This Way Out is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. The award-winning half-hour magazine-style program features a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the queer community (NewsWrap), in-depth coverage of major events, interviews with key queer figures, plus music, literature, entertainment — all the information and culture of a community on the move!
This Way Out is heard on some 200 local community radio stations and other non-commercial outlets around the world, which receive the program free of charge. Listeners can also hear the show on our website, or subscribe to receive the show as a podcast via SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and many other web-based podcatchers, as well as (bi-weekly) CDs. The NewsWrap segment is available by subscribing to our YouTube channel.
When This Way Out went on the air in 1988, most of the mainstream media believed that all of LGBTQ life, news and culture could be summed up in one word: AIDS. Even some progressive journalists and community radio stations worried that coverage of our issues should be “balanced” with homophobic voices. How we got from there to here was neatly summed up by West Hollywood (California) City Councilmember John Duran and Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle on the occasion of our 30th Anniversary (April 2, 2018).
Most of the people involved in the production of This Way Out are volunteers, committed to three primary goals:
to bring the voices of LGBTQ people to the airwaves telling our own story to a global audience,
to ensure the broadest availability to non-commercial outlets by providing the program free of charge, and
to facilitate the exchange of material among locally-produced queer radio shows.
This Way Out has been honored with multiple awards from the U.S. National Federation Of Community Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Association, by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents, Families and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and internationally by Tupilak(the organization of lesbian and gay cultural workers in the Nordic area).
To educate, inform and entertain audiences around the world by making freely available the presentation of news, features and cultural works by and about the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community via audio broadcast and cyber media.