Outward Podcast

The “Radicals” Edition

Remember, Stonewall was a riot!

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This month on Outward, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley find out what it means to be radical. October is gay history month and so we’re honoring those radical queers who started to advocate for gay rights. First, they’ve got a compilation of radicalization moments from important queer figures, those times they felt pulled into the fight. Thank you to the Making Gay History podcast for the use of their archival tape. Then, they sit down with Angela Peoples, formerly of No Justice No Pride, and Brandon Cuicchi of Reclaim Pride to discuss how Pride parades have become commercialized and what they’re doing to take them back. Finally, the gang plays the game Radder Than Thou, where they debate which of two topics are more radical.


This episode of Outward is part of an LGBTQ history month special issue, in which you can read over a dozen pieces about radicalism in queer life today.

Items discussed on the show:

• “A Star Is Born Is Obsessed With Drag” by Bryan Lowder in Slate

• The Making Gay History podcast, particularly the episodes with Joyce Hunter, Sylvia Rivera, Frank Kameny, Ellen Degeneres, Jeanne and Morty Manford, Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker, and Vito Russo

Reclaim Pride Coalition

No Justice No Pride

A Star Is Born soundtrack

Kim Petras

Gay Agenda items:

• Christina: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, and the films of John Cameron Mitchell including Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch

• Brandon: Another Country by James Baldwin

• Bryan: The Queen’s Throat

This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.

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