Written in Sharpie

CW: homophobia, Racism

It’s as important as ever to actively contribute to representation. In Kai Mata’s case, she hopes to shake a wave that makes Indonesian queer people feel seen. Even though this means she’ll need to deal with getting her folksy pop tunes pirated, online bigotry, and the occasional ignorant podcast-host.

Flashback Track: Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Queer Artist Spotlight: Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm
Best Live Experience: Trevor Hall – To Zion
Episode Special: Kai Mata – Where Love Goes

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Just Joke About It

Just Joke About it

Plenty of queer people hugely benefit from an online community. When Gunneet started to joke about her bisexuality she accidentally became someone providing such a community on Tumblr. She is a true connoisseur of Bisexuality providing knowledge with nice layer of comedy.

Whenever she gets the chance, her comedy moves from a digital environment to an actual stand-up setting. This allows her to really get a sense for what type of humour people may or may not appreciate. For example, performing in general comedy club is very different compared to queer spaces. Most notably, in wholesome queer spaces it’s a lot less likely some prick will groan at properly funny feminist joke. Some people just don’t know how to appreciate good humour, am I right?

It may not come as a surprise, but humour is a very common coping mechanism. Whether that might be in order to deal with depression or coming to terms with being queer. For Guneet, thats’s no different. Bi-facts and the huge amount of positive reactions it set off made her, and a lot of others with her, feel strong and validated in their sexuality. In case you’re not familiar of this blog, you can find it in the show notes below.

Finally, I’d like to recommend Nancie Schipper’s music. She’s another Australian musician in line with those mentioned in the episode. Check out “Comedy Show” or “Take out the Trash” especially.

CW: Depression, Sexism, Biphobia

Flashback Track: Wolf Alice – Space & Time
Queer Artist Spotlight: Alex Lahey – Backpack
Best Live Experience: Ali Barter – Backseat
Most Recent Discovery: Julia Jacklin – Pressure to Party

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16: What Band is This?

QueerSounds: The Covid Sessions. A new setting, slightly worse audio quality, but same old format and fantastic tunes. As my first ever guest who doesn’t reside in the Netherlands Elodie talks about her love for gaming soundtracks, CD’s and politics in music.

Flashback Track: Morikazu Aoki – Route 110 (Pokemon RSE)
Queer Artist Spotlight: Aurora – Apple Tree
Best Live Experience: Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give a Fuck
Most Recent Discovery: Dream Bitches – Tracy Emin

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15: The Smiling Boy

CW: antisemitism, xenophobia, war

This is a bit of a messy one. This episode has been on the shelf for a bit but the positive energy Joëll emerges is something I don’t want to withhold from you. Listen to him sharing his stories of love and fascination for the Mediterranean.

Flashback Track: Bouzouki Boys – To Yelasto Pedi
Queer Artist Spotlight: Mahmood – Barrio
Best Live Experience: Giuseppe Verdi – Va Pensiero
Most Recent Discovery: La Casa Azul – La Revolución Sexual

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Dijselbloem Controversy

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14: Live Your Truth

CW: Racism, Transphobia

He left his homecountry of Jamaica to go live in the Netherlands, a country he never heard of before. After this adventurous step, The Universe led Sean-Claude to spaces, both mental and physical, he never expected to be.

Flashback Track: Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Queer Artist Spotlight: Frank Ocean – We All Try
Best Live Experience: Ziggy Marley – Rebellion Rises
Most Recent Discovery: Ari Lennox & J. Cole – Shea Butter Baby

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13: Be Gay, Do Crimes

CW: Homophobia, Harassment, Misogyny

Belgium and the Netherlands left Brenda in a bad place, both mentally and physically. Now, it seems like she’s adhering to a stereotype, but Finland is where this metalhead found some peace of mind. However, within the metal scene there still seems to be some room for improvement.

Flashback Track: Metallica – Enter Sandman
Queer Artist Spotlight: Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
Best Live Experience: Gojira – Flying Wales
Most Recent Discovery: Mokoma – Laske hiljaa mielessä sataan

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12: I told ya I would talk a lot about Poland

CW: Homophobia, Queerphobia, Harassment, Police Brutality

It feels like the beginning of a second series. QueerSounds is back with Aga ans their stories from Poland, both pre- and post the fall of communism. Let’s dive into how the history of this country effects the daily lives of queer locals now.

Flashback Track: Republika – Smierc w Bikini
Queer Artist Spotlight: Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N.
Best Live Experience: Rammstein – Deutschland
Most Recent Discovery: Bauhaus – A God in an Alcove

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An unstoppable force versus an immovable object. As long as racism is still a thing, Axmed will continue to fight it. Partly by reclaiming his Somali background and by lifting up other queer black people. But most of all by reclaiming all parts of his identity at all times. From there, positive remarks from other Somali people always remind him what he’s fighting for. Encounters like those are affirming as wel as simply heartwarming.

Obviously, all the artists picked today are from Somali descent for a reason. This country’s musical history is underappreciated, and often overlooked. There are so many cool Somali artists, ranging from modern day rap, to a long history of jazz artists. One of them even ended up having a political career. Check out the episode to learn more.

Next to this impressive list of his country’s musical culture, Axmed also enjoys the occasional Techno and House party. Dissatisfied with Amsterdam’s club culture, it’s supply in black queer safe spaces in particular, he initiated Dance With Pride. This organisation, appropriately labeled ‘A Proud Reunification of Dance Music and Queer Culture’ isn’t afraid to get political either. They party one minute and call out racism another, which is something other organisations should join them in. Especially because this concerns the city that hosts the biggest annual Dance conferences.

CW: Racism, War Assassination and some Sexual Content

Flashback Track: Faadumo Qaasin Hilowle – Waa Habeenkii
Queer Artist Spotlight: Sadeeq Ali – Get The Cake
Best Live Experience: Saado Cali Warsame – Yaa Kuu Warama
Most Resent Discovery: Sun – Honeycomb

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10: It’s a Really Weird System

TW: mentions of fascism, racism, transphobia

With a full transition being over and done, Sophie Schers mainly focuses on the struggles of others. Both though the city council and nationally operating lobby groups she fights for the rights of trans people, disabled people, women, and so on. Sounds impressive, but being able to retreat into a nice family home or a vacation in Sweden offers some well needed moments to charge back up.

Flashback Track: Herman van Veen – Zo Vrolijk
Queer Artist Spotlight: Ah-Mer-Ah-Su – 7-15-13
Best Live Experience: Regina Spektor – Samson
Most Recent Discovery: Nadja Evelina – Beach House

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