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 promoting other queer black people. But most of all by reclaiming all parts of his identity at all times. Luckily, positive comments from other Somali people consistently remind him what he’s fighting for. Encounters like those are affirming in a racist society, and at times 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’s an abundance of Somali musical talent, ranging from modern day rap, to a long history of jazz artists. Some 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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9: Not the Easiest Google Trip

TW: Explicit mention of racism, exoticism, depression

With mind all over the place and dito music taste, Jace is just trying to figure it all out. Childhood trauma and systematic oppression, on top of a good whole dose of being queer. It’s understandable why they’re having a hard time putting thoughts into words.

Flashback Track: M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Queer artist Spotlight: Black Dresses – Death/ Bad Girl
Best live experience: PUP – DVP
Most recent discovery: Vektor – Recharging the Void

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8: Reclaim pop Music

How pop music became Queer culture? Well, it’s always been Queer culture. Manju Reijmer explains perfectly how he, a brown cis gay man, can identify with straight blonde pop princesses. As well as how he helps the Dutch Public Broadcasting Network acknowledge social issues through web-series.

Flashback Track: P!nk – Like a Pill
Queer Artist Spotlight: Alan Manken – Proud of Your Boy
Best Live Experience: Moses Sumney – Make Out in My Car
Most Recent Discovery: Mike Jack Dean – Bij je Zijn

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7: For Everyone Represented by Me

It’s a song as old as queerness itself. Whenever we don’t feel catered to by whatever type of media, we go out of our way to create our own representation. Heck, that’s in part why this podcast came to be. With Romy, an androgynous person of colour (living that afab with a low voice due to a cold lifestyle), this is just as much the case.

Flashback Track: Wham! – The Edge of Heaven
Queer artist Spotlight: CupCakke – LGBT
Best live experience: Hudson Mohawke – System
Most recent discovery: The Internet – Come Over

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6: I Can Take This

Not the protest march type, Lu Lodi tries to help trans and other queer people in whatever way she can. Just acknowledging each others existence can seem small but carries huge power. This Brasilian support group host knows that like no other.

Flashback Track: Bia Bedran – Pedalinho
Queer Artist Spotlight: Tami T – Trans Femme Bonding
Best live experience: Broken Social Scene – Forced to Love
Most recent discovery: Lizzo – Juice

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