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Live Mic with Mark McNease

Live Mic with Mark McNease is an LGBT-centric interview, news and opinion podcast about culture, politics, health, writing, and living out loud. You'll find interviews with authors, advocates, thinkers, poets, and cultural commentators, all under one pod-roof. You'll also find this a place "where age is embraced and life is celebrated," often with an emphasis on issues important to us as we age, and as we continue living fully day to day.
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Sep 27, 2016

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Join me as I welcome back Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of RetireFabulously.com, to the Live Mic Podcast.  Dave's columns from his site have appeared here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with ... retiring fabulously! They now appear at U.S. News & World Report as well as his flagship website.

This week I spoke with Dave about entering my own renaissance with the end of my office job, as well as changes in his life and the realities of needing to generate income beyond the security of a 9-5, something many older people now face - many with trepidation and uncertainty.

Aug 3, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of publishing an excerpt from author J.H. Hayes’s new book, ‘How Christianity Sustains a Gay Man.’ In this newest Live Mic podcast, James talk to me about his life, his activism and its origins, and his writing. Listen in … and be sure to check out his website at JHHayes.com 

From the book’s description: 

The story of my life is testament to enduring love and the strength of those who shared it with me. Raised by loving parents in a Southern Baptist home near Houston, I relate personal struggles with acceptance, drugs, activism and spirituality. The book reveals how my Christian Faith prevails over guilt-ridden religion. "Out" in 1980 at age 23, by 1993 I was an AIDS and Civil Rights activist. My Mother’s journey elevates our triumphant story and documents the path to assimilation. She was a hard-core Baptist who grew to accept, understand and love me through Faith.

Jul 10, 2016

It's a pleasure to welcome author, educator, Huffington Post blogger, mover and motivator Grace Anne Stevens to the podcast. Grace’s most recent book, No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth provides readers a first-hand tour of change, renewal and authenticity. We spoke about her writing, her journey and her mission of helping others to live their most authentic lives.

Jul 2, 2016

It's back! After several months in the Himalayas, the Live Mic Podcast has returned. Today my guest is director, filmmaker, and longtime collaborator (as well as dear friend) Rick Rose. We talk about the short film Rick and his fellow filmmakers are currently post-producing in preparation for entry into the Louisiana Film Prize competition.

You can read about the film, Keeping On, at its website, and also be part of the filmmaking as a donor to the Indiegogo page. And by the way, I wrote the script! Listen in as we talk about filmmaking, art and friendship, and stay tuned for more Live Mic podcasts, on Libsyn, iTunes, Stitcher, and right here.

Jan 20, 2016

Watch out! It's a live mic!

Join me as I welcome back Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of RetireFabulously.comto the Live Mic podcast.  Dave's columns from his site have appeared here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with ... retiring fabulously! This week I spoke with Dave about tidying up, making room in our environments and in our lives for new things in 2016. You can now enjoy selected columns and advice from Dave in his new book, Design Your Dream Retirement: How to Envision, Plan For, and Enjoy the Best Retirement Possible, available in paperback and eBook.

Dave Hughes created RetireFabulously.com to help you envision, plan for and ultimately enjoy the best retirement possible. Most articles focus on the non-financial, “lifestyle” aspects of retirement, such as successfully transitioning from work to leisure, choosing where to live, identifying the things that will make retirement happy and fulfilling, and more. Dave is available for speaking engagements and workshops, and also officiates weddings. Dave lives in Chandler, AZ with his husband, Jeff, and their furry family members, Missy and Maynard.

You can also enjoy the Live Mic podcast on iTunesLibsyn and Stitcher.

Jan 12, 2016

I finally had the pleasure of speaking with author Grant Spradling for a podcast chat from his home in Mérida, Mexico. His book Palenque Murder is set for release by Humaca Press and takes the same three bumbling detectives, who solved the crime in Maya Sacrifice, from Key West, Florida, to Xalapa, Mexico, Tlacotalpan, Villahermosa and Palenque in search of who killed Rage Stone. A dyslexic, Grants says, “The computer, spell-check, the cyber age and the help of friends have opened a whole new world in my later life.” He and his his partner, Clifford A. Ames make their home Amarillo, Texas and Mérida.

