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  • Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Advice, antics, tender moments, and tough love. Join gay uncle Ben Palacios and his gay uncle, Tom Truss, in their hit new podcast about relationships and queer culture. 46. LISTENERS TALK PRIDE 00:00 / 01:04 Tags #Pride #Acceptance #Pansexual #Nonbinary #Community #Queer #Parade #Family #Connection #Lesbian #Gay #Bisexual In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month we asked listeners to answer the question, “What does pride mean to you?” Share RECENT EPISODES 45. Meet PENNYWILD: DJ, Choreographer, and Musical Theater NERD! Tommy and Ben interview PENNYWILD: queer DJ, choreographer, digital marketing producer, and self-proclaimed... 44. SELF-WORTH The Guncles answer an email from a listener with 5 questions that all revolve around self-worth. This Generation Gap highlights LGBTQ luminaries from Ben and Tommy’s respective generations. 43. COMEDIAN DREW DROEGE, PART 2: "IT'S ON GAY EXECUTIVES" Drew Droege is an actor, writer, and comedian from Heathers, Search Party, Bob’s Burgers, and Drunk History, and... LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE

  • Episode 45 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 45. MEET PENNYWILD: DJ, CHOREOGRAPHER, AND MUSICAL THEATER NERD! 00:00 / 01:04 Tags #Pennywild #MusicalTheatre #DJ #Pride #Rent #TheArtistsWay #DrewDroege #Jealousy #Dancer Share Tommy and Ben interview PENNYWILD: queer DJ, choreographer, digital marketing producer, and self-proclaimed musical theater nerd! She talks about turning jealousy into inspiration and finding her true self in the entertainment world. In the Generation Gap, Penny and the Guncles dig down the musical theater rabbit hole... but only one of them comes out killing it. Penny highlights RENT as her Moment in Culture. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ​ ​ ​ ​ PennyWild on Instagram and Twitter Pennywild.com Article on Billboard – Pennywild Is the Queer DJ Looking to Bring LGBTQ Culture to Mainstream Dance ​ The Artist’s Way NY Times article on The Artist’s Way by Julie Campbell The Hirschfeld Century: Find the “Ninas” New York Historical Society Al Hersfiled article, Drawings by Al Hersfiled

  • Episode 46 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode 46. LISTENERS TALK PRIDE 00:00 / 01:04 Tags #Pride #Acceptance #Pansexual #Nonbinary #Community #Queer #Parade #Family #Connection #Lesbian #Gay #Bisexual In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month we asked listeners to answer the question, “What does pride mean to you?” Share

