Queering The Air!
By Aaron Idelson
A weekly podcast hosted by Aaron Idelson and Matt Rohrer. Each episode features a queer guest discussing their lives and how their experiences, specifically surrounding their queerness, have shaped who they are today. Making the world a bit more gay every day. New episodes every Tuesday.
@AaronIdelson, @MattyRohrer, @QueeringTheAirPod
Queering The Air!Jun 29, 2021
...We're Breaking Up
Today we dive into discussions about our pride months, the unfortunate reality of groping at clubs, and a full review of Kendall's 818 tequila. After a full year of producing episodes, the time has come for some change. Be sure to listen to the full episode to hear about the future of Queering the Air, and remember to get tested, and keep is queer.
In the meantime, keep up with your fave hoez @AaronIdelson and @MattyRohrer, and check out our podcast Instagram @queeringtheairpod.
Live, Laugh, Love xo
The Gay World is Really, Really Tiny
Hey sexual deviants! This 22nd day of pride we take a dive into some current events, talk about what we have going on the rest of the month, and dissect a few instances that have reinforced how tiny the gay world actually is. Cheers to gay rights and gay wrongs!
Stop Assuming That Everyone Is Into You
It's Tuesday again and the world is inching back to normal! Today we talk about our feelings as we head back into “normal life”, our personal relationships with pronouns and masculinity, and what it really means to “only be into masculine guys”.
Check out Gays Against Guns: https://www.gaysagainstguns.net/
YES, Kink At Pride
WHAT'S THE TEA, CLARICE? Happy 8th day of Pride Month! In this episode, we dive into what the heck has been going on in our professional lives (spoiler: a lot), talk about the true meaning of Pride Month, and discuss a bit about the recent backlash to "Kink" being at Pride. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts - feel free to hit us up on Instagram @queeringtheairpod!
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Happy June, ladies! It's finally time to break out your beads and rainbow TD-Bank fanny packs. To kick off Pride month, we take a deep dive into some of our stories from Prides past, dissect the cast of Drag Race AS6, and more.
The Opposite of The Last Supper - The First Kiki
Break out the Livestrong bracelets and Uggs because we're going back to middle school today! We're joined by one of the people Matt has known the longest in his life - the chaotic yet charming Gemini queen, Sarah. Since the age of 3, Matt and Sarah have been terrorizing suburbia with their queerness, even before they knew they were doing it. We talk about finding queer community at a young age, a lesbian teacher who was lowkey our biggest role model, and why you should never date someone on your high school softball team.
Plz check out - lavender rights project & trans women of color collective
You can find this podcast on Instagram @queeringtheairpod and us personally everywhere @aaronidelson and @mattyrohrer.
From Broadway to Netflix with the King of 'The Prom', Chad Beguelin
Meryl, Nicole, and James, Oh My! On this week’s episode we’re taking you back to senior year of high school, but you can still be as hot as you are now don’t worry. We had the pleasure to catch up with six-time Tony Nominee Chad Beguelin, who also happened to be the writer of The Prom! From what it was like growing up in small-town Illinois, to how he got started in Broadway, Chad sheds light on a number of complexities in the entertainment realm, as well as what it was like when he heard Ryan Murphy wanted to develop his play into a star-studded full-length movie for Netflix! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out The Prom on Netflix (and don’t forget the tissues).
You can find Chad on Instagram @chadbeg.
You can find this podcast on Instagram @queeringtheairpod and us personally everywhere @aaronidelson and @mattyrohrer.
Why Hooking Up With "Straight" Guys Is The Worst
This week we sit down and delve into something... surprisingly deep. The thrill of hooking up with a "straight" guy is exciting and flattering when you're 18, but the older you get, the less appealing it becomes. Matt and Aaron dive into some of their past hookup experiences to discuss how being in different stages of life can be detrimental in relationships.
Being The Change You Want In The World with Owin Pierson
In this episode we sit down with advocate and social activist Owin Pierson to discuss his experience walking through the world as both queer and Asian-American. Since he began growing his social media following over five years ago, Owin has been heavily involved in major social movements, including attending Taiwan's celebrations for the legalization of gay marriage and (accidentally) becoming one of the faces of Instagram's guide to Stop Asian Hate. He opens up about a number of experiences that have shaped him into who he is today, and what prompted him to recently move to Hawaii. Owin also speaks on what he hopes to achieve with his platform, and how he believes we can actually enact change.
