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Operating as usual

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.

This month, we discuss a New York magazine piece about fashion designer Alexander Wang, the dynamics of power and consen...
03/17/2021
Power Dynamics and Trans Discrimination

This month, we 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 we'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.

Discussing power, s*xual consent, and why science may not be the best tool to fight the transphobes.

This month, the crew is joined by June Thomas to discuss Jeremy Atherton Lin’s new book "Gay Bar," our own personal hist...
02/17/2021
Gay Bars and Hookup Apps

This month, the crew is joined by June Thomas to discuss Jeremy Atherton Lin’s new book "Gay Bar," our own personal histories with gay bars, and if such q***r spaces have a future. Then we're joined by Autostraddle’s Shelli Nicole to talk about the Lex app, a text-based dating app aimed at q***r, trans, and gender-nonconforming people. We discuss how the app got its start, the ways it’s changed in just one year, and if q***r women will ever have an app that’s just for s*x.

Looking for spaces in real life and online where we can be our full selves.

Torrey Peters discusses how divorce literature shaped her new novel, Detransition, Baby.
01/21/2021
What Stories of Transition and Divorce Have in Common

Torrey Peters discusses how divorce literature shaped her new novel, Detransition, Baby.

In writing her new novel Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters found inspiration from a different group of women navigating change.

Happy Inauguration Day! On this month's Outward, we wade into the "gay civil war" over NYE circuit parties and COVID "sh...
01/20/2021
Detransition, Baby and #GaysOverCOVID

Happy Inauguration Day! On this month's Outward, we wade into the "gay civil war" over NYE circuit parties and COVID "shaming," and we discuss DETRANSITION, BABY, one of the year's must-read novels, with author Torrey Peters. Join us!

Exploring q***r adult fiction, and asking if shaming ever works.

This month, we speak with Ruth Coker Burks, author of the new book All the Young Men: A Memoir of Love, AIDS, and Chosen...
12/16/2020
Unwrapping the Gift of Q***r Christmas Movies

This month, we speak with Ruth Coker Burks, author of the new book All the Young Men: A Memoir of Love, AIDS, and Chosen Family in the American South, about her work in the 1980s, helping Arkansans with AIDS. Then we discuss three of 2020’s bumper selection of LGBTQ holiday movies: The Christmas Setup, Happiest Season, and A New York Christmas Wedding. Should we be grateful for the gift of representation, or should we be searching for the receipt?

Ruth Coker Burks on AIDS in the South, and a gift bag full of LGBTQ holiday films.

Shiva Baby’s Emma Seligman discusses what it’s like to enter the bis*xual canon.
11/20/2020
Making Room for Messy Bis*xuals on Screen

Shiva Baby’s Emma Seligman discusses what it’s like to enter the bis*xual canon.

Why Shiva Baby’s chaotic protagonist is a step forward for bi representation on screen.

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