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100-101 — September-October 2022 — Healthcare issues faced by trans people

Trans people face many obstacles in life.  One of the most pressing is the difficulty they can find in getting appropriate healthcare.  In this two part OutCasting series, we explore biases among medical professionals and other issues that can stand in the way of good health outcomes.

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76-99 — September 2020 through August 2022 — Using religion to justify discrimination — 24 part in-depth series

Equality for everyone is a core American value, enshrined in the constitution.  So is freedom of religion.  What happens when they come into conflict with each other — as when business owners cite their religious beliefs in denying service to LGBTQ people, discrimination that would be unacceptable against any other minority? 

On this OutCasting series, OutCaster Lucas begins a conversation with Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and Director of Law and Policy for Lambda Legal, the country's oldest and largest legal organization seeking full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV.

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72-75  May-August 2020 — Covid-19 and AIDS: similarities and notable differences - in-depth four part series. 

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, some people have said “This is what the beginning of AIDS must have felt like.”  On this edition, OutCaster Lucas talks with longtime activist Jay Blotcher about his take on that statement.  Four part series.  Part 4 includes a commentary on the importance of following advice about preventative steps, including social distancing and wearing masks, from medical professionals and not necessarily from elected officials.
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68-71.  January-April 2020 — Conversion therapy — in-depth four part series.  

OutCaster Andrew begins a discussion with Dr. Jack Drescher, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in NYC, about conversion therapy, the now-discredited and often harmful practice of trying to change people's sexuality from gay to straight.  Dr. Drescher's interview will continue in February. 

Andrew also speaks with Sam Brinton, a survivor of conversion therapy, in an an interview that will run in March and April.  

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 65-67.  October 2019 — LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers

OutCaster Lucas talks with Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist UN Office and former diplomat, currently focusing on helping LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers resettle in safer countries.  Three part series (October, November, December 2019).

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64.  September 2019 — OutCaster Alex talks with the longtime transgender activist Juli Grey-Owens about GENDA, New York State's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.  Listen »




61-63.  June, July, August 2019 — Stonewall 50.  OutCaster Andrew talks with veteran gay journalist and activist Andy Humm in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.  Listen »




60.  May 2019 — Trans teen discrimination lawsuit against his school.  Building on our Title IX coverage below, OutCaster Andrew speaks with Drew Adams, a transgender student who sued his high school for discrimination.  Joining the conversation is one of his lawyers, Tara Borelli of Lambda Legal.  Listen »



58 & 59.  March and April 2019 — Title IX and discrimination against trans youth.  OutCaster Andrew talks with Paul D. Castillo of Lambda Legal about how Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in education, can be used to protect the rights ot trans youth who face discrimination in schools.  Listen »



56 & 57.  January and February 2019 — Hopes and expectations, altered.  OutCasting Alex talks with Mimi and Jerry Goodman, both of whose grown children are gay.  Listen »



55.  December 2018 — A transgender teenager transitions.  OutCaster Amalee is interviewed by fellow OutCaster Alex.  Listen »



53 & 54.  October and November 2018 — Transgender youth transitioning.  Guests:  Dr. John Steever, physician; Dr. Matthew Oransky, psychologist.  Listen »



51 and 52.  August and September 2018 — LGBTQ women in AIDS activism.  Guest: Ann Northrop, longtime journalist and activist.  Listen »



50.  July 2018 — Intersex transgender youth talks with OutCasting youth participant Andrea.  Listen »



48 and 49.  May and June 2018 — Intersex - two part series.  Guests Georgiann Davis, Ph.D., and Cary Gabriel Costello, J.D., Ph.D.  Listen »



47.  April 2018 — Safe spaces for LGBTQ people, particularly youth — a discussion with Gabby Rivera, formerly of GLSEN, and Dr. Vinnie Pompei of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  Listen »



46.  March 2018 — Gay Parenting (part 2) — a discussion with James Howe, well known author.  Listen »



45. February 2018 — Gay Parenting (part 1) — a discussion with Gabriel Blau, longtime LGBTQ advocate and nonprofit consultant.  Listen »



43 and 44.  December 2017 and January 2018 — OutCaster Jamie and their friend Tori discuss Tori’s experiences with being agender.  Two part series.  Listen »



42.  November 2017 — Across most of history and in many societies, gender is understood to be binary: a person is either male or female.  But in this fascinating conversation, OutCasting youth participant Jamie talks about what it's like to be non-binary.  Listen »



