Unleashed LGBTQ w Wesley Smoot

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

 Wesley Smoot is an advocate, entrepreneur, and proud bisexual man (he/him/his) from Austin, TX. His background is in marketing, public relations and event planning. He is the creator of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook and the highly anticipated brand marketing event Unleashed LGBTQ, featuring the LEADING LGBTQ INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & CELEBS IN AN EXCLUSIVE, INTERACTIVE, 3-DAY VIRTUAL EVENT – think the LGBTQ version of South by Southwest.

We chatted with Wesley about putting the B in LGBTQ and some of the resistance from both the gay and straight community. We also chat his event, what it took to put together, and what we can expect...prepare to get UNLEASHED! Look for Metrosource's On the Rocks' news report with host Alexander Rodriguez for their Thursday Happy Hour segment!  

Join this free, three day event at www.UnleashedLGBTQ.com

This is metro, sourcemenny, theofficial podcast to metroscorts magazine and home of short forminterviews with your favorite personalities from the lgbtq world andBeon quick, Fun and informative, it's metal source on the go out in Pousinceinete in well, hello, hello, hello. This ismetrosource Minis, I'm your Houst Alexanda Radriguez lead rider formetrosourts an Amvid Podcaster, as the covid vaccine gets real, it's real fromstate to say our community is looking forward to being social attendingprides and connecting face to face, but until them we are still digital goingdigital during covid has given the Lgbtq community. A unique experience ofconnecting unhindered by geography weave been able to share our stories incommunities that we might not have had access to all thanks to the Internet,and this next week marks the debut of unleashed ljbtq. What is unleashed?LGTBQ wow. We have the founder here to tell us all about it. Wesle smooth isan advocate entrepreneur and pro bisexual man from Austin Texas Ye. Hisbackground is in marketing public relations and event planning, and he isthe creator of Weslo's Homo anronic cookbook in the highly anticipatedbrand marketing event unleashed LGBTQ. I got to get all those letters in therefeaturing the bleading in the industry, professionals and celebs in anexclusive interactive three day. Virtual event think the LGBTQ versionof southby southwest. Please welcome WESLIE SMOKE, HEYTHERE! Okay. Before we talk aboutunleased, I want to talk about your identity as a bisexual man. So when thegay guys here that a guy has come out as bisexual, we all kind of roll oureyes like Ahu Tis, it's a baby step, but when a woman comes out as biosexualwe game an ar like you go girl, I believe you do you get pushback fromthe Strait and or the gay community when you identify as bisexual. Do you know what my first experience? Ithink I got less from the straight community IHAT growing up in like Austin, totallydifferent bibe. You know it's the blue spot and a big red state, and you knowthere were a lot of people who identified as bisexual and funny enough.It was like such a great thing, I think, for a lot of actors. You knowentertainers who ould say you know I'm fluid or I don't put labels on things.I'm like this O was us, you know, but mad men, a lot of times would be like Sweeti, you like guys, and so I did Ikind of know what I like you know and if I'm admitting to being by I mean I'mamitting to Sik Dick. So if that's my biggest issue, I mean that's out therein the open anyway. Well, you know it's just so funny. We as GAM men were likewe want everybody to identify with how...

...they feel comfortable as trands as gay,and then somebody says I identify is by we're like is coming out. Is a bisexual mandifferent? Do you think than coming out as gay or what was your coming out andexperience like to your to your friends and family? Well, it was something Inever really weirdly enough. I just kind of didn'treally put a whole lot of thought into it. I just kind of wanted to really beauthentically myself and I had you know a lot of really supportivepeople that were like you know, you're you're kind of different, and I kind oflike you kno. I don't even know how to label you sort of thing and just keepbeing yourself, and so I kind of felt like I had a lot of that support and Ithink my dadd you know eventually asked me one day were doing the Texas thingdrinking a beer by a fire and he's kind of like you have anything you want to tell me and I'm like Oh shit. What did I do?You know and I realized it had to do withmysexuality, and I was like Oh yeah. Well, I was like I kind of I did guys you know and he was like. Okay like I could see in his nod. Hewas like yeah. I de that, and I was like bad big girls too, and I kind ofjust saw him. You know, processing that I guess, and it was a you know, conversation hat waskind of just left there. He actually joked. He said you know well like thinkI might get some grand kids out of you, then EAH, no! Now where, in the Daving Process dyou come out as as by you know, when you meet a guy ata gay club you're, just oh okay, you know we're gay or you meet a girl at astraight club. It's like Oh we're gay, but do you have to tell somebody thatyou're on a date with like? Oh by the way I could I could change. You knowdown the line. You know I'm interested in both or does that even need to come upbecause you're on a date with them you're going to be a potential in arelationship with just them where in the dating process does thatkind of fit in you know, I always found it helpful to bring it up as soon aspossible, whether it is a guy or girl that I'm going on a date with there are some people. You know whohave said it's just that would be difficult for me. I'd always feel likeyour eyes would be wandering or something like that or I couldn'tsatisfy you. I've dated guys and girls who are likethat's hot hell, yeah. That probably opens up for some fun possibilities, Nand but you know, I think you know I think. Last yearthere was like a big thing: trending with bisexual men exist was a Hashtagthat was going round, and you know a lot of people were getting. You know some questionsthat they might have answered with that opportunity and it was like you know ifyou're a bide man who's dating a woman...

