31 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, 137 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.

    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.
    This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.
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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
    The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

    The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

    This month, Christina admits to creating a quarantine bubble, and she talks with Bryan and Rumaan about why she felt comfortable joining her friends in this way and why our community seems better-equipped than others to figure out how to make such micro-communities work. Then they discuss two new documentaries on Netflix, A Secret Love and Circus of Books, and unpack how these films tried and failed to reckon with the depths of their subjects while still stirring some warm feelings along the way.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Finding Life at Queer Virtual Sex Parties

    Finding Life at Queer Virtual Sex Parties

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan discuss virtual sex parties during self-isolation with former Slate colleague Andrew Kahn, exploring what it’s like to see all these different screens and how distance and self-consciousness play into the experience. Then they talk about the Netflix series Tiger King, all its queer story threads, and whether it’s actually bad for the gays.
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    • 54 min
    COVID, AIDS, and Community

    COVID, AIDS, and Community

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look at comparisons between the COVID-19 pandemic and AIDS with Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Then they conduct a post-mortem on Pete Buttigieg with DC lawyer and Pete supporter Brooke Clagett.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 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.

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.

LaLa750 ,

Stop trying to Make Outward Happen

I was please to get an into to this podcast, via The Waves podcast, but after listening to 4 or 5 episodes, I'm out. It's way too navel-gazing and self-congratulatory.
Now? I resent the heck out of the fact that Slate keeps forcing this on me, via my subscription to The Waves.
Slate, to paraphrase Regina George, "Stop trying to make Outward happen!"

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