LGBTQ community in the Midwest, Overcoming intrusive thoughts

Air Date:
Heard On Central Time
Art display outside Baraboo First United Methodist Church shows town members of LGBTQ community are welcome
Members of Baraboo First United Methodist Church placed an art display that reads “Open Door, Open Hearts,” outside the church to show the town that members of the LGBTQ community are welcome. Bridgit Bowden/WPR

The LGBTQ community extends beyond big cities, despite seeming less visible in smaller areas. We talk with an author who profiled LGBTQ life in one small, nearby city. We also talk with a doctor about what intrusive thoughts are and how to manage them when they arise.

Featured in this Show

  • What does LGBTQ community look like outside of the Midwest's big cities?

    A lot of big cities have established LGBTQ communities, but what does that community look like outside the Midwest’s largest urban centers? We talk to the author of the new book “Queering the Midwest” about her time trying to answer that question in a small Midwestern city.

  • How to cope with unwanted thoughts

    From anxiety to bad memories, some of our thoughts are unwelcome and can negatively affect our quality of life. We talk with a psychologist about techniques for dealing effectively with our unwanted and intrusive thoughts.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Producer
  • Clare Forstie Guest
  • Sally Winston Guest