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Outward: Slate's LGBTQ podcast

Outward, Slate's queer podcast, is a whip-smart monthly salon in which hosts and guests deepen the audience’s understanding of queer culture and politics, delight them with unexpected perspectives, and invite listeners into a colorful conversation about the issues animating LGBTQ communities.

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The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

This month, Christina admits to creating a quarantine bubble, and she talks with Bryan and Rumaan about why she felt comfortable joining her friends in this way and why our community seems better-equipped than others to figure out how to make such micro-communities work. Then they discuss two new documentaries on Netflix, A Secret Love and Circus of Books, and unpack how these films tried and failed to reckon with the depths of their subjects while still stirring some warm feelings along the way.This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

20 May 2020

Rank #1

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The LGBTQ Decade

This month, Christina, Bryan welcome Rumaan Alam as the official third host of Outward. First, June Thomas joins the team to discuss the new L Word reboot, how it compares to the original, ways it’s stepped past it, and if any of the characters will actually become unlikeable. Then the trio go through an extended segment of prides and provocations of the decade with Andy Bowen, a consultant on queer and economic social justice issues. They tackle marriage equality, PreP, lesbian bars, and the savvy ways the LGBTQ community have navigated governmental bureaucracy. Then we close it out with a usual update to the gay agenda.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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The "Orientation" Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley explore how we learn to be queer. June Thomas joins in for a quick game about queer tropes and culture before the hosts discuss what being queer and embracing queer culture means, and their first experiences establishing their queer identities. Then Slate contributor Evan Urquhart and trans activist Andy Bowen sit down with Christina to think through what it means to be a trans person. Finally, they end the show by answering an advice question about presenting as bi, and of course a round of the gay agenda.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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What Makes Us Gay

This month, Christina, and Bryan, and are joined by writer Rumaan Alam. After Pride and Provocations they talk about the news about searching for the gay gene and whether the endeavor has any positive use. Then they discuss McKrae Game, the conversion therapist who recently came out as gay and the difficulties of feeling pity and pain about this news at the same time. Then they close it out with a usual round of the gay agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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The “Sex Ed” Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley talk about sex. First, they invite Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman on as a straight correspondent to find out what he knows and misunderstands about queer sex, and why the word rosebud has more than one meaning. Next, Christina, Bryan and Brandon discuss how they learned about queer sex, what porn gets right and wrong, and what sorts of lessons belong in sex education. Then, they talk to journalist Anna Franks, who recently wrote about dental dams for the Atlantic, about if dental dams are useful and why they persist. Plus, June Thomas pops up in the chats here and there.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

15 May 2019

Rank #5

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Finding Life at Queer Virtual Sex Parties

This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan discuss virtual sex parties during self-isolation with former Slate colleague Andrew Kahn, exploring what it’s like to see all these different screens and how distance and self-consciousness play into the experience. Then they talk about the Netflix series Tiger King, all its queer story threads, and whether it’s actually bad for the gays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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The "Queer Media" Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley discuss queer media. With so many queer publications either shuttering or in some state of flux, they decided to dig into our own world a bit and looking at current mainstream and independent media outlets and those from the past. They spoke with Jason Baumann of the New York Public Library about their new exhibit Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, and the new collection The Stonewall Reader featuring queer writing from before, during and after the Stonewall riot. Then they’re joined by Autostraddle co-founder and CEO Riese Bernard to discuss the origins of her site and how it fosters such a special sense of community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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Introducing Uncover: The Village

Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who’s killing men in Toronto’s gay community and why are they getting away with it? The latest season of Uncover from CBC Podcasts is out now: cbc.ca/uncover Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

1 May 2019

Rank #8

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Special Episode: The Inheritance

In this special bonus episode of Outward, Bryan and a guest panel of multigenerational gay men devote a whole hour to The Inheritance, a seven-hour, two-part play by Matthew Lopez that won many awards for its recent run in London and is currently dominating discussions on Broadway. There will be spoilers!While it’s length, ambition, and engagement with the AIDS crisis have invited comparisons to Tony Kushner’s “gay fantasia on national themes” Angels in America, The Inheritance’s driving concern is a bit more personal: If gay men think of ourselves as a community spanning generations, what happens when a huge swath of that community is lost to plague, the survivors deeply traumatized, and younger cohorts must therefore come of age and figure out what it means to be gay in the wake of a tragedy that shapes everything around us? Borrowing a line from E.M. Forester’s Howard’s End, on which the play is based, The Inheritance desperately wants gay men to “connect” across age and loss — but is that kind of connection really possible? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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The "Radicals" Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley find out what it means to be radical. October is Gay History month and so we’re honoring those radical queers who started to advocate for gay rights. First they’ve got a compilation of radicalization moments from important queer figures, those times the felt pulled into the fight. Thank you to the Making Gay History podcast for the use of their archival tape. Then they sit down with Angela Peoples formerly of No Justice No Pride, and Brandon Cuicchi of Reclaim Pride to discuss how Pride parades have become commercialized and what they’re doing to take them back. Finally, the gang plays the game ‘Radder Than Thou’ where they debate which of two topics are more radical.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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The "Town and Country" Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley discuss queer experience in rural and urban environments. First they talk through their decisions to move to major cities when starting their gay lives and what drew them away from smaller locales. Next they’re joined by Hugh Ryan to discuss his book When Brooklyn Was Queer and how the urbanization of Brooklyn allowed its queer identity to blossom. Then they interview Samantha Allen about her new book Real Queer America about finding strong queer communities in red states. And they answer some advice about finding your own queer home in a smaller than average place.This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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The "Spirituality" Edition

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley look for queer spirituality. Where do we find it if not in a church? First they’re joined by producer Daniel Schroeder to talk about astrology, enneagrams, and the ways they embrace queer magic. Then they interview artist Leo Herrera about his new series the FATHERS Project, a video series that seeks to answer the question, what if AIDS never existed? Then they get a call from Laura Root of Affirmation where she shares her experience reconciling her Latter Day Saints faith with her life as a gay woman. Then they tackle an advice question about sexual attraction, and as always recommend pieces for the gay agenda.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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The "Family" Edition

This month on Outward, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley explore the meaning of family. How do gay people form their own families and create spaces from those bonds of kinship? First they play a game with Slate’s June Thomas, deciding whether fictional characters are members of the queer clan; then they each discuss the types of families they’ve created. They get a call from Lillian Faderman and her wife Phyllis Irwin about the legal journey of their relationship since the 1980s, and then Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern joins the hosts to talk about the different legal options LGBTQ people have to build families together.This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Icons

This month, Christina, Bryan, and Brandon immerse themselves in iconography. After a round of Pride and Provocations, we hear from a collection of queer Slate folks about who their icons are. Then the hosts explore major figures in their lives and what exactly makes an icon for different parts of the queer community. That is followed by an interview with Washington, D.C. drag king Pretty Rik E about the experience of drag and the influences straight male performers have on drag kings. And, as always, they wrap it up with a quick rundown of the gay agenda.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

24 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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COVID-19, AIDS, and Community

This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look at comparisons between the COVID-19 pandemic and AIDS with Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Then they conduct a post-mortem on Pete Buttigieg with DC lawyer and Pete supporter Brooke Clagett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #15