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 source minis, the official podcast to Metro source magazine and home of short form interviews with your favorite personalities from the lgbtq world and beyond. Quick, Fun and informative. It's metro source on the go, out in proud since one thousand nine hundred and ninety. Well, hello, hello, hello, this is metro source minis. I'm your host, Alexander Rodriguez, lead writer for Metro source and avid podcaster. As the COVID vaccine gets real, it's real from state to say. Our community is looking forward to being social, attending pride and connecting face to face, but until then we are still digital. Going digital during COVID has given the Lgbtq community a unique experience of connecting unhindered by geography. We'd been able to share our stories and communities that we might not have had access to all thanks to the Internet. And this next week marks the debut of unleashed lgbt q. What is unleashed LGBTBQ? Wow, we have the founder here to tell us all about it. was. The smoot is an advocate, entrepreneur and proud bisexual man from Austin, Texas. Yea, his background is in marketing, public relations and event planning and he is the creator of Weslow's Homo erotic cookbook. In the highly anticipated brand marketing event unleashed lg she betq, I gotta get all those letters in their featuring the bleeding in the industry, professionals and celebs in an exclusive interactive threeday virtual event. Think the LGBTQ version of south by southwest. Please welcome Wesley Smooth. Hey, they're okay. Before we talk about unleashed, I want to talk about your identity as a bisexual man. So when when the gay guys here that a guy has come out as bisexual, we all kind of roll our eyes like Ahassas, it's a baby step. But when a woman comes out as bisexual, we game men or like you go girl, I believe you. Do you get pushed back from the Strait and or the gay community when you identify as bisexual? Do you know what my first experience? I think I got less from the straight community. I that growing up in like Austin, totally different vibe. You know, it's the blue spot in a big red state and you know there 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 know, entertainers who would say, you know, I'm fluid or I don't put labels on things. I'm like, Bitch, how was us, you know, but he men a lot of times would be like, sweetie, you like guys, I'm sorry, like dude, I kind of know what I like, you know, and if I'm admitting to being by, I mean I'm admitting this Sun Dick. So if that's my biggest issue, I mean that's out there in the open anyway. Well, it's just so funny. We, as gay men, were like we want everybody to identify with how they feel ...

...comfortable, as Trans, as gay, and then somebody says, I identify as by. We're like it's it's coming out as a bisexual man, different, do you think, than coming out as gay? Or what was your coming out and experience like to your to your friends and family? Well, it was something I never really weirdly enough, I just kind of did it really put a whole lot of thought into it. I just kind of wanted to really be authentically myself and I had, you know, a lot of really supportive people that were like you know, you're you're kind of different, and I kind of like, you know, I don't even know how to label you sort of thing and just keep being yourself, and so I kind of felt like I had a lot of that support and I think my dad, you know, eventually asked me one day. Were doing the Texas thing, drinking a beer by a fire, and he's kind of like do you have anything you want to tell me? Reaction I'm like, Oh shit, what did I do, you know, and I realized it had to do with my sexuality and I was like, Oh yeah, well, I was like a kind of I did guys, you know, and he was like okay, like I could see in his nod he was like yeah, I knew that, and I was like that make girls too, and I kind of just saw him, you know, processing that, I guess, and it was, you know, conversation. I was kind of just left there. He actually joked, he said, you know, well, like think I might get some grandkids out either? And No, no, no, where in the dating process do you come out as as by you know, when you meet a guy at a gay club, you're just Oh, okay, you know, we're gay or you meet a girl at a straight club, it's like, Oh, we're gay, but do you have to tell somebody that you're on a day with like, oh, by the way, I could, I could change you know down the line. You know, I'm interested in both. Or does that even need to come up because you're on a date with them, you're going to be a potentially in a relationship with just them. Where in the dating process does that kind of fit in? You know, I always found it helpful to bring it up as soon as possible whether it is a guy or girl that I'm going on a date with. There are some people, you know, who have said it's just that would be difficult for me. I'd always feel like your eyes would be wandering or something like that, or I couldn't satisfy you. I've dated guys and girls who are like that's hot. Hell, yeah, that probably opens up for some fun possibilities and and but you know, Um, I think, you know, I think last year there was like a big thing trending with bisexual men. Exist was a Hashtag that was going round and, you know, a lot of people were getting, you know, some questions that they might have answered with that opportunity and it was like, you know, if you're a by man who's dating a woman, you're still a by man.

