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Episode 175 [in English]: Queer Migrant Men Project

Pedro (project coordinator of The Love Tank’s London-based Queer Migrant Men Project) and Ali (volunteer with the project) joined us for this week’s episode!  The QMM project was developed in response to the wide information gap in London among migrants, causing difficulty accessing sexual health services.  When migrants don’t know the language, their rights, or about the free services available in the country, it becomes impossible for them to prevent and/or treat STIs and HIV. This is what inspired the decision to form the QMM project.  The project received funding by London Community Response this year, and now a small team of volunteers run the project by doing online outreach spreading sexual health information to QMM via dating apps.

In this episode, Pedro, originally from Brazil, and Ali, originally from Iraq, talked about their own experiences moving to London and having to navigate the healthcare system.  They also discussed the breakdown of stigmas that the QMM project aims to achieve, the importance of culturally-contextualized conversations about sexual health, what measures folks can take to manage their sexual health, and more.

QMM Project: https://www.queerhealth.info/projects/qmm

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Pictured:  Ali (left) & Pedro

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Episode 174 [in English]: Greg Sucks


Texas Governor Greg Abbott never met a political situation that he couldn’t make worse. He is best known for his 6-week abortion ban and the bounty website for women, doctors and anyone who helps someone get an abortion. His greatest hits include LGBT adoption bans, encouraging public carrying of firearms, and refusing refugees – he always finds a way to take the path of least empathy. This is a quick overview of the Texas Governor’s career and his possible future presidential ambitions.

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Episode 173 [in English]: Jelly Bean Trees

We’ve got a catchup episode with Ellie, Alia, and Nadia this week! We talk a little bit about our local disasters this week (Hurricane Ida and the new abortion laws in Texas). Then we need a mental break, so we play some hypothetical games (borrowed from the Just Between Us Podcast): “Would you stay with that cheater?” and “Are you a terrible parent?” Listen to find out how we would react to secret arranged marriages and whether we would tell our hypothetical kids that vegetables grow from jellybean seeds.

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