Seeing queerness normalized and celebrated can make all the difference to LGBTQ+ youth who are struggling. As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Jamie spoke with The Trevor Project’s Sam Brinton about how representation saves lives, whether in media, politics or the seemingly mundane moments of everyday life. Plus Sam talks about their personal journey, advocacy and Trevor’s life-saving 24/7/365 phone, text and chat lines, which you can find at thetrevorproject.org/help.
Vella Lovell voice-acted bisexual princess Mermista in the animated series She Ra and the Princesses of Power. In this episode Jamie and Vella talk about that iconic role, how she uses her platform to talk about her experiences as a mixed race Black woman in Hollywood, and so much more.
JUSTIN HALPERN & PATRICK SCHUMACKER
Bisexual DC supervillain Harley Quinn finally got the gay romance fans had been dying to see on HBO Max. And, surprisingly, two straight guys–Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker– made it happen. Hear how J & P avoided homophobic tropes, plus some very juicy details about next season!
Rachel Bloom’s hilarious YouTube music videos turned into the opportunity to create and star in her own show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” on the CW. In this episode Jamie chats with Rachel about how she created some of the most wonderfully casual queer representation on TV, plus more! Connect w/Lavender You on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Facebook. Subscribe/Follow the pod on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud and Spotify. Lavender You is produced by Goal 17 Foundation.
Like so many intersex people, Pidgeon Pagonis was subjected to unnecessary surgeries as a child to fit the gender binary. Hear Pidgeon talk about the power of telling their story through documentaries, YouTube and public speaking, and how they ended intersex surgeries at the hospital that operated on them.
TEGAN & SARA
Tegan & Sara are gay icons who’ve helped countless LGBTQ+ people through music and activism. Listen to Jamie chat with the duo about how their songs helped her when she was in the closet, creating a lesbian Christmas song for the movie “Happiest Season,” and what still needs to change in the music industry.
Amber Whittington was one of the first lesbian YouTubers to build a following with her channel Amber’s Closet. Listen to Jamie talk with Amber about how she encourages others to live their truth through her videos, providing POC representation for the queer community, dealing with homophobes online, and how she “burst out” of the closet.
Independent pop star Zolita embraced being gay through her queer witch alterego. In this episode of Lavender You, Jamie and Zolita talk about overcoming stereotypes about femme lesbians, how streaming has led to more LGBTQ+ representation in music, the meaning of her song “Loveline,” which is the theme music for our podcast, and how she reimagines art that queer people have been historically excluded from through her music videos.
11: Coolhaus’ Natasha Case On Using Business to Shift Culture
Natasha Case started in architecture and landed in ice cream after one of her professors compared a project of hers to a layer cake. So she took her creative energy and co-founded the premium ice cream brand Coolhaus with her wife Freya Estreller in 2009. Since then Natasha has used the brand as a platform to inspire other LGBTQ+ millennial entrepreneurs. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Natasha, chatting about the importance of partnering with other brands that share your values, how business can be a vehicle for positive cultural change and some of her tips for succeeding in the early stages of building a brand. Pro-tip: Sometimes you just have to buy a broken-down ice cream truck, tow it to a music festival and see where things go!