...you're still a by man. You know samething: If you're dating a guy doesn't mean you're gay. Now he still identifisbisexual and that's just, I think it's something that needs to be learned andalmost like. We need to get over N in a way. You know we're part of thoseletters that are Lgbtq and you know we always have been, and we want to be assupportive as possible and you know be included. You don't have to be honestas a GAM man dating somebody who's by you know. It would be in my mind, it'slike, Oh, my God, they're looking at everything, but it's like I've datedgay guys who are doing the exact same thing. It just happens to be a people.I the same sex. It's like you know, they're, just as as it's just as possible for somebody'seyes to wander. It doesn't matter what the gender is. It's that's part ofanyrelationship. It's not great! You know I hyper because it's by it's itdoesn't matter. I mean if you have eyes that wander it's going to happen, nomatter who you're sleeping with now. How did you get into the PRmarketing world? Is this something that you know as a kid you were interestedin or how did this whole career come about? Of course, I used to have mylittle toys and play pr PR SWEETI PR, no it its always just a kind offascinating thing. You know I went to school for and honestly didn't. Evenyou know really finish. I started getting into marketing and differentprojects with friends, and you know we created books. We cruted, you know somePool Cook Books, one which will be doing some giveaways. This is westhosehomorotic cookbook to Cheeky Litton, my ifferent recipes, but you know, andcoming up with creative projects like that you have to figure out how to getit ou to the public, get it into the market right press releases, you know others tons of different neortnetworking opportunities you just have to become savvy with, and I learned just a whole lot with thatand its own, and you know kind of coming up with the ideas for unlistalGbtqos, like look at all these great brands, different products services,you know, campaigns that are coming out shows different actor singers. You knowwhat, if we created a platform for all of them to talk about, you know whatthey're producing so much of it is so impressive. You know, and that's reallyhow we came up with the idea for Umalgbtq. So what exactly is unleashedand how does it benefit our community? Well, I think just that. It's you know,platform for people to showcase. You know the latest things they have comingout. Everyone kind of has a hyphen nowadays and it's like the have. You know cosmetic lines comingout or books that they wrote you know and we want. We want to create thatplatform for them for people to come. You know, see everything, that's comingout, whether it be...

...up and coming talent or big headliners.You know new new content coming out on streaming sites. We have a lot of exciting news thatwill be able to introduce in the next coming month, which is kind of funnybecause it'll be after our first virtual event, but with some partnersthat really recognize the value ind. What we're producing and see theopportunity- and I really think you know we're about toexperience- you know a lot of growth very fast, which is exciting and that'sall I think, to people like you thanks to people like you and you know so manyof the great partners that we have well. I definitely think covid has beenkind of like a cocoon of sorts, where we've kind of had to reinvent ourselveskind of have this kind of stifling quality for us to have this energy tocome out and we're going to come out a very different community bat. I thinkcertain leaders are going to be very different and are going to surprise alot of people now. You've ranged a lot of authorities in different sectors ofthe business to be a part of unleashed from your experience. What does ourcommunity need the most help with in being part of the industry in terms Oof having a product or being a personality? What do we need? The mosthelp with that's a really good question? That'stough, I would say just you know, resilienceconsistency of I've heard from so many people how they felt like you know theyweren't included or maybe couldn't reach the audience. You knowbecause they were Lgbtq, and you know you found out that the main thing thatyou know they needed was just to keep going and keep pushing, and I got a lotof pushback. You know some people were like you know some of the things you'redoing ar involving so many different industries and you're stepping on a lotof toes you're going to have you know some people, you know be upset with you.I think we need to embrace the people who are pushing forward as hard as theycan, and you know there was a lot of times when I honestly just felt likequitting. It was really tough. I had a good friend of mine who worked for a major film studio andwe became really good friends and she contact me one day and says: Have you started losing friends yet sik? What and- and I was- and it couldhave been a better time for her to like kind of bring that up because it waslike you know. I had some. You know, people who that Ithought were close friends started acting very shady to me and you know Ithink it was because some of the success that I was seing and it was youknow just starting, but it can be so easy to be discouraged orquit. But I would say you know take that with you embrace people who yousee are trying to work hard or have something to give don't look at them asa threat. You know you know in our community and I've dealt with this somany times. You know the world of podcasting. We think if we promote ormention somebody else's podcast or if somebody else gets hired as a host forsomething I think thereis part of this,...

