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Stop it! No more mediocre living. Dreaming and not doing. Apologizing for living your life your way. Host Rick Clemons – bold move badass and coming out expert – sez “Live Life Uncloseted dammit!” Each episode he takes you on a brash, fun, and in your face, provocative storytelling ride to escape your crazy making thoughts, explore your fears, and unabashedly elevate your self-expression so you can live your LIFE UNCLOSETED - whether you're LGBTQ or heteronormative.
 
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National Coming Out Day is October 11th. And to celebrate this once a year event, Life (UN)Closeted is going solo with host Rick Clemons for a 3 part series on dumping your excuses, facing your fears, and living your unapologetic life as an LGBTQ+ person. In this first episode Rick explores the excuses, brought on by confusion, that keep you from t…
 
Being gay is hard enough. Imagine being gay in the margins where immigration, race, and LGBTQ issues clash with your sexual identity, and the conservative values, expectations, and fears of your hard working migrant parents make you feel less than the perfect son. Author, Anthony Christian Ocampo, PH.D. explores these types of stories in his new bo…
 
From Monkeypox to Roe vs. Wade. Gay marriage to sodomy laws. This is not a time to say, "Oh that doesn't affect me, so I am not concerned!" Trust us, you do not want to get caught with you pants down during what could become very challenging times ahead for our LGBTQ+ community. Sharing his perspective as a media founder of Q.Digital, Scott Gatz, u…
 
Growing up LGBTQ can be very confusing. Your heart feels it before your head. You try to assimilate into hetero norms, but can't. Then once you accept who you are do you really take time to grieve the you that once was for the you that you've always been? Exploring all these types of thoughts in his brand new book - The You I See - author Danny Fre…
 
Growing up a boy in a mans world is hard enough. But growing up a gay boy in a rural masculine, coal and ranch country is a whole other way of growing up. From bullying to beatings and watching the correlation of tearing up the planet as a metaphor for tearing up someone's self worth, author Taylor Brorby lays it all down in words with his new book…
 
The Bible doesn't condemn homosexuality, DOES NOT, DOES NOT, DOES NOT. The bible actually preaches, start with love, and live each day from the point of love and all will be well with the world. However, for whatever reasons, religions, not all, but many have chosen to use the bible as a weapon to clobber the LGBTQ+ community. But one former Evange…
 
Imagine growing up on a cattle ranch in small-town Wyoming and feeling like you are literally the only queer in town, or for hundreds of miles for that fact. No imagine you are creative, artistic, and want to be a music person, but you can't let the real music out of the bag you want write to express yourself because that would "out" you. Welcome t…
 
FUN. Something many of us have let disappear from our lives. Whether it is because of COVID, political strife, human rights, or simply because we keep letting life get in the way, FUN is a commodity that is worth fighting for to bring joy into our lives. Guiding us to uncloset fun and make it a habit is Mike Rucker, PH.D. He gives us cool insights …
 
When you discover who you are, you need the power to move forward, get past the naysayers, and step into a space where you just may have to forgive and agree to disagree. Helping us embrace this way of showing up in the world, Meagan O'Nan, author of "Courage: Agreeing to Disagree Is Not Enough," helps us understand how to hold ourselves in a lovin…
 
Time to uncloset our creativity and consciousness. From wee ones to adults, author, speaker, and coach, Andrew Newman is inviting everyone to wake up, be creative and make the last 20 minutes of each and every day matter. About Andrew Andrew Newman is the award-winning author and founder of www.ConsciousStories.com, a growing series of bedtime stor…
 
Ever filled out a Driver's License application? Doctors patient form? Passport form? School enrollment form? Of course you have. Now imagine filling out the form and the only options for the question - Male or Female - is Male or Female. Or even worse, "Gender at Birth!" This is where the nightmare starts for any transgender or gender non-conformin…
 
What happens when a Mom says, "That's ok, you are who you are and I accept that!"? You get an amazing author who is giving out HOPE. Her debut novel, Mount Hope, takes readers on journey where a murder victim and Jesus have a conversation that could change the world...something we all need right now. A little change and empathy to let LGBTQ people …
 
As we wrap of PRIDE MONTH, let's never forget, our lives and our freedom as LGBTQ individuals continues to be in the crosshairs of so many people in the world. Over 300 bills to date, in 2022 have been brought to the political forefront as a strike to who we are and how we live our lives. Helping us see how to be more vigilant and active to keep ou…
 
Being LGBTQIA is messy. Hell, being human is messy. But no one prepares you as a mother of four to have two of two kids that are LGBTQIA. Yet what she never saw coming is her life calling to come out of her cocoon to support kids and families on the journey out of the closet. Heather Hester, proud mom, coach and podcaster joins this PRIDE season wi…
 
It's Pride month and that means go, go, go. Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. Then you hit the block wall of overdoing it, overthinking it, and even getting down on yourself because everyone else is doing Pride so much more fabulous than you are. WRONG. But what do you do when you start getting in your head? How do you get back to you? What if you c…
 
