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iHeartMedia has launched Outspoken, a new podcast network to amplify, “elevate and reflect the diversity, richness and humanity of the voices throughout the LGBTQ+ community.”
Outspoken will feature programming from Rosie O’Donnell, Lance Bass, Laverne Cox, Bowen Yang, Matt Rogers, Alex Mapa, Bridget Todd and others.
The Outspoken Podcast Network will be executive produced by activist Raquel Willis alongside Jay Brunson, iHeartMedia’s Creative Development and Marketing Director. As part of Willis’ work with Outspoken, she will be developing two original podcasts for the network––the first will shine a light on the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth living in Queer legislative battleground states; while the second will feature an extended take on her investigative work as executive editor at “Out” magazine that will expand the narrative on the epidemic of violence against Black trans women.
“With Outspoken, iHeartMedia and a team of brilliant creators are building a space for LGBTQ+ talent and listeners everywhere to celebrate who they are. It’s exciting to see podcasting becoming a medium where voices of all kinds go to be heard, and the Outspoken network will elevate the impactful culture of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Will Pearson, President of iHeartPodcasts. “We’re also honored to have some of the biggest personalities in podcasting joining us as advocates by using their massive platforms with millions of listeners to amplify these creators and help bring a greater diversity of voices into the podcast space.”
See the current Outspoken Podcast Network lineup of shows, here.