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Operating as usual

This month, we take a break from talking about the hostile legislation q***r and trans people are fighting against to ta...
04/20/2022
Everything Everywhere All at Once Is Q***r in Every Universe

This month, we take a break from talking about the hostile legislation q***r and trans people are fighting against to talk about what we're fighting for. A kindergarten teacher joins us to share what it looks like when teachers are free to speak about LGBTQ lives in the classroom. Then we discuss the q***r family drama at the heart of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Where are you on the Lego spectrum?

This month, we respond to the anti-trans attacks coming out of state legislatures across the country with a look at how ...
03/23/2022
The Trans Past, Present, and Future

This month, we respond to the anti-trans attacks coming out of state legislatures across the country with a look at how they might shape the rest of a trans kid's life. Then we're joined by Michael Waters to discuss his recent piece about trans pioneer Barbara Ann Richards, who went to court in 1941 to legally change her name—and succeeded.

In 1941, Barbara Ann Richards took her quest for a new name and a new life to court—and won.

This month, we take on Florida's new "don't say gay" bill and the insidious rhetoric of "parental rights." Then we revis...
02/17/2022
Two Revivals: “No Promo Homo” and Shortbus

This month, we take on Florida's new "don't say gay" bill and the insidious rhetoric of "parental rights." Then we revisit q***r film classic Shortbus, which just got a 4K restoration and re-release. Could such a daring movie get made today? (Was it really that daring?) Tune in!

One q***r’s heaven is another’s work in progress.

The first Outward of 2022 has dropped, and with it, some fantastic news: We have a new co-host, Jules Gill-Peterson! If ...
01/20/2022
Counting Q***rs, Q***ring Sequels

The first Outward of 2022 has dropped, and with it, some fantastic news: We have a new co-host, Jules Gill-Peterson! If you don’t already know Jules and her work, she’s a writer and professor of trans history and culture at Johns Hopkins, author of Histories of the Transgender Child, and just an all-around brilliant voice on trans and q***r issues. We are SO excited to have her join the show. Recording our first ep together was DELIGHTFUL, so we hope you’ll tune in to check it out!

In addition to our usual Prides/Provocations and updates to the Gay Agenda, we are joined this month by Kevin Guyan to dig into his new book, Q***r Data, about the power and perils of counting q***rs. Then we explore (and generally lose it) over the trans storylines and general weirdness of And Just Like That, the most recent installment of the S*x and the City cinematic universe. Listen here:

The unexpected results of counting q***rs, and the outlandishness of S*x and the City’s “next chapter.”

“I have le***an friends who have identified Anybodys as a le***an, and trans friends who said that Anybodys is the first...
12/15/2021
How West Side Story’s Anybodys Went From Tomboy to Trans Character

“I have le***an friends who have identified Anybodys as a le***an, and trans friends who said that Anybodys is the first trans character in American musicals,” Tony Kushner told us.

When Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and actor iris menas reexamined the 64-year-old musical, they found a trans character in plain sight.

For our Nov. episode, we welcome guest host Carolyn Bergier, co-host of the podcast Dyking Out, to explore the ups and d...
11/17/2021
Who Owns Q***r Aesthetics?

For our Nov. episode, we welcome guest host Carolyn Bergier, co-host of the podcast Dyking Out, to explore the ups and downs of the Amazon le***an reality TV show Tampa Baes. Then we talk about Billy Porter’s fashion beef with Harry Styles, what q***r fashion and signifiers actually mean, and whether they matter anymore. And finally, q***r burlesque, DJ sets, and butch d***s for our Gay Agenda. Join us!

Plus, guest host Carolyn Bergier joins Christina and Bryan to talk Tampa Baes.

For our annual Q***r History Month episode, we're joined by Adam Zmith, author of "Deep Sniff," a book on the q***r hist...
10/20/2021
Pronouns and Poppers: A Q***r History Party

For our annual Q***r History Month episode, we're joined by Adam Zmith, author of "Deep Sniff," a book on the q***r history of poppers, and writer Jude Doyle, who talks about what we missed in the recent documentary about transmasculine Black feminist icon Pauli Murray. Join us!

The q***r history of poppers.

On this end of summer episode, we bid farewell to our beloved co-host Rumaan Alam. Then June joins Bryan and Christina t...
09/15/2021
Summer’s Swan Songs

On this end of summer episode, we bid farewell to our beloved co-host Rumaan Alam. Then June joins Bryan and Christina to 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 a dead client, and the closure it brings.

The Outward podcast on Grindr’s data security issues.

It’s August, and Outward is leaning into the heat. First we gab about the beach. Why, exactly, are q***r beaches so deli...
08/25/2021
Hot Q***r Summer, Hot Q***r St*****rs

It’s August, and Outward is leaning into the heat. First we gab about the beach. Why, exactly, are q***r beaches so delightful? Is there a secret geography of finding the gay beach? Then we talk to GirlFlexx, a le***an dom stripper who performs largely for straight women in a traditionally male style—and kills it in adoration and tips.

