Hi again from OutCasting --
It’s midsummer and we hope you’re able to take some time off for vacations and other things enjoyable. We’ve been hard at work creating new content and we hope you’ll listen. We just released our three part series on the anti-LGBTQ backlash against the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings. It's an in-depth discussion that dispels the misconception that once we won marriage equality, the mission was accomplished. Clearly, it isn't, and this discussion is important in keeping people informed about just how much work still has to be done.
The backlash is alive in several contextsts:
- state officials like Kim Davis refusing to do their duty under the law;
- bakers, florists, and other businesses and service providers (including, in some instances, even doctors) refusing to do business with LGBTQ people;
- anti-LGBTQ laws — by some counts, as many as 200 just this years — being proposed and in some cases enacted this year;
- and, of course, heightened levels of anti-LGBTQ violence, including the massacre in Orlando.
This series was the first on which our Assistant Producer, Alex Mintz, took a key role. Hats off to Alex on a job well done!
Our guest on this three part series is the well-known author, journalist, and LGBTQ activist Michelangelo Signorile. He’s the host of the Michelangelo Signorile Show, a daily talk show on Sirius-XM Progress 127. He’s also the Editor-at-Large of Huffington Post Queer Voices. His most recent book is It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality.
He spoke with Sydney, an OutCasting youth participant who is part of the OutCasting team in our main studio in Westchester County, New York. Mike lives in NYC, and with his tight schedule, we had to conduct the interview in the Manhattan apartment I share with my husband Doug, around the corner from where Mike lives – so if you hear occasional sirens and other noises during the interview, that's why!
Sydney also provides us with our fourth monthly edition of OutCasting OffAir, extra online content from OutCasting. In this edition, she reacts to the Republican platform, described by The New York Times as “The Most Extreme Republican Platform in Memory” (editorial, July 18, 2016).
Sydney has just graduated from high school and is off to Smith College in Massachusetts in the fall. During her three years at OutCasting, she’s done research, preparation, audio editing, and other behind-the-scenes work at OutCasting — not to mention bringing her homemade cookies and cupcakes for all of us to enjoy. We’re glad that she had a chance to be in front of the microphone for the new backlash series and the August OffAir feature. She’s been a terrific OutCaster and we’ll miss her!
Your support is enabling us to provide fresh, in-depth journalism on LGBTQ topics from a youth perspective to a national audience on the more than 45 public radio stations around the country that carry OutCasting. With your help, we're reaching people who may not know very much about LGBTQ issues, helping to change hearts and minds during these critically important times in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality. Thank you!
All our best,
Marc and the OutCasting team