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Interfaith conversations deconstructing traditional religious beliefs. A former Orthodox Jew and a Spanish-raised Catholic join forces to fight spiritual violence. Our nuanced conversations with queer revolutionaries will give you the tools to tear apart binaries and live a meaningful life. Recent guests include Arlan Hamilton, Mary Lambert, Sushant Divgikar, Rev. Troy Perry, Ryan Cassata & Senator Weinberg.
 
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On this final episode of The Nuanced Series, your hosts look back on the lessons learned throughout this season. From listening to others perspectives to giving ourselves permission to think differently, Melissa and Pelayo discuss how to engage in difficult yet meaningful conversations. Thank you all so much for listening. The Forbidden Apple Podca…
 
Singer/songwriter Grace Semler Baldridge shares with us their journey from being a preacher's kid to charting on Christian music charts as an openly queer artist. Grace shares how they deconstructed and reconstructed their faith coming out stronger on the other side with a deeper and more connected spirituality. We discuss music, inspiration and re…
 
Melissa sits down with Rabbi James, Director of social justice programming at CBST to discuss being a queer liberal Jew in 2021. We discuss how it may seem at odds to stand up for more than one people's pain and our steadfast belief that all people should be free and live safely without fear. We discuss the harmful stereotypes about the Jewish peop…
 
Melissa and Pelayo discuss 2021 Pride and the decision of the organization that runs New York’s Pride to ban cops from the parade. Do you feel safer without cops at the pride parade? We wanna hear from our community so let us know your thoughts on this via our Instagram @theforbiddenapplepodcast or email info@theforbiddenapplepodcast.com Sink your …
 
What if the word homosexual was never meant to be in the bible? Sharon Rocky Roggio, producer and director of the documentary film 1946 joins us to discuss the film that chronicles how the misuse of a single word changed the course of modern history. Rocky also shares her personal struggle and her complex relationship with her dad, a conservative p…
 
Penny Cost, a drag queen in the process of getting ordained by the Methodist Church, shares how her ordination has caused “chaos” in the church. While she has received support from her church she has also received backlash from conservative Methodists. Penny wants to use drag and carnivalesque performance to transform the church into a more accepti…
 
Ross Murray from GLAAD, Yass, Jesus! podcast and the Naming Project is back on the pod! His new book ”Made, Known, Loved” shows congregations how to create a program that affirms LGBTQ youth. How can we transform religious spaces into more welcoming environments and guide future leaders? Listen to find out! Order this important book. Find it anywhe…
 
Today are joined by our favorite comedian Carolyn Bergier host of the podcast "Dyking Out". We discuss all things comedy: The limits, the pitfalls, and how smart comedy can be used for social change. Carolyn breaks down how to broach difficult topics with humor. Listen for a good time and expert advice. www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.com www.patreon.…
 
Pelayo brings you a rant on the Catholic Church statement on same-sex unions and their impossibility to bless them. An answer to their "unjust discriminations" and being "unable to bless sin". This statement comes shortly after Pope Francis mentioning homosexuals are children of God and have a right to a family, If you have enjoyed this feel free t…
 
Your hosts are joined by Rev. Liz Edman, queer priest, and author of “Queer Virtue”, to discuss the latest statement from the Vatican on Same-sex Unions. We talk about the let down many of us feel about this statement and the need to unite to continue the fight. Liz explains the cycle of reformation of religious institutions every 500 years and sha…
 
Continuing with our "nuanced series" we discuss how to build your own spiritual toolbox.' Your hosts Pelayo and Melissa unpack the difference between appropriation vs appreciation. The question of the hour is " how do we learn from others and apply it in a respectful way to our lives? We look forward to hearing your thoughts! Remember to leave us a…
 
Melissa and Pelayo talk about the phenomenon of the “ex-gay’ and the effects it has on LGBTQ+ community. Can we live our truth without judging others or does our truth affect our humanity as a whole? How do we have nuanced conversations around things we are ideologically opposed to? We discuss this and more in this episode. More questions than answ…
 
Join Pelayo and Melissa as they share the details of their new series "the Forbidden Apple Around the world: Africa". We will hear from people who have survived gender-based violence and corrective rape, live with HIV in Africa, and those who risked their lives to work towards legalizing homosexuality in their countries. They share these stories to…
 
Pelayo and Melissa close a year full of meaningful queer stories and share the Forbidden Apple’s plans for the New Year. In the meantime check out our previous seasons: LGBTQ finding meaning in art. LGBTQ Voices in recovery. Can you be religious and queer? LBGTQ Clergy and interfaith leaders. Leaders and advocates for the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ lea…
 
Chris DiMeglio is a meditation teacher and professional musician. He opens up about the interconnections between coming out and starting his meditation practice. Chris shares how the work of Byron Katie and Shinzen Young help him when he’s in a stressful mindset and remind him to just observe and not identify with his thoughts. Meditate with Chris:…
 
We welcome Gaby Dunn, author, comedian, you-tuber, and fellow podcaster from "Bad with Money" and "Just Between Us" Gaby shares how ritual, culture, history, and dark humor connects her to her Judaism. We discuss separatism, generational trauma, and how antisemitism is on the rise. Gaby talks about why she started her podcast “Bad with Money” and t…
 