Is there a secret geography of finding the gay beach?

On this month's ep, we look back at all the q***r milestones we didn't get to share during the pandemic. Then we speak w...
07/21/2021
Milestones Mourned and Celebrated

On this month's ep, we look back at all the q***r milestones we didn't get to share during the pandemic. Then we speak with opera star Lucia Lucas about her own milestone of performing "Don Giovanni." Join us!

Plus, an interview with baritone Lucia Lucas.

It’s Pride month! In this special episode, we're joined by Julien Baker (!) to discuss q***rness, fluidity, and ways of ...
06/16/2021
Julien Baker’s Quantum Q***rness

It’s Pride month! In this special episode, we're joined by Julien Baker (!) to discuss q***rness, fluidity, and ways of interpreting q***r art. Then, a trans cop in upstate NY stops by to hash out the debate over police at Pride events. 🏳️‍🌈✊✨

Why must we have the same fights every June?

This month, we're joined by Sarah Schulman, whose new book "Let the Record Show" is a moving history of ACT UP New York ...
05/19/2021
ACT UP History and Q***r Portraits

This month, we're joined by Sarah Schulman, whose new book "Let the Record Show" is a moving history of ACT UP New York and a guide for the activism we need now. Then we discuss three distinct collections of q***r portraiture. Who are they for, and will they be seen by the people who need them most?

Shaping how AIDS activism is remembered and how q***rs are seen.

On this month's Outward, it's all le***ans, all the time, IN all times. First, we chat with Diana Souhami about her fab ...
04/21/2021
Le***ans in Paris … and in Period Dramas

On this month's Outward, it's all le***ans, all the time, IN all times. First, we chat with Diana Souhami about her fab new book "No Modernism Without Le***ans." Then we puzzle over the weird, electricity-free vogue for Le***an Period Dramas. Join us!

Why can’t le***ans in the movies get a little electricity?

Can we please stop infantilizing transmasculine people?
03/19/2021
Elliot Page Is a Grown-Up

Can we please stop infantilizing transmasculine people?

But a culture that infantilizes transmasculinity refuses to treat him like one.

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This month, we take a break from talking about the hostile legislation q***r and trans people are fighting against to talk about what we're fighting for. A kindergarten teacher joins us to share what it looks like when teachers are free to speak about LGBTQ lives in the classroom. Then we discuss the q***r family drama at the heart of Everything Everywhere All at Once.
This month, we respond to the anti-trans attacks coming out of state legislatures across the country with a look at how they might shape the rest of a trans kid's life. Then we're joined by Michael Waters to discuss his recent piece about trans pioneer Barbara Ann Richards, who went to court in 1941 to legally change her name—and succeeded.
Today, trans Americans face many attacks on their legal rights. But back in the 1940s—before an organized opposition developed—some trans people were able to win in the courts. Barbara Ann Richards was one of them.
Whenever there is a moral panic involving children, homophobes see an opportunity.
This month, we take on Florida's new "don't say gay" bill and the insidious rhetoric of "parental rights." Then we revisit q***r film classic Shortbus, which just got a 4K restoration and re-release. Could such a daring movie get made today? (Was it really that daring?) Tune in!
The bill would empower parent vigilantes to sue school districts over LGBTQ content.
The first Outward of 2022 has dropped, and with it, some fantastic news: We have a new co-host, Jules Gill-Peterson! If you don’t already know Jules and her work, she’s a writer and professor of trans history and culture at Johns Hopkins, author of Histories of the Transgender Child, and just an all-around brilliant voice on trans and q***r issues. We are SO excited to have her join the show. Recording our first ep together was DELIGHTFUL, so we hope you’ll tune in to check it out! In addition to our usual Prides/Provocations and updates to the Gay Agenda, we are joined this month by Kevin Guyan to dig into his new book, Q***r Data, about the power and perils of counting q***rs. Then we explore (and generally lose it) over the trans storylines and general weirdness of And Just Like That, the most recent installment of the S*x and the City cinematic universe. Listen here:
I had an out-of-body moment when I heard it.
“I have le***an friends who have identified Anybodys as a le***an, and trans friends who said that Anybodys is the first trans character in American musicals,” Tony Kushner told us.
Grindr's "s*xual" policy change is drawing jeers, jokes, and at least some approving notices from tech experts.
For our Nov. episode, we welcome guest host Carolyn Bergier, co-host of the podcast Dyking Out, to explore the ups and downs of the Amazon le***an reality TV show Tampa Baes. Then we talk about Billy Porter’s fashion beef with Harry Styles, what q***r fashion and signifiers actually mean, and whether they matter anymore. And finally, q***r burlesque, DJ sets, and butch d***s for our Gay Agenda. Join us!
For our annual Q***r History Month episode, we're joined by Adam Zmith, author of "Deep Sniff," a book on the q***r history of poppers, and writer Jude Doyle, who talks about what we missed in the recent documentary about transmasculine Black feminist icon Pauli Murray. Join us!