You know, same thing if you're dating a guy, doesn't mean you're gay now. You still identify as bisexual, and that's just I think it's something that needs to be learned and almost like we need to get over and in a way, you know, we're part of those letters that are Lgbtq and you know, we always have been and we want to be a supportive as possible and, you know, be included. You don't have to be honest. As a gay man dating somebody who's by you know, it would be in my mind it's like, Oh my God, they're looking at everything, but it's like I've dated gay guys who are doing the exact same thing. It just happens to be a people the same sex. It's like, you know, they're just as as it's just as possible for somebody's eyes to wander. It doesn't matter what the gender is. It's that's part of any relationship. It's not great, you know, hyper because it's by, it's it doesn't matter. I mean if you have eyes that wander, it's going to happen. No, matter who you're sleeping with now. How did you get into the PR marketing world? Is this something that you know as a kid you were interested in, or how did this whole career come about? Of course I used to have my little toys and play Pr, PR, SWEETPR. No, it is always just a kind of fascinating thing. You know, I went to school for and honestly didn't even, you know, really finish. I started getting into marketing and different projects with friends and you know, we've created books. We created, you know, some cool Cook Books, one which will be doing some giveaways. This is what's those home erotic cookbook to cheeky little different recipes. But you know, and coming up with creative projects like that, you have to figure out how to get it out to the public, get it into the market right, press releases, you know, other's tons of different network networking opportunities. You just have to become savvy with and I I learned just a whole lot with that and its own and, you know, kind of coming up with the ideas for unleashed lgbtq as like look at all these great brands, different products, services, you know, campaigns that are coming out, shows, different actors singers. You know what if we created a platform for all of them to talk about, you know, what they're producing? So much of it is so impressive, you know, and that's really how we came up with the idea for unleashed lgbtq. So what exactly is unleashed and 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 coming out. Everyone kind of has ah nowadays and it's like the acts have, you know, cosmetic lines coming out or books that they wrote, you know, and we want we want to create that platform for them to for people to come, you know, see everything that's coming out, whether it be up and coming...

...talent or big headliners, you know, new content coming out on streaming sites. We have a lot of exciting news that will be able to introduce in the next coming month, which is kind of funny because it'll be after our first virtual event. But with some partners that really recognize the value and what we're producing and see the opportunity and I really think, you know, we're about to experience, you know, a lot of growth very fast, which is exciting, and that's all think to people like you, thanks to people like you and, you know, so many of the great partners that we have. Well, I definitely think covid has been kind of like a cocoon of sorts where we've kind of had to reinvent ourselves, kind of have this kind of stifling quality for us to have this energy to come out, and we're going to come out a very different community, but I think certain leaders are going to be very different and are going to surprise a lot of people. Now you've ringed a lot of authorities and different sectors of the business to be part of unleashed. From your experience, what does our community need the most help with in being part of the industry, in terms of having a product or being a personality? What do we need the most help with? That's a really good question. That's tough. I would say just, you know, resilience, consistency of I've heard from so many people how they felt like, you know, they weren't included or maybe couldn't reach the audience, you know, because they were lgbtq. And you know, you found out that the main thing that you know, they needed was just to keep going and keep pushing and I got a lot of pushback. You know, some people were like, you know, some of the things you're doing or involving so many different industries and you're stepping on a lot of 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 they can and you know, there was a lot of times when I honestly just felt like quitting. It was really tough. I had a good friend of mine who works for a major film studio and we became really good friends and she contacts me one day and says, have you started losing friends yet, and like what? And I was and it could have been a better time for her to like kind of bring that up, because it was like, you know, I had some, you know, people who that I thought were close friends to acting very shady to me and you know, I think it was because some of the success that I was saying and it was, you know, just starting. But it can be so easy to be discouraged or quit. But I would say, you know, tech that with you, embrace people who you see or trying to work hard or have something to give. Don't look at them as a threat. You know, you know in our community, and I've dealt with this so many times. You know, the world of podcasting, we think if we promote or mention somebody else's podcast or if somebody else gets hired as a host for something.