Give Owin some love: @owinpierson
Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Advancing Justice AAJC: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/
We're Sorry.... The Apology Episode
This week has been..... the most. SO you get a late night less-than-filtered chat with us about the many layers with the Colton Underwood situation, YouTube Apology Videos(™), becoming a dog dad in the panny, and recent updates on... dates (gasp)
we luv u xoxo
Don't Be Inspired, Be Empowered! w/ Spencer West
From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to opening for Demi Lovato on her world tour, Spencer West has lived an indisputably impressive life. What makes it even more impressive? When he was five he lost both his legs due to a rare birth-condition known as sacral agenesis. Despite doctors telling his parents he may never even be able to sit up, Spencer never let that get him down. Spencer joins us today to discuss what led him to motivational speaking, how he approaches his disability on dating apps, the difference between inspiration and empowerment, and more. AND HE GOES TO THE BATHROOM LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE BYEEEEEEEE
Find Spencer everywhere: @spencer2thewest
Rainbow Railroad: https://www.rainbowrailroad.org/
Every Body Curious (heck yes inclusive sexual education!): https://everybodycurious.com/
The Future That Liberals Want
Poppers and butth*les! This week Aaron and Matt take some time to chat about life and one of their most precious college memories - Tufts Dance Collective. No, we can't dance (well), but nonetheless, this incredible safe space in college brought us tons of joy. Today we wanted to share some of that with you (and if you work at Tufts this is all just a big fictional story byeeeeee)!!
all our links: https//hoo.be/queer
lucky criminal: @luckycriminalshop
The Lion King 2 Turned Me Queer
Guess what? You need therapy. Actually...we all need therapy. In fact, let's get a little bit of therapy on today's episode with our fellow Tufts friend, Romy! Hailing from California, Romy joins us today to talk about her Tumblr coming out, haircuts in Hungary, and why a cartoon lion might actually be hot? We also discuss our college experiences, the importance of club sports, and hear about some queer ladies spaces that really meant a lot to Romy! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoy you
Queer owned business doing GOOOOD @stitchesgetbitchez
You find all our info at http://hoo.be/queer
Hannah Montana Made Me Who I Am Today! w/ Liam Dean
We know everything sounds better with an English accent, so for this week’s episode we brought on fellow podcaster, Liam Dean. Liam drips charisma and loves "chattin' shit", and in this episode we delve into everything from how he got started in dance to why Mississippi accents are so odd. From UK Drag Race, to what different gay neighborhoods are like, we discuss all things similar and different from across the pond.
All our links: http://hoo.be/queer
Being Asian in America (Cammie Scott and Owin Pierson): https://open.spotify.com/episode/7Lny13C6sD9NNqy12kRuIG?si=iLNEDoncRK-SBQyNE9bNAQ
Liam's Instagram: @itsliamdean_ & www.linktr.ee/liamdean
Gay For Play: Being Gay in Professional Soccer w/ Collin Martin
Get your pom poms out girl cause we're cheering for this week's guest! Meet Collin Martin, an openly gay professional soccer player with the San Diego Loyal. Collin talks to us about coming out publicly, his experience with homophobia in the soccer world, and how much he loves the song Milkshake by Kelis. If you're a soccer fan on the west coast, make sure you see if Collin is playing in a city near you soon! Tell him Matt and Aaron sent you.
You can check out Athlete Ally at @athleteally and you can find Collin at @cm7m.
All of our links can be found at http://hoo.be/queer
The Extra Mile Trans Athletes Have To Go To Compete - with Chris Mosier
In this episode you're going to meet THE Chris Mosier, the first transgender man to make it onto Team USA and the first trans guy to compete at Olympic trials against other men. Chris is absolutely brilliant, incredibly articulate, and helps us to understand better what it's been like growing up in his shoes. We sat down and heard about why including trans people in sports is crucial, how to take down the International Olympic Committee (well...not exactly), and who his type really is (hint: David Beckham).