41 October 2017 — Media portrayals of LGBTQ people and issues shape the way that the public treats and understands.  In this episode, we examine these portrayals over the past five decades and consider the effects negative stereotypes can have on you.  Our guest is Larry Gross, a professor of communication at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, author of many books, including Up From Invisibility, and eminent authority on gay and lesbian studies.  Listen »



40.  September 2017 — Everyone experiences stress, but when you're LGBTQ, it gets worse because of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination, and has particularly strong effects on LGBTQ youth, who are at greatly heightened risk for substance abuse and suicide.  In this program, we look at minority stress in LGBTQ people with an eminent scholar on the topic, Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., of the UCLA School of Law.  Listen »



38-39.  July and August 2017 — In this two-part series, we talk with author and longtime activist Karla Jay about the Stonewall uprising, a series of riots at a gay bar in New York City in 1969 that marked a turning point in gay activism.  In addition to her writing and activism, Karla is a retired Distinguished Professor of Queer Studies and Women's Studies at Pace University in NYC.  Listen »



36-37.  May and June 2017  — Gilbert Baker was a longtime gay activist, best known as the creator of the rainbow flag.  We had the opportunity to interview Gilbert about his life and his activism just a month before his untimely death on March 31, 2017.  Listen »



35.  March 2017 — On this episode, released March 21, 2017, we begin an informal series connecting gay youth with gay elders.  OutCaster Travis talks with Christopher J. Hobson about coming out in the 1950s, surviving psychotherapy, and his activism.  Chris is a professor of English at the State University of New York at Old Westbury.  He is also a son of the late Laura Z. Hobson, who wrote the 1975 novel Consenting Adult, a fictionalization of her experience of initial revulsion when Chris came out to her and continuing through her growing acceptance after a period of more than a decade.  Listen »



32-34.  July-August 2016 — In this three part series posted on July 26, 2016, we explore the anti-LGBTQ backlash against the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings.  Our guest is the author, journalist, and LGBTQ activist Michelangelo Signorile. 
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31.  July 2016 — Elliot, a participant in our NYC Bureau, talks about growing up bisexual and transgender.  Our NYC Bureau is a collaboration between OutCasting and the Hetrick-Martin InstituteListen »



29-30.  August 2015 — Asexuality.  In these linked episodes, OutCaster Dante gives a powerful first-person account of growing up asexual (Episode 29).  In Episode 30, he talks with Professor Anthony Bogaert of Brock University in Ontario to get an expert's perspective asexuality.  Listen »



25-28.   February-March 2015 — Issues faced by transgender people in sports.  A four-part series with Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete who talks about his transgender identity, what it was like for him to transition, and the issues faced by transgender people in sports.  Listen »

Read about Chris in a 2012 New York Times article and in The Advocate's 40 Under 40 for 2014.  Chris was featured in the film Just Gender

Read about this four-part OutCasting interview in Outsports.



24.  July 2014 — An interview with Maggie Keenan-Bolger, who wrote the play "Queering History" with homeless LGBTQ youth.  An abridged reading of the play was heard on the previous edition of OutCasting (#23, below).  Listen »



23.  July 2014 — "Queering History" — an in-studio reading of the play, written by Maggie Keenan-Bolger in collaboration with homeless LGBTQ youth.  "Queering History" illustrates the effect on students when LGBTQ history is excluded from school curricula.  On the next edition, OutCaster Travis talks with Maggie about the play.  Listen »



22.  June 2014 — Marriage equality as it applies to bi-national couples.  Guests Mimi Goodman, whose son Jesse is in a bi-national relationship with an Argentinian man named Max Oliva and was forced by the Defense of Marriage Act to leave the United States to stay together with Max; Lavi Soloway, a civil rights lawyer whose work focuses on bi-national couples and immigration issues.  Listen »



21.  February 2014 — The 2014 Winter Olympics and Russia's anti-LGBTQ climate.   Guests:  Greg Louganis, openly gay Olympic diving champion; Brian Healey of Athlete Ally.  Listen »



20.  October 2013 — Marriage equality following the Supreme Court's June 2013 rulings, part two of two.  Guest: Evan Wolfson, a key architect of the global marriage equality movement.  Listen »



19.  September 2013 — Marriage equality following the Supreme Court's June 2013 rulings, part one of two.  Guest Evan Wolfson, a key architect of the global marriage equality movement.  Listen »



