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OutCast Archive - December 28, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's Sunday, December 28th, and tonight on OutCast, rising star of the bareback porn industry, Christian, is in the studio.

He'll answer some of those behind the scenes porn questions we have, and he'll also talk seriously about the place of condomless porn in today's world of escalating HIV infections.

Plus, Austin filmaker PJ Raval talks about an upcoming screening of his award-winning documentary film, "Trinidad", about a one-time Colorado frontier town which is now known as the sex-change capital of the world. Lisa Scheps of the Transgender Education Network of Texas also joins us for this interview.

It's not for the faint of heart....certainly a very adult installment of OutCast. So, put the kiddies to bed and join us for some graphic talk about being queer in the 21st century.



OutCast Archive - December 21, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jason Howell is trying to create a safe haven for queer Austinites struggling with addiction. Jason is the founder of SoberHood, and he's in the studio to discuss Lone Star Sober House, the first sober-living facility in Austin specifically designed to be welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working to stay clean and sober. Jason is joined by Pancho, a current resident at Lone Star Sober House.

Also in the studio is Stewart Gallas, a licensed professional counselor and social work associate, who is here to tell us why the holiday season may be especially tough for LGBT families struggling with addiction.

Plus, OutCast essayist Douglas Plummer shares with us a moving story of holiday generosity.



OutCast Archive - December 14, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

ZACH Theatre introduces a new elf for its production of David Sedaris' wickedly funny The Santaland Diaries, now onstage at ZACH through January 11, 2009.

Espie Randolph joins us in the studio to talk about his latest role as Crumpet.

David Alan is consumed by the craft of mixology. A couple of years ago, he had a cocktailian coming out, a voyage of discovery that satisfied so many basic needs: suddenly he had an academic excuse to spend time and money in liquor stores and bars.

Now with TipsyTexan, he helps us all appreciate and enjoy the art of the cocktail.



OutCast Archive - December 7, 2008

December 7, 2008

Studio guests:
  • Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills;

  • "Abuelita's Christmas Carol" playwright Alex Garza; and

  • Austin Santa Speedo Fun Run founder Edward Cruz.

  • For the last eight years, Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills has been attracting attention from around the world for his innovative and collaborative approach to choreography. Mills has created more than 40 works, which have been performed by companies across the U.S. and the world, including the Hong Kong Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, the Atlanta Ballet, the Washington Ballet, and many others. OutCast talks to Stephen about leading Ballet Austin into the 21st century, plus the company's most recent production of The Nutcracker, onstage at the Long Center through December 23rd.

    One man, nine characters, loads of holiday laughs! "Abuelita's Christmas Carol" is back in Austin for four shows only in an unforgettable solo performance by the talented and hilarious playwright Alex Garza, who joins us tonight in the studio.

    "Abuelita's Christmas Carol" is onstage Saturdays & Sundays, December 13th/14th and December 20th/21st at City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd.

    Finally tonight, Edward Cruz is here. Edward is the founder of a classic Austin affair known as the Austin Santa Speedo Fun Run. Based on similar events in Toronto and Boston, there's a reason it's called a Santa Speedo Run. Runners are asked to wear a red, white or green Speedo for the event. Chilly? Probably. Chafing? Possibly. Friggin hysterical and a once in a lifetime opportunity? Definitely.

    The Austin Santa Speedo Fun Run is Saturday, December 13th at the Trail of Lights 5k run in Zilker Park.



    OutCast Archive - November 30, 2008

    November 30, 2008

    Heath Riddles welcomes playwright Michael Mitchell and Equality Texas development director Marianne deLeon.

    Heath welcomes playwright Michael Mitchell who joins us to discuss his new play, "Still Fountains", now on stage through December 14th at Salvage Vanguard Theater.



    OutCast Archive - November 23, 2008

    November 23, 2008

    Lisa Scheps guest-hosts for Heath Riddles.

    Lisa is joined in the studio by Ben McCullough, volunteer coordinator for HRC-Austin. Ben discusses upcoming HRC-Austin events and how you can get involved.

    Lisa's second guest is Todd Gibbs, co-manager of Austin Naked Yoga. Austin Naked Yoga offers a dynamic, heart-centered approach to yoga for men, welcoming both beginners and those with a regular practice. Todd shares with us some of the many reasons people choose to practice yoga naked - and they may be different than you imagine.



    OutCast Archive - November 16, 2008

    November 16, 2008

    Heath welcomes Lisa Scheps from Transgender Education Network of Texas, and Paul Scott, executive director of Equality Texas.

