Documenting Our Diverse History: The Twin Cities Pride Podcast

Ryan Garza with Chad Kampe of Flip Phone

In 2016, my company, Podletter Media, joined the Twin Cities Pride team. Our mission: To help capture and preserve the voices of the Twin Cities’ LGBTQ+ community as a part of the organization’s “Our Living History” project. It’s hard to believe that was over 100 episodes ago, but here we are.

It’s truly been an honor to have been a part of this effort to document the voices and experiences of this incredibly diverse and beautiful community. Here are just a few of the gracious and amazing individuals who have contributed their voices to this project along the way. You can listen and subscribe to the TC Pride Podcast on iTunes or on any device at

Dot Belstler, Episode 29: “Reflections on Pride 2016”

Really, commemorating our diverse heritage is right up there in our mission. It’s like the first thing. And it’s so important. I think that, as more rights are afforded to the LGBTQ community, people kind of forget about all of the challenges that the community has lived through, that individuals have lived through, and to capture those stories is just so important.

Jacob Thomas, Episode 35: “Lush Thanksgiving Day Community Meal”

I think the next year—the next four years, especially—will hopefully help define what we remember ourselves as . . . And I’m hopeful, in a weird way, about how we are going to . . . figure out how we work together and stay in community together . . . And it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult, but I think we were born for such a time as this, and we’re here, and we’re going to make it work.

Rebecca Wagoner, Episode 84: “Saturday in Loring Park at Pride 2017”

Feel it. Feel this love. Feel this Pride. Feel the energy that’s here. And this is how we’re gonna change the world. This is how. Coming together, building community, creating places for everybody across the spectrum, and saying, ‘Look, we have to be in it together.’ This is how we make a difference. And so that’s what Pride means to me.

Sarah McPeck, Episode 45: “Project Q”

I will tell you that the queer arts scene is pushing every single boundary that there is. You will find people who are going far beyond—or right on par with—people in San Francisco or New York. So if you want to see something thrilling, exciting, people pushing boundaries, check out any number of queer events going on in the Twin Cities and you will be amazed, and you will get to be a part of something super special.

Miguel Ramos, Episode 96: “Miguel Ramos from the Minnesota Twins”

So when one community, like maybe the LGBTQ community, has a challenge, it should be my challenge. And it should be the challenge of others. When the African American community has a challenge, it should be the challenge of the LGBTQ community too. I strongly believe when that happens, we are going to be a strong community.

Beth Zemsky, Episode 100: “The Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota”

I think this is one of those moments, as our movements are moving forward at an accelerated pace, to be firmly grounded in where we’ve been, and to be able to celebrate the history that got us here, and to keep learning the lessons from the past.