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Sounds Like Impact: A newsletter for audio and action - Vol. 24
Welcome to Sounds Like Impact!
This edition is in honor of LGBT History Month, a month founded by a Missouri high school teacher named Rodney Wilson. 💜
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🗞 Industry Updates
WNYC (the local NPR affiliate) is looking at laying off 12% of their staff. You can sign a petition asking the organization’s leaders to reconsider.
Afros & Audio Podcast Festival Founder Talib Jasir made this appeal video to raise funds for this important conference. If interested you can donate here and/or talk sponsorship opportunities by emailing Info@afrosandaudio.com.
🗣 Community Happenings
Speaking of supporting Black podcasters, the winners of the 2023were recently announced! You Didn’t See Nothin, which made my 2023 best so far list, won for the History category! Get the full list of winners and nominees here. digital magazine launched on 10/1. This magazine highlights the contributions of women in podcast editing. Check out the first issue!
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🎧 #AudioForAction Theme of the Week
The Past & Present of LGBT Pride
As I mentioned up top, it’s LGBT History Month. It goes without saying that we live in a world that is quite hostile to folks on the gender and sexuality spectrum. I love podcasting because in of itself, it is archival work. It is so important to preserve memory and provide outlets, especially for those whose community histories and personal stories have been disregarded. This curation is dedicated to those who are documenting queer history and those who are making it.
Finding Fire Island, Gay Summer Camp
This docu-series looks at both present day and history of some of the oldest queer communities in the United States. Also, while technically not branded content for the film Fire Island, Margaret Cho, Joel Kim Booster and Matt Rogers are featured. Hearing their connections to the island actually helped me better understand their motivations for making the film.
I remember listening to a podcast episode a couple of years ago about the importance of lesbian bars, but great to see that Dr. Alex Ketchum is documenting restaurants as well. As Dr. Ketchum explains, restaurants can be more inclusive in terms of ages allowed and providing a supportive environment for those that struggle with substance abuse.
Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture, Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination and Queer Activism in the Caribbean with Ryan Persadie
There is a common misperception that anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination is more pervasive throughout Caribbean, but not much understanding of the history (and perhaps a lack of introspection into our own communities). I found this conversation really insightful.
If you scroll through the Womanica feed until you hit June, you’ll come across the “Icons” series that they did for Pride. All Womanica episodes are snackable (<10 mins) and you learn a great deal! So I chose three to get you started :-)
The Queerience, Episode 27: Tahtianna Fermin
Tahtianna is a nonprofit leader doing work with the transgender gender non-conforming (TGNC) community in New Jersey. Thanks to host Sarah Brown for pitching this episode!
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🚨 Calls to Action
Explore: Would you consider yourself a history nerd or buff? Check out these archives (online or in-person) for LGBT history— The Center (they have a Google Arts & Culture page too!), GLBT History, LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive, A timeline of LGBTQ communities in the UK, and LGBTQ Archives in the US and Canada.
P.S. For some fiction recs, check out the Queer Movie Podcast.
Give: THE ASTRAEA LESBIAN FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE is a global philanthropic organization for LGBTQI human rights.
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