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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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    • 4.2 • 159 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.

    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
    ACT UP History and Queer Portraits

    ACT UP History and Queer Portraits

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are joined by Sarah Schulman, whose new book Let the Record Show sets out to correct inaccurate representations of ACT UP New York, its tactics, and its philosophy of direct action in response to the AIDS epidemic. Then they discuss three collections of photographs of LGBTQ people. Who are they for, and will they be seen by the people who need them most?

    Items discussed on the show: 
    "How to Be a Queer Person in the World Post-Quarantine," by Naveen Kumar
    The section of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that begins, "I have perceived that to be with those I like is enough.”
    Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-93, by Sarah Schulman 
    Sarah’s appearance on the June 10, 2020, episode of Outward, “ACT UP and Larry Kramer's Legacy”
    The ACT UP Oral History Project
    Self Evident Truths: 10,000 Portraits of Queer America, by IO Tillett Wright
    Queer Love in Color, by Jamal Jordan 
    Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, by JEB (Joan E. Biren)

    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: Taylor Mac’s "Whitman in the Woods" 
    Christina: Call My Agent 
    Rumaan: Halston

    This podcast was produced by Margaret Kelley.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Lesbians in Paris … and in Period Dramas

    Lesbians in Paris … and in Period Dramas

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are first joined by Diana Souhami, whose new book, No Modernism Without Lesbians, tells the story of Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, Gertrude Stein, and the artistic community they built in Paris between the wars. Then June Thomas joins them for a discussion of the recent spate of period dramas featuring women in love. Why can’t the women in these films get a little electricity or running water?
    Items discussed on the show: 
    Dan D’Addario on Colton Underwood’s coming out, in Variety
    Daniel Schroeder on what Underwood’s coming out revealed about the Bachelor franchise, in Slate
    “Transgender Childhood Is Not a ‘Trend’,“ by Jules Gill-Peterson in the New York Times 
    No Modernism Without Lesbians, by Diana Souhami
    Saturday Night Live’s take on lesbian period dramas
    Ammonite
    Carol
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (and Slate Spoiler Special episode)
    The World to Come

    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: The Lady and the Dale on HBOMax
    Rumaan: Julie Mehretu’s exhibit at the Whitney Museum, and the New York Times T Magazine conversation between Mehretu and her former partner Jessica Rankin
    June: The audiobook Hoosier Daddy, by Ann McMan and Salem West, and Not the Real Jupiter, by Barbara Wilson
    Christina: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, by JEB, and June’s interview with JEB on Slate’s Working podcast about the making of the book

    This podcast was produced by Margaret Kelley.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Power Dynamics and Trans Discrimination

    Power Dynamics and Trans Discrimination

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan discuss a New York magazine piece about fashion designer Alexander Wang, the dynamics of power and consent, and the swiftly changing norms of gay spaces. Then they’re joined by science writer Riley Black to discuss her recent Slate piece about how science might not be the best tool to argue with those who oppose trans rights.
    This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Gay Bars and Hookup Apps

    Gay Bars and Hookup Apps

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are first joined by June Thomas to discuss Jeremy Atherton Lin’s new book Gay Bar, their own personal histories with gay bars, and if such queer spaces have a future. Then they’re joined by Autostraddle’s Shelli Nicole to talk about the Lex app, a text-based dating app aimed at queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming people. They discuss how the app got its start, the ways it’s changed in just one year, and if queer women will ever have an app that’s just for sex.  
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 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.

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.

ftyjiooomkj ,

Smug and vapid

Really can’t stand them.

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