34 episodes

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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    • 4.2 • 142 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.

    Caught in Gay Amber

    Caught in Gay Amber

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look at fact and fiction in gay history. First, they examine Netflix’s recent version of The Boys in the Band in the context of the original, and how it captures a specific moment of gay life. Then they discuss the new HBO series EQUAL, which seeks to tell the stories of important figures from the history of the LGBTQ movement. They discuss how the utter modernity of interpretation and style leave the series lacking, but how useful it could be as a teaching tool and reminder of pre-Stonewall activism. Producer Daniel pops in for a short segment about the Ryan Murphy of it all.
    This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Being Horny Is Thorny

    Being Horny Is Thorny

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan interview journalist Angela Chen about her new book, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. They talk about asexuality’s rise in visibility, where ace people fit in the queer community, and how asexuality can lead us to question so many of our assumptions about social constructions that depend on who your sexual partners are. Then they unpack the story of gay politician Alex Morse, whose recent congressional campaign was plagued with accusations of sexual impropriety, and what a politician’s queer sex life is allowed to look like.
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    • 1 hr
    Who Is Ellen to Us?

    Who Is Ellen to Us?

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan talk to Slate sex-advice columnist Rich Juzwiak about the state of sex six months into the COVID-19 crisis. They discuss the sorts of questions he’s fielding, the limits of sexual creativity, and navigating casual sex during this time. Then the team digs into Ellen DeGeneres, how she fits into the history and modern landscape of queer media, and why she seems so disappointing.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sweat and Sorrow in the Summer

    Sweat and Sorrow in the Summer

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan interview journalist David France about his new documentary Welcome to Chechnya on the atrocities happening there and the work being done by activists to liberate queer Chechens. Then they discuss the new audio documentary by Evan Roberts, “Caring for Lesbian Icon Phyllis Lyon, With Love and Deceit.” June shares how important Naya Rivera and her Glee character, Santana Lopez, were to the queer community and changing American attitudes on gay marriage. Then we close it out with the gay agenda.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    We’re Here, We’re Married, We’re Employed

    We’re Here, We’re Married, We’re Employed

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan spoke with Mark Joseph Stern about the fifth anniversary of marriage equality, the future of LGBTQ rights in the United States, and the recent Supreme Court decision about employment discrimination. Then we’ve got our live show from June 3, when Bob the Drag Queen joined the crew to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, police violence, and the healing power of the new HBO series We’re Here.
    This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder and Melissa Kaplan.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    ACT UP and Larry Kramer’s Legacy

    ACT UP and Larry Kramer’s Legacy

    In this special episode, Bryan, Christina, and Rumaan interview activist and writer Sarah Schulman about ACT UP and the legacy of Larry Kramer. They discuss how Kramer’s tactics helped and hindered the organization, the ways white gay men played an outsize role as a public face of the movement, and what lessons we should take from ACT UP’s past successes. Schulman and Jim Hubbard coordinated the ACT UP Oral History Project, and her forthcoming book is Let the Record Show: ACT UP and the Enduring Experience of AIDS.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

thiswillkillthat ,

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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

Beccaaz746 ,

Sarah Shulman

Give her an award for tolerating the vapid, pointless hosts.

Brad from Austin ,

Not for me

I discovered this podcast through the culture gabfest. I’m a gwm in my 50s and have been out and proud since I was 20. I started listening from the beginning but had to quit. The hosts are mostly there to police queer culture. They’re continually “provoked” by the smallest missteps by allies like Joe Biden, yet never discuss truly toxic people like Aaron Schock (maybe they get to him in a more recent episode). None of the current hosts are single and the show never touches on the experience of single gay people. It’s completely east coast centric. Almost no attention is paid to older gay people. They criticize others from a position of privilege without a hint of self-awareness. It’s upsetting to see everything my generation fought for devolve into this mess.

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