A Jem of a Secret Podcast
A Jem of a Secret Podcast: True Crime - The Disappearance and Murder of Marco McMillian

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: True Crime - The Disappearance and Murder of Marco McMillian

October 22, 2020

Coco Jem Holiday and Donatella Mysecrets take you on another path down the road to a crime where the Gay Panic defense was used. Taken from the LGBTBAR.ORG:

Traditionally, the LGBTQ+ “panic” defense has been used in three ways to mitigate a case of murder to manslaughter or justified homicide.

  • Defense of insanity or diminished capacity: The defendant alleges that a sexual proposition by the victim – due to their sexual orientation or gender identity – triggered a nervous breakdown in the defendant, causing an LGBTQ+ “panic.” This defense is based on an outdated psychological term, “gay panic disorder”, which was debunked by the American Psychiatric Association and removed from the DSM in 1973. Sadly, while the medical field has evolved with our increasingly just society, the legal field has yet to catch up.
  • Defense of provocation: The defense of provocation allows a defendant to argue that the victim’s proposition, sometimes termed a “non-violent sexual advance,” was sufficiently “provocative” to induce the defendant to kill the victim. Defendants claiming a “provocative” advance stigmatize behavior which, on its own, is not illegal or harmful, but is only considered “provocative” when it comes from an LGBTQ+ individual.
  • Defense of self-defense: Defendants claim they believed that the victim, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, was about to cause the defendant serious bodily harm. This defense is offensive and harmful because it argues that a person’s gender or sexual identity makes them more of a threat to safety. In addition, LGBTQ+ “panic” is often employed to justify violence when the victim’s behavior falls short of the serious bodily harm standard, or the defendant used a greater amount of force than reasonably necessary to avoid danger, such as using weapons when their attacker was unarmed.
A Jem of a Secret Podcast: True Crime - The Murder of Mercedes Williamson and The Murder of Mesha Caldwell

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: True Crime - The Murder of Mercedes Williamson and The Murder of Mesha Caldwell

October 15, 2020

Donatella Mysecrets and Coco Jem Holiday are venturing into a month of True Crime for the Holiday season. Since this is a Drag Queen ran podcast, we're going to focus on queer themes and hopefully bring some awareness to some resolved and unresolved cases. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 5

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 5

October 8, 2020

Coco Jem Holiday, Autumn Rainz Hart, Donatella Mysecrets and DJ Queer Cub explore the final chapter of coming out of the closet. In this episode, the hosts encourage you to talk about your story on our website which is www.ajemofasecretpodcast.com

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 4

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 4

October 1, 2020

Touche Douche shares her coming out story and what it entails. Donatella Mysecrets and Coco Jem Holiday leave you with this fourth and final part to the series of coming out of the closet. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 3

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 3

September 24, 2020

Donatella Mysecrets shares her coming out story. It's probably the hardest you've heard so far in this series. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 2

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 2

September 17, 2020

Coco Jem Holiday, Autumn Rainz Hart, and Donatella Mysecrets explore what it means to come out of the closet and how to navigate some of those harder moments. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 1

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Coming Out Part 1

September 10, 2020

Donatella Mysecrets and Coco Jem Holiday, explore their coming out journeys. On this episode, we also have a special guest! Autumn Rainz Hart. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Mental Wellness

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Mental Wellness

September 3, 2020

Coco Jem Holiday and Donatella Mysecrets explore mental wellness. Drag can be incredibly challenging for your mental health. Dona and Coco talk about the ups and downs of dealing with the stress. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Queer musicals

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Queer musicals

August 27, 2020

Donatella Mysecrets and Coco Jem Holiday explore queer musicals and what they mean to queer culture. 

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Other Forms of Queer Media

A Jem of a Secret Podcast: Other Forms of Queer Media

August 20, 2020

Donatella Mysecrets and Coco Jem Holiday go on a journey to talk about queer media. This is the fourth part of the series! From books to podcasts, there are many types of platforms that they cover. 

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