The Gay Radio Collective

Save Your Local Bookstore

by on Jun.09, 2019, under Interviews

Bookstores that specialize in literature for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual, people are closing at a high rate. Why? Are closings due to new technologies, the economy, lack of readers?

Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor

In 2005, Beyond The Closet – Seattle’s only gay/lesbian bookstore closed after almost 20 years of business. In Dallas, 2007, Crossroads – closed after 27 years in business. Baltimore – Lambda Rising closed in 2008. West Hollywood, A Different Light, closed March 2009 after 30 years in business. And the nation’s oldest and first gay bookstore – Oscar Wilde Bookstore in New York City – 41 years in business – closed – also in March of 2009.

Keith Orr, owner of Common Language Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan speaks with authors Christopher Rice and Greg Herren.

Christopher Rice, Author

Rice wrote four New York Times best-selling novels: Blind Fall, A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, and Light Before Day. He has served as President of the Board for the Lambda Literary Foundation, the nation’s leading organization for the advancement of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender writers.

Herren is based in New Orleans. He was editor of Lambda Book Report for over a year, book reviewer for Southern Voice for four years, and has written for publications as varied as Genre, Gay and Lesbian Review, Gulf Coast Arts Review, Where New Orleans, Fitness Plus and LA Frontiers. He is the author of six books–all gay mysteries set in New Orleans – one of them, Murder in the rue Chartres, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery.

Greg Herren, Author

Listen as the authors describe the book writing and selling industry, recall book tours, and explain business relationships with booksellers.


Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Lambda Literary Foundation:

Christopher Rice Books:

Greg Herren:

SUPPORT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED BOOKSTORE – buy your books there, visit with a friend, enjoy the personal relationship.  Make books and reading a regular part of your day.

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Singing in a Choir

by on Jun.08, 2019, under Interviews

Features singers from the Ann Arbor area Out Loud Chorus.

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Gay Fathers and their Children

by on Jun.07, 2019, under Interviews


What does it take to be a Dad? Where does being a parent fit into a relationship? Four fathers and some of their children are present for this special look at gay parents, the roles, responsibilities and day-to-day lives.

“It’s more than a desire — it’s a drive or a feeling that’s awake in us, that we want to share, that we want to bring the next generation along, not necessarily in our own image – to have an influence on the next generation.”

Four Dads from the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metropolitan area: Tom is a math teacher at a Plymouth High School, Mark a systems analyst at Ford Credit, Mike an engineer and director at an automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, and Dennis is a professor in the communications department at Eastern Michigan University.

“It brought me closer to my family, because now we had something in common that we didn’t have in common before…. being a parent. It helped draw me closer to my parents.”

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Have Faith!

by on May.23, 2019, under Interviews

Linda Haywood (a retired hospital administrator)  and Ryan Haywood (lawyer) are two people who attend a church in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA). They’re not politicians, they’re not gay, and they’re not church officials – but they are a thoughtful church-going couple who felt that gays, lesbians, and transgendered folk need to be welcomed in their place of worship. How do you start a movement and influence an entire congregation?

….We welcome and affirm all persons. We are intentional in being inclusive of those of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender orientations, all genders, ethnicities, nationalities, and abilities. In modeling the ministry of Jesus Christ, we shall all journey together into full participation in the life of the United Methodist Church and a closer relationship with God.

-Welcoming Statement from Rainbow Crossing 2009

This interview includes a simple review of several religions and their public stance on homosexuality, transgendered/gays/lesbians and a detailed discussion on the United Methodist Church and the church’s law.

This is big.”

Links of Interest:

Rainbow Crossing:
Reconciling Ministries Network:

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