All of our links can be found at http://hoo.be/queer
Find Chris Mosier Here - @thechrismosier // www.transathlete.com & www.thechrismosier.com
Episode artwork is an illustration for Morning Consult by Samantha Elbouez.
Yes, All Divers Are Gay.
We know what you've all been wondering - and yes, all divers are gay!!!! Jk no they're not... some are bi. For this week’s episode, Matt and Aaron delve into their own history with sports, from elementary school through college. From bullies to imposter syndrome to frustrations that have stuck with us since high school, we’re taking a deep dive *ba dum tss* into our past. Careful or you might get splashed!
all our links: https://hoo.be/queer
Being Gay in Alabama is... A Lot Like What You'd Expect
Let’s take a trip to the first place that comes to mind when you think of gay rights: Alabama! *lol* Mason is a southern twink - at least for a little bit longer - who has undoubtedly had a life that is quite different from those of Matt and Aaron. After peaking in middle school, Mason somehow ended up at the University of Alabama - which was... a time - before eventually finding community in Atlanta. Mason covers everything from what his Grindr feed looked like, to the importance of Black, queer representation and the dangers of growing up without queer role models.
You can find Mason at @lilmaceoo and you can check out Southern Friday Queer Pride on Instagram @sfqp
All of our links can be found at https://hoo.be/queer
This is Your Sign to Double Text Them!! with Mei Quinn & India Pascucci
Are Valentine's Day and Galentines Day the same if you're gay? In order to celebrate whatever February 14th is we are joined by Buzzfeed queen and reformed-fifth-harmonizer Mei Quinn, and *literal* rockstar India Pascucci! The duo began talking at the beginning of quarantine, and their relationship has been something out of a movie ever since. Listen in for advice on love, relationships, and finding yourself.
Find Mei: www.instagram.com/meiquinn
Find India: www.instagram.com/indiapascucci
For the Gworls: www.instagram.com/forthegworls
Our Parents Said, "F**k Gender Roles!", with Brooke Miccio
The kickoff to season two continues! This week we’re joined by Brooke Miccio, a vlogger and podcaster-extraordinaire, who is here to help do a deep dive into Matt’s past. Turns out he might not even be gay? We discuss the dangers of heterosexuals *lol*, mental health in early relationships, and unintentionally exacerbating beauty standards.
Black Trans Femmes in the Arts - linktr.ee/btfacollective
Brooke - www.instagram.com/brookemiccio & Gals on the Go Podcast!
I Think I Could Be Pansexual? with Pretty Basic's Remi Cruz
HELLO ALL YOU SEXUAL DEVIANTS! Welcome back to season 2 of Queering the Air! We’re kicking off season 2 in the most exciting and personal way: delving into our OWN stories. To help us do that, we brought on long time friend of the pod, Remi Cruz (aka Remington, MissRemiAshten, RemLife). Remi is a podcasting professional - she has her own show, Pretty Basic, with her best friend Alisha Marie - so we figured she could give us some hosTing advice whilst grilling Aaron about what it was like growing up in a small town, how he never really had a coming out, and more. When you’re done listening, chat with us on Instagram and ask us what you wish you had learned about Aaron. We hope you enjoy the season premiere!
Remi Cruz's Links: www.instagram.com/missremiashten // "Pretty Basic" on all podcast platforms
Check out G.L.I.T.S - www.glitsinc.org
Donate to Faith - www.instagram.com/riseoffaith
venmo: reimaginingfaith / cashapp: $youhavefaith / paypal: believinginfaith
GURL, You Made It Through 2020
That’s a wrap! Season 1 has come to a close and we’re wrapping it up with a big sappy bow. It's time to take a look back on one heck of a year, relive some of our favorite moments from this season, and also talk about what the future might hold. Starting this in July was scary, but more than anything it was exciting as hell and we’re so grateful you were here to join us for it. We'll be back with new episodes again on February 2nd. Until then, take a moment for yourself, reflect on what we all learned from the year, and give yourself the credit you deserve for making it through 2020. XOXO GOSSIP SQUIRRELS
Face Masks Are Kind of Like Condoms
Trust me, you’ve never seen a suit like this. Today we’re joined by the best dentist in the bay area - Steven Czekala. Having come out in the wake of the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s, Steven has lived through some times that we can only imagine - and today we're enormously lucky that he’s sharing them with you too. From shrooming on the delta, to teaching his fraternity brothers about open relationships, Steven is a perfect example of the beauty in intergenerational queer friendships.
