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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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Lesbian Stereotypes w/ Sarah Hallonquist – Ep. 123

Gather your adopted cats, gas up the U-Haul, head over to your best friend’s house (who is also your ex), and stay in for the night while listening to this episode about Lesbian Stereotypes! We’re joined by the awesome Sarah Hallonquist, an organizer and activist for NYC Dyke Bar Takeover who is well versed in dyke spaces and the reality of what it means to be a dyke. What stereotypes still ring true? Which are the most harmful to the community? Which make us want to scream “mind your heterosexual business!” We also discuss how coronavirus is changing our lives (everything is cancelled), and how not to be an asshole during a pandemic. Plus, Melody roasts Carolyn for her possible hormone-induced weirdness. Finally, we end with a question about how to support a partner with kids during complicated situations. We’re so sad to miss seeing you Susans up in Alaska and out on the West Coast, but we’ll do our best to reschedule when things (hopefully) return to normal.

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Female Gaze w/ Valerie Complex – Ep. 122

We are THRILLED to be joined by the astute and prolific Valerie Complex to talk about all things Portrait of a Lady On — Er…Female Gaze. We definitely do not spend half of this episode talking about how much we love a certain sapphic film, and instead talk about why it makes a huge difference to treat women as subjects on screen, rather than objects. Valerie is a film critic and freelance writer, and also a member of Portrait nation. Oh no, we did it again. We swear that’s not all we talk about. There’s much discussion about negative experiences we’ve had in France, like when Valerie went to Cannes and saw – you guessed it – Portrait of a Lady On Fire. After nerding out about or favorite femme-heavy flicks, we answer an interesting question from a listener who is hung up on a past fling! 

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Compulsory Heterosexuality w/ Rachel McCartney – Ep. 121

Comedian Rachel McCartney joined us talk about the theory that the only normal sexual relationships in society are between men and women, also known as compulsory heterosexuality. We definitely had to go to Wikipedia to prepare! Have you ever tried to fight your feelings and sexual identity to see if you could make heterosexuality work? It’s a funny, messy discussion about the complicated nature of being queer, accepting of your identity, and trying to go against it. We also talk about the masterpiece that is Portrait of a Lady on Fire and a VERY bad Susan at Melody’s Stonewall co-hosting debut. Plus, we talk about language policing and cancel culture within the queer community. We end with a question from a very special Susan about getting over her first big heartbreak.

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Doulas w/ Solange Azor – Ep. 120

On this episode, we do our doula due diligence by dyking out with the lovely Solange Azor! On top of being a funny comedian and writer, Solange is a full-service doula who helps women through pregnancy, giving birth, abortion, and postpartum needs. And wouldn’t you know it, the world of doulas is extraordinarily queer. Carolyn also shares more about her and her wife’s process for starting a family, while Melody explains what a period coach is. This episode is so educational, we’re surprised it’s not on PBS! Well, maybe because we also talk about pillows with vibrators, our hatred of Oligarchs, and headline grabbers. Plus, we end with a question from a listener who is trying not to let her past drama get in the way of her future.

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Trauma w/ Samantha Sidley – Ep. 119

Big episode alert! We’re dyking out with the VERY talented Samantha Sidley about trauma (trigger warning for sexual assault, car accidents, and eating disorders). Samantha is an incredible jazz singer and interpreter whose album Interior Person is out now. We talk all about the lasting impact that trauma has on our lives and different strategies for coping with it. This is a very special and important episode for many reasons. Samantha is an absolute joy and we really hope you check out her music and see her perform live if you can. Also, it’s our first official episode to launch the next phase of Dyking Out. That’s right, our co-host reveals herself, and we are so excited for the future of this podcast and its community. Much love to all of our Susans, now and always.

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Internalized Homophobia w/ Rita Brent – Ep. 118

Comedian Rita Brent joins us to talk about the trifecta of factors that fed her internalized homophobia. Even the most out and proud of us have face some form of this harmful feeling that can make us act against our own interests or even hurt those around us. Rita talks about how growing up in Mississippi, in the church, and enlisting in the military all shaped her views of her queer identity. We’ve also got Melody Kamali in the co-host seat this week to give Rita tips on her recent move to New York and how to connect with Connecticut audiences. Plus, we end with a listener question from South Africa!

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Butch w/ Kelli Dunham – Ep. 117

Finally, a whole episode dedicated to that butch life. Well, sort of. We couldn’t help but grill special guest, comedian/author/performer Kelli Dunham, about her past as a nun. And it’s every bit as awesome as Carolyn had hoped. Courtney Rada once again steps into the co-host seat as we talk about life as a queer butch. What is it like to have to explain and defend how you present to heteros? Which stereotypes ring the most true? Why are people such assholes about bathrooms? Plus, we answer a question from a recently-married Susan about – dun dun dun – lesbian bed death. Be sure to check out Kelli’s new comedy album: Not The Gym Teacher.

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