Out Loud
by: Ed Madden, Candace Chellew-Hodge
978-1891885-76-1 Paperback
160 pages, 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Publication Date: Jun-2010

This is the book that has drawn the ire of the South Carolina State Legislature. On Feb. 19, 2014, a legislative committee rescinded funding for the Common Read Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate as "punishment" for assigning this book. Articles about this action have appeared in Slate, Gawker, Jezebel, Huffington Post and many other publications.

“I highly recommend Out Loud and find it one of the more important, thought-provoking works that I have recently encountered.”—Wayne Beson, Truth Wins Out

Winner of the SC Pride Media Advocacy Award
Winner of Bronze Independent Publisher Award for Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction

From a small radio studio in the heart of the Deep South, the voices of gay and lesbian Southerners suddenly filled the AM airwaves. “For far too long,” the announcer stated, “talk radio airwaves have been dominated by the people who talk about us. Starting this fall, we speak for ourselves!” What began as an experiment—Rainbow Radio, South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show—has grown into a grassroots-driven community radio show that, since 2005, has offered diverse, accurate, and often unparalleled stories of gay and lesbian Southerners, their families and their friends.

Citadel cadets and drag queens, a slam poet from Columbia and a Spartanburg schoolteacher, a seminary student in Atlanta and a gay Army vet just back from the Middle East, West Columbia rednecks and rural Texas tomboys, as well as South Carolina’s first lesbian Congressional candidate. A young man talking about his gay uncle and a retired attorney talking about her gay son. Two boys who dare to dance at the prom, a psychic who may be attuned to the gay agenda, and a dying man who makes his last visit to church on Christmas.

These voices have now been collected in a book, Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, edited by Ed Madden and Candace Chellew-Hodge. Their stories will inspire you, enrage you, and transform the way you think about what it means to be gay and lesbian in the South.

About the Editors


Candace Chellew-Hodge

The Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge is a recovering Southern Baptist and founder/editor of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians ( Her first book, Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, published by Jossey-Bass, is now available at She currently serves as associate pastor at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, South Carolina. Candace is a media veteran with more than twenty years of experience in radio and television and is the co-host of Rainbow Radio.


Ed Madden

Ed Madden is a poet, political activist, and associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina. He grew up in Newport, Arkansas, got his B.A. from nearby Harding University, and received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Signals, a poetry collection that won the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. He teaches English at the University of South Carolina.