I think there's part of this, and you know I've fallen victim as well, where we get so jealous and so worked up, and for a community that's supposed to be as unified as we are supposed to be, sometimes that's not always the case, especially in entertainment, because we deal with Egos, we deal with certain successes, like you said, and what we have to remember is we are all 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 about who's getting ahead of WHO, if we're all supporting each other, like you have with unleashed, we all win, such as the success of unleashed. Anybody who takes part, who registers to watch it, everybody is going to win from this experience, and so there is no threat and there's no need to kind of put something back or, you know, to hold something back or put something down. There's room for everybody at the table is Oh my God, you know, my partner mentioned it so well. He says, do you realize there's always going to be a home depot and a lows across the street from Each Other? You know they're yes as that. You know, like there's there's enough room and, like you said, success for everybody. So we really do need to be a lot more uplifting. I had, you know, some pretty bizarre experiences, to be honest with you, with some people who could actually stand to benefit so much from this being a success, but it was like you're not going to get any of my help party and it's like a bad let's go. you talking about registering and everybody wins. I think I did bring up to you that we have some awesome prizes that we do want to give away to some of your listeners. We love that, and so all you have to do is literally register, go to unleashed lgbtqcom be part of this three day event. There's something for everyone and if you register, you will be you'll be entered twin some fabulous gamp some prizes. Now, what have you learned the most personally, and what have you learned the most professionally from this whole process because you you've put this together very quickly. Um. You know, I think it would be that like you know what you can do when you really put your mind to something and you want it bad enough and you're willing to work ten, twelve, fourteen hour days at a time. You know, that really does teach you a lot about yourself. You know what you can handle withstand how strong you are. Your skin gets thicker, you get tougher, not being afraid of hearing the word. Know, you know which I have. I'm used to you know, in marketing and cells. It's kind of like just happens and you know, you get used to that. And I got to train some people who were just terrified to make a call. I'm like, just just make the damn call, you know. I mean we're saying they're going to say is no. Build a business with a great model and enough great offers that it's impossible for them to say no. You know, I totally agree. I think that's the biggest lesson I've learned, certainly my career, you know, being a podcaster for six...

...years. When I first started, you know, I had two episodes and it's like, well, if I didn't pick up the phone and ask Pr Reps to send celebrities that, I wouldn't have built that relationship. And maybe they said no to this, but they said yes to this, and that's what's definitely built built this, this whole empire. Okay, so what are that some of the highlights from unleashed LGBTQ? What? What are you looking for to what should people not miss? Okay, so addicted is one of the companies that, you know, we're doing some giveaways with. You can get a fifty dollar gift card, which we're going to give out a couple of those. I am addicted to addicted and yes, that we are going to have an awesome fashion showcase, you know, involving them. You know they're a brand out of Barcelona. They're going to show a lot of their new cool stuff. I'm a great friends with the guy who runs the flagship store here in the United States, which you know, it's in Dallas, Texas, and you know we've they've been incredible partners. You know, from the beginning they're going to be printing out some great shirts with, I guess, the logo you see here, little addicted on the back, which will also be able to offer some more giveaways once this come out, but I'm excited about that. I really want to see. What was his name? Oh, Brian Simms. Oh my God, Oh my Lord, Hey, when he makes it to the White House, I mean that's like he is so gorgeous, but everything that he's done for the community, I hope he's our first gay president. Oh God, what about? Just just gorgeous man, you know. I mean I could, I could watch him speak all day on silent but he happens to be talking about a lot of you know, really incredible thing he's in. He's an advocate. I love his twitter feed. If you don't follow Brian Sims on twitter, you really need to. He is just hilarious. And I'm really excited about Mateo Lane. He's a stand up prope running so happy background. A lot of people don't know this, but he has an opera background and what he's going to be doing is his own rendition of Barbera streisand's one night at the BM swah which is like one thousand nine hundred and sixty vinyl album yes now and you know, is a huge hit and he's a massive fan and so I'm very much looking forward to that. But I think one of the things that's really cool about unleashed lgbtq is with our threeday program if I could tell you a bit about the run off show, it's like the beginning of each day we have topics that pertain more to business and marketing, entrepreneurship nonprofits, and then it shifts into what will be like the unleashed lgbtq happy hour, which will have you for and you know, from then it really shifts a lot more into entertainment. So there will be a lot of really cool things to see. Cameron...