Steven - @aquaticsteven
Trident Swim Foundation - @tridentswimfoundation.
Printmer - https://www.printmer.co / @printmer.co
@Queeringtheairpod, hosted by @aaronidelson and @mattyrohrer
Swipe Up: Sex, Survival, & Success (Feat. Matthew Crawford)
While you may recognize his face, you probably don't know much of his story. This week things get wild, and wildly personal, as Ian Malone joins Aaron to interview well known queer content creator, Matthew Crawford. After being catapulted into widespread online fame, the midwestern Instagram model's life was permanently changed. For the first time ever Matt opens up about the different evolutions he's gone through, coming to terms with his past self, looking to the future, and more. From homeless to hot girl sh*t... the past year has been one hell of a ride.
Matt - http://www.instagram.com/matthew_crawford & http://www.matthewvcrawford.com
Ian - http://www.instagram.com/iangmalone
The AIDS Pandemic Still Isn't Over
Although we all tend to discuss the tragedy of the AIDS pandemic as if it's something of the past, for a large portion of the world, the disease is still widely unchecked. This week we're joined by our friend Austen who helps to shed some light on intricacies of the narrative surrounding HIV/AIDS. From the ACLU to the Gay Men's Health Center, Austen has worked with a number of incredible organizations; doing his part every day to make the world we're living in a little bit brighter.
Visual Aids : http://www.instagram.com/visual_aids
The Trauma We All Inherited (Feat. Carson McCalley)
Events like the Aids Epidemic change the entire course of history and affect everyone - whether or not we realize it. This week we're joined by the incredibly bright, talented, and charming Carson McCalley, a 24 year old Carnegie Mellon graduate who finished his first run on Broadway right before the Covid Pandemic shut down New York in March. His show, The Inheritance, is nothing short of a revelation - just look at the 11 Tony Nominations it received. This year, we wanted to honor World Aids Day by doing what Carson hopes The Inheritance does for all of those who watch it; we sat down to discuss our own queerness and honor the generations before us who fought, suffered, died, and lived, affording us the opportunity to be where we are today.
Check out Carson: http://www.instagram.com/carsonmcalley
Sunday is God's Day, Monday is Lesbian's Day
Obviously sexuality is confusing for everyone, but especially when you're bi.... wait... pan? Hmmm... This week we're joined by our good friend Alex, a Tufts Chemical Engineer turned Special Education teacher. She talks us through the chaos and excitement of being in a queer relationship in high school, the process of ignoring those around you in order to begin listening to your own wants and desires, and how she almost left school after freshman year (thank god she didn't).
Check out The Loveland Foundation: @thelovelandfoundation
Find Alex on Instagram: @AlexScheman
I Found My Twin Brother on Grindr
Ciao bell*! Benvenuti to this week's episode where we welcome signore Nick Santini all the way from Milano. Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to be gay and living in the global home of Catholicism? Well, then this episode is for you. Nick tells us all about growing up gay in one of the more conservative countries in Europe, his love for classical music, and finding his...twin brother on Grindr?! Whew you don't want to miss this episode.
You can find Nick on Instagram at @nick_santini, and you can find Matt at @mattyrohrer, Aaron at @aaronidelson, and the podcast at @queeringtheairpod.
Your Pro-Life Argument Is Probably Bullshit
Step yo pu$$y up...or at least make sure you’re getting routine check-ups with your OBGYN. Wait what? This week we’ve got Ciara Hutchison, a 4th-year medical student and future OBGYN to teach us a little something about her field and about her life growing up as a queer Evangelical Christian. Ciara talks about coming out in grad school, awkward conversations with teen patients, and learning that, despite what her church told her, there’s more to being queer than sex!
You can find Ciara at @ciaraelizabeth1 and you can check out this organization that we forgot to plug in the episode https://swingleft.org/p/georgia. Let's flip Georgia's Senate seats!