  • Episodes | Ask Your Gay Uncle

    In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month we asked listeners to answer the question, “What does pride mean to you?” 46. Listeners Talk Pride Tommy and Ben interview PENNYWILD: queer DJ, choreographer, digital marketing producer, and self-proclaimed musical theater nerd! She talks about turning jealousy into inspiration and finding her true... 45. Meet PENNYWILD: DJ, Choreographer, and Musical Theater NERD! The Guncles answer an email from a listener with 5 questions that all revolve around self-worth. This Generation Gap highlights LGBTQ luminaries from Ben and Tommy's respective generations. 44. Self-Worth Drew Droege is an actor, writer, and comedian from Heathers, Search Party, Bob’s Burgers, and Drunk History, and perhaps best known for his viral parody videos about Chloe Sevigny. In part 2, Drew and... 43. Comedian Drew Droege, Part 2: “It's on gay executives...” Drew Droege is an actor, writer, and comedian from Heathers, Search Party, Bob’s Burgers, and Drunk History, and perhaps best known for his viral parody videos about Chloe Sevigny. Drew joins the Guncles... 42. Comedian Drew Droege, Part 1: “Monster in a wig” 41. Ben and Tommy Apologize Several listeners have written in pointing out hurtful remarks made by Tommy and Ben in previous episodes. The Guncles each apologize, and share their reflections on the harmful nature of their... 40. Grindr Scammers! (and Ben’s Empathy Homework) Ben reports on how his “Empathic Sonar” homework is going, Tommy shares how he deals with guys who are trying to scam him on dating apps, and the Guncles answer a listener question about age gaps in... 39. Meet Sex Coach, Court Vox Somatic sex educator Court Vox helps a listener find a deeper connection in sex. Ben opens up about his challenges with maintaining long-term sexual interest in a partner: “How do I want something I already..." 38. "I accidentally found his will..." A listener has been providing extensive care for an elderly friend with Parkinson's, who has promised to include this listener his will. This listener accidentally happened upon the will... read it… and discovered... 37. "How can I develop empathetic sonar?" Ben seeks advice from Tommy on ways to develop his ‘empathetic sonar.’ How does one practice reading the emotions and needs of those around them? Gauntie of the Week is trail-blazing doctor Margaret Chung. One listener asks about a vigilante Instagram account called “Gays Over COVID” that outs gays for partying amidst the pandemic… What do The Guncles think about this social media call-out culture phenomenon... 36. Gays Over COVID and DIY Decorating Author, mechanical engineer, interfaith minister and self proclaimed “hummingbird,” Erika Allison discusses her new book “Gay The Pray Away.” She talks about overcoming the trauma from conversion... 35. “Gay The Pray Away” with Erika Allison, Conversion Therapy Survivor One listener tells a story about his young niece being crushed that she wasn’t old enough to watch a French film about two women falling in love… so he asks the Guncles for help finding family-friendly... 34. "It's about two women falling in love..." Michael Seligman writes and produces incredible content with a focus on drag, drag history and untold queer stories. His work includes Ru Paul’s Drag Race, the documentary P.S. Burn This Letter Please, and... 33. Talking Drag with “Gay Spy” Michael Seligman Jacqui joins The Guncles to share our survey results and announce the winner… with a special surprise! One listener needs advice on how to meet her boyfriend’s Trump-loving dad and the stepmom (who... 32. "His stepmom blocked me on Facebook..." The Guncles answer a listener question about their sexual experience with women, and whether they feel they’re missing out as gay men. In “Guncle To Guncle” Tommy seeks advice on dealing with a “bad texter”... 31. Networking, Bad Texters, and Sex with Women Tommy shares the single biggest challenge he’s ever faced. WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions of a traumatic accident involving injury and death. 30. Tommy’s Biggest Challenge, Part 2: The Aftermath Tommy shares the single biggest challenge he’s ever faced. WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions of a traumatic accident involving injury and death. 29. Tommy’s Biggest Challenge, Part 1: The Accident The Guncles answer a listener question about having sex on dates vs. hookups. On another question, they explore being out and employable in the realms of dance, theatre, and film. 28. To Sex or Not to Sex? The Guncles answer a listener question about oversexualization and objectification in gay culture, particularly on social media. Ben opens up about his sexualized instagram persona. 27. "Objectification with a side of consent please" Ben and Tommy get tested for Covid, go head-to-head in a Christmas Carol battle, and help a listener celebrate a solo New Year’s Eve. 26. A Very COVID Christmas The Guncles share past relationship regrets, and answer a listener question regarding who receives more prejudice, gay men or lesbians. Ben’s “Moment of Culture” begins at a Mexican drag party in 1901… 25. Relationship Regrets and Homo-NO-phobia Gay romantic movies, how long to wait before sex, and how to create an LGBT+ friendly household for your kids. 24. Sex on the First Date? Gay Movies with Straight Actors? Writer, filmmaker, and acting coach Anthony Meidl joins The Guncles to answer listener questions, play Generation Gap and discuss his new book and award-winning film. 23. Anthony Meindl: Our Favorite Hollywood Guncle The Guncles discuss their first crushes. Tommy helps Ben break through the friendzone while Ben helps Tommy craft a flirty text. In “The Generation Gap” they test each other’s knowledge of cartoons. 22. Cartoons, Crushes, and Breaking the Friendzone Tommy interviews Ben's sisters. 21. Sisters Tell All, part 2: Ben Ben interviews Tommy’s sisters. 20. Sisters Tell All, part 1: Tommy The Guncles answer three listener questions: Can you be not gay enough? How to connect with LGBTQ+ people at college and are women who watch gay porn fetishists? 19. Experimenting in College and Women Who Watch Gay Porn The Guncles celebrate gay civil rights hero Bayard Rustin and interview his long time partner Walter Naegle. 18. The Civil Rights Hero You Weren’t Taught About In History: Bayard Rustin, and his partner Walter Naegle The Guncles are joined by Zachary Zane, sex columnist for Men’s Health and self-proclaimed “ethical manwhore." 17. ‘Sexpert’ Zachary Zane on Bisexuality, Bottoming, and Masc4Masc Thirteen stories about coming out, as told by our listeners. 16. It's National Coming Out Day!!! The Guncles answer a series of questions with two common themes: Daddies and difficult conversations. 15. Daddies, Ultimatums, and the word "Faggot" The Guncles give advice to a closeted Christian who’s considering remaining in the closet permanently. Five LGBTQ+ guests from five different religions share how they reconcile their faith with their sexuality. 14. Religion, part 2: Have your Faith and Eat It Too How do you reconcile being Christian with being gay? Father Rico Avila joins The Guncles to answer this difficult question, and shares his outrageous coming out story. 13. Religion, part 1: Gay and Christian? Father Rico Avila Breaks the Bread Ben and Tommy dive into the drama of the 1973 Gay Pride rally. The Guncles discuss the growing prevalence of “Golden Gays” and advise a newly-out 52 year old man how to catch up on “missed gay experiences.” 12. Golden Gays, Coming Out Late, and The Battle of the Pride 1973 Tommy and Ben interview LGBTQ+ historian Dr. Eric Cervini about his New York Times best selling book, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America . The Guncles check in on advice they gave each other in previous episodes, and discuss why it’s so scary to make the first move! 11. Shoulder Demons, Sexual Deviants, and Dr. Eric Cervini 10. The Body Episode The guncles answer a series of questions about body and body image. Tommy presents Mexican-American lesbian photographer Laura Aguilar. 9. Gay Uncle's Day, Simon Dunn, and Badass Bitches The guncles interview hunky Australian Rugby and Bobsled star, Simon Dunn, about being an out pro-athlete and a gay uncle. Tommy and Ben quiz each other on iconic TV/cinema from their childhood. 8. Dating Apps, OnlyFans, and Meeting the Parents Is it safe to subscribe to OnlyFans? How do you get solo time with your lover when their friends keep getting in the way? Ben wants advice on bringing someone home to meet the family. 7. The Porn Episode Tommy and Ben go down the porn rabbit-hole. Special guest Bruce Merkle presents Guncle of The Week, legendary Hollywood film director George Cukor. 6. Sissies, Threesomes, and Puppies Why are there so many gay men in the arts? Tommy and Ben examine the Generation Gap and discuss the connotations of language surrounding sexuality. Tommy and Ben discuss the details of PrEP. The guncles also tackle friends that don't get along, friends that fall in love with friends, and friends that have a bone to pick. 5. PrEP, Lies, and Friends (not the sitcom) Bonus: Deep Dive with Tommy and Ben In this extended "Guncle-to-Guncle," Tommy and Ben share some deeply personal stories. 4. Magic Carpets and White Patriarchy How can we let in the feeling of love? How do gay white men benefit from the Patriarchy? What do the Guncles want for the next generation of Guncles? 3. Homos in the Arts and the Generation Gap Why are there so many gay men in the arts? Tommy and Ben examine the depths of the Generation Gap. 2. DMs, Radical Faeries, and Burying the Hatchet Ben gets a lesson about the Radical Faeries. Tommy gets a lesson about DMs. Both uncles explore ways to forgive and move on. Bonus: Stonewall, F4, and David Scott A bonus track commemorating the Stonewall Riots. Hear David Scott, a regular at the Stonewall Inn, share his firsthand description of those momentous nights. 1. Shawn Mendes, Gay Tribalism, and Multiple Orgasms How do you tell your siblings that their kids might be LGBTQ? How do you stop falling in love with unavailable people? What's a rhombus? Trailer: Introducing Ask Your Gay Uncle Gay uncles Ben Palacios & Tom Truss introduce their new podcast of advice, antics, tender moments, and tough love.

