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Out in the Woods

44 EpisodesProduced by Jacob ThomasWebsite

This Podcast encapsulates stories, advice, musings, and everything in between from queer people in the rural south! Support this podcast:

44 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Thanksgiving Special: A Second Helping with Joe Parsons

November 25th, 2021


On the second Annual Thanksgiving Special, I get to know Joe and all about his family! Enjoy as we talk about everything from Cranberry Sauce to coming out!


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The Hero’s Heroine with Dr. Natalia Rivera

November 12th, 2021


Coming at you from Division 44, Dr. Natalia Rivera is a military brat turned badass in the field of therapy! She’s taken her passion for psychology …

I’ve Been Everywhere with Johnathan Clouser

November 5th, 2021


From Texas to New Jersey. From North Carolina, entertainer Johnathan Clouser has been on a journey of geography and identity! Head over to my YouTube …

Breaking Hate with Robin McGehee

October 29th, 2021


Robin is a professor, an activist, a wife and a mother. Find out how she went from a closeted lesbian in a Southern Baptist environment to leading the Equality March on Washington mere decades later!


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The Shortest One Yet

October 22nd, 2021


The title is self explanatory! Listen to find out why!

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Sweet T 5

October 15th, 2021


Me and two former guests *and best friends* spill the T on Love, Mental Health, Fall and so much more! Pop on over to YouTube after the episode to get almost an hour of extra content in the form of "The Extra Sip".


Rising Pride with Jason McCarty

October 1st, 2021


Jason McCarty is the executive director of Capital City Pride, Jackson, Mississippi’s very own Pride Celebration! He has no time for the outdated …

The Queen of Green with Alotta Wood

September 24th, 2021


Alotta Wood is a Queen of many colors, but especially green! From Mississippi to Brooklyn, New York Alotta has kept herself werking as a Drag Queen, …

Art from the Heart with Anna Yates

September 17th, 2021


Anna Yates is an artist through and through, and her experiences as a Queer Southerner have shaped her work from the very beginning!


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The Q&A

September 10th, 2021


You asked and your friendly Gayborhood host answered!


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Enter the Mindbook: Four Voices of an Internal Apocalypse

September 3rd, 2021


Take a deep dive into the psyche of your Friendly Gayborhood Host with the dual premier of Season 3 and the new audio drama Enter the Mindbook!


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Season 2 Finale: Almost Perfect

May 14th, 2021


In the finale, your friendly gayborhood host exposes himself (no not like that) and celebrates the past season while looking to the future of Out in the Woods!


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Coaching Queerly with Jacob Ratliff

April 30th, 2021


Jacob Ratliff uses the power of authenticity to drive businesses’ earning potentials way up! In order to understand that power, though, he had to …

Traditions Dressed in Sequins with Bill McCarthy

April 23rd, 2021


Bill McCarthy is the captain of New Orleans’ second oldest Gay Mardi Gras Krewe, an interior and fashion design Maven and a damn Yankee! Find out …

Southern Sweet T #4

April 9th, 2021


Former guest Alex, and my Cohost Dujour Zain hopped on Zoom and Kikied with me about everything from Lil Nas X to Queer Code-Switching to Job Burnout! So get your cups ready, it’s time for more T!


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The Candid Cajun with Brandon Henderson

April 2nd, 2021


Coming to you straight from the bayou, Brandon is a mechanical whizz with a big family and a path that winds more crooked than the mighty Mississippi!

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Laughing Matters with Katia

March 26th, 2021


Between Cults, Childhood Trauma, and being pansexual growing pains, this week’s guest,Katia takes what’s thrown at her and turns it into comedy! This …

Editorial Queer Excellence with Evan Brechtel

March 19th, 2021


From Jackson, Mississippi to NYC, this week’s guest Evan is invested in helping to shape Queer history through political and cultural journalism!


The Phantom of the Raks-pera with Jean-Pierre Vidrine

March 12th, 2021


Ever nerdy, ever mystical Louisiana Native Jean-Pierre tells me about Tarot, Belly Dancing, and coming out as Bisexual later in his life!


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El Amor es el Amor

February 26th, 2021


In this week’s installment I talk to the incredible sibling duo, Jonathan and Jeniffer! We discussed growing up Puerto Rican in the dirty South, the …

Southern Sweet T #3

February 19th, 2021


It’s Season 2’s inaugural Sweet T episode and I have my very first guest from season 1 back on the air to talk about a great multitude of random BS …

Music to My Queers with Alex Bryant

February 12th, 2021


It’s supersonic! My guest Alex, and I talk about how music has shaped us as Queers in the Bible Belt, and how that experience has influenced Alex as a Singer/Songwriter! Stay tuned at the end of the episode for the …

The Trans-Southerner with Kloki Tyykila

February 5th, 2021


I talk to the “Genderless Ball of Chaos” Kloki, who lets me in their world as an artist, a promising young activist, and a Wisconsinite who ended up in the land of KFC!


