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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



1.  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 »




Connecting gay youth with LGBTQ history — 35Asexuality — 29, 30
Gay-Straight Alliances in local schools — 1
LGBTQ teen suicide — 2, 14a
It Gets Better Project — 2, 14a
LGBTQ youth literature — 4
Portrayal of LGBTQ people in media and literature — 4
World AIDS Day — 5
Prideworks — 6
Ex-gay "reparative" therapy — 6
Growing up gay in a small southern town — 8
Healthy LGBTQ teen relationships — 5, 8
LGBTQ issues in public schools — 10, 14a, 23, 24
Legal services for LGBTQ families and people living with HIV — 11
LGBTQ people in religion — 12, 14
Countering the lack of visibility of LGBTQ youth — 13, 23, 24
Bullying — 2, 14a
Transgender identity — 7, 15, 16, 18, 25-28
Transgender legal issues — 18
Transgender issues in sports — 25-28
Stereotypes based on appearance — 12
GENDA - the Gender Equality Non-Discrimination Act — 18
Fighting the Boy Scouts' LGBT ban — 17
Marriage equality following the Supreme Court's 2013 rulings — 19, 20
Marriage equality, backlash against — 32-34
Repressive LGBTQ climate in Russia in context of 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — 21
Marriage equality and bi-national couples — 22




Actors Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Ria Cooper, Liz Parker, Tim Connell, J'nelle Chelune, Nathan Gregory, Kirsten Benjamin, and Cheo Bourne — 23
Honor Adams (My Sister's Place) — 9
Santo Barbagiovanni (AIDS-Related Community Services) — 5
Joseph Birdsong, musician and vlogger — 8
Professor Anthony Bogaert (Brock University, Ontario) — 29, 30
Ryan Cassata, musician — 7
David Diamond (PFLAG Westchester) — 3
Rebecca Drago (My Sister's Place) — 9
Eagle Scouts Michael, David, Christoph — 17
Laurel Golio (We Are The Youth) — 13
Mimi Goodman — 22
Richard Gottfried, New York State Assemblyman — 18
Juli Grey-Owens, transgender activist — 15, 16
Brian Healey (Athlete Ally) — 21
Twanna Hines (Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic) — 5
Christopher Z. Hobson — 35
Mary Jane Karger (GLSEN Hudson Valley) — 1
Maggie Keenan-Bolger — 23, 24
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (CBST) — 12
Mark Leno, California State Senator — 10, 14a
Greg Louganis — 21
Chris Mosier, transgender athlete — 25-28
Mark Noel (Inclusive Scouting Network) — 17
Brad Palmertree (GLSEN Middle Tennessee) — 10
Kristine Poplawski (My Sister's Place) - 9
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
Lavi Soloway, civil rights attorney (DOMA Project) — 22
Michelle Tompkins (Girl Scouts of America) — 17
Zach Wahls (Scouts for Equality) — 17
Callie Wise (GLSEN Middle Tennessee) — 10
Evan Wolfson, civil rights attorney (Freedom to Marry) — 17, 19, 20

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