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LGBT+ Older Adult Project
Cross-Gen Pride Podcast Series

Welcome to Cross-Gen Pride, a podcast series created by the Monmouth University School of Social Work’s LGBT+ Older Adult Project.

In each episode we hear unique personal stories from LGBT+ people within our communities. Through conversation our goal is to increase understanding and bridge the gap between generations. The podcast series is hosted by student intern Chelsea Smith and volunteer Dominique Lengyel.

Cross-Gen Podcast Series Episodes

Listen to Our Interesting and Moving Episodes!

Each episode features a specific topic and includes an interview with one or two people from the LGBT+ community.

Note: Depending on the topic, although unlikely, some may experience discomfort. Please remember you can choose which episode(s) to listen to and you can exit the podcast at any time.

Please use this link to access the Cross-Gen Pride podcast episodes:

Episode Listing:

The Pilot: Learn about the LGBT+ Older Adult Project. Narrated by Co-hosts Chelsea Smith and Dominique Lengyel.

Episode 1: Interview with Bob Smith (age 63 ). Bob shares with us his journey of grief and loss as he talks about life with his husband Tom, Tom’s chronic health issues, and recent death.

Episode 2: Interview with Graeme Davis & Cameron Mazzeo. Graeme (age 63) and Cameron (age 32) talk about their life experiences as trans men.

Episode 3: Interview with Jonathan Lucas & Michael DeLucas. Jonathan (age 63 ) and Michael (age 36) share their histories of living with HIV.

Podcast Mini-Series: Coming Out Stories & Lived Experiences

The following episodes will feature individual coming out stories across generations.

Episode 4: Interview with Carolyn Bradley (age 67) who shares her coming out stories as a lesbian.

Episode 5: Interview with Riley Keenan (age 53) who shares his coming out stories as a trans man.

Episode 6: Interview with Damon (age 21) who shares his coming out stories as a gay man.

Episode 7: Interview with Holly (age 21) who shares her coming out stories as a lesbian.

Episode 8: Interview with Gordon (age 69) , a retired educator and active volunteer in the LGBT+ community


Podcast Mini-Series: Advocacy, Education, and Information Podcasts

Episode A: Interview with Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey. Reva runs the “LGBT Aging with Pride” monthly discussion group. The only group of its kind in South Jersey, this program offers a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT older adults to share their experiences, build relationships, and discuss issues like discrimination and social isolation.


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Meet the Co-Hosts

Chelsea Smith received her B.A. in English from Kean University in 2019. In the 2020/2021 academic year Chelsea completed her generalist field placement as an intern with the LGBT+ Older Adult Project and is now in her advanced year of our MSW program. She has been a devoted co-host and plans to stay on in this role as a volunteer. Thanks Chelsea for your continued commitment and service!

Dominique Lengyel recently finished her junior year (as a Social Work major and Musical Theater minor) at Monmouth University.  Initially an intern with our podcast series she continued as a volunteer serving as co-host with Chelsea Smith through the summer of 2021. Dominique has always been a proud advocate and member of the LGBT+ community. Thank you Dominique for your work last year as co-host!

Mars Graves is a proud alum of Monmouth University now in his first year of our MSW program interning with the LGBT+ Older Adult Project for the 2021-2022 academic year. One of his roles will be to co-host/host some of our podcast episodes. Welcome Mars!

Special thanks to Dana Seigelstein for tech guidance! Dana graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Employed at a media company in New York she specializes in digital advertising. She loves to podcast herself and enjoys helping others discover how easy it is to share knowledge through podcasting!