The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has launched “QueerSpace,” a limited series of its “AirSpace” podcast focusing on stories at the intersection of aviation, space, and queer identity. Episodes will explore LGBTQ+ history and culture through an aerospace lens, highlighting how queer culture has shaped the past and future of flight, and illustrating the scope and diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences in aviation and science. spatial.
“QueerSpace” is hosted by Sofia Soto Sugar of the National Air and Space Museum and Erin Barker of “The Story Collider” podcast, which features real, personal stories about science. Each episode of “QueerSpace” will include interviews that spotlight queer voices and introduce listeners to the diversity of people working in and around aerospace. The series launched on February 24 and will consist of four episodes released every two weeks.
“QueerSpace” Episode Schedule
- February 24: As more and more men became flight attendants in the 1970s, gay men created a community within the industry that was particularly supportive and welcoming. The coming decades will test this community.
- March 10: Science fiction writers often create entirely new civilizations where our social constructs can be turned upside down and examined. It can give writers the chance to rewrite a world in terms of gender, sexuality, and culture, making something more inclusive and often more interesting.
- March 24: Historically, people who identify as gay in the US military have been expelled or forced to hide who they are. And while there’s still a long way to go, a new Air Force/Space Force group is working to change policy, change minds, and create opportunity for these service members.
- April 7: The themes of space, the future and queerness also intersect in art. Queer artists often use their creative works to show futures in space that are more diverse and inclusive than the realities of our current time and place.
“QueerSpace” is available on all major podcast platforms and can be viewed on the museum website.
The “QueerSpace” series is part of the museum’s AirSpace brand, which explores aviation and space through arts, entertainment and culture with experiential content and events that go beyond galleries and exhibits. . The museum’s flagship podcast “AirSpace” reveals the human achievements, failures and perseverance found in aviation and space and explores why people are so fascinated by stories of exploration, innovation and of discovery.
“QueerSpace” and other AirSpace projects are made possible with the support of Olay.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia near Washington International Airport Dulles.