November 19, 2018
In this very special episode of The Be Free Podcast, I sat down with Cory Marquez. I'm so pumped to share his story with you, because he has been instrumental in the development of Be Free ever since we became friends two years ago. Cory has constantly encouraged me to take the next steps with Be Free and dream big. He believes in the mission so much that he is the Chair of our Board of Advisors. Cory is a co-paster at New Abbey Church in Pasadena, CA and is married to Karissa and has three lovely young kids.
Cory's story is one of conviction and justice. Cory is what some would consider a "beacon of privilege" in that he hits all of the privilege checkmarks: Straight, white, male, Christian, Cisgender, (I would add tall to that list!). However, Cory has chosen to do everything in his power to empower the marginalized. We get to hear so much as to what brought Cory to this mission, but we also get to hear about some of the darkest moments he has had along the way. Cory's VULNERABILITY and gifts of EMPOWERMENT and STORYTELLING are revealed in this episode, and I'm so glad we get to share it with our be free community.
Peace and Freedom,
November 12, 2018
This past week I did something that I always encourage other people to do, but never do myself. I admitted to myself that I need some help. Sharing that story on this podcast was a release, and hopefully it will be encouraging for you and others in your life to do the same.
We belong to each other, we need each other. As much as we would like to, we cannot do this thing called LIFE on our own. There are so many factors that keep us from reaching out and asking for help, such as:
1. fear of being a burden on others
2. it's easier to just ignore the problem
3. admitting to others we need help
4. admitting to ourselves we need help
and I am TACKLING those barriers in this podcast. I had no idea how much those things keep me from asking for help.
The truth is, it's okay to ask for help. It's okay if it takes you a long time to get there. My hope and prayer is that we can all be a little bit more free to admit to ourselves and others that we need help
Peace and freedom,
November 5, 2018
It is finally time to bring back the Be Free Podcast! This first episode is an interview I did with Callie Mulville. On this episode, she is actually interviewing me about Be Free/my coming out experience for a work project at Sacramento State. I asked her if I could record the conversation because I figured we would talk about a lot of things that the Be Free community should know.
Over the last year, we've held Be Free Stories Nights all over the country, and we have so many more planned for next year already. Sitting in these circles hearing these Be Free Stories Nights is such a gift that we wanted to keep telling these stories on the Podcast. So, this show will be serve to keep the Be Free community informed on everything we're up to, how you can get involved, and of course to share Be Free Stories! We will be aiming to post new episodes at least twice a month. We will be interviewing people hearing their stories and reflecting on all we have to learn and grow from hearing from these incredible people. THANK YOU for your support for Be Free, helping people come out as whatever and be a little bit more free.
To get involved or support Be Free/the Be Free Podcast, go to befreestories.com
Peace and Freedom,
Music by Corey Martin
September 5, 2017
How did this BE FREE thing come about? More importantly, WHY did it come about. How can you get involvled? COME TO THE BE FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 2017 at MANTRA COFFEE COMPANY IN Azusa, CA! Live music, Be Free People, Be Free Stuff, Coffee, Treats, etc.
We'll see you there!
Peace n Freedom,
November 11, 2016
It's been a while since I've cried while recording a Podcast. I love you all. Let's never stop dreaming. Let's believe that our God is good and he is faithful too.
Peace and Freedom everyone
October 27, 2016
I am so afraid to post this Podcast and to take this next step in the BE FREE journey, but it has become so apparent that this is what needs to happen.
In order to make all of the BE FREE dreams come true (including continuing the podcast, the youtube channel, the documentary, the parties, the conferences, the books), we need more time. And in order to have more time, we need more funds.
Please give this episode a listen if you would like to know why this is the important next step in the BE FREE journey, and if you would like to learn more, head on over to the following link:
Peace and Freedom Everybody
October 11, 2016
Today we begin a series entitled "How to Love" and I can't think of a better day to start this series than today BECAUSE it is National Coming Out Day! To me, this day is all about love. Loving yourself and loving others JUST as they are and JUST as YOU are!
The first part of this series is about starting with yourself because you can't love anyone else if you don't love yourself. We go through a few important ideas to think about when you start with yourself and they are as follows:
- In order to love others, you need to love yourself.
- Love is an action- including when it comes to loving yourself.
- Choosing inspiration over jealousy
- Don't believe the lies that say you aren't worth love
- Identify the people in your life who know what love is.
- Accept the Grace that is offered to you constantly - and give it to yourself too
Thank you guys for listening, happy national coming out day, and I wish you all peace and freedom
September 29, 2016
The BE FREE Party happened on Friday, September 23rd 2016 and let's just say IT CANNOT be the last one!! SO Many people came together to turn the night into a place of creativity, community, hope, love, and Freedom! We got to sing songs, see art, take photos in a photobooth, and find a place of solidarity and freedom with each other.
The first half of this Episode is my own thoughts on the evening and what I think it was the beginning of (MORE PARTIES around the US?!), and the second half is a recording of Brittany Barron talking and then myself talking AND THEN all of us singing a song together about Freedom.
If you missed the party, or you went and you want a chance to relive it, you can listen here or you can also watch the video of the song at https://youtu.be/l4drovZpjfc.
THANK YOU for making this evening possible by the freedom you all give me. Thank you for the countless people who find freedom because of your boldness to dive into the stories of others and discover new ways of loving. Let's have some more parties yeah?
Peace and Freedom y'all
September 21, 2016
Three years after I typed the first words of the SPLIT story, I published the first Podcast. But as I finished writing, recording, and editing the SPLIT Podcast, it was so fun to realize that the making of this Podcast was a story in it of itself.
This episode is the story of how the SPLIT Podcast came to be. I hope you learn more about the story you are in right now, and I hope that brings about more hope for you
Peace and Freedom y'all! See you on Friday, Sept 23rd at Mantra Coffee Company for the Be Free Party!
August 29, 2016
This is the FINAL episode of the SPLIT Story, but not the end of the Podcast. Next week, this podcast will change names from SPLIT to BE FREE- and I couldn't be more pumped about it. Thank you for listening to this story and sharing it out with your friends. The beginning of this episode is about STORY, the BE FREE PARTY (September 23rd, 7pm, Mantra Coffee Company) and the future of this movement. The BE FREE shirts are on their way to me, and you can order yours at befreestories.com (BE FREE means you are a safe person to come out to!) I love you guys, thank you for listening, and I can't wait to see you all at the Be Free Party.
Story Concepts I got from Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years"
SPLIT Story Podcast scored by Corey Nicoles Martin
Edited by Jackie Tackaberry and Sarah Lochelt
Artwork by Leslie Terada
Peace & Freedom friends <3