PRIDE month is over, but we are still having conversations about the LGBTQ+ community. Check out the Being Seen Podcast! Being Seen is an in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves. Focused on the gay and queer Black male experience, Being Seen is a space to explore current cultural representations and their impact through conversations with leading artists, writers, activists, entertainers, and community leaders.
My favorite episodes from Season 2 are “Afro Latinx” and “Mentorship.” The first one features Representative Ritchie Torres, Steven Canals (Screenwriter & Producer), and Wilson Cruz (Award-Winning Actor). Torres is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 5th congressional district. Steven Canals co-created and executive-produced the Fox television show Pose. Wilson Cruz is an actor most known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life. They each discuss the significance of representation for the Afro-Latinx community in public spaces like politics and the entertainment industry. Each discussion reminds me of the reason why I chose to become a storyteller. I want to help teach other people about the human condition because being human is a condition.
The second episode features guest Co-Host Lena Waithe (Writer, Actor & Producer), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Writer & Director), Little Marvin (Writer & Producer), and LaDarian Smith (Writer & Producer). Each person describes the role of being both a leader and a follower. Lena decides at the end of the podcast that she wants the next generation of Queer artists of color to be free. She says, “I want them to be freer than we are right now, as artists. I don’t want them to be held back, even by their own. I want them to be free.” I appreciate people like Waithe that work hard to be heard and to listen. I hope to do the same.
Check out Being Seen podcast to learn more about the Queer experience of being an Afro Latinx, Mentor, and so much more! Also, SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG! PRIDE month is over be we are still here and we are still Queer! Thank you for all of your support.
Benjamin P. Gallagher