“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 211: Loud and Proud with Chingy

Full of gay pride? Full of gay shame? Either way, this week’s episode of “To L and Back” is for you as we journey through the Seven Stations of the Cross and a lightly attended Pride Parade in West Hollywood with very special guest, actress/writer/noted bottom Chingy! Dana’s brother Howie pays her and Alice a surprise visit. Bette and her backwards spine dress hang out at the hospital with Melvin, who doesn’t want to touch the fetus through Tina’s belly because that would be highly inappropriate. Mark’s invasive video project has sent Jenny on a psychological spiral but she has some choice words for the filmmaker, too. Also, Shane’s ready to get into her #hamsterpast with Carmen and you can put THAT on your clipboard. We’re gonna be riding into the sunset with the motorcycle lesbians. Plus: tips on what NOT to eat before a three-hour BDSM seminar!

Episode Index:

+ Chingy on instagram and twitter and her blog, The Bottom’s Line
+ Monty Python’s I’m Not Dead yet
+ Autostraddle’s NYC Pride 2009 Recap when we kinda walked in the parade
+ Folsom Street Fair
+ Info on the other part the clipboard girl played in The L Word

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. When I started listening to this season of To L and Back, Riese was like “wait till you hear the Klezmer version of the theme song” and I was like haha funny joke..or not? But then HERE WE ARE IT’S REAL and boy is it just as bad as I expected.

  2. I have a hunch about the OWL: she sounds like she grew up in the UK but moved to North America in early adulthood and her accent faded without totally disappearing.

    Is there any other show in the history of the world that did 55 versions of its theme song? Who thought this was a good idea? Even if Betty was good this would have been a bad idea.

  3. I’m caught up to where the podcast is now and while I’m sad that watches going forward can’t immediately be followed by a listen to the podcast for that episode, I’m glad I can slow down marathoning the episodes and not hear that stupid theme song so often. I love this podcast and I hate/love this show.

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