18.  July 2013 — New York's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).  Guest Richard Gottfried, New York State Assembly Member and sponsor of the bill.  Listen »



17. June 2013 — The Boy Scouts' gay ban is partially lifted.  Guests: Evan Wolfson, civil rights attorney; Zach Wahls, Scouts for Equality; Mark Noel, Inclusive Scouting Network; Michelle Tompkins, Girl Scouts of America; current and former Eagle scouts Michael, Christoph, and David.  Listen »



16.  April 2013 — Transgender identity, part two of two.  Guest: Juli Grey-Owens, transgender activist, board member of Empire State Pride Agenda.  Listen »



15.  March 2013 — Transgender identity (part one of two).  Guest: Juli Grey-Owens, transgender activist, board member of Empire State Pride Agenda.  Listen »



14a.  March 2013 — Bullying and suicide; California's LGBTQ education law.  Guests Dan Savage, activist and author; California State Senator and sponsor of the law.  Listen »



14.  September 2012 — LGBTQ people in religion (continued).  Guest:  Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop, whose consecration was followed by a global split in the church over the issue of homosexuality.  Listen »



13.  August 2012 — Countering the lack of visibility of LGBTQ youth.  Guests Diana Scholl and Laurel Golio of We Are The Youth.  Listen »



12.  July 2012 — LGBTQ people in religion (part 1).  Guest:  Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of CBST — Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, NYC's LGBTQ synagogue.  And an audio essay by OutCaster Mady about stereotypes based on appearance.  Listen »



11.  June 2012 — Legal services for families and people living with HIV.  Guest: Richard Saenz, attorney with Queens Legal Services, a part of Legal Services NYC.  Listen »



10.  April 2012 — Two very different ways of dealing with LGBTQ issues in public education.  Guests: Mark Leno, California State Senator and sponsor of a California law to include LGBTQ history education in public schools; Brad Palmertree and Callie Wise of GLSEN Middle Tennessee on a proposed law there that would prohibit mention of anything other than heterosexuality until 9th grade.  Listen »



9.  January 2012 — Healthy LGBTQ teen relationships.  Guests: Kristine Poplawski, Rebecca Drago, and Honor Adams of the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Program at My Sister's Place.  Listen »



8.  January 2012 — Growing up gay in a small southern town and the transition to college.  Guest: Joseph Birdsong, YouTube vlogger and musician.  Listen »



7.   January 2012 — Interview with and performances by Ryan Cassata, transgender activist and singer/songwriter.  Listen »



6.  December 2011 — Prideworks, a regional convention for LGBTQ youth and straight allies.  Debunking the "ex-gay" movement.  Guest: Dr. Jallen Rix, author.  Listen »



5.  December 2011 — World AIDS Day.  Guests: Twanna Hines of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Santo Barbagiovanni of ARCS — AIDS Related Community Services.  Listen »



4.  November 2011 — LGBTQ youth literature.  Guest: Alex Sanchez, author.  Also, a discussion of LGBTQ people in the media and literature.  Listen »



3.  November 2011 — PFLAG — originally Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, now Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward.  Guest: David Diamond, a volunteer with PFLAG of Westchester County, New York.  Listen »



2.  October 2011 — Bullying and teen suicide.  Guest: Dan Savage, nationally-syndicated columnist, author, activist, and founder of the It Gets Better Project.  Listen »



1.  October 2011 — The role of Gay Straight Alliances in high schools.  Guest: Mary Jane Karger, board member of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).  Also, decoding LGBTQ....  Listen »



Topic Index

Activism — 39, 40

Agender identity — 43, 44

AIDS/HIV — World AIDS Day — 5

AIDS activism — 51, 72 et seq

Asexuality — 29, 30

Asylum seekers — 65-67

Baker, Gilbert, remembering — Overtime, May 2017, Overtime, February 2019

Bathrooms and transgender people — 60

Bisexual erasure — OffAir, November 2016

Stereotype about bisexuality — Overtime, July 2019

Bisexuality: Do you have to be a "Perfect Three" on the Kinsey Scale to be truly bisexual, and is bisexuality considered queer enough by the LGBTQ community to belong to the club? — Overtime, January 2018

