On location at Target Field with a special 2019 Twins Pride Night preview with the Minnesota Twins’ Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Mr. Miguel Ramos. Miguel shares reflections on last year’s Pride Night and lets us in on how the 2019 Pride Night will be even bigger and better!
We sat down last year with Twin Cities Pride Board Chair, Darcie Baumann, to talk directly to the community about issues that had arisen around police involvement with the festival and parade. In this episode, we talk about the work that’s been done and the progress that’s been made towards resolving these issues since that time, and talk about a few specific ways the parade and the park will be different this year.
An exclusive chat with Twin Cities Pride’s Executive Director about all things festival related, as well as a look back at this year’s 2019 Grand Marshal Reception featuring Mikko Blaze Bordeaux. We also talk to local broadcaster and journalist, Quinn Villagomez, about her work in the new Twin Cities Pride Magazine.
On location at Twin Cities Pride HQ for a sit down with Pride’s Festival Operations and Events Coordinator, Ramona Richardson. We talk about everything festival grounds related – from how to become a vendor to where to park your car (or bike), to finding family friendly activities or your favorite sports team, to finding free water stations and port-a-potties, to where to find the beer garden and where to get your poodle massaged. And we only scratched the surface. Be sure to get your copy of this year’s Twin Cities Pride Magazine Pride Guide for a map and even more info about this year’s event.
On location at LUSH for a special 2019 Festival Comedy Preview with the one and only Sarah McPeck! Back by popular demand, get the low down on this year’s edition of the Big Fat Comedy Hour at the Twin Cities Pride Festival and meet a few random cast and crew members from the show, as they pop in to say hi. We check in on the monthly show at LUSH, learn about Sarah’s new weekly show at The Black Hart of Saint Paul, talk Sarah’s surprise hit Rascal Facebook Live series, and find out what’s new with Sarah’s Champagne Jamboree musical comedy duo partner, Amanda Costner.
On location at LUSH for a chat with Barry Karlenzig, Vice President of Programming for Pride Winnipeg. We talk about Barry’s involvement with the organization, his involvement with The Imperial Court, some of the ways Canada is leading in the movement for equality, and the emerging acronym “GSRD”, now widely in use in Canada in place of the variations of the LGBTQ acronyms that we use in the States.
Buckle up for an all-star edition of the Beth Zemsky Podcast as Beth welcomes back Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel and welcomes for the first time to the podcast, community icon Barbara Satin. Together, we reflect on their collective 195 years of service and activism as we approach their triple birthday bash and fundraiser for the National LGBTQ Task Force on May 30th, 2019. We talk about what brought each of them to activism so many years ago, some of their earliest activist experiences, how those early experiences shaped who they are now, and their thoughts on the future of the Progressive movement. We talk about the importance of recognizing the shoulders upon which each of us stand in our work, carrying the mantle and memory of those we meet along the way, and the process of realizing and learning to accept our eventual roles as role models to the next generation of activists. We also talk about our tendency to sometimes “silo” ourselves into issues, ideologies, and generations, and about the power in breaking through these barriers. We wrap with thoughts on the legacies that Beth, Barbara and Rebecca each want to leave, along with an assurance that neither one of them is anywhere near finished yet. We also include details about the birthday fundraiser at the end of May and how you can join us to both celebrate and help support the National LGBTQ Task Force.
On location in St. Paul with Jennifer Dieter of The Aliveness Project. We talk about the history of the organization, the services they provide to the community and how you can get involved in their biggest event of the year, Dining Out For Life, with Super Ambassadors Rebecca Waggoner-Johnson and Eric Zucker.
In this episode, we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and comrade Rox Anderson, Director of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and Rare Productions. We touch briefly on a few of the complexities surrounding the recent events involving Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar and talk about how moments like these can be leveraged by outside forces to create polarization and division between and within various marginalized communities. We talk about Rox’s recently awarded Bush Fellowship, their vision for an LGBTQ Center in Minneapolis, their work addressing inequities within LGBTQ POC communities, a brand new comic book in the works featuring real-life Transgender-identified superheroes and much more. Beth also talks about her next workshop with Phyllis Braxton and reveals some big news about her upcoming birthday bash/fundraiser with a couple of her longtime friends.
Conversations with the owner of the highly succesful Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, Jamal Ansari, and Aneta’s longtime friend and mentor, Mario Pierzchalski.
©2019 NONPOD for Top Ventures, LLC. Music: CØDE – We’re Invincible (feat. Joseph Feinstein) [NCS Release], David Bulla – Unexpected [NCS Release], Jim Yosef – Firefly [NCS Release]. All music used by permission under attribution license courtesy of NoCopyrightSounds.
