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Anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia have inspired everything from government crackdowns on Pride parades to hateful and violent attacks on members of that country's LGBT population. The attacks, including rape, humiliation, and torture, have been documented in photographs and on video for the world to see.

In February, the world will also witness as countries gather in Sochi, Russia to compete in the XXII Winter Olympics. While most LGBT people in the United States and around the world have been horrified by President Putin's "propaganda" law, there has been considerable debate over the most appropriate response, particularly when it comes to the Olympic games.

Two fantastic guests join Jim and his GSB regulars, Jason and Chris, in this special edition of Gay Sunday Brunch. Olympic Gold Medalist and outspoken advocate for LGBT equality Greg Louganis comes to brunch to offer his perspective on Olympic boycotts, and Isaac Casados shares his thoughts and talks about his popular No Sochi Campaign.

It's a discussion you don't want to miss, and you'll hear it ONLY on Gay Sunday Brunch. While you're here, be sure to find out more about Greg's efforts with AthleteAlly and the great work they're doing.

Of course, since it's brunch and the boys haven't been together for a while, they will do a 2013 year-end roundup of the top LGBT news—and Jason and Chris share some big news of their own.

Did we mention Jim gets Greg Louganis to talk about Tom Daley and his boyfriend?

Enjoy the show!

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This past week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard arguments in landmark cases that will no doubt shape the face of LGBT equality. From the potential for sweeping decisions that declare all Americans are entitled to the rights and privileges, to the possible decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the conversations swirled from politics and equal rights to legal procedures and social media.

Does it sound a little confusing? Well it was. But to help boil it down, Jim talks to married couple Anthony Niedwiecki and Waymon Hudson. Waymon is one of the country’s leading LGBT activists and a regular blogger for Huffington Post, while Anthony just happens to be a law professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The three team up for one of the most illuminating, and often entertaining, discussions about the Supreme Court hearings you will find anywhere. Along with some pretty hilarious conversations about other top news, this is an episode you will want to share with your friends, family, and anyone else who cares about equality in America. Enjoy the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

Ep. 6 Darryl Stephens and Waymon Hudson

Darryl Stephens is a talented actor who is best known for his roles on Noah's Arc and the new hit series DTLA. But he's also a gifted writer, stage performer, singer, and songwriter. Jim sits down with Darryl to talk about his current play, "A Family Thing" (click here for tickets) and what acting on a stage brings him that films and television don't. The guys also play Darryl's song "Right Outside." It's all about obsession, lost love, and well, murder. Darryl also shares his thoughts on whether or not DTLA will be back for another season. It's a great chat you don't want to miss!

It's also been a HUGE week for LGBT news. We're thrilled our friend Waymon Hudson could join Jim this week to talk about some of the big (and funniest) gay headlines. As a political blogger, television host, and writer for Huffington Post, Waymon is one of the most informed, entertaining, and articulate voices for equality our community has. He's also got a wicked sense of humour—we know you'll love that!

Enjoy the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

Are you ready for a bender? Radio, television, and podcast personality Ben Harvey joins us to talk about his hit new show and why The Bender is such a departure from what he was doing before.

Listeners will remember Ben from The Six Pack radio show and podcast that he did for years with co-host Dave Rubin. Now the talented DJ and radio show host is striking out on his own—and having a real good time along the way. Don’t miss the fun and revealing interview with one of radio’s top rising stars.

Of course, we start the episode with a look at the headlines that are shaping our world and wagging our tongues. Jim talks this week with the web editor for Instinct Magazine Jonathan Higbee. Responsible for almost everything you see on their blog, Jonathan has news on everything from the Supreme Court to the dirty little scandal coming out of the Vatican.
Enjoy the fun and fabulous show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

Jim is  joined by Dignity USA program manager Jim Smith to talk about what the country’s largest Catholic LGBT organization thinks of Pope Benedict’s resignation. It’s a frank and enlightening conversation about the mission of his organization—and why he says so many LGBT people stay with the church.

Enjoy the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

A recent survey by New York’s Community Health Care Network (CHN) found that nearly 50 percent of guys who use hookup apps like Grindr are engaging in unprotected sex. That’s just the kind of thing that gets HIV/AIDS activist Mark S. King upset—but not for the reasons you might think.

In response, Mark penned Your Mother Liked It Bareback that addresses what he considers to be some of the great hypocrisies behind the gay community’s decades-old push for condoms to prevent infection.

Regardless of where you land in this debate, Mark’s conversation with Jim will get you thinking. Let’s keep the conversation going!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

The hit television show Sordid Lives put this week’s guest directly in the spotlight. But shortly after the show ended it’s run, he and Sordid Lives creator Del Shores ended their 10-year relationship and divorced. In an exclusive and revealing interview, Jason Dottley talks about life since their very public split opens up about how the challenges have led him into a new and exciting direction.

Jason also shares his song Party ‘Round the World and drops hints about his upcoming single This Is Our Night. It’s a fun, entertaining, and revealing interview we know you are going to love.

Of course, Jim starts of the episode with his trademark NewsChat. This week’s guest is Huffington Post contributor and host of Critical Thinking on Gay TV on the Go! Waymon Hudson. Waymon and Jim talk everything from marriage equality to vanity license plates. It’s a fun and informative chat you don’t want to miss!

So if you’re checking us out on Sunday, or just listening for a little touch of Sunday during the week, grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

Welcome to the PREMIER episode of Shades of Sunday. We think you will appreciate the milder start to your Sunday with entertaining interviews and great guests who are making, and covering, the news.

Instinct Magazine’s editor in chief Jeff Katz helps us kick things off as we talk about his new role with the magazine and look at what he thinks are the top stories of the week from the Instinct Magazine blog. You don’t want to miss it when the conversation turns to things like Matt Bomer and meth-selling, cross-dressing priests.

You can listen LIVE to Shades of Sunday each week at 11 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Pacific. Remember, you can chat with Jim and the guests and share your thoughts and comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

Happy 2013! It’s our first show of the new year and we’ve got two great guests to help kick things off. First up is Ray Sullivan from Marriage Equality Rhode Island. His state has been in the news this week since legislation was introduced to make gay marriage legal there. Ray offers terrific insight on what he thinks it will take to win equality there.

Next up is LA fitness expert Mike Donavanik. He joins us to offer some solid tips for keeping your New Year’s exercise and weight loss resolutions. Don’t despair—help is here!

All that plus big gay news and a whole lot more fun. Enjoy the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

2012 was one hell of a year. After a long and sometimes very bruising political season, we saw huge victories at the polls and made marriage equality a reality in four news states. We also saw landmark elections sending the first openly gay senator to Congress.

But we also had our challenges. From anti-gay chicken to the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda, the year that was felt more like a roller coaster ride than a walk in the park.

Join the Gay Sunday Brunch gang as they look back on many of the ups and downs of 2012—and be sure not to miss the fun when they crown the GSB Grindr Guy of the Year. Grab your mimosa and have some fun. We’re glad you’re hear!

Hear’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!

Direct download: NewYear2013.mp3
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