OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective
This episode of OUTthink, we’re going back in time!
Since beginning late 2016, I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meet and chat with some truly inspiring people within the LGBT community and discuss their stories or gain their insights into some of the bigger issues that exist out there within our community.
The challenge for me is that, as a podcast that has no intention to benefit financially, bandwidth can be limited and so we’ve reached a point where I have to clean up and create space.
With that in mind, and with a desire to keep some of the key lessons and insights from the earlier episodes, we delve back to explore those initial handful of OUTthinks with our guests Daniel Cordner, Lisa Torney and Joe Busuttil.
About Daniel Cordner
Daniel was our very first guest way back in 2016. In fact, OUTthink went from being an idea to being a reality due to a catch-up and coffee with Danny where I found our conversation came so thick and fast that it prompted me to tell him about this podcast idea that I had and wondered if he would like to be the first guest.
As our first guest, his willingness to talk openly about his experience of being diagnosed as HIV+ over a decade earlier and his journey to self-acceptance was just inspiring. So many people have commented on this OUTthink since and it is little surprise to discover that Danny is a speaker for the HIV Speakers Bureau.
About Lisa Torney
Lisa has over 20 years of counselling experience as a social worker prior to pursuing her Master’s degree in Sexual Health Counselling at Sydney University. She has counselled people over many years in a variety of settings and have extensive experience in sexual health counselling, trauma, and crisis counselling, and working with individual and couples. She is the Victorian Branch President of the Society of Australian Sexologists and committed to maintaining professional ethics and standards within the field of sexology and sexual health.
Lisa has also worked extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community, being experienced in assisting transgender people and their partners dealing with gender dysphoria, identity difficulties, changing relationships and transitioning as well as considerable experience working with a range of issues around people newly diagnosed with STIs and people and their partners living with HIV.
Lisa also works with the LGBTQIA+ people who seek support from Mind Australia.
About Joe Busuttil
Joe Busuttil had been the picture of perfect health. He had been a personal trainer and had spent considerable time working out to ensure that he had a body he would be proud of. He had worked on the gay scene and was also a hypnotherapist who realized the importance of the mind matching the body.
Close to four years ago, Joe was about to embark on an Atlantis Cruise in Asia, when he experienced a weakness of the muscles in his leg that prevented him from being able to walk. Upon further exploration, the diagnosis was made that Joe had Vasculitis; a nerve condition that, while debilitating, is also curable.
This began a journey for Joe, learning how to surrender and how to give up things that he would normally do as he discovered how to walk again. In this podcast, Joe is extremely raw about some of the challenges that he faces in his recovery, not only himself but also in terms of his independence, his friendships, and even his sexuality.
Joe also explores his belief around noticing the signs that your body gives you before leading you down into the crisis.
For more information on Joe, you can find him at his Equator Hypnotherapy website.
About OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast
OUTthink is a fortnightly podcast aimed at shining a light on topics of mental health and mental well-being relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. As a community, we need to be able to discuss topics that are uniquely related to the gay, lesbian, transgender and the many diverse labels in-between, that impact on our psychological well-being.
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