The show will be comprised of Psychology major Didi Blais, Political Science major Rayne Lee Blakeman, and Journalism major Erik Svensson. Blais spoke on the importance of the show, both for the LGBTQ community and beyond.
“I have never done a radio show before or even considered being on the radio,” says Blais, “and when [Blakeman] approached me about starting one, I didn’t initially expect for it to have such an impact on me and my friends in the LGBTQ community. However, I realized that something like this is way overdue; a space to make our voices heard, queer voices, and to not be ashamed of our identity. A lot of the music we play is loud and expressive, and is a powerful showcase of ‘we’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going anywhere!’ and I feel like that’s pretty important to have on campus. Kent has a fairly large LGBTQ community, as well as a lot of allies in other student organizations and faculty spaces on campus.”
Something like this is way overdue
In addition, Blais also touched on how the show allows for a voice among those who felt unheard.
“We (the LGBTQ Student Center) are already reaching a ton of people that previously felt unreachable to us through our annual Flashes of Pride poster, highlighting queer students, staff, and faculty on campus, plus allies to our community in the DEI [Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion] or DeWeese Health Center and more places across campus and in downtown Kent.”
“I think having a radio show is the latest way we are making space for queer students and opening them up to the possibilities they may also have thought unreachable to them. We are so lucky to have the support of so many non-LGBTQ student allies in Black Squirrel Radio and in the other student organizations who constantly share our message and spread the word with us. They are helping make all of this possible, and I feel very grateful to have friends and fellow students who understand how important it is for us to carve out this space for ourselves.”
This Is For The Outcasts can be found Sundays at Black Squirrel Radio from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.