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Queer State of Mind
Queer State of Mind
Hosted by Orie Givens.

Queer State of Mind brings topics of sexuality, gender and race to the forefront of the discussion of all things, whether entertainment, politics or New York City life. Part of the QueerMinded Radio Network, QSoM highlights the voices of Queer/Trans people of color from around the NYC metro area and around the world. A mix of fun personalities, topics and all the T and shade you can handle, QSoM is the place for NYC QPOCs to gather and talk.

Listen LIVE every Saturday at 12:00 pm
Category: Talk

About Orie Givens

Orie Givens is a NYC journalist and communications professional who reports on intersectionality issues within our culture. He’s an Ohio native, graduate of The Ohio State University and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and has written or produced work for several outlets across the country. He created the QueerMinded Radio Network, a growing group of local LGBT POC podcasts.

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  • Episode 424: Judah Guvrah & Richie from Dietre - 2/03/18
    by Queer State of Mind on February 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    On today's show, we talk Eurovision and making music with Judah and Richie as they unveil their music. Plus all the typical shade and tea from the girls. Listen →

  • Episode 421: Globed Up 1/13/18
    by Queer State of Mind on February 15, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Listen as we discuss Trump's latest DACA shenanigans, Stormy Daniels, the Golden Globes and #Oprah2020. Listen →

  • Episode 423: Honey in your Hot Tea - 1/27/18
    by Queer State of Mind on February 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    We are joined by Honey Davenport and Jayce Vegas who discuss their newest music available for streaming and dish some piping hot tea. We talk drag race and who we expect to win. Listen →

  • Episode 420: Happy New Year 1/06/18
    by Queer State of Mind on February 15, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Happy New Year! Queer State of Mind is back with some new topics to start the year off right. Listen →

  • Episode 407: We back and Kesha is, too
    by Queer State of Mind on August 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    The hosts are back from break and Kesha dropped a new single, Praying. Plus, a new study says a drug-resistant STD is running rampant because of oral sex - so obviously we talk about the dangers of blowjobs. Listen →

  • Episode 406: Pride Finale with Deitre & David Macaluso
    by Queer State of Mind on August 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    We close out our pride month celebrations with one of our favorite bands, Deitre, Richie and the boys bring us some new music and talk about their new album. And, David Macaluso from the forthcoming performance House of Murgatroyd joins us to promote his upcoming season. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #405 Still Pride, Still Cray
    by Queer State of Mind on July 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    The hosts have a full house as they continue their Pride month celebrations with special guests Bobby and Cindy Oahu (Played by Nicole Aiossa and Josh Hartung) and fitness trainer Sam Perez. This week, we cover everything from the new stripes on Philly's pride flag to greasy black dick. Yes, you read that right. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #404 Brooklyn Pride Festival Live
    by Queer State of Mind on July 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    The gurls are celebrating Brooklyn Pride in style with their special live broadcast from Park Slope. Saidue, Orie and Deron are joined by special guest co-hosts Kari Kerning and Robbyne Kaamil who bring us the sounds and shade from the festival. Plus, we have our favorite pride dance hits and a special interview with performers Nia & Ness. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #403 Brooklyn Pride Preshow Part 1
    by Queer State of Mind on June 18, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Brooklyn Pride co-chair Jamie Farnam joined us in our pre-show to give updates on the calendar of events, entertainment and nighttime parade. We're also joined by special guest co-host Jimmy Ramsey from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, our Brooklyn Pride presenting partner. The panel discusses the Kathy Griffin controversy, their pride festival memories and President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Climate Accords. This month, we are celebrating pride with a sample of pride hits and anthems from the ages, kicking off with hits from Aretha, Madonna and Queen. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Special Edition Presented by AHF
    by Queer State of Mind on June 13, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Queer State of Mind took its show on the road for a special 2-hour edition live from the Brooklyn Pride Party at AHF Pharmacy in Brooklyn. As the kids say, the party was lit! Join Saidue, Orie and Deron for interviews with Harmonica Sunbeam, AHF Reps Jimmy Ramsay, Jomil Luna, Eddie Dillard and a special edition of Advice Diva with Guest Co-host Robbyne Kaamil.Plus you get a double dose of evening T and our favorite Queers on the Mic segment playing "Never Have I Ever - Pride Edition." And, we have a play list that will kick off any pride celebration featuring music from Diana Ross, Gloria Gaynor, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Erasure, Scissor Sisters, Madonna, Janet, and more. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #402 Part 2: Trump In Middle East, Chicken Nuggets Make You Gay
    by Queer State of Mind on May 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    President Trump took his first trip abroad as leader of the USA, and of course it was messy. And the co-hosts finally figured out what made them gay so long ago - all those chicken nuggets, according to a study self-published in Albania. Dance break includes music from Pointer Sisters, Honey Cone & The Supremes Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #402 Part 1: Dragging Katy & Miley, Teen Music
    by Queer State of Mind on May 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are trying it, and the co-hosts just had to let them know. That leads to a nostalgic discussion about good music from our teenage era, which was longer away for some than others. Hear music from Ariana Grande, our vocal master of the week. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #401 Pt 2 TV, Chelsea Manning and Special Guest Lis Stevens
    by Queer State of Mind on May 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Part 2 of episode 401 is about the shows and dating shenanigans with our friend Lis Stevens. Lis also talks to us about her upcoming jazz album and her craziest dating stories. Listen →

