ABC News to launch its first LGBTQ+ podcast for Pride Month

Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson is a new LGBTQ+ focussed podcast from ABC News, with the first two episodes launching to kick off Pride Month on 1 June.

ABC News Contributor LZ Granderson will draw on his own experiences as a gay, black father and talk to special guests to help preserve the history of the LGBTQ+ community. They will shed light on the past by sharing their own stories and look to the future by describing their vision for how living ‘life out loud’ should look.

The first two episodes will explore the impact of the ground-breaking series “Pose” with the show’s co-creator and co-executive producer, Steven Canals joining Granderson in episode one and in episode two, “Pose” star Mj Rodriguez, who is the first transgender actress to win Best Actress at the Imagen Awards.

“We lost so many stories to the AIDS epidemic, violence, harassment and silence due to fear,” says Granderson. “I’m passionate about creating a space to capture these underreported stories and untold oral histories, while also celebrating the joys of living ‘life out loud’ and where we’re going as a community.”

The third episode will be available on Thursday 3 June, featuring an interview with Grammy Award-nominated musician Rufus Wainwright ahead of his tribute to icon Judy Garland on what would have been her 99th birthday.

Other guests in the ten-episode series include Dr Anthony Fauci on his response to the AIDS crisis; Sherry Cola, comedian and actress on Freeform’s “Good Trouble;” history-making politicians including Senator Tammy Baldwin; Super Bowl Winner Keyshawn Johnson; and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and husband Tom Daley, Olympic medal winner.

Life Out Loud is available on major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Audacy and the ABC News app, with the first two episodes on 1 June and subsequent episodes every Thursday thereafter.

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