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Lez Hang Out | A Lesbian Podcast

Discussions and Interviews about the lesbian experience

Hang out with Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster, the lesbians you'd want at your potluck! Covering topics on lesbian experiences, representation, culture, life, love, etc. for some sapphic socialization!
Latest Episode2/6/2023

SBG 99: Aquamarine with Mermaid Kristin Sparkle a.k.a. Kristin Murison

Ep. 99
“We make things gay every 2 weeks and somehow it’s gayer than ever.” This week, Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) hang out with Mermaid Kristin Sparkle a.k.a. Lez Hang Out’s production assistant, Kristin Murison (@therealksparkle), to talk about why the 2006 film Aquamarine Should’ve Been Gay. If you haven’t seen the movie, the plot is basically this: Two baby gays, played by Emma Roberts and JoJo (neither of whom could ever read as straight if they tried), find a mermaid in their swimming pool after doing witchcraft at a sleepover (#justgirlythings) and then proceed to throuple up with her and save the world through the powers of friendship and lesbianism. We can’t really blame them for falling for her, because within like 5 minutes of meeting, the mermaid Aquamarine is encouraging the girls to touch her tail and being incredibly flirtatious with them. It turns out Aqua swam away to escape an arranged heterosexual marriage to a man she doesn’t love. Her dad doesn’t believe love exists, because he has never seen it. The entire premise of that is extremely queer, because it’s very possible that the reason mermaids have not found love yet is because they are only looking into heterosexual pairings. The implication here is that all mermaids are queer, which honestly, is so valid of them. Somehow things get even gayer as the movie progresses. Aqua’s whole mission is to get someone to fall in love with her and prove to her dad that love exists. Who is known to fall in love that quickly? Lesbians. Of course the man she chooses, ie. the first man she laid eyes on, does not love her yet, it’s been like a day. But you know who does already love her? The little baby lesbians. In the end, the girls risk their lives to save Aqua and realize that they love her the same way that they love each other. When they tell her, she realizes she loves them too and one of her happy tears falls into the ocean causing her dad to immediately cease his rage storm. Her dad now knows love really does exist. But, canonically, he only knows gay love exists. He has zero proof that heterosexual love is a real thing. Aquamarine goes back to her pod to spread the gay agenda like an aquatic lesbian Jesus and we can only assume that all the previously loveless mermaids are now happily pairing off into queer partnerships, throuples, and polycules. We know one thing for sure, Aquamarine Should’ve Been Gay. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod). If you love Lez Hang Out, please show your support by voting for us in the 2023 Queerty Awards #Queerties. We are nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Podcast alongside some incredibly talented people! Vote once a day/device until February 21st.Want to support the show while unlocking a bunch of awesome perks like access to our exclusive Discord community, monthly bonus episodes, weekly ad free episodes, exclusive merch, special Patron-only events, and more? Join us on Patreon at bit.ly/lezpatreon.
2/6/2023