  • Episode 44 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 44. SELF-WORTH 00:00 / 01:04 The Guncles answer an email from a listener with 5 questions that all revolve around self-worth. This Generation Gap highlights LGBTQ luminaries from Ben and Tommy’s respective generations. Tags #SelfWorth #SelfEsteem #SelfConfidence #Friends #GenerationGap #Mantras #AuthenticMovement Share MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ​ ​ ​ ​ The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Dr. Brené Brown (Amazon ); What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Dr. Shad Helmstetter (Amazon ); The 21-Day Self-Love Challenge: Learn How to Love Yourself Unconditionally, Cultivate Self-Worth, Self-Compassion and Confidence by Ingrid Lindberg (Amazon ); Love Yourself: 31 Ways to Truly Find Your Self Worth & Love Yourself by Randy Young (Amazon ); Self-Worth Essentials: A Workbook to Understand Yourself, Accept Yourself, Like Yourself, Respect Yourself, Be Confident, Enjoy Yourself, and Love Yourself by Dr. Liisa Kyle (Amazon ); Learning to Love Yourself: Finding Your Self-Worth by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse (Amazon ). Loving Kindness Meditation ​ May I be filled with loving kindness May I be free from pain and suffering May I be filled with ease May I be filled with joy Repeat three times Then say it again using the name of someone who you don’t like or is your enemy End by saying, May all creatures be filled with loving kindness etc Three other versions of the Loving kindness Meditation: MettaInstitute.org Mindfulness-health-psychotherapy.com Tricycle magazine article Authentic Movement a somatic modality to help you discover your authentic self Barbara Jordan Keynote Address 1976 Democratic National Convention

