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Eid al-Fitr, with Faizan from Imaan LGBTQI

Summary

This week, Kieran and Ainsley are joined by Faizan,co-founder of Imaan LGBTQI- a charity supporting LGBT Muslims to mark Eid, one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar. Tune in to hear us discuss Ramadan, the act of fasting, Eid, organising Imaanfest- the first Muslim pride event in the UK, connecting with our roots in our respective ancestral countries and how our queerness can help grow our spiritual and religious connections. This is a great episode, with a great guest so don’t miss out. 

Imaan LGBTQI are fundraising. Please click on this link to donate, your funds will help to keep Imaan running: https://www.justgiving.com/imaan-lgbtqi

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Ode To The Black Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race

To the black queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race:

I just wanna thank you

For reminding us that this isn’t ‘RuPaul’s best friend race’

For having the confidence to model a dress made of sponges like it’s million dollar couture

For finding unique ways to showcase our culture, whether it’s sporting a durag train, flying the flag for your native country or sashaying down the runway in a peanut soup can.

Thank you for having the nerve to speak up when judges, rival queens and fans label your drag as ‘ratchet’ or try to reduce your art to harmful racial stereotypes. 

Thank you for turning up to meet and greets, signing autographs and smiling for photos, even when you’ve been overlooked for other, fair skinned queens.

Thank you for continuing to engage with social media in the face of poisonous comments from the toxic members of our community. For creating podcasts, documentaries, comedy specials, music videos. For keeping us entertained during these strange times.

Thank you for using your charisma to produce some of the most unforgettable moments in Drag Race herstory: for the ‘sugar daddy’ monologue in Untucked, stealing the show in the Rusical challenges, for inventing the ‘5 Gs’

Thank you for have the talent to perform stage diving, body-contorting, wig shedding, lightbulb shattering lip-syncs. For showing us how to fight when your back’s against the wall.  

Thank you for being gracious when things don’t go your way, when butterflies or rose petals stopped you from claiming your crown. For dusting yourself off and trying again, for showing commitment to your goals

Thank you for being vulnerable on camera, for sharing your stories of poverty, rejection, bullying, health scares, gender identity, homophobia. For being an example of how to recover from negative experiences and become the fierce queens you are today.

But most of all, thank you for showing us the 48 different ways to be black and queer on television.

We’re all truly grateful

Defund The Police

Summary

This week, Kieran and Ainsley discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement, including Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict in his trial for the murder of George Floyd, how we feel the BLM movement has progressed and share our thoughts on controversial policies like ‘defund the police’ and more.  Our Spotlight this week is the Soufriere Volcano eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Follow this link for more info: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/04/1090182 Follow Black Boy Joy Podcast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackboyjoypodcast/ Follow Black Boy Joy Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blkboyjoypod Please send any queries to blackboyjoypodcast@gmail.com

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No More Silence, with Nathan Lewis

Summary

This week, Kieran and Ainsley are pleased to be joined by Nathan Lewis, Peer Support Co-ordinator with Naz Project London to discuss No More Silence, the peer support group he runs for queer black men, join us for a discussion on community, fellowship, loneliness, healing from trauma and much more 

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The details for the next No More Silence meeting are below:

A Year in Lockdown

Thursday, 29th April 2021

6:30-8:30

Zoom Online

Further Links:

NAZ website: http://www.naz.org.uk/

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Top or Bottom?

This week, Kieran and Ainsley take discuss sex, or specifically the top/bottom binary in gay sex. We discuss our preferences, the stigmas surrounding those choices and more. Plus, we give our take on Montero (Call Me By Your Name), the new song and music video by Lil Nas X and the backlash surrounding THAT lapdancing scene. Our Spotliight this week is ‘PrEP & Prejudice’, a national programme funded by Public Health England Innovation Fund that aims to influence how black African communities engage in HIV prevention, specifically the use of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) as a HIV Prevention tool.
Visit PrEP & Prejudice here: https://www.prepandprejudice.org.uk/
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Jones v Trinidad & Tobago, with Jason Jones

Summary

This week, to celebrate Black LGBT History Month, Kieran and Ainsley are joined by Jason Jones, a ‘Tringlish’ LGBT activist and human rights defender born in Tinidad & Tobago but living in England. We spend an hour discussing his activism work, spending his twenties in London, challenging anti-LGBT intimacy laws in Trinidad. This episode was truly an education for both of us, and a real call to arms to get involved in our community. 

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It’s A Sin

Summary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll have heard about It’s a Sin- the groundbreaking five-part drama by Russell T. Davies set in 1980s London during the height of the AIDs epidemic. Kieran and Ainsley take the time to discuss the show in-depth including a breakdown of all the major plot-points, we voice our misgivings about some of the characters and reflect on the impact AIDs and HIV has our lives as queer people today and fourty years ago. 

We also have a two for one spotlight in this episode. The first is Black and Gay Back in The Day, a digital community archive honouring & remembering Black queer life in Britain, as it was.⁣ Follow their instagram page here:  https://www.instagram.com/blackandgaybackintheday

The next feature is the late legendary DJ, musician and producer SOPHIE who tragically died last weekend. She was a true music pioneer and she will be sorely missed. 

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Inside Chapter Z Magazine, with Rachel Ayeh-Datey

Summary

This week Kieran and Ainsley are pleased to be joined by Rachel Ayeh-Datey, writer and editor in chief of Chapter Z Magazine. We discuss living alone in lockdown, the magazine, her new role as EIC, RuPaul’s Drag Race, black British icons, dating men compared to women and much more. Please check out Chapter Z Magazine here: https://chapterzmagazine.com/

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What Does Being a QPOC Mean To You?- 2021 Edition

Summary

This week, Kieran and Ainsley revisit the question of our first podcast episode. We discussed it back in 2019, before an international pandemic, civil rights movement and all the madness of 2020 took place. Now, our opinions have evolved. Join the conversation with us. Our Spotlight this week is The Naz Project, a sexual health agency focusing on sexual health inequalities in BAME communities. They provide HIV care and support, counselling and wellbeing, community programmes and policy and advocacy. Find out more here: http://www.naz.org.uk/ 

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Is Jesus the Reason for the Season? with Rev. Jarel Robinson-Brown

Summary

For this Christmas Eve episode of Black Boy Joy Podcast, Kieran and Ainsley are joined by Rev. Jarel Robinson-Brown, associate chaplain at Kings College London, writer and Trustee of a LGBT faith charity. In these 90 minutes, we cover Christmas traditions, ministering during a pandemic, receiving the call to serve God at a young age, coming out in the church, reconciling faith with sexuality, our traumatic experiences within church, the continuing secularisation of Christmas, the rapper Noname, writing his new book and much much more. It’s a long one, but worth every minute and was recorded before the tier 4 restrictions in London were announced- so don’t come for any of us when we describe our christmas plans! 

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