The new LGBTQ+ podcast aiming to be with its community all year round

Pride isn’t just for four weeks — it’s for life. That’s the message a new podcast launched by regional journalists is built upon.

The Out Crowd, the latest podcast from Google-funded local news podcast project Laudable, is presented by WalesOnline journalist Joe Ali, who works as a community reporter for the Reach website.

Joe said: “As a reporter for WalesOnline, passionate about telling authentic LGBTQ+ stories, this venture is a labour of love which we hope is a source of entertainment, education and news for everyone.

“Now, Pride isn’t just for four weeks: it’s for life. For a lot of LGBTQ+ people, life can be an uphill battle just for the basic right to be respected and to feel safe.

“It will give us the chance to branch out and gain the trust in a community which has been the victim of media backlash for decades.

“We’re excited to give you a weekly insight into the lives of some extraordinary individuals making a huge difference to extend the rights of LGBTQ+ people here in the UK.

Joe Ali

“From the rise of conversations in the media surrounding trans people, to the infamous past of the Section 28 era, this podcast is the perfect collision of binge worthy news and important insight.”

Dan McLaughlin, podcast producer at Laudable, explained why the podcast meant a lot to him.

“Producing this podcast has been a passion project for me. This is the very first podcast I pitched when I joined the Laudable team, and I am proud that it is out now.

“The production and the subsequent promotion of The Out Crowd has had a personal impact on me. As the podcast came out, so did I.

Dan McLaughlin, podcast producer at Laudable

“To most friends and some family, they had been aware of my sexuality — or as Oscar Wilde, my nature. I used the month of June and the promotion of the podcast to state in black and white that I am a bisexual man.

“Of course, it barely made a ripple, and has been left largely unnoticed, but you’ll see it in this article in the Manchester Evening News. Just four little words, mostly ignored, but hugely liberating and powerful ones: “As a bisexual man…”

“I hope, like me, The Out Crowd will encourage members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn about their past and present, and the hopes for the future.”

Dan added: “We have some wonderful guests lined up with absolutely inspirational tales to tell. I was particularly delighted to hear from Lisa Power in our first episode, looking at the progress the LGBTQ+ community has made over the years — and what works still needs to be done.

Lisa Power, guest on the first podcast

“Lisa is an incredible figure in the community, who has been fighting for equality over the past four decades. In 1989, she co-founded LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall — and one of its first campaigns was against the insidious and discriminatory Section 28 legislation, which prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” in councils and schools.

“I am part of the Section 28 generation. I was a school kid when the legislation still existed. It was finally repealed in England in 2003, but the damage was already done. Even after this legislative homophobia was lifted, many teachers still felt uncertain and fearful about discussing the LGBTQ+ community in the classroom.

“And that’s why Lisa is a legend in my eyes. She fought hard against Section 28, and I hope that her activism — along with many others from Stonewall — has made the lives of LGBTQ+ children just that bit easier.”

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