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Out in the Woods

Out in the Woods

By Jacob Thomas
This Podcast encapsulates stories, advice, musings, and everything in between from queer people in the rural south!
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March 18, 2022
The Continuing Evolution of Soren Aldaco
Soren Aldaco is a sociological student who’s diving deep into the waters of neuro-divergence and their own queer identity! Hear how Soren found this passion, and how they are totally unafraid to explore their own identity!
February 25, 2022
Another Large Sweet T
Your friendly gayborhood host and his friends are at it again! We get real about everything from mental health, daddies vs. grand-daddies, drag, and who’s gay in Star Wars!
February 11, 2022
Gawking Politics with Thomas Jackson Part 2
In Part 2 we stay political and we come CORRECT!
February 04, 2022
Gawking Politics with Thomas Jackson Part 1
In Part 1, we meet Thomas, find out a bit about his life and hop right into political discussion that highlights even more of his evolution!
January 28, 2022
Good Vibes Only with Zaya
Podcast Host Zaya and I discuss his experience growing up Queer in the backyard of the Big Easy.
January 21, 2022
West Coast Tex Coast with Ryan Casarez
Your friendly Gayborhood Host rings in the new year by interviewing a fellow podcaster and west coast Kween who’s living her best life in Lake Dallas, Texas!
January 14, 2022
Enter the Mindbook 2: The Crime of Being
A message, no, a feeling brings your Friendly Gayborhood Host back into the depths of his brain.  In no time, Jacob finds that there's more to the voices in his head than he thought, and they want to hold him accountable.
December 31, 2021
Large Sweet T
Your friendly Gayborhood host calls upon five former guests to eat, drink, and be messy! Topics range from Music, to Toxic Relationships, to bedsheets in the first ever LARGE Sweet T!
December 03, 2021
Thanksgiving Special: A Second Helping with Joe Parsons
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!
November 25, 2021
The Hero’s Heroine with Dr. Natalia Rivera
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 and turned it into a superpower she uses to help the service people of the US Armed Forces!
November 12, 2021
I’ve Been Everywhere with Johnathan Clouser
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 channel to hear Johnathan talk about visiting China to meet his first ever boyfriend!
November 05, 2021
Breaking Hate with Robin McGehee
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!
October 29, 2021
The Shortest One Yet
The title is self explanatory! Listen to find out why!
October 22, 2021
Sweet T 5
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".
October 15, 2021
Rising Pride with Jason McCarty
Jason McCarty is the executive director of Capital City Pride, Jackson, Mississippi’s very own Pride Celebration! He has no time for the outdated ideologies of the old south, he’s working to evolve and change our state from the ground up and in many different facets! Hear his story now!
October 01, 2021
The Queen of Green with Alotta Wood
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, a streamer, and the host of her very own podcast!
September 24, 2021
Art from the Heart with Anna Yates
Anna Yates is an artist through and through, and her experiences as a Queer Southerner have shaped her work from the very beginning!
September 17, 2021
The Q&A
You asked and your friendly Gayborhood host answered!
September 10, 2021
Enter the Mindbook: Four Voices of an Internal Apocalypse
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!
September 03, 2021
Season 2 Finale: Almost Perfect
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!
May 14, 2021
Coaching Queerly with Jacob Ratliff
Jacob Ratliff uses the power of authenticity to drive businesses’ earning potentials way up! In order to understand that power, though, he had to grow up different in the South and be willing to break the mold!
April 30, 2021
Traditions Dressed in Sequins with Bill McCarthy
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 where all those wires cross!
April 23, 2021
Southern Sweet T #4
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!
April 09, 2021
The Candid Cajun with Brandon Henderson
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!
April 02, 2021
Laughing Matters with Katia
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 episode may make you laugh, cry, or both if you’re lucky!
March 26, 2021
Editorial Queer Excellence with Evan Brechtel
From Jackson, Mississippi to NYC, this week’s guest Evan is invested in helping to shape Queer history through political and cultural journalism!
March 19, 2021
The Phantom of the Raks-pera with Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Ever nerdy, ever mystical Louisiana Native Jean-Pierre tells me about Tarot, Belly Dancing, and coming out as Bisexual later in his life!
March 12, 2021
El Amor es el Amor
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 importance of familial allyship, Gay Nerd Culture and so much more!
February 26, 2021
Southern Sweet T #3
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 and current events!
February 19, 2021
Music to My Queers with Alex Bryant
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 Podcast debut of Alex’s latest single, “If I’m Being Honest”
February 12, 2021
The Trans-Southerner with Kloki Tyykila
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!
February 05, 2021
“Creating, Intervening, and Conspiring” with Sai Sion
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 Theory!
January 29, 2021
“The Great Unchurching” with Reverend Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear
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 spiritual conquest to unleash, unbind, and unCHURCH.
January 22, 2021
The B***h is Back!
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.”
January 15, 2021
Thanksgiving Special
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. Furthermore we discuss being Queer in a family like ours!
November 26, 2020
Election Erection Special!!!
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 election, I promise!
November 02, 2020
Ooky Spooky Sweet T
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!
October 30, 2020
HalloQUEEN 4: Lucifer and the LGBT with Dylan
I took a brief walk down the left hand path, guided by my friend Dylan who is a Queer Satanist!
October 23, 2020
HalloQUEEN 3: Season of the Bitch with Annie Bellym
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 ages but ultimately it is always an otherness , a separation of the self. . . and a well of steaming hot TEA! In today's episode I sat down with my friend Wesley (Miss Annie Bellym) to talk about her drag, southern drag in general, and how drag could make people better! 
October 16, 2020
HalloQUEEN 2: Witchissippi-Queer Country Magic with Zain Donovan
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!
October 09, 2020
HalloQUEEN 1: Monsters in the Closet with Chris Moore
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 his podcast "Homos on Haunted Hill."
October 02, 2020
Episode 10: Straight to the Point with Will Lovorn
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 an ally in the Bible Belt, and the beauty of theatre, music, and film!
September 25, 2020
Out in the Woods After Dark
Warning:NSFW Me and my anonymous guest, Ryan, dive deep into the annals of psychology, self improvement, identity, and most importantly SEX! So get yourselves a change of underwear and a good pair of headphones. . . unless of course your coworkers are cool with this sort of thing! ;)
September 18, 2020
Episode 8: “Gay-Ranteed Safety” with Sam Goodman
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!
September 11, 2020
Episode 7: A Black Queer Odyssey with Lucy Wells
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 various different phases, pieces, and places from her past!
September 04, 2020
Southern Sweet T #1
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!
August 28, 2020
Episode 5: “The Empire Strikes Bi”
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 sure to stay tuned after the episode for an announcement!
August 21, 2020
Episode 4: “Bustin’ Hell Wide Open!” with Sarah Lovorn
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.
August 14, 2020
Episode 3: Queerness and Christianity Coexisting with Cameron David Pitre!
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!
August 07, 2020
Episode 2: “How Black Sheep are Made”
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.
July 31, 2020
Episode 1: “We out here!”
In this episode I discuss my background and my hopes for the future of Out in the Woods!
July 24, 2020
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July 22, 2020