    Our first guest is Lisa Scheps, one the founders of Transgender Education Network of Texas, a statewide advocacy group dedicated to furthering the cause of gender diverse people in this state. Lisa joins us tonight to tell us about the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which will take place locally at Austin City Hall on November 20th at 6:30 p.m.

    Next, Paul Scott, the executive director of Equality Texas is in the studio to talk about the wave of grassroots energy that has been generated by the nationwide protests over the passage of Prop 8 in California and how that energy might be harnessed to advance the movement for equality right here in Texas.



    OutCast Archive - November 9, 2008

    November 9, 2008

    Heath welcomes Randall Terrell, political director at Equality Texas, and Daniel Turner, marketing director for the Capital City Men's Chorus

    Our first guest is Randall Terrell, the Political Director for Equality Texas, our state's only organization fighting for our rights at the Texas Legislature. Randall gives us some post-election analysis, including changes in the Texas Legislature and the potential effect those nasty ballot measures might have on the anti-gay industry in this country.

    Next, Daniel Turner, the Marketing Director for the Capital City Men's Chorus is in the studio to talk about their upcoming holiday show, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays. And, we'll give away 2 tickets to a lucky listener. [Congrats to our winner: Jordan!]



    OutCast Archive - November 2, 2008

    November 2, 2008

    Heath welcomes Randall Terrell, political director at Equality Texas.

    Election Day is on Tuesday. By all accounts, it's going to be a nail biter. As the gap closes between presidential contenders McCain and Obama, just about all we've been hearing about is the historic nature of this presidential campaign. But, for the real drama and the possibility of meaningful change in the lives of LGBT Texans, we need look no further than the boundaries of our own state.

    Our guest is Randall Terrell; he's the Political Director, (read lobbyist), for Equality Texas, our state's only organization fighting for our rights at the Texas Legislature. Randall talks about the important races in Central Texas, their effect on the race for Speaker of the Texas House, and why that matters to our daily lives.

    More information about Equality Texas is available at
    More information on supported candidates is available at

    Unfortunately, the KOOP web server was down on Sunday evening. As a result, we are unable to provide a webcast of this week's show. We hope the site returns to full operation for next week's OutCast.

    OutCast Archive - October 26, 2008

    October 26, 2008
    Lisa Scheps guest-hosts for the vacationing Heath Riddles.
    Lisa welcomes Clay Smith, literary director for the Texas Book Festival.

    In his role with the Festival, Clay is in charge of recruiting the nation's best authors to be involved. His goal is to develop an annual program that reflects national political and cultural issues, and that highlights vibrant new voices.

    This year, for the first time ever, the Texas Book Festival is assembling a panel of authors of youth-oriented books featuring gay teens as the protagonists.

    Do You Mean Gay as in Happy is Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 3pm at The Sanctuary, 1201 Lavaca Street in Austin. More information at Texas Book Festival.



    OutCast Archive - October 19, 2008

    October 19, 2008

    L Style G Style 1 Year Anniversary Party

    LOVEXOTIC, benefiting Family by Choice

    All this week on OutCast!

    • Alisa Weldon, Lynn Yeldell and Oliver Everette join us in the studio to discuss the one-year anniverary release of L Style G Style magazine. They are having a fabulous celebration party on Saturday, November 1st at The Domain.

    • Richard Williams, Moxy Castro and Lonny Stern visit OutCast to tell us about LOVEXOTIC, a celebration of world cultures benefiting Family by Choice. LOVEXOTIC is Saturday, October 25th at the Clay Pit.



    OutCast Archive - October 12, 2008

    October 12, 2008

    AIDS Walk Austin ** The MasqRed Ball ** The Laramie Project
    All this week on OutCast!



    OutCast Archive - October 5, 2008

    October 5, 2008

    Matt Smith, executive director of Out Youth, joins us in the studio. Out Youth’s mission is to promote the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of sexual minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities.

    Also in the studio, Jimmy Flannigan, president of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.



    OutCast Archive - September 28, 2008

    September 28, 2008

    For 17 years, Dave Steakley has been infusing Austin's Zach Scott Theatre with the kind of creative energy that has increased the theatre's audience from 25,000 to more than 150,000 annually. Dave is a true innovator in terms of creating mainstage opportunities for African-American artists in Central Texas, and he is a pioneer in the concept of theatre as a force in community building. Dave sits down with OutCast for the first show from our new studios on September 28.

