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bloomingOUT – Greg Chaffin & Jesse Elkins – April 19th, 2018

Madison True, 2018.

Join us, as we interview Bloomington North High School counselor Greg Chaffin. He helps transgender students navigate the school system. BloomingOUT hosts Frankie, Kevin, and Just are joined in the studio by Jesse Elkins, a PrEP (Positive Link Prevention Team) Navigator, who has recently shifted gears to join the HIV prevention movement with IU Health Bloomington. Featured music comes from the …

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bloomingOUT – Queering The Social Imagination Through the Arts (Interview) – April 12th, 2018

Arts Educational practitioner and social theorist Maxine Greene explains that “social imagination is the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficit society, in the streets where we live and our schools. Social imagination not only suggests but also requires that one take action to repair or renew.” In this segment of bloomingOUT, …

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bloomingOUT – Judi Epp(Spencer Pride) & Tracy Gates (the Inkwell) Interview – April 5th, 2018

For our first half, we are joined in the studio by Judi Epp, the Treasurer and Director of Spencer Pride. She will be talking to us about Spencer Pride, the upcoming ‘pride-festival’ season, and ways you can support your local LGBTQ+ community. Spencer, Indiana will be hosting its 12th annual Pride Festival on Saturday, June 2nd, from 10 a.m. until …

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BloomingOut – Interview with Steve Sanders – March 29th, 2018

In this episode, we had the opportunity to chat with IU Mauer School associate professor, Steve Sanders. Last Friday, March 21st the Trump Administration made its next attempt to ban transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces. Listen in as we discuss his involvement in LGBTQ advocacy, his transition to becoming a lawyer, and our attempts to make heads-or-tails of …

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bloomingOUT – Taylor Vanover – March 22, 2018

​​We are joined in the studio by Taylor Vanover. Taylor is the Chairman of the Indiana Log Cabin Republicans. The Log Cabin Republicans is the largest caucus for LGBTQ conservatives in the United States. Prior to beginning college Taylor volunteered for Indiana’s 3rd District Congressman, Jim Banks, working on phone banks, parades and other activities. As a freshman at Purdue University …

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bloomingOUT – Kevin Mohsenzadeh – March 8, 2018

In this episode, we are joined in the studio by Kevin Mohsenzadeh, an IU Sophomore who is currently running for the position of President of the IU Student Association as part of the Unite IU campaign. Kevin is a member of the Public Relations Committee for the wildly successful IU Dance Marathon and served as an intern to the president …

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bloomingOUT – LGBT News Chat – March 1, 2018

Tune in to this hour long discussion of LGBT issues impacting lives in America. Topics include the transgender military ban and Donald Zarda, who was fired from his job as a skydiving instructor. The second half of the show turns to bloomingOUT’s new co-host, Grant Rollins. They discuss what it’s like being a youtube vlogger and being gay on social media. …

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bloomingOUT – Bloomington North United Students Discussion – February 22, 2018

BloomingOUT hosts lead a conversation with guests about problems concerning gender identity in the school systems. They also welcome a new co-host, Grant Rollins, a local youtube content maker and social-media guru; to discuss Queer pop-culture. ​​They are joined in the studio by Greg Chaffin, a guidance counselor from Bloomington High School North. Greg was the 2014 Indiana Counselor of the …

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bloomingOUT – Round Table Gun Control Discussion – February 15, 2018

In response to the tragic school shooting in Florida yesterday, BloomingOUT hosts Alex and Frankie debate gun control laws in the US with several guests. Our guests this evening include: Rachel Guglielmo (pronounced Goo-lee-ay-mo) Rachel Guglielmo leads the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She has three school-aged kids, and began volunteering with the organization …

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bloomingOUT – Jessica Bussert – February 8, 2018

Tonight we are joined in the studio by Jessica Bussert, a Transgender Health Professional who participated in one of the largest gender discrimination cases in the United Kingdom. In this episode, they discuss LGBT rights, the Kinsey Institute, and the struggles of being a traveling nurse.   Featured song “Stand Up” by The Sissies.  CREDITS BloomingOUT is Produced by Alex Ashkin. …

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