...and you know I've fallen victim as well.wher we get so jealous and so worked up and for a community that's supposed tobe as unified as we are supposed to be. Sometimes that's not always the case,especially e entertainment, because we deal with Egos. We deal with certainsuccesses, like you said, and what we have to remember is we areall so different from each other. What I do is not what anybody else does.What they do is not what anybody else does and so, instead of worrying aboutWHO's, getting ahead of WHO, if we're all supporting in each other, like youhave with unleashed, we all wim, such as the successive unleashed anybody whotakes part who registers to watch it. Everybody is going to win from thisexperience and so there's no threat and there's no need to kind of putsomething back or you know to hold something back or put something down,there's room for everybody at the Teris. Oh, my God, you know my partnerMentione it so well, he says: Do you realize there's always going to be ahome depot and a lows across the street from Each Other? You know. Ther, yes,is at you know like there's, there's enough room and, like you said successfor everybody, so we really do need to be a lot more uplifting. I had you know some pretty bizarreexperiences to be honest with you with some people who could actually stand tobenefit so much from this being a success, but it was like you're notgoing to get any of my help. Hurty and it's like Tyou now you talking about registeringand everybody wins. I think I did bring up to you that we have some awesomeprizes that we do want to give away to some yere listeners. We love that, and so all you have to dois literally register. Go to UNLEASTD LGBTQCOM B part of this three day.Event, there's something for everyone and if you register you will be you'll,be entered, win, some fabulous, give someprises. Now what have you learned the mostpersonally and what have you learned the most professionally from this wholeprocess, because you've put this together very quickly? You know, I think it would be that,like you know what you can do, when you really put your mind as something andyou want it bad enough and you're willing to work ten, twelve fourteenhour days at a time. You know that really does teach you a lot aboutyourself. You know what you can handle withstand. How strong you areyour skin gets thicker. You get tougher, not being afraid of hearing the wordKno. You know, which I have I'm used to. You know, and marketing and cells, it'skind of like just happens, and you know you get used to that and I got to trainsome people who were just terrified to make a call. I'm like just just makethe damn call. You know I mean worst thing: they're going to say is no builda business with a great model and enough great offers that it'simpossible for them to say no. You know I totally agree. I think that's thebiggest lesson that I've learned. Certainly my career, you know being apodcaster for six years. When I first...

...started you know I had two episodes andit's like well. If I didn't pick up the phone and ask PR reps to sendcelebrities, then I wouldn't have built that relationship and maybe they saidno to this, but they said yes to this and that's what's definitely built built this this whole empire, okay. Sowhat atbout some of the highlights from unleashed LGBTQ? What are you lookingfor to? What? Should people not miss okay, so addicted is one of the companies thatyou know we're doing some givenways with you can get a fifty dollar giftcard or we're going to give out a couple of those I am addicted to addictive and yethat. We are going to have an awesome fashion,showcase you know involving them. You know Therre, a brand out of Barcelona,they're, going to show a lot of their new cool stuff, OFM, great friends withthe guy who runs the flagship store here in the UnitedStates, which you know it's in Dallas, Texas and you know, we've they've been anincredible partners. You know from the beginning, they're going to be printingout some great shirts with Agueins the logo. You see here e little addicted onthe back, which will also be able to offer some more giveaways once thiscome out, but I'm excited about that. I really want to see what's his name: Oh Brian Sims. Oh myGodoh, my Lord Hey when he makes it to the White House. I mean that's like he is so gorgeous, but everything thathe's done for the community. I hope he's our first gay President, Oh God,what a just his gorgeous man, you know I mean I could. I could watch him speakall day. I'm silent, but he happens to be talking about. A lot of you knowreally incredible thing. He's a he's an advocate. I love his twitter feed. Ifyou don't follow Brian Sims on twitter, you really need to. He is justhilarious and I'm really excited about Metea Lanehe's a standup hop, munny sobackground, a lot of people don't know this, but hehas an opera background and what he's going to be doing is his own renditionof Barbaro stry sands, one night at the Bon Swa, which is like one thousandnine hundred and sixty vinal, album e now and you know, is a huge hit andhe's a massive fan, and so I'm very much looking forward to that. But Ithink one of the things that's really cool about unly stole Gbtq is with ourthree day program. If I could tell you a bit about the run of show, it's likethe beginning of each day, we have topics that pertain more to businessand marketing entrepreneurship, nonprofits and then it shifts into whatwill be like the unly Stol Gbtq hapthe hour, which wewill have you for, andyou know from then it really shifs a lot more into entertainment. Sothere'll be a lot of really cool things to see Cameron. Ross is a countrysinger. He was somebody who was on...

