The Queer Spirit Podcast


Episode 1:
Queer Books Save Lives
with J.P. DerBoghossian
– a cross pollination episode

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J.P. DerBoghosian (he/they) is the founder of the Queer Armenian Library – the world’s first library devoted to literature, film, and television by, about, and for Queer Armenians. He serves on the Board of the International Armenian Literary Alliance and is a past President of the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota. He hosts the podcast This Queer Book Saved My LIfe which is a 2024 GLAAD Media Award nominee for Outstanding Podcast. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow and his essays have appeared in We Are All Armenian (University of Texas Press), The Sun Isn’t Out Long Enough (Anamot Press), and Emerge (Lambda Literary). He started his career in television broadcasting and then transitioned to a ten-year career in higher education where he ultimately served as the Chief Diversity Officer for Normandale Community College and Saint Paul College. With This Queer Book Saved My Life he returns to his broadcasting roots, as he additionally hosts The Gaily Show for AM950-KTNF in Minneapolis. He holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota. He resides with his partners, splitting their time between Minneapolis, MN and Barronett, WI.  

Episode Highlights

Season 7 premieres with our first cross-pollination episode, where we share space with other queer podcasters and creators.

  • We start by floating into a round of: I will share mine (show you mine), if you share yours (if you show me yours) – a lovely space where we each share books/authors that have impacted our queerness.
  • We reflect and share about the books and the aspects of our queerness that are awakened.
  • TanyaMarck & Nick get into some queer spirit medicine and drop into some breathwork + movement + toning with the intentions of bringing and sharing all of theses beautifully awakened frequencies with our bodies and systems sprinkling it all with gratitude.
  • Thank you to books and their authors: Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunnigham; The Velvet Rage, by Alan Downs; The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, by Ann Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure; & Tales of The City, by Armistead Maupin.

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