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Representation of LGBTQ people in the media

Oct. 1, 2017 - Media portrayals of LGBTQ people shape the way that the public understands and treats them.  Guest: Larry Gross, professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, author of Up From Invisibility, and eminent authority on gay and lesbian studies.  Photo by Maggie Taplin.

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Minority stress

Sept. 1, 2017 — Minority stress due to stigma, prejudice, and discrimination puts LGBTQ people, especially youth, at heightened risk for negative health effects.  Guest: Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

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Trump's proposed trans military ban

Oct. 1, 2017 — OutCasting youth participant Quinn evaluates the reasoning behind the transgender military ban that president Trump proposed on Twitter. Temporary legislative plans are in place and an opposition within the administration is forming, which may affect the implementation of the official plan in February of 2018.  Quinn, who is trans, prefers that his voice not be heard, so Max (pictured) tells the story.

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Atrocities in Chechnya

Sept. 1, 2017 — OutCasting youth participant Dante reflects on atrocities in which gay and bisexual men are being kidnapped, tortured, and killed, with no intervention from the US and scant attention by the mainstream media.  Update (Sept. 3): The New York Times reports that Canada has quietly been allowing Chechens to seek safety there.

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OutCasting Episodes 29 and 30 — Asexuality

OutCasting #29 — Dante's first person account

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OutCasting #30 — Dante interviews Professor Anthony Bogaert

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These linked episodes present a look at asexuality as seen though the eyes of an asexual teenager and from an expert's perspective. 

oc-danteIn Episode 29, OutCaster Dante gives a riveting account about his growing awareness of feeling different in middle school, the depression that followed as he realized that a key part of himself seemed to be missing while all of his friends were reacting to each other in strange new ways that made little sense to him, his discovery of AVEN (Asexuality Visibility & Education Network), an online community for asexual people, his acceptance of himself as healthy and the happiness that acceptance brought him, and his experiences in coming out as asexual to others.  This powerful episode is a must for people who want to know more about asexuality and the feelings of being different, no matter what the cause.

In Episode 30, Dante talks with Professor Anthony Bogaert of Brock University in St. Catherine's, Ontario.  Professor Bogaert (pronounced Bogart) focuses on the study of human sexuality and is an expert on asexuality.  In 2012, he published the book Understanding AsexualityAs always, we encourage you to patronize local bookstores and libraries.

In theguest-tony-bogaertse episodes, we learn that asexuality is an orientation just like being gay or straight or bisexual, and that it is different from celibacy, which is a choice not to engage in sexual behavior.  We learn that sexual attraction and romantic attraction, which many people think are the same thing, are actually two distinct types of attraction, that asexuality doesn't necessarily mean a lack of libido, and that some asexuals experience romantic attractions and enter into relationships that can be extremely fulfilling.  Fascinating and powerful, these episodes dispel many of the myths and assumptions made about asexuality.  We hope you enjoy them.



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