Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson

Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson

Award-winning journalist LZ Granderson draws from his own lived experience as a gay, Black father to host thought-provoking, poignant and engaging conversations with some of the most influential and inspirational people in the LGBTQ+ community.

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July 22, 2021 39 min

From winning Oscars to Olympic medals, British diver Tom Daley and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black embody the unstoppable. In the season one finale of "Life Out Loud," they open up about fighting against conversion therapy, coming out to their fans and how they met and decided to start a family. They also share advice for gay couples thinking about marriage, talk about the importance of visibility from...

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What does victory feel like for LGBTQ politicians? LZ talks with six political leaders paving the way with their imagination. Political veterans Keith St. John, Annise Parker, Neil Giuliano and newcomers Ritchie Torres, Sarah McBride, Brian Sims set the record straight on “the gay agenda,” whatever that is... The politicians talk about first crushes, representation and the Buttigieg of it all. Plus, what Harvey Milk taught them abo...

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Actor and model Daniel Newman is known for his roles on The Walking Dead and Homeland, but to LZ he’s an Instagram crush. In this episode, Newman opens up about his body image journey and the truth behind those thirst traps. He also shares what it was like growing up in a sex-positive Christian household, and how a near-death experience gave him new perspective. 

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July 1, 2021 45 min

LZ leads a roundtable of sports figures including Jason Collins, the first active player in the NBA to come out; Super Bowl winner and ally Keyshawn Johnson; and Rick Welts, the first out and proud NBA team president. They discuss their own personal stories and look at the ways LGBTQ issues play out in the world of professional sports. There are also some big laughs over what happens when you bring a straight ally like Keyshawn int...

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June 24, 2021 51 min

Alphonso David is an LGBTQ civil rights attorney, advocate and the first person of color to serve as president of the Human Rights Campaign. He talks about his childhood in West Africa, getting disowned by his father and his quest for trans rights. Plus, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin shares how being raised by her grandparents and witnessing her mother’s struggle with addiction helped shape her policies and legislative goals. She...

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Sherry Cola tackles sexuality, gender norms and racial stereotypes in her standup and in life. The ‘Good Trouble’ actress looks back on when she first realized she was attracted to men and women, and pushes back against misconceptions about bisexuality even within the queer community. Plus, she gets fired up talking about her love for the Asian community that’s suffered senselessly amid a wave of hate crimes. And being the comedian...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is best known today for his role in the response to COVID-19, but he’s been on the frontlines of the fight against HIV/AIDS for decades. Fauci recalls how that fight led to his unusual friendship with activist Larry Kramer, who once described him as “a murderer and an incompetent idiot.” Plus, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who made history as the first openly transgender person confirmed by...

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Pioneering singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright bears his soul in his music and in this candid conversation with LZ. How his decision to come out at age 13 led to his groundbreaking decision to enter the music scene as an openly gay recording artist, and what it’s meant for his career and place in LGBTQ history. 

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June 1, 2021 43 min

Actress Mj Rodriguez opens up about how entering the ballroom scene at age 14 helped her find the confidence to express her authentic self, and about her special relationship with her house father and with her mother, who was the inspiration for her breakout performance as Blanca in ‘Pose.’  

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June 1, 2021 38 min

Host LZ Granderson kicks off ABC News’ first-ever LGBTQ-focused podcast with Steven Canals, co-creator of the hit FX series ‘Pose.’ The groundbreaking show, now in its final season, features the largest transgender cast in television history. 

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Host LZ Granderson is passionate about preserving the history of the LGBTQ community. This podcast aims to further that mission through inspiring, provocative and often hilarious conversations with a wide variety of influential voices. Guests featured in the ten-episode first season include Steven Canals, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Rufus Wainwright, Sherry Cola, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Daniel Newman, and many more.

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