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OutCasting #21 (February 2014)

 

The anti-LGBTQ climate in Russia in the context of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

 

Guests:

  • Greg Louganis, diving champion and multiple Olympic gold medalist
     

  • Brian Healey, Programming and Social Media Coordinator, Athlete Ally


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OutCasting is broadcast regularly (approximately once every six weeks) on Sprouts: Radio from the Grassroots on the Pacifica Radio Network and online here at MFPG.org.

MAP OF STATIONS
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COMING SOON

How the Supreme Court rulings affect bi-national couples —
Interviews with Lavi Soloway, a civil rights attorney, and Mimi Goodman, whose son is in a bi-national relationship.  Another two-part program.

LGBTQ issues in education
A reading of the play "Queering History" by Maggie Keenan-Bolger, and an interview with Maggie about how the play came to be.


OutCasting is public radio’s LGBTQ youth program.  It presents a look at issues pertaining to the LGBT community as seen through the eyes of young LGBTQ people and allies and provides insight into the broad dimensions of the LGBTQ youth experience.  OutCasting, produced by Media for the Public Good, Inc. (MFPG) in New York, reaches a general audience on 40 Pacifica Radio Network affiliate stations around the country [see MAP OF STATIONS].  It is also available online here at mfpg.org and through iTunes.

OutCasting goes far beyond mainstream media coverage, which tends to be limited and sensationalist.  And just as important as the issues we cover is the outlet that MFPG gives to these young voices: a population still marginalized, potentially victimized, and rarely heard.  The experience of being an “OutCaster” is one of empowering, meaningful expression in a safe environment, thus turning the meaning of the word “outcast” on its head.  It is also a powerful educational experience.  Our participants learn a wide variety of important educational skills that go into creating quality journalism which will serve them throughout their lives.

Since its debut in October 2011, OutCasting has covered many issues in depth, including:

  • bullying and teen suicide, with Dan Savage, activist, author, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project;

  • a documentary on the history and partial lifting of the Boy Scouts' gay ban;

  • the state of marriage equality following the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, with civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry and one of the key architects of the marriage equality movement, and Lavi Soloway, an attorney representing LGBTQ couples and a founder of Immigration Equality and the DOMA Project;

  • LGBTQ issues in religion, with Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in NYC;

  • transgender issues, including a two part interview with the transgender activist Juli Grey-Owens and a discussion about New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) with the bill’s sponsor, New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried;

  • LGBTQ issues in public schools, with California State Senator Mark Leno, the sponsor of a law to end the exclusion of LGBTQ history from school curricula there.

See complete program listings and listen to OutCasting.

Creating partnerships and expanding the pool of participating youth

We are now working in cooperation with another nonprofit organization to set up a second studio in New York City so that LGBTQ youth and straight allies from the city can participate.  This is the first step in an expansion that we hope will culminate in a network of OutCasting student groups all over the country, so that the program is not only nationally distributed but also nationally sourced.

 

 


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