26 episodes

Award-winning journalist LZ Granderson draws from his own lived experience as a gay, Black father to host thought-provoking, poignant and engaging conversations with some of the most influential and inspirational people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson GMA

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 134 Ratings

Award-winning journalist LZ Granderson draws from his own lived experience as a gay, Black father to host thought-provoking, poignant and engaging conversations with some of the most influential and inspirational people in the LGBTQ+ community.

    PRIDE: To Be Seen

    PRIDE: To Be Seen

    It’s the resilience and love that keeps this community marching to the beat of its own drum; each generation redefining what it means to be queer and to be seen. That’s why we’re closing out Pride Month with some moving and inspiring stories featured in the ABC special, PRIDE: To Be Seen.
     
    Soul of a Nation presents PRIDE: To Be Seen is available now on Hulu and Disney+
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    • 44 min
    Introducing 'Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley'

    Introducing 'Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley'

    You may know the story of Emmett Till. But you might’ve never heard his story if it weren't for one woman: Mamie Till-Mobley. In a new three-part season of ABC News' "Reclaimed" podcast, host Leah Wright Rigueur explores who Mamie Till-Mobley was before she lost her son: a young girl growing up in Illinois. Rigueur traces Mamie's journey after Emmett’s death, and how she turned her grief into a movement that changed the course of American history.
    The first two episodes of "Reclaimed" are available now. To listen, follow the show on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3zofsOC), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3PSLBDU), Amazon Music (https://amzn.to/3tgHfNf), or wherever you like to listen.
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    • 2 min
    PRIDE | Andrew Ahn, Robbie Rogers

    PRIDE | Andrew Ahn, Robbie Rogers

    Pride Month is a great time to recharge our batteries and lift one another up. Despite the recent tragedies and legislative challenges, our community is stronger and bolder than ever. As we celebrate the first anniversary of Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson, we want to highlight some queer content the LGBTQ+ community can look forward to together. Summer is the season for long nights out with friends, live music and summer blockbusters. That's why we wanted to talk two filmmakers. First, LZ sits down with Andrew Ahn, the director of Fire Island, about making queer rom-coms for the big screen. Then LZ chats with former pro-soccer star turned TV and film producer Robbie Rogers. He’s working on the upcoming period drama My Policeman, which stars Harry Styles as a closeted police officer caught in a love triangle. Joyful representation can show people who are struggling with their identity that a life out loud is worth living. Party safely, love greatly!
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    • 47 min
    Dance Party | DJ Tracy Young

    Dance Party | DJ Tracy Young

    It's a bittersweet ending to Season 2 of Life Out Loud. As we publish this episode, we are saddened by legislation around the country that tries to erase the LGBTQ+ community and the historic gains we've made in our fight to equality. But our community is more than our trauma. We are more than the attacks on our very existence. We are love! We are beauty! We are joy! We end Season 2 acknowledging the work ahead while also celebrating our resilient spirit. In this episode, LZ takes you to a dance party with Grammy-winning DJ Tracy Young. She’s funky, she’s soulful and she knows how to turn a night on the dance floor into an experience. Thank you for listening and for being in community with us – we see you and we love you.
     
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    • 39 min
    Self | Kornbread Jete, Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.

    Self | Kornbread Jete, Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.

    Who are you really? One of the toughest parts about growing up with other people's shame is that it makes the path to self-discovery extra rocky. When you come out of the closet, you're trying to tell the world who you are while also trying to figure that out for yourself. This week, LZ talks to two change-makers about what it means to put your whole self (body, spirit and mind) on the line and on display in the fight to equality. Kornbread "The Snack" Jete was the body-positive breakout star of the 14th season RuPaul's Drag Race. Arizona State Rep Daniel Hernandez Jr. saved a congresswoman's life and followed her into public service. Though they have chosen very different paths in life, they both talk about what it means to be plus size people of color in a community that holds up a white thin ideal. To know thyself is to love thyself.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Queer Aging | The Old Gays, Jesus Ramirez-Valles

    Queer Aging | The Old Gays, Jesus Ramirez-Valles

    To celebrate LZ's 50th birthday, we're exploring why it's a privilege to get to be an "Old Gay". Really! Our community is still mourning a generation of elders lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and in an era of homophobic and transphobic legislature, many of our young people still struggle to envision the fabulous futures they deserve. In this birthday episode of Life Out Loud, LZ talks to iconic TikTok foursome, the Old Gays. With more than 6.3 million followers, Robert Reeves, Mick Peterson, Bill Lyons and Jessay Martin have figured out how to bridge the generational divide and connect young LGBTQ+ folks to their history. Then, LZ has a fascinating conversation with Jesus Ramirez-Valles, director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, about the unique challenges Gaby Boomers face and why we should create stronger social safety nets that let all people age in place.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Beth_DeeGee ,

Learning with LZ

My first experiences hearing LZ was when he was on ESPN. He was always knowledgeable and thought-provoking in his views. I continued to follow him on social media and in his writings. Fast forward to Season 1 of this podcast and I became a bigger fan and more compassionate and knowledgeable as an ally. Thank you, LZ!

listener219 ,

Wonderful

I love love love this podcast, such fun

High3214 ,

Thank you!

You have the most meaningful podcast to date!I found myself laughing, crying, and feeling so informed on things that so many people never address or talk about. Thank you for everyone involved and that continue to provide so much to the show! I’ve found myself wanting to be a better Dad, better son and brother thanks to the personal stories shared and tough topics discussed.

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