#BlackLivesMatter — Overtime, July 2020, August 2020

Both children are gay — 56, 57

Boy Scouts, fighting the LGBT ban — 17

Bullying — 2, 14a

Candidates and elected officials — Overtime, December 2018

Coming out — OffAir, October 2016

Compulsory heterosexuality — OffAir, January 2017

Connecting gay youth with LGBTQ history — 35, 36-37

Conversion therapy — 6, 68-71

Covid-19 and AIDS pandemics — similarities and notable differences — Overtime, April 2020, 72 et seq

Covid-19 — Using quarantine for self-exploration — Overtime, September 2020

Discrimination against transgender students — 58-59, 60

Discrimination against LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs76 et seq

Education — LGBTQ issues in public schools — 10, 14a, 23, 24, 58-59

Elected officials and candidates — Overtime, December 2018; Overtime, December 2020

Ex-gay "reparative" therapy — 6

Federal laws against discrimination — 58-59

Gay children — 56, 57

Gay identity, oversexualizing of — Overtime, October 2019

Gay parenting — 45, 46

Gay-Straight Alliances in local schools — 1, 47

GENDA — New York's Gender Equality Non-Discrimination Act — 18, 64

Gender identity — agender — 43, 44

Gender fluidity and dysphoria — OffAir, May 2016

Gender norms — 12, OffAir, September 2016

Gender, non-binary — 42

Growing up gay in a small southern town — 8

Hate crimes — Overtime, February 2018

Health issues faced by trans people — 100-101

Health isssues in LGBTQ people caused by minority stress — 40

Historical figures — was Alexander the Great gay?  OutCasting Overtime, April 2018

HIV/AIDS — World AIDS Day — 5

How hopes and expectations are altered when both children are gay — 56, 57

International — refugees and asylum seekers — 65-67

Intersex — 48-49, 50

Intersex transgender youth — 50

It Gets Better Project — 2, 14a

Kinsey Scale:  Do you have to be a "Perfect Three" on the Kinsey Scale to be truly bisexual, and is bisexuality considered queer enough by the LGBTQ community to belong to the club?Overtime, January 2018

Kramer, Larry, death of legendary activist — Overtime, June 2020

Laws against discrimination — 58-59

Legal services for LGBTQ families and people living with HIV — 11

Lesbians in AIDS activism — 51

Literature, LGBTQ youth — 4

Lying, why LGBTQ youth have to — OffAir, June 2016

Marriage equality and bi-national couples — 22

Marriage equality following the Supreme Court's 2013 rulings — 19, 20

Marriage equality, backlash against — 32-34

Media, portrayals of LGBTQ people and issues in — 41

Medical care issues for trans people — 100-101

Medical transition for transgender youth — 53 & 54, 55

Minority stress in LGBTQ people  — 40

Non-binary gender — 42

Olympics, appropriateness of holding games in Russia — 21

Orlando massacre — OffAir, July 2016

Outing — being outed by friends — Overtime, November 2017

Oversexualizing gay identity — Overtime, October 2019

Parenting — 45, 46

Parenting gay children — 56-57


Politics — Overtime, December 2018; Overtime, December 2020

Prideworks — 6

Protests — OffAir, March 2017

Public schools — LGBTQ issues in public schools — 10, 14a, 23, 24

"Queer" vs. "gay — Overtime, September 2018

Queerbaiting — OffAir, April 2017

Rainbow flag — 36-37, Overtime, May 2017, February 2019

Refugees — 65-67

Relationships — healthy LGBTQ teen relationships — 5, 8

Religion — discrimination against LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs — 76 et seq

Religion, LGBTQ people in — 12, 14

Reparative therapy — 6, 68-71

Representation of LGBTQ people in media — 4

Representation of LGBTQ people in literature — 4

Republican Party platform, 2016 — OffAir, August 2016

Russia, repressive LGBTQ climate in context of 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — 21

Safe spaces for LGBTQ people, particularly youth — 47

Self-exploration during Covid-19 quarantine — Overtime, September 2020

Stereotypes based on appearance — 12

Stonewall uprising — 38, 39, 61-63

Straight allies — OffAir February 2017, Overtime March 2018, Overtime September 2019

Suicide among LGBTQ teenagers — 2, 14a

Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in education, as it applies to trans students — 58-59

Transgender healthcare issues — 100-101

Transgender identity — 7, 15, 16, 18, 25-28

Transgender issues in sports — 25-28

Transgender legal issues — 18, 58-59, 60, 64

Transgender students, discrimination against — 58-59, 60

Transgender political issues — GENDA, the Gender Equality Non-Discrimination Act — 18, 64

