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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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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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    Viruses and Our Profoundly Unequal World

    Viruses and Our Profoundly Unequal World

    This month, host Christina Cauterucci, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Bryan Lowder start the show with a Thots & Queries segment in which a listener asks about orgy etiquette. In a completely different party setting, they try to figure out what on earth is going on in the U.S. Congress, where legislators are debating marriage equality in the form of the Respect for Marriage Act. Then Northwestern University professor and journalist Steven Thrasher joins them to discuss his new book The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide. Finally, they add some new items to the gay agenda.

    Items discussed in the show:
    Taylor Blake and her emu friend Emmanuel
    Beyoncé’s Renaissance
    A shocking tweet from the official Log Cabin Republicans account
    The June 29 episode of Outward in which Mark Joseph Stern considered how the Dobbs decision might affect LGBTQ rights
    “Why Is There More Republican Support for Gay Marriage Than for Abortion Rights?” by Moira Donegan, in the Nation
    The Viral Underclass,, by Steven Thrasher
    Let the Record Show, by Sarah Schulman
    “An Uprising Comes From the Viral Underclass,” by Steven Thrasher in Slate, June 12, 2020
     
    Gay Agenda
    Jules: X, by Davey Davis
    Bryan: The Sandman, on Netflix
    Christina: “We Failed,” by Eric Neugeboren, in the Texas Tribune
     
    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Demystifying Monkeypox

    Demystifying Monkeypox

    This month, Christina Cauterucci, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Bryan Lowder talk about two very different health stories. First, in the Thots & Queries segment, they respond to a listener who has questions about the ethics of moving to another country in an age of Supreme uncertainty. Then they talk with Harun Tulunay, a London-based sexual-health advocate, about his experience with monkeypox. He has been sharing his experiences with the disease, including the challenges of receiving a correct diagnosis. In New York City, the rollout of the monkeypox vaccine program was a disaster. Then they are joined by journalist Io Dodds to discuss her recent piece for the Independent: “ ‘Never Ask Permission’: How Two Trans Women Ran a Legendary Underground Surgical Clinic in a Rural Tractor Barn.” (Note, Jules was interviewed for the piece.)
    Items discussed in the show:
    Conjuring Kesha, on Discovery +
    “ ‘Never Ask Permission’: How Two Trans Women Ran a Legendary Underground Surgical Clinic in a Rural Tractor Barn,” by Io Dodds, in the Independent

    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: “What Should a Queer Children’s Book Do?” by Jessica Winter in the New Yorker
    Christina: The Other Two, on HBO Max
    Jules: P-Valley, on Starz

    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Is Marriage Equality in Jeopardy?

    Is Marriage Equality in Jeopardy?

    In the final Pride month special episode, Bryan and Christina talk with Slate senior writer Mark Joseph Stern. They assess what the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the case that swept away Roe v. Wade, might mean for LGBTQ rights. Should we be worried about marriage equality? Given Americans’ purported love of privacy, is there any way that the right to same-sex intimacy, protected in Lawrence v. Texas, might now come under attack? Mark helps the hosts find hope, slim though it might be, amid the cruelty of the Dobbs decision.
    Items discussed in the show:
    The episode of Amicus in which Dahlia Lithwick and guests discussed Dobbs (and Bruen).
    Season 7 of Slow Burn, about Roe v. Wade and the history of abortion rights in America.
    A special post-Dobbs episode of The Waves, with Christina and Cheyna Roth.
    “The Supreme Court’s Next Target Is Marriage Equality. It Won’t Be the Last,” by Mark Joseph Stern
    “The Lawlessness of the Dobbs Decision,” by Dahlia Lithwick and Neil S. Siegel.
    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 27 min
    The Promise of Pride

    The Promise of Pride

    It’s story time, fam! This month, Bryan, Christina, and Jules talk about whether—and why—we still need Pride. Every Pride is someone’s first, and to get that fresh perspective, the hosts spoke with Sammie Bennett, who just celebrated for the first time in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They then talk about their own memories and feelings about the annual queer gathering.
    Thanks to Alicia DeMaio for our first "Thots & Queries" segment. Here’s the them.us piece she referenced.
    Items discussed in the show:
    “The Battle Over Gender Therapy,” by Emily Bazelon in the New York Times Magazine
    Jules’ Twitter thread
    Jules’ Substack response
    Postmates’ “Eat With Pride” ad campaign
    Leo Herrera’s Instagram story about this campaign
    Christina’s Slate story about a U-Haul truck full of Nazis who headed to a Pride celebration in Idaho.
    New York City Drag March
    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: Buzzfeed’s roundup of “This Pride Month” memes
    Christina: Kaftko
    Jules: Read a banned LGBTQ book

    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Is Fire Island the Gay Rom-Com We've Been Waiting For?

    Is Fire Island the Gay Rom-Com We've Been Waiting For?

    This month, in honor of Pride, we’re bringing you extra episodes of Outward.
    This week, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Bryan Lowder dig into the big gay movie of summer 2022: Fire Island. Directed by Andrew Ahn and written by Joel Kim Booster, who also appears in the film, Fire Island explores the magic of queer spaces like the titular enclave—along with the class and race disparities that so often beset them. The film, which also stars Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, and Conrad Ricamora, is a gay resetting of Pride and Prejudice. Does it succeed? The hosts discuss this, and much more, in spoiler-filled detail.
    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 44 min
    Pride Month Special: A Pioneering Lesbian Photographer

    Pride Month Special: A Pioneering Lesbian Photographer

    This month, in honor of Pride, we’re going to be bringing you an Outward episode every week.
    Today, it’s a segment from a 2021 episode of Working, Slate's podcast about the creative process, in which June Thomas spoke with photographer Joan E. Biren, also known as JEB. In the interview, JEB discusses the creation, funding, and printing of her groundbreaking 1979 photobook Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, which was reissued by Anthology Editions in 2021. 
    The Working episode was produced by Cameron Drews.
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    • 33 min

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