And as always you can find us @queeringtheairpod, @aaronidelson, and @mattyrohrer.
Tales From An Undocumented Queer Artist
Leave it to 2020 to make our headlines sound like Panic! At The Disco songs. This week we’re joined by Julio Salgado, an artist who immigrated with his family from Mexico when he was 11. Salgado uses his artistic brilliance and Journalism degree to tell stories in new and powerful ways. He's an incredible example of how giving a shit about your community can take you all the way to Washington D.C... the Smithsonian to be precise. Julio talks to us about how he and his gay uncle changed the bias in family, his experience being undocumented, the importance of community support, and more. If you haven't already voted... Go vote! Ve y vota! .... and send this to your racist family asap
all things Julio:
http://www.juliosalgadoart.com & http://www.instagram.com/juliosalgado83
Organizations to check out: http://www.instagram.com/familiatqlm & http://www.instagram.com/culturestrike
David Dobrik Got me a Tesla for our Super Sweet Sixteenth Episode
It's been 15 weeks of interviews, so we thought it was time for a lil SPICE. This week we're joined by one of our best college Judy's, Instagram food blogger and Oatmeal Queen, Zoe Gregorace (@whatzoeeeats). We decided to play a game of Truth or Drink (which is basically just Zoe facilitating a drama-spill session while we drink white claw and cackle). Hear a peek into our lives - from one of the worst date horror stories ever, to Dumbledore asking Matt for a hole pic
It Smells Like Internalized Homophobia In Here
OnlyFans, Peppa Pig, and Self-hate - Oh My! Ian and Sydney are back for part two of the Milton Academy high school reunion and things get deep. We talk about projecting feelings of self hate, code switching, minimizing minority identities in personal and professional life, and more. Plus, take a peek into what it's like being a professional black female musician and having Serena Williams stand up for you at the famous annual Met Gala.
Ian: http://www.instagram.com/iangmalone & http://www.vogue.com/contributor/ian-malone
Romy and Matt's High School Reunion
Milton Academy is something out of a telenovela Netflix show (think Elite) - it's also where Matt went to high school. Today we're joined by the incredible Ian Malone and Sydney Adedamola, who also attended Milton before going to Tufts and USC, respectively. What begins as a trip down memory lane turns into a discussion about being part of a minority group at a traditional, elite, institution of learning. While the line between fact and fiction can be blurry, the conversations are wildly powerful and relate to the shared, traumatic experience that is high school.
Part Two coming next week.
You Don't Need Surgery to be Trans! (feat. Madison Werner)
Madison Werner (@Madisonnwerner) joins us this week and fills us in on her lifetime of queer activism. Mentored and inspired by her older gay cousin Adam (@adameli), Madison has grown to be a powerful and important voice of love, acceptance, and pride. We hear about what it’s like to be a trans woman with gay fathers, the importance of curation, community, and social media, and how Madison is going to change the world.
Madison : http://www.instagram.com/madisonnwerner
Voices 4: https://www.instagram.com/voices4_
Gays Against Guns: https://www.gaysagainstguns.net/about
Do Straight Men Wash Their Asses?
Suitcase Joe Foundation - suitcasejoefoundation.org/
Jesus Told Me, "Sometimes It's Better to be Single"
Meet Adam (@adamame1021), a gay man living in Atlanta, GA and working in public health. While chatting, we quickly found ourselves in awe of Adam’s eloquence, intelligence, and confidence. We talked about everything: from learning new languages, to being Black in Japan, to Adam’s relationship with Christ, to what makes dating so damn hard these days. As always, let us know your thoughts on the episode on Instagram at @queeringtheairpod, @aaronidelson, and @mattyrohrer.
For more information and link to donate, please go to https://malala.org. Love you!
Okay, but Disney Villains are GAY
A gay Twitter comic with lesbian moms, a gay sperm donor father, and a massive knowledge of queer media? Please welcome to the stage.... Nico Correia (@notn1co)! In this week’s episode we discuss the importance of queer media (and how to improve it both on and off the screen), how gay all the the Disney villains are (and the dangers of queer-coding), why we all resonate with the Babadook and other horror films, the revolution of reality television in queer media representation (we love you, RuPaul’s Drag Race), and plenty more. You can find Nico at: http://www.twitter.com/notn1co Make sure to check out COLAGE at https://www.colage.org/ and on Instagram at @colagenational.