SBG 99: Aquamarine with Mermaid Kristin Sparkle a.k.a. Kristin Murison

Ep. 99
“We make things gay every 2 weeks and somehow it’s gayer than ever.” This week, Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) hang out with Mermaid Kristin Sparkle a.k.a. Lez Hang Out’s production assistant, Kristin Murison (@therealksparkle), to talk about why the 2006 film Aquamarine Should’ve Been Gay. If you haven’t seen the movie, the plot is basically this: Two baby gays, played by Emma Roberts and JoJo (neither of whom could ever read as straight if they tried), find a mermaid in their swimming pool after doing witchcraft at a sleepover (#justgirlythings) and then proceed to throuple up with her and save the world through the powers of friendship and lesbianism. We can’t really blame them for falling for her, because within like 5 minutes of meeting, the mermaid Aquamarine is encouraging the girls to touch her tail and being incredibly flirtatious with them. It turns out Aqua swam away to escape an arranged heterosexual marriage to a man she doesn’t love. Her dad doesn’t believe love exists, because he has never seen it. The entire premise of that is extremely queer, because it’s very possible that the reason mermaids have not found love yet is because they are only looking into heterosexual pairings. The implication here is that all mermaids are queer, which honestly, is so valid of them. Somehow things get even gayer as the movie progresses. Aqua’s whole mission is to get someone to fall in love with her and prove to her dad that love exists. Who is known to fall in love that quickly? Lesbians. Of course the man she chooses, ie. the first man she laid eyes on, does not love her yet, it’s been like a day. But you know who does already love her? The little baby lesbians. In the end, the girls risk their lives to save Aqua and realize that they love her the same way that they love each other. When they tell her, she realizes she loves them too and one of her happy tears falls into the ocean causing her dad to immediately cease his rage storm. Her dad now knows love really does exist. But, canonically, he only knows gay love exists. He has zero proof that heterosexual love is a real thing. Aquamarine goes back to her pod to spread the gay agenda like an aquatic lesbian Jesus and we can only assume that all the previously loveless mermaids are now happily pairing off into queer partnerships, throuples, and polycules. We know one thing for sure, Aquamarine Should’ve Been Gay. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod). If you love Lez Hang Out, please show your support by voting for us in the 2023 Queerty Awards #Queerties. We are nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Podcast alongside some incredibly talented people! Vote once a day/device until February 21st.Want to support the show while unlocking a bunch of awesome perks like access to our exclusive Discord community, monthly bonus episodes, weekly ad free episodes, exclusive merch, special Patron-only events, and more? Join us on Patreon at bit.ly/lezpatreon.
1/30/2023

612: Lez-ssentials The Handmaiden

Season 6, Ep. 12
If we could be yours for ten minutes, what would you give in exchange? This week, Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) talk about the 2016 Korean lesbian film The Handmaiden for this Lez-ssentials episode, a recurring segment on the essential movies and TV shows in the lesbian canon. If you have not yet seen this movie, do not listen to this episode until you have! It is highly spoiler heavy and the movie is honestly best when you go into it with no expectations. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The Handmaiden is an emotional rollercoaster, but you can breathe easier knowing that there is a happy ending for our lesbians. The story follows Sook-Hee, a young woman who is hired to be a handmaiden for Japanese heiress, Lady Hideko. We soon learn that she was actually hired by The Count to help him defraud Lady Hideko and steal all her riches. The Count had planned to elope with Lady Hideko, take her money, and then leave her in an asylum. Things get tricky when unbeknownst to The Count, Sook-Hee begins sleeping with Lady Hideko so that the Lady can practice for married life (as one does) and inadvertently catches feelings for her.Lady Hideko may be marrying The Count, but there is no question about her sexuality. She sleeps with Sook-Hee under the guise of practicing for The Count, but then completely refuses to sleep with him even to consummate their marriage. So what was all that “practice” actually for? Lady Hideko, we know what you are. This is where things start to get really problematic for our lesbians. Even though she won’t sleep with him, Lady Hideko sees The Count as a way out from living with her extremely creepy, sexually abusive uncle. The two elope, cash out Hideko’s inheritance, and trick the people at the asylum into thinking Sook-Hee is Lady Hideko so that Sook-Hee can be committed in her place and Hideko’s uncle will be none the wiser.At first watch, we were worried that this was going in the direction most lesbian films go, with one woman betraying the other and going off with a man in the end, and the other woman suffering or even dying. Luckily for everyone, this is not the case. Sook-Hee manages to flee the asylum and reunites with Lady Hideko who escapes The Count and steals back her fortune by slipping opium into his wine. They get on the ferry to Shanghai and flee together, and the gross perverted uncle and the swindling “Count” are both killed from mercury poisoning. The Handmaiden features a wildly explicit, surprisingly long lesbian sex scene, a happy ending for Lady Hideko and Sook-Hee, and a well-deserved tragic death for the incredibly problematic men! What more could we ask for? At the end of the episode, stick around to hear our original song based on The Handmaiden titled “Fool For Me” written by Leigh Holmes Foster, produced by Ellie Brigida, and performed by Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster. Join us on Patreon at bit.ly/lezpatreon for mp3 downloads of all our original songs or find us on Bandcamp to purchase songs individually. If you love Lez Hang Out, please show your support by voting for us in the 2023 Queerty Awards #Queerties. We are nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Podcast alongside some incredibly talented people! Vote once a day/device until February 21st.Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod).
1/23/2023