His recent book David Goes Home: Growing Up Gay in the Dust Bowl was a Featured Book here last October. Listen as we talk about his writing and life.

Jan 4, 2016

Since meeting Michael Broder at 2013's Rainbow Book Fair, we've become friends and I'm delighted to have him on the podcast again. Since our last podcast, Michael launched the HIV Here & Now Project that includes a significant presence on Facebook. The Project combines poetry with HIV advocacy and serves as the platform for an upcoming anthology.

From the HIVHereandNow About Page:

The seed of this project was an LGBTQ reading I participated in during AWP 2015 in Minneapolis in April. Some of the poets, particularly the gay male poets, were reading poems about HIV or AIDS. Not poems about the beginnings of AIDS or the devastating havoc, personal and communal, wreaked by AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. But about HIV now, being HIV-positive, often for a long time, being on lifesaving meds, getting your life back, wondering what your life meant, what your past meant, your present, how to process having lived through that and living in this life now ...

... And so the HIV Here & Now website was born to complement the HIV Here & Now anthology, and together they constitute the HIV Here & Now Project. The game plan is a moving target; that’s just how my mind words, for better or worse. But please stick around. I’m planning on an interesting ride.

Nov 12, 2015

Prison rape has long been the stuff of weak situation comedy jokes, with sexual assault among the incarcerated either dismissed with offhand homophobia, or treated as if being raped is part of a prisoner’s sentence and somehow deserved. It’s not. Of particular note is the high incidence of sexual assault committed against LGBT inmates. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.

My guest on the podcast this week is Lenny Gallo, MSW, LMSW. Lenny has firsthand experience working with incarcerated victims of sexual assault. We talk about Lenny’s career choices, his internship at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, and his paper on the subject that was recently published by Fordham University as part of their 21st Century Social Justice repository (you can find the PDF HERE).

About Lenny:

Lenny Gallo, MSW, LMSW, is a graduate of Fordham University and a licensed social worker in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. He spent his advanced year placement at The Bergen County Jail, where he received firsthand exposure to the social injustices facing America’s incarcerated population. In addition to social work, Lenny is a licensed massage therapist; an actor—who has appeared off-Broadway; and an artist, whose works have been featured in the Chicago Museum of Modern Art, Paris, and London.

Nov 7, 2015

Welcome to show #2 of The Twist Podcast, where irreverence comes with a side of insight. Co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose provide weekly news and opinion with a twist. Prepared specially for you this week: The Weekly Readlines overview of the week's top stories, Obama bans the box, oh no we won't drop the 'T', Brandon Teena 20 years later, and the politics of fear and loathing.  This week's Final Bell: the LDS church tells kids of gay parents to reject them or else. So sad.

Enjoy The Twist on your favorite gym machine while you listen at iTunesLibsynSoundClound and (soon) Stitcher. Or just email subscribe for weekly delivery!

Nov 5, 2015

My guest this week is author, podcaster, blogger and caregiving advocate Chis MacLellan. Chris is affectionately known as "The Bowtie Guy" in many caregiving circles. Faced with his partner's diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011, Chris started  his blog, The Purple Jacket. The story of Chris and his partner, Bernard Richard Schiffer, was written by Diane C. Lade and published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinal in 2014 under the title, "In Sickness and In Health: A Couple's Final Journey." It went on to be viewed over 400,000 times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Chris’s new book, What’s The Deal with Caregiving?, offers his extensive experience as a caregiver and advocate. For anyone who is, or who may find themselves, in the position of being a caregiver - which is most of us at some point in our lives - the book is both honest, sobering, deep and necessary. An invaluable resource for people on any side of the caregiving equation.