Ross is a country singer. He was somebody who was on America's got talent and he was just so freaking talented and unfortunately he passed the audition. They had just rave things to say about him and right think covid hit the ship production down on everything. Okay, you know, so he's going to kind of do like his own like version of like unplugged, playing some music and telling some stories in between. And but yeah, we we have a great lineup, incredibly diverse topics and, of course, very diverse people. I I really want to see Carmen era, who actually just came off filming a movie that she'll be talking about. You know, it's our first lead. And, yeah, major streaming network. And you know she is been, you know, the first transgender person, I think that was on Rupaul's drag ray, season two, I believe, and the first transgender person to walk down the runway for a Victoria's secret show and starting her own talent agency in Los Angeles. We know which, CCTHREE entertainment, which I'm excited to hear about. You know all her background, everything leading up to this new entrepreneur endeavor. Well, I do have to say I'm very impressed with the diversity that you have to offer. We know that diversity is a very hot topic right now, as it should be, and I definitely have to say that unleashed has certainly delivered on of that. So I'm so excited to be a part of it. I'm so excited for everybody to be able to sign up at unleashed lgbtqcom. Are you ready for a little rapid fire? Sure, okay, so celebrity crush man and woman. HMM, that's stuff. Oh my God, funny enough. Do I really like? God, I'm so bad at this. Remember you, you interview for and thank you. Know what I thought. You know, my little bit of green bar vodka will be helpful. It's now. It you have to have a celebrity crush, like the go to. You're just like, yes, who's the one? I play Superman, Henry Cavill, Henry Cavill, Dear God, sure, it's now. Yeah, okay, okay, and WHO's your lady? Who Probably Wonder Woman? I can be here and in between. Hey, I've seen that movie. Oh my God, kind of that movie? Yeah, well, that's what I'm talking about. Growing it's really good. Okay, what's your goat to cooking recipe when trying to impress the date? Who? I make the best Enchilados Lot. So you didn't just tell me that? Being kind, with the lots of beef and cheese inside of a Burrito, I don't even make sides, just because it's so yeah, it's so good. I don't want to fill up on anything else, and the recipe is...

...in here. I'm going to send you one of these as yeah, please do. I will check out the book, and then I will check out the book, if you know what I mean. Okay, your worst date? Oh, I think I huh. This actually happened with a guy and a girl. or it was just like there was zero stimulation and conversation, and in both cases they wanted to know why I didn't call them back, like I was supposed to sit there and talk myself. Can effort if you can. People. I know dating easy for anybody, but I don't know, pretty even. You know. Okay, are you watching more or less poor and during covid? Oh God, I need to just disable like put the child account on. Okay, what's the biggest difference between Texas gays and gays and other states? Um, I don't know. If Texas is so big, so it could. It can be tough to say. I think Austin gays are different than Dallas gays. And you know, Houston is always seems like a fun party where I meet a lot of people in Dallas might hate me for this, but a lot of people will admittedly agree. Little pretentious, really a bit. Yeah, you know, it's good to know. You just spilled the tea. I sure didn't. I'M gonna have to come out there and we're got to sample. We're gonna have to go from city to city and let's do our own investigative research. It's a brilliant idea. I'm in. Okay, tell tell our our audience where you want them to find you and follow you. HMM. So everything is at unleashed LGBTQ. You can find me at westlow underscore smoots. My twitter is Jason Mimosa. I am the God of Brunch and you know, of course, on the website www dot unleashed lgbtq. Youcom well, you know I am going to be testing you on your branch because Brunch is also my specialty. We usually start with a group of maybe ten to twenty and somebody will end up in jail by the end of that day. I thought you were going to say you were good at making branches something. So it's just gotten. No, no, I know's I need your cookbook. I can't you. Well, really, it's always it's always such a treat and good luck to you and I cannot wait for unleashed lgbtqcom thank you, thank you very much. It's always a pleasure. Alex Alex Arria, Alexander. All right, that has been my chat with Wesley. I. You can read my in depth interview with him at Metro Sourcecom. Also registered today for unleashed LGBTQ. I'll be doing a submate with Metro source a my podcast on the rocks, highlighting the entertainment, political and crazy news from this last year, and that's our episode. I'm your host, Alexander Rodriguez. You can find me at Alexander is on air, on instagram and until next time, stay true and do...

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