Happy Hanukkah! In this episode we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and colleague Susan Raffo to talk about Healing Justice. We talk about its history, how the concept itself is rooted in the ancient wisdom of cultures around the world, and how it’s just recently begun to gain greater visibility in the broader Social Justice movement in the United States, thanks largely to the work of Queer Black women in the South combating the lasting effects of the legacy of slavery.
We talk about how healing has traditionally been understood in Western and American society and offer some alternatives to the parts of this understanding that continue to contribute to the very things we aspire to heal – both on an individual level and collectively. We also discuss a few ways that practitioners of all kinds can integrate Healing Justice concepts into their work and how anyone can implement it in their daily lives.
We also talk briefly about Beth’s upcoming Facilitating Cultural Change workshop and her all new website!
Roll up your sleeves and join us for a deep-dive discussion of a heavy topic that might actually be a lot simpler on some levels than it seems to be, and that in a lot of ways couldn’t be more timely.
In this episode, we talk about the state of our democracy, our world, the challenges our communities are facing from inside and out, and what we as individuals feeling lost in the middle of it all… can do about it. We also talk about how the lessons and traditions from the Jewish High Holidays (and really, most religious traditions) can help us find peace, community, forgiveness, our way back to those we’ve alienated and a calling to be our best selves. We talk about how even with the best intentions, we can often “miss our mark” – as individuals and as a community – and how that’s okay.
We talk about how putting each other through ideological perfection tests is always a losing battle, as everyone of us, at some point, will fail. We also talk about how as bad as things might feel right now, and as much as it might look on cable news like our movements might be starting to fracture from within… things might not actually be as bad as they seem – and it might actually be nothing new.
We also touch briefly on Nike’s “Believe in Something…” campaign with Colin Kaepernick and how its core message reflects something Movement Builders have been saying and doing for a long time.
Join us for a special “thinking out loud” edition of the Beth Zemsky Podcast and let us know how your faith tradition or values frame drives your work and helps you find focus, accountability, forgiveness, a calling to be your best self, and guides you back to others when you fall.
In this episode, we talk Narrative Strategy with Beth’s colleague Eleonore Wesserle, Communications Consultant and founder of the new Narrative Strategy Consulting firm Dreams To Power.
We talk about Eleonore’s “Now Wow How” issue framing system and how it can be used to maximize our Movement Building work. We also apply some basic Narrative Strategy concepts to some current events and suggest a few alternatives to some of the dominant Progressive narratives around them employing the “Now Wow How” system.
Twin Cities Pride Board Chair Darcie Baumann sits down with Ryan for a special extended interview to talk candidly about the issues and controversies that have surrounded the Festival and Parade over the past two years. We talk about what went wrong, what’s been done to correct it and what’s being done this year and beyond to ensure that the Festival continues to be a safe and inclusive space for everyone.
We dig past the headlines, soundbites, reactions and misinformation of the past two years. We get to the heart of the matter and speak directly to the LGBTQ+ community about who Twin Cities Pride really is and why we need your help to keep getting better.
We talk about Darcie’s 10-year rise through the organization from volunteer to Board Chair, we answer all of your questions about Police involvement with the Festival and Parade, we respond directly to the demands raised by last year’s protesters and much, much more.
This is an historic, unprecedented, in-depth, one-on-one conversation with the first female, first Person of Color Board Chair of Twin Cities Pride that you won’t hear anywhere else. Clear your schedule for the next hour and a half.
In Episode 8, we talk about the events taking place around immigration, Trump’s performance in North Korea, the trend of celebrities reinforcing polarization by responding to hate with hate, the media’s obsession with the Mueller investigation (to the exclusion of other news), the Right’s most recent attack on pre-existing conditions, the increasing radicalization of the Right at the Primary level, and more.
We also cover the annual “Night of a New Day” event at the Kaleo Center and talk about “The Opposite of Hate”, Beth’s most recent book recommendation.
Welcome to Episode One of Immigrant Invincible! Meet your host, Aneta Toporowska, and join us on-location at the 2018 Festival of Nations.
©2018 Podletter Media for Top Ventures, LLC. Music: CØDE – We’re Invincible (feat. Joseph Feinstein) [NCS Release], David Bulla – Unexpected [NCS Release], Jim Yosef – Firefly [NCS Release]. All music used by permission under attribution license courtesy of NoCopyrightSounds.
For episode 100, we venture deep into the caverns below the University of Minnesota on an epic quest to officially archive the first 6 episodes of The Beth Zemsky Podcast. For our expedition, we bring along Beth’s longtime friend and colleague, Lisa Vecoli, Curator of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, to help us tell the story of how the U of M Archives came into being and how (with some good community organizing!) the Tretter GLBT History Collection found its place and cemented its legacy among them.
We also take the opportunity to set the stage for the next 6 episodes of the Beth Zemsky Podcast by talking a little about where we’ve been so far and about where all of the deep intersectional movement energy in our country right now might be leading us.