Oct 29, 2015

If you're a reader of gay mysteries, you'll inevitably come across the name Marshall Thornton. His wildly popular Boystown detective series is among the most well known in the genre. This past year he re-released the series, with Boystown 7: Bloodlines debuting in March. Marshall’s a prolific writer, with books that include Desert RunMy Favorite Uncleand The Ghost Slept Overto name a few. He's just published 'Death Comes to Happy Acres' as JT Moss, and I'm told Boystown 8 is flowing to his keyboard as we speak. Join me for a chat with this prolific author to find out more about his life, writing and plans for the literary future.

About Marshall

Marshall Thornton is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which received two honorable mentions and a runner-up in the Rainbow Awards, and has thrice been a finalist for the Lambda Book Award – Gay Mystery. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood and The Ghost Slept Over.

You can also enjoy the Live Mic podcast on iTunesLibsynSoundCloud, and StitcherOr just email subscribe for weekly delivery!

Oct 14, 2015

Join me as I welcome back Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of RetireFabulously.comto the Live Mic podcast.  Dave's columns from his site have appeared here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with ... retiring fabulously! This week I spoke with Dave about one of his latest column I find particularly resonant as I approach my own renaissance: To Achieve Your Ideal Retirement, Are You Willing to Change?  We also talk about Dave's extensive plans for RetireFabulously.com, including a podcast and an upcoming book.

to help you envision, plan for and ultimately enjoy the best retirement possible. Most articles focus on the non-financial, “lifestyle” aspects of retirement, such as successfully transitioning from work to leisure, choosing where to live, identifying the things that will make retirement happy and fulfilling, and more. Dave is available for speaking engagements and workshops, and also officiates weddings. Dave lives in Chandler, AZ with his husband, Jeff, and their furry family members, Missy and Maynard.

Oct 11, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Coming this Halloween weekend: The Twist, our standalone podcast offering news an opinion with a twist! Also today: the Weekly Readlines, GOP House on fire, Japan gets gay-friendly (we hope), Alabama still has a wheel in the ditch, worst cities to be black in, #RealerThanYou, and the Final Bell: guns, guns, guns.

Oct 8, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Michael Graves '6 Questions' and it's a treat to finally speak in person. Michael is the author of Dirty One, a collection of short stories that was both a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and an American Library Association Honoree. His new novel, Parade, was released October 1 by Chelsea Station Editions. Described as "a tour-de-force, comic tale of religion and government," the book tells the story of Reggie Lauderdale in the midst of his crisis of faith. His cousin, Elmer Mott, dreams of becoming their hometown mayor. Both boys are doing their best to be adults in suburbia, but have yet to learn to be fully themselves.

Praise for Parade

“Parade is one jigger Capote’s Answered Prayers, a jigger of Tennessee Williams’s story ‘Two on a Party,’ and a generous pour of Michael Graves’s tenderly transgressive yet never abrasive tonic of satire and sweetness, all of it going down bracingly, not bitter. It is a story of callow youth contrasted with the tough and ultimately ruefully true choices that adulthood tries to force us into. In the author’s hands the narrative of rite of passage and religious hypocrisy goes down unsettlingly, which is the mark of the mixer’s skillful hand.”
—Michael Carroll, author of Little Reef and Other Stories

“With boyish exuberance and sparkling dialogue, Michael Graves delivers a deliciously queer tale that's part coming of age and part buddy flick. Elmer's and Reggie's adventures in their search for home are full of surprises.”
—Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

Oct 4, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: The Pope gets punked, purple is for bullies, guns galore, Matt Damon and the age of scurrilous memes, and 10 queer movies that will teach your more than Stonewall.

Disclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, all around the world).

Oct 1, 2015

Later this month, October 23 & 24, Senior Pride Initiative will be hosting its 2015 conference in Lexington, Kentucky. With the goal of improving the lives of LGBTQ people by raising and addressing issues related to aging, Senior Pride Initiative's Growing Older Growing Bolder conference offers a full agenda of speakers, music, a screening of the film Gen Silent, and special guests. You can see more details HERE and register HERE. In the meantime, listen as I chat with Director Troy Johnson about the organization's history, mission and its aims for our communities.