  • #401 Queer State of Mind Season 5 Debut and Janet Jackson Pt. 1
    by Queer State of Mind on May 31, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The hosts are kicking off Season 5 in style. We're joined by special guest co-hosts Jose and Lis, and we talk about everything from RompHims, to Saidue's cabaret show to their thoughts on RENT coming to FOX. Our vocal master this week is the incomparable Janet Jackson. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Live #314 Happy Birthday Saidue and Orie!
    by Queer State of Mind on May 27, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Orie and Saidue are both celebrating birthdays this week, so we give you an extended dance megamix to create the party wherever you're at! Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind #313 - The "Press Conference", Cover Boy Drama, Opera Talk & The Grammys
    by Queer State of Mind on May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The girls go in a lot on this episode - from Trump to the Cover Boy, to Real O'Neal's bisexual faux-pas getting called out by former Grey's star Sara Ramirez. The hosts also chime in on the Grammys and are joined by one of our favorite guest co-hosts Lis. Also, Orie sees his childhood hopes dashed as they discuss Ricky Martin's fiance, leading to a discussion of hot celebrities. Not to mention, the shows. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Live #312
    by Queer State of Mind on March 27, 2017 at 2:40 am

    It's our first QSOM Brunch Takeover hosted by our friends Tayo and Erica and Saidue joins live from the party while Orie and Deron hold it down in the studio. Our hosts talk politics, #BlackGaySlay, Melissa McCarthy playing Trump and more news and shade. Plus we have an extended dance mix with hot house, trance and club tracks for your life. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Live #311
    by Queer State of Mind on February 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Orie and Saidue are joined by guest co-hosts Barry and Eddie and they talk Black History Month, Miss Universe, Beyonce's photo announcement and why gurls are dropping Uber. Plus, our guest, baritone Barry Robinson talks about his upcoming shows around the area and around the world. Linda Eder gets the honor of being our vocal master this week, and a dance break that takes you back. Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Live #310
    by Queer State of Mind on February 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

    We're joined in the studio by special guest co-host Jose, and it's a week in to the administration of President Trump. And boy was it a week. Listen to everyone's reaction to the news and alternative facts presented. Saidue explains the Jollof rice phenomenon and why it always causes an uproar, goes in on Jada again, plus the hosts talk about Hidden Figures, Nashville and the Oscar nominations. This week's music vocal masters are the best one hit wonders of the 90s and we debut the new hit track from Missy Elliot, "I'm Better." Listen →

  • Queer State of Mind Live #309
    by Queer State of Mind on February 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

    It's the first show after Donald Trump becomes President Trump, and the girls have a lot to say. We're joined live from the Women's March on Washington by fellow RFB host Took Edalow from What Would Save the World on Wednesdays at 3. We follow up on the Jennifer Holliday controversy, give their take on the hilarious display on UK's Judge Rinder, discuss the feasibility of dipping pizza in milk and other nonsense. Vocal master stylings from Miss Anita Baker, Listen →