Mandi Rice is a chaplain and founder of the Queerituality project. Mandi traveled around the US, with her project Queerituality, interviewing folks who were trying to reconcile their queerness and spirituality. She attended Harvard Divinity School, and after 16 years of reconciling her queerness and faith, she was able to find a community where she…
 
Brit Barron talks about her journey from being raised in an Evangelical mega-church to coming out after falling in love. Brit shares “behind-the-scenes” information about the church's positions on LGBTQ inclusion and the misleading language they use to come across as "accepting". Listen for some great advice on how we can use the strength it takes …
 
David Djemal is an Israeli-British actor, theatre creator, and activist. He brings humor to his work to portray important issues. David shares the struggles of being LGBTQ in his traditional religious home, as well as being religious in the LGBTQ community. David is committed to increasing representation and co-created “The Jewish Cabaret” a theatr…
 
Colin Bedell "Queer Cosmos" shares how astrology helps him in his spiritual life. We talk about how science works hand in hand with astrology. We discuss the importance of accessible language and the dangers of gatekeeping. Colin shares how using the principles of “A Course in Miracles" can help us to heal, connect with ourselves and with society. …
 
Digital-media darling, Phillip Picardi, joins us to share his spiritual journey from growing up in a Catholic home to starting his podcast “Unholier Than Thou.” Phil shares the important role media played in his own coming out and how he now works to ensure more positive queer representation in the media. We talk privilege and the process of starti…
 
Y-Love is a rapper and activist who has created Tribe Herald, a space for Jews of color. He opens up about feeling he was Jewish at a young age and the challenges of converting. Y-Love shares how at his highest professional point, as a recognized rapper, he was going through a low personal point, after being outed by one of the community members. Y…
 
Rev. Yolanda and, Rev. Glen Ganaway join us to discuss their ministry "The Mighty Companions” a ministry that hosts weekly meetings to discuss lessons from "A Course in Miracles" and "Church of the 2 Drink Minimum" a monthly spiritual cabaret. Rev. Yolanda shares her personal journey of coming to terms with her identity as trans femme and genderque…
 
Jay Malksy, comedian and entertainer, shares their experience as a gay and non-binary practicing Catholic. Jay came out in Catholic high school and was supported by the LBGTQ group run by a priest at school. We discuss the complex progress of LGBTQ rights in the Catholic Church. https://linktr.ee/gaymalsky @GayMalksy www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.co…
 
Pelayo and Melissa discuss what brings them joy and how they find their voice during these uncertain times. As we enter our 6th month of the global pandemic we wanted to share methods we find useful to stay present and connected to our own inner truth. Extra! Extra! Extra! Pelayo has launched his youtube channel Pelayo A.F., where he focuses on spi…
 
Casper ter Kuile, Harvard Divinity School fellow, is the host of "Harry Potter & the Sacred text", author of the book of “The Power of Ritual” and founder of “Sacred Design Lab”. We discuss how to discover connection, meaning, and purpose through the power of ritual. Casper also assesses the complex structure of spirituality as well as where he see…
 
Ethan Roberts shares how his journey took him to seminary and to eventually become a chaplain in the trans unit on Rikers Island. Ethan opens up about his own spiritual injury and journey of healing and how he creates trust with the people he helps in jail. We also discuss ways Ethan unwinds and practices self-care to avoid burn out. This episode i…
 
Singer/songwriter, Ryan Cassata, shares his journey of losing touch with religion after he came out as trans. After feeling spiritually sick he found a mentor whose powerful words helped him realize that being queer and religious can coexist. As a result, Ryan found healing and reconnected with his faith. Listen to hear Ryan's advice on how to be t…
 
We had the honor to speak with Rev. Troy Perry who is a gay rights activist, and founder of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). MCC started with 12 people in Perry’s home and has grown to have a presence in 37 countries with 222 affiliated churches. Rev. Perry who has been invited to the white house 5 times, talks to us about organizing the firs…
 
We are joined by Sushant Divgikar aka Rani KoHEnur, "Mr. Gay India", who was recently featured as the first Indian drag queen on "Forbes 30 Under 30" Asia. Sushant talks about building their career with no representation and paving a path for others to follow. They share how hatred and criticism made them stronger. Sushant also clears up some misco…
 
We are honored to have Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, a multidisciplinary author with years of experience working in the intersection of politics and spirituality. Jay is also a teacher and editor at Ten Percent Happier. Jay shows us how paganism is present in "Burning Man" and hidden in many normative religious practices. He shares his thoughts on the …
 
To our new and old listeners welcome to this space of radical acceptance! It has been a whole year and we wanted to take this moment to reintroduce ourselves. We are Pelayo Alvarez and Melissa Weisz. We are the hosts of "The Forbidden Apple" where we explore the complex relationship between queer people and spirituality. We discuss our views on spi…
 
