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What Constitutes a Queer Leadership?

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Laying the stepping stones for a new way forward. For some time I’ve been pondering the question, “What is queer leadership — and does it even exist?” It would be easier to ask, “What is Gay Leadership?” because we have witnessed gay leadership work to usher in many of the rights, freedoms, and acceptance that we enjoy — albeit...

Queering Leadership: An Evolutionary, Humanitarian Approach – LOP101

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What is integrity and why is it the most important and vital quality in leadership? We demonstrate individual integrity with honesty and strong moral principles to guide our choices and actions. What happens when you make a decision based on strong moral principles but you have to conceal part of the reason for your decision? Is that wrong? Is...

Celebrating 100 Episodes of the Living OUT Podcast – LOP100

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In June 2018 I started the Living OUT Podcast. I had no idea at that time what the show might become. Certainly, I have expanded the breadth of what I talk about since episode 001. Currently, I am focused on sharing The Way of Living OUT Leadership: a new way forward for LGBTQ people – while I’m creating it. Putting that in writing scares me...

How Otherness Empowers a Queer Leadership – LOP099

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How can we work together as a collective of queer thinkers to embrace, demonstrate, and advocate a humanitarian leadership of belonging? How can we – collectively as queer people – lead from the margins to metaphorically corral the disparate fractions of humanity, so that divisiveness between peoples may become less in proximity to create and...

Writing a New Narrative. The Power of Story to Save Humanity – LOP098

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Live OUT your unique identity to create an LGBTQ leadership that makes a difference in the world. Recently I listened to The TED Interview, Yuval Noah Harari reveals the real dangers ahead in which Harari explains why it might feel like there’s no future for humanity. Serendipity led me to read, George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess? and...

Jeffry Iovannone: Deconstructing the Ideal Gay Male Body – LOP077

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Living OUT Leadership Interview Series Jeff Iovannone is an activist-scholar, writer, educator, and researcher from Buffalo, New York who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and specializes in gender and LGBTQ studies. He is the creator of the blog, Queer History for the People, a columnist for Th-Ink Queerly, a member of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ...

The Many Paths of Living OUT Leadership – LOP076

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We Are Living in Troubled Times. Many of us feel compelled to do something, to affect change, but we might feel powerless, disconnected, or unsure how a single person could change the world for the better. I’ve been working on creating and describing the foundations of personal leadership for myself, and by extension other men who identify as gay...

Were Religions Invented to Control the Ego’s Fear of the Other? LOP075

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How is it possible for “a sincerely held religious belief” to be used as an acceptable form of discrimination? The answer is simple. There are far too many powerful egos in power pandering to far too many fearful egos who scream the loudest and also throw the largest amount of cash and support behind any politician who helps them get their way...

A Message About Hope – LOP073

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We can hope for change, we can hope for things to get better, we can hope for LGBTQ equality, but hope internalized is nothing but a silent wish kept in the closet. To be a change-maker – to be the change you want to see in the world – you need the help of others and more importantly, you need to express that hope with action. You Must Give Voice...

How Can You Use Your Difference to Make a Difference? LOP072

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As a gay man, what does it mean to live OUT the best of who you are? For me, it’s about recognizing if I’ve left any best parts of me in the closet, and which of those skills, desires, or talents I want to bring OUT to experience and enjoy. When I was a teenager growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I fell in love with figure...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.