    Also joining us in our new studio is Bob Wolff with Capital City Men's Chorus to fill us in on the upcoming Midnight Cabaret 6 at the Vortex on October 3-4.



    OutCast Archive - September 21, 2008

    September 21, 2008

    The long-awaited OutCast interview with Austin style maven Stephen Moser. Stephen joined us to talk about tracking the bold and beautiful of Austin’s growing society set…plus what it’s like to beat the odds in his fight against cancer.



    OutCast Archive - September 14, 2008

    Dorsey Barger and Lew Aldridge were among the core group of Austinites who literally created this city’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They each took their knowledge of the city and their passion for life and put their unique twist on fundraising ideas that to this day are pumping much needed funds into the programming resources of Austin’s leading AIDS services provider. Lew, Dorsey, and the dynamic, energetic Mark Erwin were all here to talk about the 16th annual Dining for Life and the 13th annual Octo Tea Dance.

    18 years ago, Austin entrepreneur Lew Aldridge took a novel fundraising concept and ran with it. It was called the Octopus Club, an organic, grassroots and uniquely Austin entity which over the years has raised more than one million dollars for AIDS Services of Austin’s Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund. Mark Erwin is another Austin entrepreneur who is currently serving as one of several head octopi, the leaders of this incredible all volunteer group. Mark is heading up the organizational efforts for this year’s 13th Annual Octo Tea Dance, the group’s banner annual fundraiser.

    Dorsey Barger is one of the geniuses behind Austin’s fabled Eastside CafĂ©. She took her knowledge of the Austin restaurant scene and enlisted a small band of other volunteers to create Dining for Life, an event that taps into the generosity of our city’s restaurateurs and for 16 years has been raising money for AIDS Services of Austin.

    Plus, we may have been stood up by Ike, but that didn’t stop OutCast essayist Douglas Plummer from thinking back to another unforgettable hurricane experience...



    OutCast Archive - September 7, 2008

    September 7, 2008
    Atticus Circle educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children. To accomplish this goal, Atticus Circle focuses its efforts on education and policy development. We will be joined by Jodie Eldridge, executive director of Atticus Circle, who will talking with us about 7 Straight Nights for Equal Rights a nationwide week of action September 14th-20th.

    Also in the studio, Donna Rose, co-chair of the 2008 Out & Equal Workplace Summit which is being held in Austin on September 10-13th. The 2008 Out & Equal Workplace Summit will take place at the Austin Convention Center. As the world's premier conference on LGBT workplace equality, the Summit will once again create opportunities to unite and share the information needed to advance LGBT workplace equality.



    OutCast Archive - August 31, 2008

    August 31, 2008

    Mark Miller, president of the Austin chapter of TGRA, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association, visits OutCast to fill us in on Texas 25, the silver anniversary of the Texas Gay Rodeo. Texas 25 is September 4-7th.

    Also, Studley Do-Right and Ms. Ophelia Honey Bottom from KingsNThings join us to discuss "Drag Kings: The Musical...the Big Screen Edition. Three perfomances run September 12-14th.



    OutCast Archive - August 24, 2008

    August 24, 2008

    Austin American-Statesman Entertainment Editor Michael Barnes…he's on the VIP list at every hot spot in town, while you're waiting in line with all the other schlubs. Michael stopped in to talk about the changing face of the city, and keeping up with Austin's beautiful people.



    OutCast Archive - August 17, 2008

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…Austin is back in the Circuit Party biz! Promoter Rick Luisi talks about Splash Days…and the changing face of the summer circuit. (We gave away two VIP tickets!)

    OutCast Archive - August 10, 2008

    August 10, 2008

    Queer Religion

    Some would have you believe that being a person of faith and being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are mutually exclusive. Incompatible. Just can't happen.

    OutCast welcomes Roger Temme, a former Catholic priest and the Outreach Coordinator for The Care Communities, and the Rev. Carla Cheatham, pastor of Creative Spirit United Church of Christ, to talk about queer people of faith.



    OutCast Archive - August 3, 2008

    August 3, 2008

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Amid historic Congressional hearings and more research demonstrating its absurdity, America's wacky policy on queers in the military is celebrating its 15th birthday. OutCast discusses the chances of bringing the United States military into the 21st century and doing away with this ridiculous policy. Our guest is Anne Wynne, board member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Equality Texas, and founder of Atticus Circle.



    OutCast Archive - July 27, 2008

    July 27, 2008

    LGBT...POC (That's People of Color)

    Tim Eubanks is on the board of allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization, and the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Tim joins OutCast to talk about the state of things for queer people of color in Texas.