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Persianality w/ Desiree Akhavan – Ep. 133

We’re not Dyking Out with any ol’ bisexual this week. We’ve got THE Bisexual, Desiree Akhavan! After hyping her work for years (Appropriate Behavior, The Miseducation of Cameron Post), we finally sit down and talk about her life as a Persian, queer filmmaker quarantined in Brooklyn. While Carolyn finds Desiree’s work super relatable, Melody finds her whole life to be super relatable, perhaps TOO relatable. They talk about their experiences coming out while Persian and how they relate to their culture. We also talk about The Bisexual (stream it on Hulu) and the challenges queer shows and films face in attracting mainstream audiences. Before we get into all things Persianality, Melody and Carolyn introduce a new weekly segment and talk about cake. Finally, we end with a question from a listener who hasn’t had sex with her partner in over a year.

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She-Ra w/ Noelle Stevenson – Ep. 132

Whether or not you’ve seen Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, you’ll want to hear from the person who made one of the queerest shows on TV. The extraordinarily talented Noelle Stevenson joins us to dyke out about creating and wrapping up a show that’s full of heart, magic, and SO MUCH GAY. Noelle reimagined the 1980s cartoon to reflect a more inclusive world, and this final season is the best and queerest yet. We talked about her conservative upbringing and coming to terms with her sexuality, as well as how those experiences influence her work. Plus, Melody and Carolyn dish on their quarantine habits and the lesbians they’re watching on Instagram. Finally, we end with a listener question from a 19-year-old about lesbian bed death.

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Lesbian Memes w/ Hotmessbian – Ep. 131

Can I has Lezbian memes? We’re dyking out with queen of the queer memes, Cheyenne aka Hotmessbian! What is it about a picture with some relatable words that brings us together? Who even thinks up these things? We talk about Cheyenne’s journey from casual meme consumer to having a following of over 100k meme-lovers. Plus, we talk (maybe too much) about Netflix’s A Secret Love and the fate of a well-known celesbian couple. And per usual, we end with a question from a young Susan frustrated with the selection on dating apps.

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Hobbies w/ Shantira Jackson – Ep. 130

They’re a great way to make friends, meet future girlfriends, and lately, help pass the time. Comedian and writer Shantira Jackson (Saved By The Bell, Busy Tonight) joins us to Dyke Out about hobbies! How have your hobbies changed from when you were a kid? Are some inherently more queer than others? Would you ever take up a hobby just to impress someone? Yeah, acoustic guitar dabblers, we’re talking about you. We also chat about the shows we’ve been streaming, from pleasant British realty shows, to Reese Witherspoon playing the shit out of white women, to well-endowed men with dragon tattoos. Finally, we wrap it up with a question from a listener who can’t find love on her Mediterranean island.

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Trailblazing w/ Alice Wu – Ep. 129

Filmmaker Alice Wu (Saving Face, The Half Of It) made two groundbreaking queer films 15 years apart, so we’re dyking out with her this week to learn more about her journey from a practical child of immigrants, to a badass writer/director making authentic, queer movies. We talk about how Alice’s quest to be true to herself and to her characters’ stories has led to groundbreaking movies featuring characters and storylines we never get to see shine. The Half Of It comes out on Netflix May 1, so be sure to stream it! Put on a virtual watch party! Make a taco sausage! Plus, Carolyn and Melody talk (FOR THE LAST TIME OK) about a certain celesbian who can’t stay out of the news, as well as Melody’s latest reality TV obsession. And finally, we end with a question from a listener who describes themselves as ‘toxic.’

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Getting Outed w/ Ever Mainard – Ep. 128

Coming out happens in all different ways, and hopefully it’s on your own terms. But what happens when it’s not? Comedian and actor Ever Mainard (The Feels, Conan’s Meet The Staff) joins us to dyke out about her experience getting outed by her hometown paper. What are the pros and cons to being outed by others? Is it wrong to speculate about celebrities? Plus, we also talk about the battle of the Ellens (three of them!), parents killing backyard pests, bad yelp reviews, and more! Finally, we answer a listener question about whether or not it’s okay to sleep with your ex’s friend.

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Electing Women w/ Jess McIntosh – Ep. 127

We have more women in the current congress than ever before, but they still only make up 23.7%. Political commentator and strategist Jess McIntosh (SiriusXM Progress) joins us in these extraordinary times to dyke out about the challenges women politicians face in getting elected, and why it’s important to have them in office. How did we go from such a diverse field of democratic candidates for president, including six women, to ending up with just another old white guy? (Note: We recorded the interview portion of this episode a few days before Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.) Plus, Carolyn and Melody discuss how their lives as New York City comedians has drastically changed. Should they adapt to this new normal, or ride it out in hopes that things will go back to how they were – minus the handshakes. Finally, we end on a question from a listener who is struggling with knowing whether she is asexual or just hasn’t met the right person.

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Growing Up Gay w/ Cameron Esposito – Ep. 126

We’re Dyking Out with Cameron Esposito (Brooklyn 99, Take My Wife) about her new memoir Save Yourself and what it was like to be a little gay kid. We discuss the days when we were gay but didn’t yet know it, and whether it was a decade ago or days ago, maybe you can relate! Were you the one in your friend group who played with gender norms on Halloween? Did you always feel extra different but couldn’t quite put your finger on it? Did you have a crush on Claire Danes? Do you still have a crush on Claire Danes??? We also talk about how the global pandemic has hit too close to home and turned all of our plans upside down. We had a blast chatting with Cameron from afar, and if you want a dose of laughter and relatable stories, be sure to pickup her memoir Save Yourself or listen to the audiobook!

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Feel Good w/ Ally Pankiw – Ep. 125

If you’re wondering what queer content to stream during your queerantine, look no further than the new dramedy Feel Good (out on Netflix in the US and Channel 4 in the UK). We dyked out with director Ally Pankiw about the making of the show and why it’s so different than other queer narratives. Having immediately binged the first season, Melody and Carolyn were ready with all the questions about shooting strap-on sex, working with Lisa Kudrow, and whether or not there will be a second season. Are you team George? Team Lava? We hope you all take some time to watch this nuanced look into the fictionalized life of comedian Mae Martin as she navigates gender, sexuality, and new relationships as a recovering addict. Plus, Carolyn talks about getting the ‘rona as Melody tries to distract herself with wild animal murder mystery shows that end up hitting a little too close to her life. We end with a fun question from a listener about throwing a cup-size-reveal party.

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Work-life Balance w/ LaQuet Sharnell Pringle – Ep. 124

What a time to be re-thinking our work-life balance when many of us are out of work or over-worked due to the global pandemic! Broadway performer LaQuet Sharnell Pringle had made some huge adjustments to figure out life as a new mom who had been booked in a new Broadway musical, just for all of that to be turned on its head this past week. But not even a remote broadcast could keep LaQuet’s bubbly and bright personality from shining through on this episode. We talk all about coping and adjusting to changes, burnout, and the pressure to be productive, even at a time when the world is telling us to retreat and relax. We can’t wait for life to get back to normal so we can see her back in action in the new musical Mrs. Doubtfire. Melody and Carolyn also chat about their quarantine snacking and the internet ganging up on Ellen.

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