How do you live with courage to become an everyday leader in your life? As an LGBTQ individual? As a Human? Let's ask Ash Beckham. She's got a new book at - Step Up: How To Live With Courage and Become an Everyday Leader, where she takes everything she's learned about leadership since her TEDx Talk "Coming Out of Your Closet" went viral, and distil…
 
It's Pride Month and we are kicking it with a celebration and a deep dive into loving yourself in your prideful skin as an LGBTQ person - regardless of your flaws and addictioins. During this fun and deep conversation, David Houle a multidisciplinary artist shares his coming out and addiction recovery journey with ways to celebrate you and your lif…
 
Imagine being a gay dad. Cool. Now imagine your child loving, loving, loving sports. Is that your worst nightmare come to life? Maybe and if so, you will love this conversation with writer, journalist and hopeful TV Writer of a new sitcom - looking for a home - Bradley Jacobs. No he's not looking for a home but his sitcom, "One of the Guys," needs …
 
We all want to experience freedom, joy, confidence. Many of us also want to keep it simple. When you bring all those desires together, along with burning desire to carve your own path, you meet a woman named Meg He - a clothing brand innovator, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete and a queer, British-Chinese digital nomad. She's here keeping it real simp…
 
Our LGBTQ bodies are beautiful machines, but not unless we take care of them. Now add the stress of being LGBTQ, plus normal life stuff, and it can easily become a recipe for disaster. But what if you had a plan that stoked your body full of good just by eating right and know what is best for your body, not the fit you in the box way most medical p…
 
We've all heard the term "life imitates art, and art imitates life" or something along those lines. Now add to the mix a person who lives, as themselves, as trans and nonbinary opera singer and you have today's guest - Aiden K. Feltkamp (they/he). They are breaking the molds of opera and musical theater with their intimate perspective of their rele…
 
Regardless of what's going on in the world, or how you struggle to find yourself in this crazy world, the one thing I want you to know, is you can, should, and have the right to be UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU! That's what this short little solo episode with me, Rick Clemons, your host is all about. You can also listen to the podcast on……
 
Who are you and why are you? Do you ever entertain those thoughts as you navigate your life? As you wander out of the closets of your life? Of course we do, but what if you could step deeper into those questions and uncover that we are on an ever evolving journey into discovering yourself as yourself, completely uncloseted. Benjamina and Azrya Bequ…
 
Sara Church, author of the new book Mending My Mind, spent much of her childhood living below the poverty level. Her mother was a crystal meth addict. One summer she lived in a tent. This caused her severe, constant anxiety and distress. Filled with shame, she became hooked on receiving external validation as she grew older through both her studies…
 
Life is a series of change and transitions. Yet, when we get most frustrated with change - coming out, losing relationships, navigating a career change, battling life threatening diseases - do we really take the time to pass through that change and honor, release, and welcome in the new way of being in our life. Today, we venture into creating ritu…
 
We've all got our story and stories. Yet, in this day and age where books are being burned that inform young minds about LGBTQ+ people, it's more apparent than ever that we need a hero. An author hero. That hero is author Greg Howard who lovingly and bravely puts pen to paper, or in this modern age types like a mad man on his computer the stories t…
 
Coming out late in life has its moments. In this case it started with a graveside moment that made him realize, "It's time to be me." He called himself out of hiding and shares his story in his book "Leather and Lace: a gay man, lost love, and a road trip with his dead sister," Matt Bays takes us on the road trip of love, loss, and redemption. Abou…
 
We're all creating stories and doing sales jobs in our lives - all day long. From coming out to getting a new job, to finding the right relationship, to closing your next big client. There's always a story we tell ourselves and a sales job that leads to us finding our next level of happiness and trust in ourselves. Using the art of selling and our …
 
This is not where you anticipate being but yet here you are. Ever had one of those moments? Maybe when you finally decided to come out? Or, maybe it was when you took that next big career move, or wrote that song you thought would never hit the airwaves? Regardless of where you are, here you are. Elisa Nicolas - singer, songwriter, and proud member…
 
We all have secrets. We all keep Secrets. And, all those secrets cause pain and trauma. Sharing her own secret, as an LGBTQ ally, Elaine Pasqua takes us on a journey of a family secret that took her own Mother and Step Father that led her to turn to one community, that helped her find solace, while that community was having the world turn their bac…
 
Imagine being gay, and being institutionalized. Imagine being gay and being jailed for being gay. Nothing to imagine, this is reality. The reality of being gay in the 1950's, just a little over 70 years ago, this was our LGBTQ reality. Robert C. Steele, captures Jim Foshee story in the book he authored, Banned From California - of what it was like …
 
Diversity and inclusion isn't just a once a year endeavor to be brought out of the closet and then shoved back into the closet. It is a daily practice of learning to stand in other peoples stories. Taking us into the diversity zone, Don Reed - master storyteller and entertainer - guides us to step into other peoples world so we can be better humans…
 
From South Africa to New York City, you never know when you are going on your journey or where you will find yourself to finally be yourself. Speaking straight from a very purposeful heart, Yumna Aysen - aka Yumi - helps people find themselves so they can be the best version of themselves. Funny, insightful and full of energy, Yumi joins us today w…
 