  • Episode 42 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 42. COMEDIAN DREW DROEGE, PART 1: "MONSTER IN A WIG" 00:00 / 01:04 Drew Droege is an actor, writer, and comedian from Heathers, Search Party, Bob’s Burgers, and Drunk History, and perhaps best known for his viral parody videos about Chloe Sevigny. Drew joins the Guncles to answer listener questions and discuss comedy, admitting fault, and why he loves playing a “monster in a wig." Tags #DrewDoege #LGBTQ+ #ChloeSevigny #Acceptance #Drag #Groundlings #Improv #Apologies #ComingOut Share MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ​ ​ ​ ​ Drew Droege One Man Shows on Amazon’s Broadway HD: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns Happy Birthday Doug ​ Drew’s viral Chloe Sevigny impressions Alonso Duraldi’s list: 101 Must See Movies For Gay Men Trailer for Ryan Spahn’s film Nora Highland , about LGBTQ+ casting in the entertainment industry Out Front article on Nora Highland film

  • Episode 43 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 43. COMEDIAN DREW DROEGE, PART 2: "IT'S ON GAY EXECUTIVES..." 00:00 / 01:04 Tags #JohnWaters #Divine #DrewDoege #Drag #Entertainment #Actors #LucasHedges #Hairspray #SerialMom #Racism Drew Droege is an actor, writer, and comedian from Heathers, Search Party, Bob’s Burgers, and Drunk History, and perhaps best known for his viral parody videos about Chloe Sevigny. In part 2, Drew and the Guncles discuss LGBTQ+ representation in the entertainment industry, and Drew shares his Guncle of the Week duo: filmmaker John Waters and the groundbreaking drag queen Divine. Share MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ​ ​ ​ ​ Drew Droege on Instagram and Twitter ​ Drew’s one man shows on Amazon’s Broadway HD Bright Colors and Bold Patterns Happy Birthday Doug Drew’s Guncle of The Week John Waters and Divine Trailer for Ryan Spahn’s film Nora Highland , about LGBTQ+ casting in the entertainment industry Out Front article on Nora Highland film

  • Episode 41 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 41. BEN AND TOMMY APOLOGIZE 00:00 / 01:04 Several listeners have written in pointing out hurtful remarks made by Tommy and Ben in previous episodes. The Guncles each apologize, and share their reflections on the harmful nature of their statements. Tommy’s Gauntie of The Week is Sharon Ellison, author, speaker, Founder and Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. Tags #NWord #Apologies #Adoption #SharonEllison Share MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ New York Times Article: How the N-word became unsayable Undefeated article: If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it Sharon Ellison Gauntie of the week Sharon Ellison’s website: Power of Non-Defensive Communication Description of Sharon Ellison’s book: Taking The War Out Of Our Words: The Art of Non-Defensive Communication

  • Episode 40 | Ask Your Gay Uncle Podcast

    Previous Episode Previous Episode 40. GRINDR SCAMMERS! (AND BEN'S EMPATHY HOMEWORK) 00:00 / 01:04 Ben reports on how his “Empathic Sonar” homework is going, Tommy shares how he deals with guys who are trying to scam him on dating apps, and the Guncles answer a listener question about age gaps in relationships. Tags #Daddies #EmpatheticSonar #Empathy #Grindr #DatingApps #OnlineDating Share