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.
From winning Oscars to Olympic medals, British diver Tom Daley and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black embody the unstoppable. In the season one finale of "Life Out Loud," they open up about fighting against conversion therapy, coming out to their fans and how they met and decided to start a family. They also share advice for gay couples thinking about marriage, talk about the importance of visibility from gay athletes at the top of their sport, and discuss the challenges currently facing the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.
“I Didn’t Run to Be a Symbol”
What does victory feel like for LGBTQ politicians? LZ talks with six political leaders paving the way with their imagination. Political veterans Keith St. John, Annise Parker, Neil Giuliano and newcomers Ritchie Torres, Sarah McBride, Brian Sims set the record straight on “the gay agenda,” whatever that is... The politicians talk about first crushes, representation and the Buttigieg of it all. Plus, what Harvey Milk taught them about local ordinances and dog poop, and what we can do to hold them accountable.
Daniel Newman is Setting Thirst Traps
Actor and model Daniel Newman is known for his roles on The Walking Dead and Homeland, but to LZ he’s an Instagram crush. In this episode, Newman opens up about his body image journey and the truth behind those thirst traps. He also shares what it was like growing up in a sex-positive Christian household, and how a near-death experience gave him new perspective.
Stepping OUT Onto The Field
LZ leads a roundtable of sports figures including Jason Collins, the first active player in the NBA to come out; Super Bowl winner and ally Keyshawn Johnson; and Rick Welts, the first out and proud NBA team president. They discuss their own personal stories and look at the ways LGBTQ issues play out in the world of professional sports. There are also some big laughs over what happens when you bring a straight ally like Keyshawn into a gay vacation spot or a PRIDE parade. Spoiler Alert: there's glitter involved.
Driven To Succeed
Alphonso David is an LGBTQ civil rights attorney, advocate and the first person of color to serve as president of the Human Rights Campaign. He talks about his childhood in West Africa, getting disowned by his father and his quest for trans rights. Plus, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin shares how being raised by her grandparents and witnessing her mother’s struggle with addiction helped shape her policies and legislative goals. She also tells LZ which of her senate colleagues help steer her toward her current love interest.
Fries or Hash Browns? Sherry Cola Likes Both
Sherry Cola tackles sexuality, gender norms and racial stereotypes in her standup and in life. The ‘Good Trouble’ actress looks back on when she first realized she was attracted to men and women, and pushes back against misconceptions about bisexuality even within the queer community. Plus, she gets fired up talking about her love for the Asian community that’s suffered senselessly amid a wave of hate crimes. And being the comedian that she is, we have a few good laughs, too!
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.
I always enjoy LZ on tv commentating. This is even cooler.
A great listen for all
Thank you for being a great voice