SBG 98: The Princess Bride with Kendall Payne

Ep. 98
My name is Iñigo Montoya and I am the King of holding grudges. Prepare to die. This week, Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) hang out with Brooklyn based queer filmmaker and stand-up comedian Kendall Payne (@kendallxpayne) to talk about why the 1987 classic The Princess Bride Should’ve Been Gay. The movie focuses on the love story between drag queen and OG cottagecore lesbian Princess Buttercup and drag king The Dread Pirate Roberts, ie. the masked masc lesbian Westley. Genuinely, what is queerer than going undercover as a pirate? The Dread Pirate Roberts walked so that the pirates in Our Flag Means Death could run. Buttercup and Westley are in love, but have to keep their relationship in the closet from the completely nonexistent people who would object on the farm. Prince Humpadick, as we will be referring to him the entire time, has to marry Buttercup because he needs to beard up in order to keep his relationship with Dungeon Daddy Tyrone, the six-fingered man, a secret. Luckily Humpadick actually does Buttercup a favor by having a gaggle of gay men kidnap her before she can be forcibly wed into compulsory heterosexuality. They are meant to kill her but she is rescued by her masked masc lover Westley. Buttercup and Westley aren’t the only queer ship in town. We also have Iñigo who is in love with Fezzik (they literally ride off into the sunset on horses together), and Prince Humpadick and Tyrone who spend a little too much time in that sex dungeon to be successfully hiding their relationship. Even the characters who are not in relationships are queer; there is no way anyone would confuse Vizzini for a straight man. The film really leans into the camp of the plot and truly what is gayer than camp? We know one thing for sure, The Princess Bride Should’ve Been Gay. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod). Want to support Lez Hang Out while unlocking a bunch of awesome perks like access to our exclusive Discord community, monthly bonus episodes, weekly ad free episodes, exclusive merch and more? Join us on Patreon at bit.ly/lezpatreon.
1/16/2023

611: Finding Your HER-d with Jill O'Sullivan

Season 6, Ep. 11
There has never been a better time to find your HER-d! This week Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) hang out with Jill O’Sullivan, community manager and event host at HER (@hersocialapp), to talk about queer dating, the importance of queer spaces both online and in person, and how HER helps people find their community. HER is a dating and social community app for queer folks that you most likely have downloaded at some point. If you haven’t checked it out in awhile, you may be surprised to find out that it’s actually not just a dating space. It began as a dating space for queer women and has evolved into a much larger social community for everyone under the queer umbrella. Sure you can still swipe to your heart's content, but once you’re done swiping, take some time to check out the social scene. There are social communities for everything your little queer heart could want, including spaces to talk about media like tv shows, movies, and podcasts. Watching a new show and really excited to talk about it? There’s a space for that! Whether you are looking for romance or friendship, you will be able to find it on the HER app. There are even spaces specifically for the asexual community, which can be challenging to find elsewhere. Additionally, HER hosts plenty of events, including many virtual events, like speed dating, queer book clubs, movie nights, and more! With the decline in lesbian bars and the lingering concerns about the pandemic, it can be difficult to find your tribe in person, especially if you do not live in a major metro area. Whether you find local friends on HER or not, you are bound to find people you vibe with and make lasting connections online. Nowadays everyone knows someone who met their partner or bestie online, heck even Jill met her partner online (before it was cool). If you have been struggling to find queer community in your area, definitely give HER a try. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod).
1/9/2023