America's got talent and he was just sofreaking talented and unfortunately, he passe the audition.They have just raved things to say about him and right then Covit hit theyshut production down on everything. Yeahyou know so he's going to kind ofdo like his own, like version of like unplugged, Plang, some music andtelling some stories in between and but yeah, we have a great lineup,incredibly diverse topics and, of course, very diverse people. I I really want to see Carman Carera, whoactually just came off filming a movie that she'll be talking about. You knowit's your first leading m yeah major streaming network and you know she has been you know thefirst transgender person I think that was on Rupaus drag rih season to, Ibelieve, and the first transgender person to walk down the runway for aVictoriau secret show and starting her own talen agency, in Los Angeles. Youknow which CC three entertainment which I'm excited to hear about. You know allher background everything leading up to this new entrepreneur and devor. Well, I dohave to say I'm very impressed with the diversity that you have to offer. Weknow that diversity is a very hot topic right now, as it should be, and Idefinitely have to say that unleast has certainly delivered on of that. So I'mso excited to be a part of it. I'm so excited for everybody to be able tosign up and en leaste lgbtqcom. Are you ready for a little rapid fire? Sure,okay, so celebrity crush man and woman hm? That's tough! Oh my God funny enough whdo! I really like God, I'm so bad at this y. u remember yyou Wa to Ineeor Iyou knowwhat thought. You know my little bit of Green Barvaalbe helpful. It's not! You have to have a celebritycrush like to go to you're, just like yes, who's, the one I play Superman: HenryCavell Henry Cawbel, dear Gosur, yeah, EA, okay, okay and WHO's, yourlady, who probably wonder woman. I canand in between Ahey I've, seen thatmovie kind of that movie, yeah welln. That'swhat I'm talking about Oit's, really, God okayat'cs your go tocooking recipe when trying to impress a date o I make the best inchiladas lot.You did't just kill me not acing kind, with the lots of beef and cheese inside a Borito. I don't even make sides justbecause it' so yeah, it's so good. I don't want to fill up on anything elseand the recipe isn't here. I'm going to...

...send you one of these as yeah. Pleasedo. I will check out the book and then I will check out the book. If you knowwhat I mean: okay, your worst date. Oh, I think I huh. This actually happened with a guyand a girl, or it was just like there was zero stimulation and conversationand in both cases they wanted to know why I didn't call them back like I wassupposed to sit there and talk myself Ian Effort. If you can people no datingmusic for anybody, but I don't know 's pretty. Even you know. Okay, are you watching more or lessporn during covid? Oh God, I need to just disable, like put the child o Cotof okay. What's the wongest differencebetween Texas, gays and gays and other states, I don't know Texas is so big, so it itcan be tough to say I think Austin gays are different than Dallas gays and youknow, Houston is always seems like a fun party where Ie meet a lot of peoplein Dallas. Might hate me for this, but a lot of people will admittedly agreelittle pretentious, really a bit yeah. You know thats good to know you justpilled the tea. I sure Didt, I'm Goinna have to come out there andwhet's Gon t to sample we're. GOINNA have to go from city to city and let'sdo our own investigative research. It's a brilliant idea. I' Man OtellTell r our audience where you want them to find you and follow you hmm. Soeverything is at unleashed LGBTQ. You can find me at westlow underscore SMOOP. My twitter is Jason Mamosa. I am the God of Bruch and you know, of course, on the website. WWWN leashedLGBTQCOM. Well, you know I am going to be testing you on your Brunch, becauseBrunch is also my specialty. We usually start with a group of maybe ten totwenty and somebody will end up in jail by the endof that day. I thought youwere going to say you were good at making branchorsomething. So it's just got. No no Othati need you cok Wa. It's always it's always such atreat and good luck to you and I cannot wait for unleast ldbtqcom. Thank you.Thank you very much. It's always a pleasure Alex Alex Ora Alexanda, allright. That has been my chat with Wesley. You can read my indepthinterview with him at Netro sorecom also registered today for UnleastlgbtqI'll, be doing a sevement with metrosource and my podcast on the rocks,highlighting the entertainment, political and crazy news from this lastyear, and that's our episode. I am your house to Alexanda Radrigez you can findme at Alexander, is on ther on instagram and until next time stay trueand do you boo...

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