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The Forked Stick

Oct 28, 2015

Show 14 – ‘Twin Spirits’


Our presenter hosts, Jeff Stockton & John-Luke Edwards, ask “What is Twin Spirit?” How and why is this manifestation/incarnation/presence of spirit in the Great Plan of the Cosmos?

For many Traditions, the ‘Two Souled, Twin Spirited, Third Sex’ were considered an essence of the Divine on Earth, sent specifically to bring a change or teaching to the Tribes of the World. In this exploration we ask how this has seemingly become a friction in the western world. We take this journey together with our generous;


Shokti Mark Whiting healer, writer, spiritual activist, radical Faerie and builder of queer conscious community. Shokti came out at 21, was diagnosed HIV+ aged 25, and experienced a dramatic awakening to spirit at 30 when facing AIDS. 20 years further down the path he gathers together queers who are discovering and exploring their spiritual/mystical nature and gifts, creating sanctuary for queer souls where we can grow into our sacred roles in the human family, accessing wisdom from the world's spiritual traditions and from our greatest teacher, nature.

Unable to find a career that motivated him, his energies were directed towards exploration of his sexuality and seeking love.  Preparing to die from aids in the mid 90s, he surrendered his life to Great Spirit and awoke to the multidimensional reality of consciousness, receiving visions of the great shift in consciousness coming to humanity, and of the role queer people play in that.

He offers healing, rituals and words designed to help us all through this time of transition and into our greater being.


Dr Lauri Shainsky is a Shamanic Sound Healer in the Portland, Oregon area. She has a thriving practice working with clients to bring greater wellness through a unique blend of Shamanism, Sound Healing, Reiki and Soul Constellations. She is an Associate teacher facilitating coursework in Shamanic Sound Healing for the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism. She is a singer and heals through sacred song in ceremony. Her website:

Her Blog:


Salvatore Sapienza is a former religious brother in the Catholic Church who worked alongside Father Mychal Judge ("The Saint of 9/11") in helping to establish St. Francis AIDS Ministry, one of the first Catholic AIDS organizations in the country.

A spiritual teacher and speaker, Sapienza has led workshops, classes and retreats around the country, including the annual LGBT Spirituality retreat at Unity Village.  He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) and All Faiths Seminary in New York City.

Sapienza is an ordained minister serving as pastor of the UCC church in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan, where he lives with his husband, Gregg, and their cat, Oscar.  He also writes a monthly column for the Holland Sentinel newspaper.

Sapienza is featured in the upcoming documentary, Queerituality, and his novel, Seventy Times Seven, is soon-to-be a feature film released in 2015.


And music by;


“Born This way’ by the Columbus gay Men’s Chorus, Published on Mar 4, 2012

As part of the Columbus Bicentenial celebration concert, Home and Country, the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus sings Born This Way during the 'Diva Anthem' section. The Chorus was conceived at a Christmas party for the group GAP, Gay and Professional, hosted by Mark Cooke and Dan Huff. The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus was founded in January 1990 by five individuals: Doug Althauser, Kevin Gary, Bob Germain, Phil Martin, and Jack Wisniewski.

In 1990, the Chorus hired David Price as its inaugural Artistic Director. Price served 7 years directing the chorus and helping establish strong traditions and musical performances. During this time, Price took the Chorus to its very first GALA Festival performance in Denver, Colorado. During this time, the Chorus released its first CD, Stepping Out. The Chorus again went to GALA with Price in 1996.

In 1997, the chorus hired David Monseur as the new Artistic Director. Monseur served as the director of the Chorus until 2010. Over the years there have been several highlights of note for the Chorus. Monseur expanded the Chorus by founding Illuminati, which internationally debuted at the GALA Festival in Montreal, Canada. CGMC released another CD: Joy!

In 1999, Ann Hampton Calloway performed with the Chorus and dedicated one of her songs in memory of the Chorus’s accompanist, Robin Rakes. The Chorus has also performed with other arts groups including: ProMusica, Ballet Met, Opera Columbus, Anna and the Annadroids, Cincinnati Men's Chorus, and other established singing groups. The Chorus has also performed for the Ohio Democratic Party Fundraising dinner where the Governor Ted Strickland accepted and proudly wore a Chorus pin!

In 2010, CGMC hired Dr. Timothy Sarsany as its Artistic Director, succeeding David Monseur. In this role, Sarsany handles all artistic and programming aspects of the organization and works to increase the organization’s presence in the community. In June 2015, Broadway Diva impressionist Christine Pedi performed with the chorus on "Divas: Dead or Alive".

Released 21 March 2013

‘DEFINE ME’ Ryan Amador featuring Jo Lampert (of AVAN LAVA)




Ryan Amador is a prolific artist/songwriter born in Los Angeles and based in Brooklyn. His most recent video “Define Me” garnered over 100,000 views in its first three weeks online and is featured in multiple online forums including the Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and TheBacklot, receiving attention for its message of equality. He was recently featured in the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Artist Showcase following standing-room sets at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) in New York and Room 5 Lounge in Los Angeles. This June, Ryan is set to perform at Pittsburgh PrideFest (opening for Adam Lambert), New York Pride Rally, and a full set at Joe's Pub in NY. Ryan will release his first full-length LP, self-titled "Ryan Amador" on June 28, 2013. In addition to "Define Me," the album features ten brand-new tracks written over the last three years and produced by David Baloche of Grove Street Studios. The album deals with Ryan's personal struggles with commitment, aging, and relationships. Ryan's sound references his late 90's Pop/Rock & R&B influences with a powerful vocal presence and catchy, easy-to-sing melodies. For more information, music, and videos, visit his website at


“I am what I am’ by Elliot Clay sang live at the Lyric Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday 9th July 2012 in a grand final hosted by singer and Radio 2 presenter Aled Jones. Elliot competed with 600 other contestants to land a place in the final 10 and a performance at the grand final in the Search For A Twitter Star competition.

Elliot says it’s always been his dream to appear in the West End and he spent the weekend in rehearsals in London ahead of his dream coming true on 9th July.

He’s been involved in amateur theatre since he was nine and has been a member of Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company since he was 10, playing roles such as Tony in West Side Story, Moritz in Spring Awakening and the role of Sweeney Todd twice.


‘It’s OK to be gay!’ is a song released by a pop group called Tomboy that describes a lot about the gay culture in a weird way with a video to accompany it. It was realeased in 2007, most likely to compete with the other gay viral hit of the year: "Samwell’s “What What (in the Butt). The song, however, didn’t get much attention until 2009 when fan videos were being made. Since then,the original video has gained over 2,000,000 hits, and the song has even had it’s fame by being played over certain other pieces of media. Tomboy is the pop alias of Danish drag artist Thomas Bickham. The song is from OK2BGAY under the CMC Entertainment label and available through Amazon at