Outward Podcast

The “Town and Country” Edition

What’s it like to be a rural queer?

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This month on Outward, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley discuss queer experience in rural and urban environments. First, they talk through their decisions to move to major cities when starting their gay lives, and what drew them away from smaller locales. Next, they’re joined by Hugh Ryan to discuss his book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, and how the urbanization of Brooklyn allowed its queer identity to blossom. Then they interview Samantha Allen about her new book, Real Queer America, and about finding strong queer communities in red states. Finally, they offer advice on finding your own queer home in a smaller-than-average place.

Items discussed on the show:

• The Umbrella Academy

The Other Two

• “Miley Everlasting,” by Zach Baron in Vanity Fair

The Gospel of Eureka

True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century, by Emily Skidmore

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States, by Samantha Allen

• Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner’s paper “Sex in Public

When Brooklyn Was Queer, by Hugh Ryan

Gay Agenda items:

• Christina: The documentary Small Town Gay Bar

• Brandon: “The Association of (Gay) Suburban People,” by Tim Retzloff

• Bryan: Go to a small-town Pride

This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.

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