Hi again from OutCasting!
This month's edition of OutCasting OffAir is now available! This is the first outing for OutCaster Adam, a youth participant in our main studio in Westchester County, New York.
There's no question that it's easier to come out now than it has been in the past — at least for some of today's youth, in some places, in some situations. But is being gay such a non-issue that people shouldn't even have to come out? In this edition, Adam disagrees with friends who say that being gay has no more effect on people than having brown eyes. Have a listen!
Our bureau at Michigan State University bureau is off to a good start this year. Doug and I went to East Lansing last weekend and had good talks with a couple of the students and one of the faculty advisors. (We now have four faculty advisors!) I was interviewed by Lansing City Pulse, the capital city's alternative paper, for an article and a broadcast interview that aired on WDBM, the student radio station. And MSU OutCaster Kayl and I were interviewed on Current State, a program on MSU's NPR station, WKAR. All are available on the Press page on our web site.
As I think I've mentioned in the past, we're working to build our Board of Directors into an active fundraising board so that we can take OutCasting to the next step — transitioning from a volunteer-based organization to a business (still nonprofit, of course) that has enough paid staff to increase the amount of programming we create, expand the number of stations on which OutCasting is heard, and establish bureaus elsewhere in the country so that OutCasting can reflect a wider range of LGBTQ youth perspectives and experiences. If you know someone who might be interested, please refer them to our web site.
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Again, thank you for your interest and support — it means the world to us.
All our best,
Marc and the OutCasting team