WCQ455 Scott Duff is the Improvised Chef 2012-02-06
Host: Amy Matheny
Amy is on the couch with the fabulous Improvised Chef, Scott Duff, dishing on politics, the Cynthia Nixon controversy and Amy's show Enron. Scott is an amazing chef and discusses all things food. His hilarious blog contains recipes and lots of information and giggles.
I have to post a comment on the show. I loved Scott Duff and am looking forward to hearing more podcasts with him!! I have to comment, though, on the Cynthia Nixon conversation. She certainly has the right to tell her story, but there needs to be clarification. The "choice" argument in our culture centers on the idea that we are consciously choosing our sexual orientation for reasons other than it being authentic to our nature. In a time when we are finally getting the culture to start to have an understanding that we are being authentic to our nature as we live our lives, I find myself agreeing with those who are alarmed at the setback potential in her comments.
I have to note as well that you commented a few times in the course of the conversation about Ms. Nixon that we shouldn't try to devalue her own story. One of my (albiet few) frustrations with this podcast is when your co-hosts have been openly and unapologetically critical and even disparaging of Christians. This is my story, and it frustrates and hurts me when the podcast perpetuates anger toward my story.
We as a community should support Cynthia Nixon as we should support our Christian brothers and sisters and every other segment of every letter of our colorful alphabet. And we should also voice "clarification" to what "choice" IS and definitely what it is NOT in regard to being gay.
Thanks for your work in the community! Wait, I like salsa too! Does that mean...?? Oh, crap...
Amy: Eric -
thank you so much for listening! And yes I hope Scott will be on many more times. Wanted to respond about Christianity on the show. I am a Christian and have held forums for many people of faith to talk on LesBiGay Radio and Windy City Radio and now the podcast. Some of my co-hosts or guests have differing opinions. They feel passionately about that. I don't censor guests or hosts. I let them have their opinions..... but I try to always be a voice on the show that is out and gay and spiritual and happens to be christian. Though I do understand many who have anger and feel or have felt rejected, judged or persecuted by organized religion. And yes, if you like salsa....you might be a little lesbo! :)
Thanks for the feedback! I have heard some of your podcasts on topics of faith and particularly Christianity and have thoroughly enjoyed them! I think the most recent was a Lutheran minister whose name I can't recall... The Christian church has a LOT of work to do to build a relationship with the gay community, and I commend you for your good work on its behalf! I've recently joined a Presbyterian church and am thrilled with some of the progress I see, though it is slow and difficult work to be sure.
Sure wish I had known the whole salsa thing before I went through all that coming-out stuff. My family are really going to be confused by this one...!!
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