Transgender youth transitioning — 53 & 54, 55

Trump, Donald, election of — OffAir, December 2016

Visibility, lack of for LGBTQ youth — 13, 23, 24

Voice dysphoria in trans youth — Overtime, May 2020

Women and AIDS activism — 51, 52

Women's rights marches, connection to LGBTQ community — OffAir, March 2017



OutCaster Amalee on her medical transition — 55

Drew Adams, trans teen who sued his school for discrimination — 60

Honor Adams (My Sister's Place) — 9

Gilbert Baker, longtime gay activist and creator of the rainbow flag — 36, 37

Santo Barbagiovanni (AIDS-Related Community Services) — 5

Joseph Birdsong, musician and vlogger — 8

Gabriel Blau, longtime LGBGQ advocate — 45

Jay Blotcher, longtime activist — 72 et seq

Professor Anthony Bogaert (Brock University, Ontario) — 29, 30

Actors Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Ria Cooper, Liz Parker, Tim Connell, J'nelle Chelune, Nathan Gregory, Kirsten Benjamin, and Cheo Bourne — 23

Tara Borelli (Lambda Legal) — 60

Sam Brinton — 70-71

Dr. Marci Bowers — 100-101

Ryan Cassata, musician — 7

Paul D. Castillo (Lambda Legal) — 58-59

Professor Cary Gabriel Costello (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) — 48, 49

Professor Georgian Davis (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) — 48, 49

David Diamond (PFLAG Westchester) — 3

Rebecca Drago (My Sister's Place) — 9

Dr. Jack Drescher — 68-69

Eagle Scouts Michael, David, Christoph — 17

Laurel Golio (We Are The Youth) — 13

Jerry Goodman — 56-57

Mimi Goodman — 22, 56-57

Richard Gottfried, New York State Assemblyman — 18

Juli Grey-Owens, transgender activist — 15-16, 64

Larry Gross, professor, University of Southern California, authority on gay and lesbian studies and LGBTQ issues in the media — 41

Brian Healey (Athlete Ally) — 21

Twanna Hines (Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic) — 5

Christopher Z. Hobson — 35

James Howe, author — 46

Andy Humm, journalist and activist — 61-63

Professor Karla Jay — 38, 39

Mary Jane Karger (GLSEN Hudson Valley) — 1

Maggie Keenan-Bolger — 23, 24

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (CBST) — 12

Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalists UN Office — 65-67

Mark Leno, California State Senator — 10, 14a

Greg Louganis — 21

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. (UCLA School of Law) — 40

Chris Mosier, transgender athlete — 25-28

Mark Noel (Inclusive Scouting Network) — 17

Ann Northrop, longtime journalist and activist — 51, 52

Dr. Matthew Oransky, psychologist — 53

Brad Palmertree (GLSEN Middle Tennessee) — 10

Jennifer C. Pizer (Lambda Legal) — 76 et seq

Dr. Vinnie Pompei (Human Rights Campaign Foundation) — 47

Kristine Poplawski (My Sister's Place) — 9

Gabby Rivera (formerly of GLSEN) — 47

Dr. Jallen Rix — 6

Bishop Gene Robinson — 14

Richard Saenz, attorney — 11

Alex Sanchez, author — 4

Dan Savage, author and activist — 2, 14a

Diana Scholl (We Are The Youth) — 13

Michelangelo Signorile — 32-34

Michael Silverman — 100-101

Lavi Soloway, civil rights attorney (DOMA Project) — 22

Dr. John Steever, physician — 53

Michelle Tompkins (Girl Scouts of America) — 17

Tori, an agender person — 43

Zach Wahls (Scouts for Equality) — 17

Callie Wise (GLSEN Middle Tennessee) — 10

Evan Wolfson, civil rights attorney (Freedom to Marry) — 17, 19, 20




AIDS Related Community Services — 5

Boy Scouts of America — 17

CBST – Congregation Beit Simchat Torah — 12

DOMA Project — 22

Episcopal Church — 14

Freedom to Marry — 19, 20

Gender Equality New York — 64

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) — 1, 10, 47

Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) — 47

It Gets Better Project — 2, 14a

Lambda Legal — 58-59, 60, 76 et seq

Legal Services NYC — 11

Mount Sinai Hospital — 53

My Sister’s Place — Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Program — 9


Planned Parenthood — 5

Prideworks — 6

Unitarian Universalists United Nations Office — 65-67

We Are The Youth — 13


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