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Joel Speaks Out

Kansas City, MO
Joel@joelspeaksout.com

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Yesterday I stood alongside members of the LGBTQ community both on the steps of City Hall and in the historic chambers where local history has been made since 1930's. Many of my friends and colleagues there are also survivors of conversion therapy. We each had 2 minute...

Conversion Therapy is in the news nearly every day.  Thanks to movies like Boy Erased and others, the horrible, unscientific practice of trying to change one's sexual or gender identity through pseudoscience "therapy" is being banned in states and municipalities across...

“Bisexuals are the unicorn of the queer world.” - Dr. Nora Ekeanya, local Kansas City psychiatrist who identifies as bisexual and is married to her husband. 

Like the mythical, one-horned creature we have all heard about, bisexuals roam - nearly invisible - among us, ha...

I purposefully haven't said much about my faith since I came out in 2002.  I didn't want it to be a distraction to anyone. It has been  journey and an evolution. For a long time I wasn't really sure what I did or didn't believe.  I was exploring, questioning, and testi...

Kansas City is reeling from the murder of Brooklyn Lindsey a black trans woman who was found dead on the steps of a vacant home on the morning of Tuesday, June 25.  She is the 11th known homicide of a trans person in 2019. She is the second trans woman to lose her life...

Apparently, May 16th is National LGBTQ Elders Day.  I'm not sure I knew this day existed until today, but I've seen several social media posts about it.  While I believe in the importance of recognizing those like Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Harvey Milk for al...

David and I celebrated 13 years together on February 23. In gay years that’s like 40, so the joke goes. The truth is, I know many LGBTQ couples whose relationships make ours seem hardly worth mentioning. I’m thinking of a more than one couple who have 40+ years and sev...

I was everything a godly man should be, yet I was gay and I knew those two could never coexist in that world. No matter how Godly I was I knew the moment anyone found out I was gay, I would cease to be godly. Thus the charade continued. No one must ever know. No one m...

September 6, 2018

August was an unexpected storytelling month for me.  On August 10 I was invited to tell a story on stage in Chicago for RISK!.  The concept of the podcast is RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare To Share! I've shared my story publicly more times th...

I was an enigma to my father. He didn't know what to do with me nor how to relate to me. I was my mother's child. Unlike my much older brothers, I had no interest in sports, rough play, fixing things, building things or any of the other stereotypical "masculine" things...

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The Invisible Bisexual

September 24, 2019