You need to make more space. Get a storage unit for the crap in your life so you can make space for more PEACE in your life. Why? Without PEACE, it's a pretty miserable existence here on the good old planet earth. To help us get there, I've found an awesome guest - Diana Cutaia - who is witty, funny, and GASP a lesbian who coaches people and team t…
 
Imagine, growing up in a cult, being married to a female-to-male transgender individual for 10 years, and through all of that, plus life's other twists and turns, you find your calling to help others come out of their subconscious closets to live their fullest life! Today, Dr. Frances Yahia, tells her story and guides us to uncover the one impure t…
 
Religious trauma. Seems to be the norm for a majority of LGBTQ people that you encoutner. “You’re damned to hell!” or “You’re a sinner!” Of course most those people hurling those words for get that they’re divorced (a sin), have committed adultery (a sin), have eaten pig (a sin), worn woven fabrics (a sin), but all of that is forgivable, but you ju…
 
In 2014 when my friend Leah Jantzen approached me to take over her radio show - I scoffed and said, "Not my thing!" Well, it's very much my thing and here we are at the 500th Episode of Life (UN)Closeted. What started as an Internet radio show known as The Coming Out Lounge, has now become one of my greatest joys. A place where guiding and inspirin…
 
Imagine, being told by your Commander In Chief - "You don't matter, you don't count, and you're a danger to our military!" The reality is, he got fired and she's still there, serving the US Space Force and living her best transgender life. Bree Fram, a woman of courage and perseverance, continues to pass the test with honor and integrity. Today we …
 
Whether you're stripping your clothes off or coming out of the closet, it's all about the big reveal. But, what happens when you are terrified to let people see the real you, the you that you're meant to be? Do you freeze, and get scared of exposing your true self to the world? It's time to be confident and stop concerning yourself with what others…
 
It's really easy to get uptight, and lost in the holiday shuffle. Especially when you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, and you may not have fond experiences surrounding the holiday. Yet, in the words of RuPaul - "If you can't love yourself, then how the hell you going to learn to love anyone elses!" To that I say, if you can't give yourself some g…
 
You're parents are aging, you're settled in your gay life, and all of that gives you plenty of material to come out of the closet as a comedian...until you do. Then life throws you curve balls, and then the comedy comes to you not on stage, but through the words of your book, addressing the challenges of funerals, caring for parents, and managing y…
 
Nothing anyone did caused them to know they were different. But, they felt it and began exploring it and realized they were on the right path for them. Beyond addiction and into full recovery they found that their music, digital artistry and desire to explore more of who they are, led them to create “Knock Knock,” a psychedelic folk-rock sound rece…
 
We all have our story. We live our story daily. And, some of us take our stories, and the stories in our heads and turn them into our passion purpose...as a an author, with thousands of pages of articles and books. Gregory L. Norris is that person, a gay author who writes the stories that brings his life to life, even if many of those stories are f…
 
You had a plan. Marriage - check. Children - check. Your own flesh and blood family - no check. But that didn’t stop you and you went full-in to become a parent - despite the odds, and challenges. Giving full gratitude this Thanksgiving Eve, my friend Liz Grubb and I uncover her route to non-traditional parenthood and why her forever children are j…
 
"This transgender walked into the bar..." Cringe. Or, "You can tell he's a man by the apple logged in his throat, no matter what dress he wears!" Cruel, cruel, cruel. These are the types of off-handed, transphobic remarks that can have a painful impact on the person in your office, in the cubicle right next to you that causes us to have to honor, t…
 
You're a man, with a penis, but you enjoy dressing up as a woman. OMG, you must want to be transgender! Not exactly. Ok, so you want to do strange things to children in bathrooms by dressing up as a woman..HELL NO. Truth is, you are simply a man who likes men and women, and who one day you like presenting as a man, and the next day presenting as a …
 
The holidays are upon us along with the fun, joy, and STRESS. So how do you not let the stress drive you into your potential addiction, or ratchet up that addiction? You take the necessary steps to say, I need help. You also realize as an LGBTQ inidivual that you are up to 10x's more likely to become an addict than our heterosexual counterparts on …
 
Sometimes you hit a big block wall life and realize "It's My Time!" Through heartache, a wake up call or even a simple moment when you realize you do need to put yourself in the driver's seat of your life, and that's ok, no matter what anyone else says. Singer, artist, and dancer Joey Salinas, a a latin gay man, channeled all that energy into his l…
 
Sometimes life throws you a curveball, and before you know it, you find yourself in bed, and not for the funnest reasons. For many of us that would mean - THIS LIFE SUCKS! For others, it means kick yourself in the ass, even though your ass is the reason you're bedridden and transforming nearly overwhelming physical challenges and into your greatest…
 
One of 6 children. Surrounded by a family of pastors. Drawn to theater. Is it any wonder why one might be GAY? Well bless your heart. When grow up in White Settlement, Texas (yes that is a for real city deep in the heart of Texas), and you're called (he hates that term BTW) to the arts and theater, you just gotta let your gay shine and shine it has…
 
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