Whether you’re looking for laughs or inspiration, you’ll want to subscribe to these shows
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE VIA PEXELS
Over lockdown we saw the world of podcasting boom, but one thing’s for sure – they’re not going anywhere. With the nights getting colder, there’s no better time to cosy up with a blanket, plug in and get lost in some great LGBTQIA audio content. Here are nine of our favourite queer podcasts that you can get lost in. Whether you’re looking for laughs or inspiration, you’ll want to subscribe to these shows.
She Said, They Said
Co-hosted by Alex Woolhouse (she/her) and Shivani Dave (they/them) and launched by trans youth charity Mermaids, She Said, They Said is a spectacular podcast that creates a safe space for queer and gender diverse communities. And there’s no better time to subscribe as the second season kicked off today (28 September) with the founder of ZOAH and chief executive of Not A Phase, Dani St James as their guest. There’ll be new episodes every Wednesday and there are lots of voices to look forward to including musician Dylan Holloway, comedian Rosie Jones and the iconic Munroe Bergdorf. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe!
Inner Hoe Uprising
Co-hosted by four Black queer feminists living in New York City – Sam (they/she), Rebecca aka Rodekah (she/they), Rob (they/them) and Akua (she/her) – Inner Hoe Uprising explores all things love, sex and dating. It’s unapologetic, informative and serves up plenty of laughter as well. They’ve covered everything from non-monogamy and marriage being on the decline to Roe vs. Wade. In sad news, their tenth season will be their last, so make sure you tune in. If you want to read more from these co-hoes, make sure you check out our Black History Month issue.
Time for some harmless self-promotion. I’ll keep it short. Our accompanying podcast serves up new LGBTQIA content every Wednesday morning to get you through those mid-week blues. You’ll get to come BTS to Pride events and photoshoots, hear extra content from the amazing celebs that we interview for print and more. In today’s episode our October cover star Emeli Sandé talks about her journey to self-discovery and falling in love with a woman.
Call Me Mother
Hosted by Shon Faye, author of the groundbreaking novel The Transgender Issue: An Argument for justice, this podcast is essential listening. Each episode, Shon is joined by LGBTQIA trailblazers and the conversations had always offer interesting or enlightening insights into what it means to be queer today. The conversations Shon has with our queer elders remind us of our history and what we can learn from it.
FOC IT UP! Comedy Club
Kemah Bob’s podcast launched earlier this year and it’s an unapologetic celebration of comedians of colour who are not cisgendered men. Tune in to hear hilarity from the likes of Sophie Duker, Michelle De Swarte and much much more. The podcast provides some guaranteed ab-building laughter to listeners and helps people feel seen in the world of comedy. Psst … make sure you check out our October issue to read about Kemah’s guide to life.
Two Twos Podcast
This weekly podcast is hosted by Rose Frimpong and Nana Duncan, two Black london-based lesbians who share their unapologetic truth. Two Twos is a safe space for the QTIPOC community and makes for vital listening. The co-hosts recently spoke to DIVA about all things coming out, authenticity and sex positivity.
The YIKES Podcast
Co-hosted by bisexual icons, Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker, The YIKES Podcast examines issues such as the climate crisis, racism and activism and leans into the yikes of it all, rather than being overwhelmed. The duo approach these topics with intersectionality at the forefront and guide listeners towards action. Feeling stressed out by the world? It’s time to tune in.
The Way We Are With Munroe Bergdorf
Hosted by the iconic activist and writer, Munroe Bergdorf, The Way We Are invites listeners to tune into conversations about journeys of growth and all things past, present and future. Some of my favourite guests so far have been Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney, Hayley Kiyoko (AKA Lesbian Jesus), and Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch. If you’re looking to be inspired, well, look no further.
PANTS With Kate And Leisha
The L Word season is almost upon us, with the third season of Gen Q premiering in the US in November. But if you’re looking for your fix, why not check into this podcast with Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey? The fictional turned real-life besties serve up a delightful listening experience.
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