Why Gays Are Scared of Commitment
This week we're joined by Gray (@_kwier_), a queer masc person with the highest emotional intelligence.... ever? Gray breaks down what it means to go by she and they, her experience with polyamory, and more. We also take a deep dive into some of the complexities of monogamy and discuss some differences between queer and heterosexual relationships. At the end of the day, human decency is the key!
To learn more about White People 4 Black Lives, check them out at http://www.instagram.com/wp4bl
From Russia, With (Lesbian) Love
Sometimes you grow up in the Soviet Union and don't realize you're gay until later in life. Meet Elena - a brilliant engineer who grew up in the USSR (now Russia), and then later moved to the United States and learned things about herself that she didn't even know were possible. In this episode we discuss religion (and a lack thereof), how different forms of pressure materialize in various socio-political climates, and more. Not only do we get to listen to Elena's story from her perspective, but we also get to hear from one of her daughters, Tasia, as well.
Check your voting status here: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/
The Gayest All Girls Catholic School EVER
In this week’s episode we're joined by the wonderful Ari (@Ariortz), a queer Tejana from El Paso, Texas. Ari talks us through her history with radical feminism, her personal journey with her sexuality and gender, her previous relationships, and how a majority of her formative years were spent at.... the gayest Mexican-American, all-girls, Catholic school ever? Ari's incredibly articulate insight into outdated social constructs, current day politics, and how she believes we may actually be able to enable change are sure to get you thinking.
Check out the Mujeristas Collective: http://www.linktr.ee/mujeristasco
Check out the 19th Amendment Art Show: http://www.haightart.org/xix
How Can Someone Be Cisgender AND Trans?
This week we're joined by the absolutely radiant Faith (@RiseOfFaith) and no topic is off limits. We talk about gender and sexual identity, and how, through Faith's eyes, our identity is more of an evolution than a transition. As a self proclaimed "Non-binary, Cisgender, Trans person", Faith gives us a ton of insight on what it's like being black and queer, how to be more accepting, and why people act the way they do.
Check out G.L.I.T.S here - http://www.glitsinc.org
Brown-face, Minimizing Yourself, and Australian Media Representation
Today we're joined by our wonderful friend from down under, @soymilk_enthusiant, for a chat about all things Aussie, including media, brown-face, Chris Lilley, minimizing yourself, media representation, and why Americans are so inexplicably horrible at the Australian accent. Sev's Podcast is the Funemployed Pod, or funemployed.pod.
Fluidity of Sexuality & Being Queer Twins
Today we're joined by a good college friend, USC film grad student, and a self-proclaimed queer-femme, Meg Weck (@Meg.Weck). In this episode we discuss the fluidity of sexuality, the act of initially coming out as bisexual, having a queer twin sister, and more.
Unrealistic Gay Beauty Standards & The Importance of Chosen Family
In this episode we sit down with our great friend Dave Chen (@dwc429), a migraine specialist at Mass General Hospital in Boston. We talk about his affinity for Provincetown, his experience navigating coming out during medical school, and how important your chosen family is - especially when you don't have the easiest coming out experience. Dave tells us what it was like growing up in a Taiwanese Evangelical Christian family, and more.
I DON'T HAVE DADDY ISSUES - Intergenerational Queer Relationships
Today we're joined by one of our very best friends to talk about how he only hooks up with older men! Is it daddy issues? Or just the importance of intergenerational queer relationships? Featuring Jack Benoit (@jack_benoit_).
The Beginning - Can You Believe?
Welcome to Queering the Air! Get to know your hosts, Aaron Idelson and Matt Rohrer, college best friends who are trying to make the world a little more gay. From getting banned from Tinder, to how Matt scored a boyfriend, here's a small glance into our lives for our introductory episode.
Welcome to Queering The Air!
Welcome to Queering The Air! Hosted by Aaron Idelson and Matt Rohrer. Through weekly interviews we plan to highlight all sorts of different queer stories.