LGBTQ Spotlight

LGBTQ Spotlight: Free Oral HIV Testing Comes to Brookings

In this episode of LGBTQ Spotlight, Paul Hempel and Scott Clapson talk about HIV, the importance of HIV testing, the stigma around HIV, and the healthy life opportunities that result from early detection of HIV infection. They discuss Paul’s involvement with Cascade Aids Project in Portland and other volunteer work, including building a relationship with HIV Alliance in Eugene.

HIV AllianceThe HIV Alliance is a Eugene-based nonprofit organization.They will offer free oral HIV testing on Sunday September 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM downstairs at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 401 Fir Street, in Brooking. A special thank you to St. Timothy’s for providing the space for this important program.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


You can follow the local LGBTQ community at the Facebook sites LGBT Crescent City, Brookings, Gold Beach and PFLAG Gold Beach.


The monthly LGBTQ Meet and Greet:
Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 PM
Oxenfrē Public House
631 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, Oregon

… and every last Sunday of the month


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LGBTQ Spotlight: Susan Reaves

Susan and Hope Reaves

Susan and Hope Reaves

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the LGBTQ dinners at Oxenfrē Public House in Brookings, Susan Reaves and Scott Clapson talk about bisexuality, coming of age in the San Francisco’s Castro District, activism, and why visibility is important.

Susan shares with Scott about being an “arm chair activist”, and after listening to this podcast that’s hardly the case.

Scott: “Susan, we love our sisters like you who stand together with us. Thanks to Susan and her husband Mark for sending out the email reminders. Please let KCIW know if you don’t get the emails, and we will get you on the list. Happy Anniversary! Thanks to Joe, Oxenfrē, Susan and Mark, my producer Tom, and KCIW! We love you!”

You can follow the local LGBT community at the Facebook sites LGBT Crescent City, Brookings, Gold Beach and PFLAG Gold Beach.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Tom Bozack


Oxenfrē Public House

Oxenfrē Public House

The monthly LGBTQ Meet and Greet:
Sunday, August 30 at 4:00 PM
Oxenfrē Public House
631 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, Oregon

… and every last Sunday of the month


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LGBTQ Spotlight: Celebrating Marriage Equality

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land, LGBTQ Spotlight host Scott Clapson talks with Curry County residents Paul Hempel and Bruce Newman about their lives as a married couple who happen to be gay.

Bruce Newmand and Paul Hempel

Bruce Newmand and Paul Hempel

In this special podcast Paul, Bruce, and Scott discuss:

  • growing up in unaccepting religious environments, the pressure on LGBTQ people to marry someone of the “opposite” gender in such churches, and the resulting trauma these experiences cause;
  • “coming out of the closet” and the importance of being able to be authentic and honest with loved ones and people in their lives about who they are;
  • HIV awareness in Curry County and the importance of getting tested; and
  • Paul and Bruce’s current passions and travels.

Thank you Paul and Bruce for sharing your stories and being so open.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


Oxenfrē Public House

Oxenfrē Public House

The monthly LGBTQ Meet and Greet:
Sunday, July 26 at 4:00 PM
Oxenfrē Public House
631 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, Oregon

… and every last Sunday of the month


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LGBTQ Spotlight: Gender Talk

In this edition of LGBTQ Spotlight, host Scott Clapson has a lively conversation with Rachel Patterson, Jacob Patterson, Stephanie Wenning, and Kyle Clausen about their local Crescent City community group, Gender Talk.

Gender Talk Flyer

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Gender Talk’s mission is to promote gender and LGBTQ equality, and provide a safe space for representation, discussion, creativity, and expression.

Gender Talk was founded two years ago by Rachel and Jacob after they returned to their home town of Crescent City. Their goal was to create something that was missing when they were growing up: a support system for young women and LGBTQ youth, and a venue to educate youth on issues of equality.

Gender Talk has weekly meetings every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Coastal Connections in Crescent City. Each meeting is focused on a piece of popular media. Clips taken from television, movies, music videos, commercials, etc., are used to initiate a discussion around familiar images demonstrating that issues of equality are everywhere. By showing the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability, Gender Talk hopes to encourage open-mindedness and acceptance of diverse identities.

Building on their weekly meetings, Gender Talk has branched out to include a weekly radio show on KFUG (a community supported FM radio station in Crescent City), a quarterly publication, and a partnership with CASA of Del Norte County. This year they look forward to their first Summer Youth Media Campaign.

They welcome community involvement and invite anyone who wants more information or would like to participate to contact them at gendertalkcc@gmail.com or on their Facebook page, facebook.com/GenderTalkCC. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at gendertalkcc.

Don’t miss this lively conversation with these energetic young people who are making a difference in their community.


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LGBTQ Spotlight: A Conversation with Tamie Kaufman

Tamie Kaufman

Tamie Kaufman

In this edition of LGBTQ Spotlight, host Scott Clapson talks with Gold Beach City Councillor Tamie Kaufman about being out in a small coastal town, internalized homophobia, and volunteering for community engagement.

Tamie is a long term resident of Gold Beach. She is a member of the Gold Beach City Council, a property manager, and a member of the Gold Beach Chapter of PFLAG.


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LGBTQ Spotlight: The Monthly LGBT Meet and Greet with Organizer Joe Haynie

Oxenfrē Public House

Oxenfrē Public House

Scott Clapson talks with Joe Haynie about the monthly LGBT Meet and Greet held on the forth Sunday of every month at 4:00 PM at the Oxenfrē Public House in Brookings.

Joe Haynie, the organizer of these events, shares why it’s important for LGBT people and supporters to gather and make new friends in our community.

All LGBT people, their friends, and supporters are invited to attend.

The Oxenfrē Public House is located in the center or Brookings (Oregon) at 631 Chetco Avenue (Hwy. 101).

You can follow the local LGBT community at the Facebook sites LGBT Crescent City, Brookings, Gold Beach and PFLAG Gold Beach.


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