11. SHOULDER DEMONS, SEXUAL DEVIANTS, AND DR. ERIC CERVINI
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Tommy and Ben record in the same room for the first time since launching Ask Your Gay Uncle! They check in regarding recent advice and goals they gave each other in past Guncle to Guncles. Did Ben have a three-way? Did Tommy send any DMs? What was the outcome of Tommy’s sleep experiment… early to bed and early to rise? Did he find any success on the Hinge dating app? Is Ben on PrEP yet? Is Ben pleased with the outcome of introducing his new “friend” to the family? The Guncles answer all these questions, and unpack why it can be so scary to make “the first move.”
Guncle of The Week is Frank Kameny, an astronomer and seminal Gay rights activist who changed the course of LGBTQ+ history and fought for gay rights decades before The Stonewall Riots. Ben and Tommy interview LGBTQ+ historian Dr. Eric Cervini, author of The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America — The New York Times bestselling account of Frank Kameny’s heroic activism. Cervini and the Guncles also discuss mid-century Sodomy Laws, queer codes, and how the Civil Rights movement inspired and informed the Gay Rights movement. Cervini implores us all to “support our trans women of color, who are victims of violence at a rate 16 times that of anyone else in the country.”
Psychologists once asserted that the Homosexual’s favorite color was green… let’s get to the bottom of it.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
All books recommended and/or referenced by Dr. Eric Cervini can be found on our dedicated page at The Bookloft, an independent bookstore.
Tearoom Trade, by Laud Humphreys (which examines impersonal sex in public places)
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Baynard Rustin, by John D'Emilio
I Must Resist, Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters, by Michael G. Long
Trans-advocacy organizations Dr. Eric Cervini urges listeners to support:
The Marsha P Johnson Institute is dedicated to helping trans people who are resisting, grappling with survival, and looking for community.
The Silvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.
Episode 11 special guest is LGBTQ+ historian @EricCervini, author of “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America” — the heroic story of Frank Kameny, our #GuncleOfTheWeek.
Frank Kameny was an astronomer and seminal Gay rights activist who changed the course of LGBTQ+ history and fought for gay rights decades before The Stonewall Riots.