Happy anniversary!!! 365 days of the Forbidden Apple! Pelayo and Melissa discuss their feelings and get personal as we unwrap a wonderful year. We share our goals and ambitions for this new year. Thank you for joining us on this journey and we promise to make this year even better. Don't forget to sink your teeth into: www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.…
 
Brian McComak is the C.E.O. of Hummingbird Humanity, a company that makes workspaces more inclusive. He uses personal stories to make businesses understand the power of diversity. Brian shares how he learned that he was HIV positive and how he came to accept it. Listen to learn more about inclusion, diversity, belonging, and the concept of equity. …
 
This is an extract from our series "7 Weeks of Purpose" series. Rev. Luther Young, and Nathanial Green from Q Christian talk to us about the "Unchanged Movement". We explore the term "Trauma Porn" and the best way to shut down conversations with unwelcoming folks. Rev. Young shares the history of the complexities of being queer and black. To learn …
 
We are honored to have Kevin Whiteneir, an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work focuses on the relationship between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. This is an extract from our "7 Weeks of Purpose" series. We discuss how to …
 
This guided meditation by Marisa Viola is for all of us feeling stressed, scared, or anxious. Marisa Viola, who is a meditation teacher at MNDFL and runs an LGBTQ sit, joined us for our mindfulness session of "7 Weeks of Purpose". We stand with the black community and will participate in the necessary change and action towards the achievement of eq…
 
Author and venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton shares her journey from sleeping on airport floors to funding her own venture capital fund "Backstage Capital". She discusses having faith in people's potential and the lessons she learned from growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness. Arlan shares how to turn being underestimated into your greatest advantage. …
 
Comedian Leah Forster joins us to talk about her journey of being raised in an ultra-orthodox community to finding her own meaning and connection to Judaism. She shares the pain of living a double life and the joy of finally being her authentic self. Leah discusses the scandal of having her show canceled in a kosher restaurant because of her sexual…
 
Introducing our Zoom series "7 weeks of purpose". We will be going live every Sunday from May 10th to June 21st, 2020. We will bring together community, ask advice from old and new friends, and explore a wide variety of perspectives on purpose, faith & spirituality. These conversations will leave us with practical tools, skills, and resources to he…
 
Life coach extraordinaire Frank Paul Vignola shares how his own journey and rough childhood led him to become a men’s life coach. Frank incorporates his background as an actor and performer to help him understand and guide his clients. Join us to get some tips on confidence and listen to Frank's simple but powerful mantras to get out of our heads. …
 
Have you watched "Unorthodox" on Netflix? Pelayo interviews Melissa about her experience consulting and appearing in the viral Netflix series. We dig into her experience leaving the community, and how it differs from Esty Shapiro's experience in the series. We are excited to continue these conversations on the role of women in the ultra-orthodox co…
 
Mark Julien presents the graphic novel "Justin Case and the Closet Monster". The novel was a 10-year project that he used to come out to his late father. He uses his creative drawings to share his struggles of reconciling faith and being queer. He opens up about the meaning of "the monsters living in our closet" and how he found his inspiration. Ch…
 
Rev Yolanda and, Rev. Glen Ganaway join us to introduce us to “A course in miracles” the book that guides their lives. They created the ministry “ the Mighty Companions” which includes a weekly meeting to discuss lessons from a course in miracles and their monthly "Church of the 2 drink minimum". Rev Yolanda opens up about becoming a music minister…
 
Jennifer Crawford talks to us about the pains of growing up, their recovery, and finding a higher power. They open up about how CBT led them to be fully present whilst competing in Masterchef Canada. They share the way they connect to their newly-discovered Jewish heritage through cooking and baking traditional Jewish food. Check out their recipes …
 
Musician, writer, and Grammy Award nominee, Mary Lambert, joins our podcast as we discuss the darker shades of success and fame. She opens up about her childhood traumas and finding her connection to music through the church. Since parting ways from her music label, she has leaned into her inner voice and was able to genuinely create the music she …
 
Mary Rutt and Shelly Johnson from the "Latter Day Lesbian" podcast share what inspired them to do their amazing podcast, create an incredibly supportive community. They open up about their path to breaking away from the high-demand religions they were raised in and how much their lives have changed in the last couple of years. We highly recommend l…
 
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman is the founder of "Pride Ministry", a spiritual community for BDSM, Kink, and Poly folks. She is also an affirming psychotherapist with a focus on the alternative community. Rev. Deb’s progressive interfaith/interspiritual ministry is committed to the spiritual healing of alternative souls. She works to ensure the spiritual nece…
 
We welcome filmmaker and writer Nora Berman. Nora grew up practicing Buddhism following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. We discuss how as a child she would attend the Dharma center with her Jewish father and Christian mother and struggled with the idea of “non-attachment”. Her favorite part was walking meditation which continues to be a source of…
 
In this Forbidden Apple mixer, we explore how we use storytelling through photography, music, and spoken word for social change in the LGBTQ Movement. Do you want to join us? Email info@theforbiddenapplepodcast.com Sink your teeth into… www.theforbiddenapplepodcast.comBy Pelayo Alvarez & Melissa Weisz
 
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