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“Creating, Intervening, and Conspiring” with Sai Sion

January 29th, 2021


In this week’s episode I talked to Sai, a box man, a former behavior interventionist, philanthropist, and host of “So You Want to be a Better Ally” a weekly podcast where he uses children’s literature to talk about Race …

“The Great Unchurching” with Reverend Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear

January 22nd, 2021


Brandiilyne and I talk about her many roles between being an activist, Reverend, and business owner! At the crux of everything though, there is her …

The B***h is Back!

January 15th, 2021


Your friendly gayborhood host returns to kick off Season 2 with an update about life, the upcoming season, the state of the US, and being a “bad gay.”


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Thanksgiving Special

November 26th, 2020


Thanksgiving is all about family, so I thought this special episode deserved a special family member! My cousin Stephanie goes in depth about her experience as someone who transitioned in the heart of the Bible Belt. …

Election Erection Special!!!

November 2nd, 2020


Me and my guest get down and dirty about local and countrywide politics and how they effect Queer people! It’s far less scary than the actual …

Ooky Spooky Sweet T

October 30th, 2020


In the final episode of HalloQUEEN 2020, me and two of my former guest sit down and discuss everything from the paranormal to hookup apps. Nothing is off limits when we're spilling the T! And y'all the T is hot as Hell!

HalloQUEEN 4: Lucifer and the LGBT with Dylan

October 23rd, 2020


I took a brief walk down the left hand path, guided by my friend Dylan who is a Queer Satanist!


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HalloQUEEN 3: Season of the Bitch with Annie Bellym

October 16th, 2020


Just like Jekyll and Hyde, the dramatic transformation through the art of DRAG has captured the imaginations of so many people from the beginning of time. Drag itself has taken on many different forms throughout the …

HalloQUEEN 2: Witchissippi-Queer Country Magic with Zain Donovan

October 9th, 2020


I sat down with my best Theydy friend, Zain to talk about their journey as a Queer Witch in the depths of the rural south!
*Special thanks to The Red Jasper, Hattiesburg's premier rock shop!


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HalloQUEEN 1: Monsters in the Closet with Chris Moore

October 2nd, 2020


This week, to ring in spooky season, I sat down with acclaimed writer/director/actor Chris Moore to talk all things horror and the gay community! We also discussed his most recent film. "A Stranger Among the Living" and …

Episode 10: Straight to the Point with Will Lovorn

September 25th, 2020


Me and my brother from another mother, Will, discuss what it's like for him being the only straight man in a room, politics, the importance of being …

Out in the Woods After Dark

September 18th, 2020


Me and my anonymous guest, Ryan, dive deep into the annals of psychology, self improvement, identity, and most importantly SEX! So get …

Episode 8: “Gay-Ranteed Safety” with Sam Goodman

September 11th, 2020


On this episode me and my guest, Sam, discuss his upbringing in the middle of Appalachia, The Paranormal, and his passion for safety and the American Worker!


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Episode 7: A Black Queer Odyssey with Lucy Wells

September 4th, 2020


Me and Lucy talk about her experience growing up Pentecostal, Queer, and Black in the heart of Mississippi and how that has shaped her into the professional costumer in Oregon she is today! Along the way we stop in …

Southern Sweet T #1

August 28th, 2020


Me and my BFFL Zain get deep about Karens, Coronavirus, and Current Events among other things! Y’all get your cups ready for some Southern Sweet T!


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Episode 5: “The Empire Strikes Bi”

August 21st, 2020


I talked to two of my very good friends about the joys and stigmas of being a bisexual lady in the middle of the Bible Belt! They also happen to have a podcast of their own called “Same Brand of Idiot!” Out now! And be …

Episode 4: “Bustin’ Hell Wide Open!” with Sarah Lovorn

August 14th, 2020


Me and my little sister from another mister talk about her experience growing up in a conservative evangelical church and how it affects her worldview today.


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Episode 3: Queerness and Christianity Coexisting with Cameron David Pitre!

August 7th, 2020


In this episode I sat down with my good friend Cameron to discuss his faith and what it’s like being a Christian in the LGBT community!


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Episode 2: “How Black Sheep are Made”

July 31st, 2020


In this episode, I explore how the Southern concept of “Family” is not always conducive to LGBT+ people and the importance of finding and forging a chosen family.


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Episode 1: “We out here!”

July 24th, 2020


In this episode I discuss my background and my hopes for the future of Out in the Woods!


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