About Troy A. Johnson, MSW

Troy Johnson is a licensed master level social worker whose dedication to the LGBT older adult community extends from direct practice to broad advocacy. Troy’s dedication to helping others live with purpose and dignity is a central motivator in his work with the Senior Pride Initiative in Kentucky and in his position as Senior Services Manager with Chicago’s Center on Halsted.

Sep 28, 2015

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In a new health chat with herbalist Cathy McNease, we talk about the change to autumn and what it means for our bodies, minds and spirits. Suggestions including adjusted diet, taking a look inward, and turning toward the (diminishing) light.

Cathy's health chats and columns offer valuable advice that's easy to follow and habits we can develop for our bodies and minds. Her recent book, In Harmony with the Seasons: Herbs, Nutrition and Well-Being, is available in print and eBook.

in Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM, a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Western Michigan University and two Master Herbalist certificates from Emerson College of Herbology in Canada and East-West Course of Herbology in Santa Cruz.

Sep 27, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: The Pope does Manhattan, gay city tours, Josh Lanyon stops skirting the gender issue, pronouncing college pronouns, Carly Fiorina's privileged lies, Boehner begs off, and the Muppets destroy childhood!

Disclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, all around the world).

Sep 20, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Doritos rainbow crunch, Trump and mean girl politics, orange wine and other food trends, Facebook gets a diss button, and getting older: what's hot, what's not.
Disclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, all around the world).

Sep 13, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Religious tyranny and the First Amendment Defense Act, gray sexuality (it's not what you think), the GOP plots a shutdown, pumpkin spice or else, Whitey Houston haunted hologram tour, and Miss American changing lives for 95 years.

Mark RickDisclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, all around the world).

Aug 30, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Killer tweets, Ashley Rentboy, Katrina 10 years after, and gaysplaining it all for you.

Mark RickDisclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, all around the world).

Aug 23, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

In a new health chat with herbalist Cathy McNease, we talk about taking care of our bones and joints. Suggestions including eating fermented vegetables, restoring intestinal flora, lowering inflammation and, always helpful for the bones, losing weight.

Cathy's health chats and columns offer valuable advice that's easy to follow and habits we can develop for our bodies and minds. Her recent book, In Harmony with the Seasons: Herbs, Nutrition and Well-Being, is available in print and eBook.

Cathy_5-22-09Cathy McNease is a nationally certified herbalist with a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM, a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Western Michigan University and two Master Herbalist certificates from Emerson College of Herbology in Canada and East-West Course of Herbology in Santa Cruz.

Aug 22, 2015

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Caitlyn Jenner charged with manslaughter? Trump and circuses. Illinois bans gay conversion, prison rape jokes fail, New Orleans homelessness drops, and the Ashley Madison data dump. Extra bonus mention: Mark & husband Frank celebrate two years married!

Mark RickDisclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, all around the world).

Aug 15, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: Target targets gender neutrality, HefeWheaties, the breakfast of hungover champions, the "f-word" (fabulous!), 87 year old graduate rocks the cap and gown, rape as a recruiting tool for ISIS, and Biden gets closer to running.

Mark RickDisclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, all around the world).

Aug 8, 2015

Watch out! It's a live mic!

It's Rick Rose and Mark McNease together at the live mic every weekend, offering up small plates of opinion, politics, culture, and the world as we saw it this week.

On today's menu: GOP debate gets Trumped, Caitlyn Jenner gets a pass, Joe Biden gets advised not to run, and Stonewall gets whitewashed (depending on how you look at it). Extra bonus topic: to cut or not to cut: circumcision in the natural age.

Mark RickDisclaimer: We're irreverent but respectful, write that down. We say what we think, and sometimes we say what you think, too. Join us every weekend with a cup of free trade dark roast and an equality scone, here on the Live Mic podcast (LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, all around the world).

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