SBG 97: Thunder Force

Ep. 97
Every queer person has that one childhood friendship that was just a little too intense to be platonic. This week, Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) talk about the 2021 Netflix superhero comedy Thunder Force. This movie stars Melissa McCarthy as Lydia and Octavia Spencer as Emily being so incredibly gay together that even Emily’s grandmother ships them. Lydia and Emily have the best meet-cute. Little Lydia saves the day by knocking out Emily’s bullies and then they bond on the swings. Later on Emily literally makes them rainbow friendship bracelets. This is the type of romantic soulmate level backstory that we wish actual lesbian films would have. Of course, Emily and Lydia end up having an overly intense friend breakup. Then we jump forward in time. Even after 20 years have passed, Lydia has nothing but love for Emily and has been pining after her all this time. She hasn’t even seen Emily for 2 decades and Lydia is still fully secure in the fact that they are best friends. Thunder Force was massively underappreciated and only got a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, because whenever there are two female leads in a superhero movie there tends to be a disappointing lack of support. However, this movie is 100% worth the watch for Melissa McCarthy’s humor and the most adorable love story between Emily and Lydia. We’re just going to pretend that they get married with the cake topper Emily’s grandma made and they went on to be a family with Emily’s daughter Tracy. Several of the other characters in this movie were super queer too, like Tracy,  the Shane wannabe, Laser, the flamboyant guy who kills all his boyfriends after he gets bored with them, The King, and the obvious lesbian, Allie. Throughout the movie it’s like a running joke that Lydia and Emily are gay together. It’s treated like a joke the entire time by everyone except Lydia’s grandma who knows lesbian soulmates when she sees them and eagerly awaits their wedding. We know one thing for sure, Thunder Force Should’ve Been Gay. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod).
1/2/2023

610: Make It Bert So Good with Lea Robinson

Season 6, Ep. 10
Attention FRUITS! Somehow it is 2023, and we still don’t have a renewal announcement for A League of Their Own. We ride at dawn. This week Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) hang out with actor Lea Robinson (@le_robinson_)  to talk about their role as Uncle Bertie on Amazon Prime’s series A League of Their Own. If you somehow have not yet had a chance to watch ALOTO, do so right now or be prepared to hear some spoilers from Season 1. There are so many wonderful things about this series, but the hands down absolute best is just how incredibly GAY it is. We are so used to being tossed crumbs of queer content or being reduced to side characters (or suffering some horrible tragic ending if we are the main characters), but ALOTO changes the playing field by making nearly every character queer. You’re likely not only to see yourself represented, but also to see your friends and the lives of other people in the community represented who you may not typically see in your daily life. It doesn’t even matter if you like baseball or not, you will feel seen. This inclusive representation is one of the huge draws that has queer people all around the world resonating with the show. ALOTO does a fantastic job of providing representation both on screen and behind the camera and it really feels like it’s by queer people for queer people. We talked to Lea about their role as Bertie, a trans man who is living his best possible life for the time period. Bertie is so incredibly gender-affirming to see on screen. He is always sharply dressed, holds himself very confidently, and lives life largely unmasked being his authentic self. While Uncle Bertie is estranged from much of his family, he is overall happy with his life and himself as a person. His story shows not only Max that life can work out for trans and nonbinary people, but also the audience. To be able to see Bertie strut by in those fabulous suits that he makes himself is life-affirming for an audience of queer, trans, and nonbinary people who truly understand the courage it takes to be authentically yourself in a world where being yourself is demonized (and in those days, criminalized). He lives proudly and is a beacon of hope for everyone struggling with their sexuality and gender identity. Follow along on Twitter: Lez Hang Out (@lezhangoutpod) and answer our Q & Gay at the end of every episode. Leigh Holmes Foster (@lshfoster) and Ellie Brigida (@elliebrigida). You can also join us on Facebook.com/lezhangoutpod and follow along on Instagram (@lezhangoutpod).