LGBTQ Docu-Series Takes Off

Writer/producer Pony Gayle talks to us again about OUTrageous, her evolving LGBTQ docu-series now midway through its first season. She first spoke with us back in November of 2014.

OUTrageous features members of the LGBTQ community talking about their lives, their experiences, their hearts. At once touching and searing, the show presents glimpses into the lives of people often marginalized by society.

Producer Pony Gayle
Pony Gayle

Gayle envisioned OUTrageous as an interactive web series. It quickly evolved into its present format. “The original series idea wasn’t working,” she says, “and it felt like something was missing. The docu-series format with different topics and guest stars from the LBGTQ community felt like a better fit.

“We can cover more topics and we still reach out to our audience for ideas, ask them to share their stories and possibly be on the show.”

Production Funding

Recognition for OUTrageous is building. Says Gayle, “We got funding from a production company to do three episodes of the web series, in its current format. They loved it and gave us funding for five more episodes, total of eight for season one.

“So far the response has been wonderful,” Gayle says. “That’s why we got more funding. A distributor (also) reached out to us and we are now on Roku and soon to be on Amazon Prime.”

LGBTQ Participants

Community participation is at the heart of OUTrageous. “We have reached out to people,” says Gayle, “through social media and friends, and people have in turn reached out to us.”

Episode 1 –

Conversations with two female to male transgender actor/comedians Ian Harvie and D’Lo

Ian Harvie
Ian Harvie
D'Lo
D’Lo

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 –

Two male to female transgenders Billie Lee and Ko

Ko and Billie Lee
Ko and Billie Lee

 

 

 

 

Episode 3 –

LB and Rachel, a lesbian married couple with twin babies

LB and Rachel
LB and Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 4 –

Lesbian couple Jane and Donna. Both are vegan and animal rights activists.

Jane and Donna
Jane and Donna

 

 

 

 

 

Gayle says a viewer “reached out to our OUTrageous e-mail. She’s a transgender male to female from India, who said she was a fan of the show. She told us her story and she will be in upcoming episode five.”

OUTrageous aims to feature “the different shades of the queer community.” Gayle and on-air host Solaris elicit a warm, honest response from each of the participants. “We try to make people feel comfortable and tell them up front we want to hear their story however they want to tell it.”

Gayle hopes that her show features “the different shades of the queer community.”

What’s next for Gayle? “Hopefully we’ll get funding for season two and take it from there.”

 

 

Find all current episodes here: OUTrageous website.

 

OUTrageous

Producer Pony Gayle
Pony Gayle

The reality show OUTrageous is the brainchild of veteran producer/writer/filmmaker Pony Gayle. Gayle is developing the show as an interactive web series.

What kind of story is she hoping to tell with the project? “A real life story,” says Gayle. “This is a passion project for me. I feel it is important to showcase a series about great women who are part of the LGBTQ community. We are in a historical time with LGBTQ issues at the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Our show will show a slice of our personal investment in this civil rights movement from an everyday perspective.”

In structuring OUTrageous as an interactive web series, Gayle states, “I want to reach out to the community so they can tell us their stories. We are so lucky in Los Angeles, it’s very gay-friendly – which is not the case in many other states. There are still gay teens committing suicide because of their sexuality, and people getting gay bashed. If a teen in Texas, for instance, had a place to reach out to, it could help them not feel so alone and maybe save a life.

“We want to reach out to the straight community too – to help fight homophobia. There may be someone that has a gay family member and doesn’t understand, but watching the cast and being able to interact, and ask questions, could be life changing.”

Gayle says that community is a central theme for the series. “Living in such an exciting time for LGBTQ rights,” she says, “it is important to remember what is important, that we are all people just who want to connect.”

cast
Cast
cast
Cast
Pony Gayle and Martha Sanchez
Pony Gayle and Media Consultant Martha Sanchez

The five cast members, all real-life women in the LGBTQ community, “will not only be discussing hot topics with each other but also with the audience via social media. Audience members will be able to share their submissions with our cast as well as have live interactive Skype/podcast sessions with the ladies.

OUTrageous cast and producer
OUTrageous

“Each episode will highlight current community issues, as well as these women’s personal experiences. Furthermore, these women will come together to talk about issues that they encounter in their day-to-day lives and within the community.”

“In casting the show,” Gayle says, “I wanted women that felt comfortable in front of the camera, were interesting and diverse. At some point we hope to work more people into the cast, such as a transgender and possibly a gay-friendly straight girl. I want the LGBTQ community to feel represented. That’s why we will have guests during discussions, friends and family of cast, to hopefully help do that.”

Gayle wants the behind-the-camera production values of OUTrageous to be strong. “We are trying to raise money with our Indiegogo campaign to ensure a

production crew
Production crew

quality show. We have a great team of experienced people lined up to work on the show. I have worked in the industry for nineteen years, and know a lot of great production and post people, and keep meeting more. But we need to be able to pay them.”

Follow the progress of OUTrageous on the Indiegogo site.

Photo credits: Qumaru Nisa