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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.

Outward: Slate's LGBTQ podcast Slate Magazine

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 161 Ratings

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.

    Pronouns and Poppers: A Queer History Party

    Pronouns and Poppers: A Queer History Party

    Christina and Bryan take us into Queer History Month with thoughts on Reba McEntire and queer inclusion in historically misogynistic places. They welcome Adam Zmith, author of Deep Sniff, a book on the queer history of poppers, and writer Jude Doyle, who talks about what we missed in the recent documentary about transmasculine Black feminist icon Pauli Murray. Finally, our guests add supersmart, compelling items to this month’s Gay Agenda.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Summer's Swan Songs

    Summer's Swan Songs

    Christina, Bryan, and Slate Senior Managing Producer June Thomas say farewell to outgoing host Rumaan Alam, then welcome journalist Casey Newton to discuss Grindr's data security problem and its inherent potential for ruining self-esteem. They then delve into Todd Stephens' Swan Song, a beautiful new film about an old queen, his cross-town journey to find hair products fit for styling his dead client, and the closure it brings.
    Items discussed in the show:
    Swan Song, directed by Todd Stephens
    Gay Agenda
    Christina: Eric Cervini's Queer History 101
    June: Olivia on the Record, by Ginny Berson
    Bryan: two-room tents!
    This podcast was produced by Katya Kumkova.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Hot Queer Summer, Hot Queer Strippers

    Hot Queer Summer, Hot Queer Strippers

    It’s August, and Outward is leaning into the heat. First, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan gab about the beach. Why, exactly, are queer beaches so delightful? Is there a secret geography of finding the gay beach? They then talk to GirlFlexx, a female dom stripper who performs largely for straight women in a traditionally male style -- and kills it in adoration and tips.
    Items discussed on the show:
    An ice cream cake you can make "in the back of your car."
    The upcoming Chromatica remix album, confirmed by Lady Gaga.
    Outsports.com's coverage of the Olympics.
    Provincetown's citizen scientist effort to contact trace a Delta variant outbreak.
    A lawyer who fought for marriage equality helped disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo discredit abuse victims.
    A primer on lesbian dom strippers.
    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: Lindsay Morris and Ruth Padawar's photo essay about Camp I Am.
    Rumaan: Colm Toibin's The Master.
    Christina: The L Word: Generation Q.
    This podcast was produced by Katya Kumkova.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Milestones Mourned and Celebrated

    Milestones Mourned and Celebrated

    A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look back at all the times we did not get to share our milestones -- good, bad, or just big -- with other queers. If a queer comes out in the forest where no one can hear them are they still queer? Yes, but perhaps less joyfully than if they had been in community. The hosts then speak with Lucia Lucas, the first female baritone to perform a principal opera role on the American stage as Don Giovanni.
    Items discussed on the show:
    A recent assault at Nellie's gay bar in DC draws protests.
    Richard Branson wore a rainbow ribbon during his space flight.
    Breakthrough COVID infections strike Provincetown.
    The Sound of Identity, a documentary about Lucia Lucas's appearance as Don Giovanni.
    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: director's cut of Studio 54
    Christina: How Twitter Can Ruin a Life by Emily VanDerWerff
    Rumaan: two wistful and sexy short stories read by author Douglas Stuart on The Writer's Voice podcast.
    This podcast was produced by Katya Kumkova.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Julien Baker’s Quantum Queerness and Cops at Pride

    Julien Baker’s Quantum Queerness and Cops at Pride

    It’s Pride month, which means Outward is feeling particularly festive! Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are joined by musician Julien Baker to discuss her feelings about Pride, queerness, fluidity, and ways of interpreting queer art. Then Jillian Hanlon, a trans cop in upstate New York, joins to offer her take on the recent debate over cops at Pride.
    Items discussed on the show:
    Skittles go gray for Pride month.
    A Twitter thread about kink at Pride.
    Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, by Mary Gray
    Julien Baker interview on Working
    Julien Baker on the Queerology podcast
    The October 2018 Outward episode that includes interviews with members of No Justice No Pride and Reclaim Pride
    “A Mistep by the Organizers of Pride,” by the New York Times’ Editorial Board
    “The New York Times Doesn’t Know What Pride Is For,” by J. Bryan Lowder, in Slate
    Gay Agenda
    Christina: Drew Gregory’s interview with Daniela Sea in Autostraddle
    Bryan: Hola Papi, by John Paul Brammer
    Rumaan: You are enough, queer comrades!
     
    This podcast was produced by Margaret Kelley and June Thomas.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Re-Introducing The Waves

    Re-Introducing The Waves

    The Waves is back, and we thought Outward listeners might enjoy this week's episode about Season 3 of Master of None, which focuses on a Black lesbian relationship. But is it worth watching?
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Mr. McGuvvy ,

This Podcast is Giving Me Life!

This forum consistently provides entertaining, thought-provoking, and insightful discussions about queer culture that never fail to make me laugh, learn, and re-evaluate my own takes on queer life. It’s not stuffy at all but rather very engaging talk about books, movies, people and pop culture that I’ve come to see as invaluable.

thiswillkillthat ,

Yes! Yes! Yes!

We have been sadly lacking in intelligent and fun LGBTQ talk until now! Thanks for doing this, nice job peeps.

Jimbawimba ,

Gate keeping one minute in!

Wow. The recent reviews say it all. I identify as a queer man and found it really strange that the first thing they start with is stuff that bothers them. The person in the FIRST episode said people who wear harnesses that aren’t in the leather community ‘provoke’ them…it doesn’t even make sense when I read it! Queer communities cannot be created and sustained when you immediately tear folks down for not participating in the ways that you deem acceptable. Disappointed to see that later episodes still feature a lot of gate keeping. Gross.

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