. is a 24-year-old non-binary lesbian. In Ryan’s case, that means that though they are lesbian and like to date women, they don’t identify with …

Interview with Nell Fields | Ep #15

May 7th, 2021

31:13

Nell Fields is a born-again Christian, social justice advocate, and a happily married lesbian who’s been with her wife Sarah, a lawyer, for over 20 years. She’s also the minister of Waquoit Congregational church in East …

Interview with Deer Sullivan | Ep #14

April 23rd, 2021

34:56

Bisexuality... Even among members of the LGBTQ+ community it’s a concept and reality that often is not fully understood – or appreciated. As a …

Interview with Dr. Maureen Osborne | Ep #13

April 9th, 2021

37:59

Dr. Maureen Osborne is a psychologist and gender therapist who has spent over two decades serving the needs of transgender clients.

In this …

Interview with Ali Sands | Ep #12

March 26th, 2021

46:20

Ali Sands is an author and professional speaker who writes and speaks frequently on the topics of love, relationships, intimacy, and gender expression and identity. They’re topics she knows a lot about.

Married for 23 …

Interview with Dirk Correia | Ep #11

March 12th, 2021

33:26

Dirk Correia is a twenty-something transgender male who identifies as nonbinary -- meaning that they don't identify with being either entirely male or female, as society typically understands those terms.

As Dirk …

Lori Duron | Ep #10

February 26th, 2021

44:54

She calls herself “a fierce Mama bear” when it comes to safeguarding the rights and safety of her two boys. So says Lori Duron, author of Raising My Rainbow, a book that chronicles her family’s adventures raising a …

Elias Lieberman: Ally | Ep #9

February 12th, 2021

29:16

Rabbi Elias Lieberman has been Rabbi of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Cape Cod since 1990. In that time, he’s been a steadfast champion of LGBTQ rights, signing on early to support same-sex marriage when it first …

Joanne Hush: Mother | Ep #8

January 29th, 2021

27:35

You might call Joanne Hush a social pioneer. It’s probably not a label she would ascribe to herself. But, Joanne is the mother of a gay son and a …

Alex: Trans Man | Ep #7

January 15th, 2021

28:52

36-year-old Alex Smith knew, from an early age, that he was different. But, as a child, he didn't have the vocabulary to describe his feelings, or …

Susan Smith: Parent | Ep #6

January 1st, 2021

34:28

Susan Smith is the mother of a 36-year-old transgender son who she raised with her husband, Roger, on a rural Pennsylvania farm. Back in the 1980s …

Max Archer | Ep #5

December 18th, 2020

33:02

Max Archer is the 38-year-old father of an adult daughter and three school age boys. A nurse by training, he works from home for a major health …

Robyn Keating | Ep #4

December 4th, 2020

40:18

Robyn Keating is a 26-year-old transgender woman. Born into a male body, she knew, from an early age, that she didn't identify with boys, but did …

Dina Guarino | Ep #3

November 19th, 2020

27:37

When you have a child who comes out as transgender, it can be an emotional rollercoaster to deal with. You can also feel like nobody in the world …

Paula Degree | Ep #2

November 4th, 2020

29:43

Imagine being in your mid-sixties, married (for the second time) and discovering you’re transgender!

The life of Paula Degree is a compelling story …

Joey Morisset | Ep #1

October 21st, 2020

25:36

Courage is a quality we usually associate with age, wisdom, and years of lived experience. But what if you’re just 18 years old, full of vibrant …

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