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Friday, July 23, 2021 Episode 163: Jack Guinness 'The Queer Bible'

Jack Guinness is a contributing editor at British GQ and founder of the ‘Queer Bible’ website which has now been turned into a book. ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants, it’s time to learn their name...

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Episode 162: Tara Moore 'Set Your Worth'

LGBTQ British tennis player Tara Moore who competed at Wimbledon this year joins us to talk about ‘Set Your Worth’ a new anonymous job-hunting platform which aims to eradicate discrimination. Tara cha...

Sunday, July 18, 2021 Episode 161: Jendrik Sigwart

Germany’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Jendrik Sigwart joins Sam to talk about the contest, growing up gay and raising awareness of LGBTQ issues including educating the younger generation...

Friday, July 16, 2021 Episode 160: Steve Taylor 'European Pride Organisers Association'

Steve Taylor from the ‘European Pride Organisers Association’ joins us to talk about rising anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Europe including in Hungary where a new law which bans the so called ‘promotion’ of ...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Episode 159: Joe White '3 Lions Pride'

Joe White, co-founder of '3 Lions Pride', the LGBTQ fan group of the England national football team joins us to talk about Euro 2020. England competed in the final against Italy in what was the first ...

Saturday, July 10, 2021 Episode 158: TKOH 'Fire Island Pining (Season 1)'

Queer music artist TKOH (John McClean) joins Sam to discuss his latest EP ‘Fire Island Pining (Season 1)’. The Salt Lake City artist released his debut EP ‘Hollyweird’ in May 2020. His latest tracks w...

About The Show

What are we all about?

Being LGBTQ features interviews with people from across the community. Striving to give a platform to those who feel underrepresented, within it we discuss the latest issues impacting the community, amplify the voices of LGBTQ people, sign post you to the latest LGBTQ music artists and much more. Hosted by LGBTQ advocate Sam Wise, Being LGBTQ is informative, friendly and accessible to all.

Our Story

Being LGBTQ launched on February 1st 2019 hoping to deliver a podcast full of diversity, tackling hard hitting issues while also offering a spark of fun and entertainment. The World can be a dark place and with the current political climate it's important not to forget the challenges LGBTQ people face but to also not forget the joy that still exists in the world.

Within the first week the Twitter page for Being LGBTQ had already exceeded 1,000 followers and the LGBTQ community were on board with the goals of the podcast. We've tackled issues including mental health, living as a non-binary person, bisexuality, being Muslim in the LGBTQ community, STI stigma, growing up transgender and much more, cementing our commitment to diversity.

In April 2019 after just 2 months of being produced the podcast was nominated for 'Best Inclusive Media Outlet' at the North East LGBT Awards. Though the podcast did not win, it was a massive honour and a huge achievement after such a short time.

Fast-forward a year to Mid-2021 and Being LGBTQ now reaches thousands of people per week, has a combined reach of over 18,000 followers across social media and has now produced over 140 episodes.

Meet Sam

The podcast is produced and presented by Sam Willey (Aka - Sam Wise) who is a gay Journalist and LGBTQ advocate from Sunderland in the United Kingdom. Sam has a background in journalism and graduated from the University of Sunderland with a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.

During his time at University Sam presented a radio show on Spark Sunderland 'Being LGBT' so the podcast is in a way a relaunch of that project, which won 'Best Speech Programme' at the Universities end of year awards. 

Since then Sam has worked as a Social Media Consultant and does part time media work for a Care Home operator, including producing their monthly newsletter. He graduated Birmingham City University with a masters in Social Media in 2018. In January 2019 he started his latest advocacy work, setting up an LGBTQ supporters association at his local football club, which ran for one year and was the first of it's kind at Sunderland AFC. Sam moved on due to professional differences with the club and a toxic fan base he felt was not ready for change.

In 2020 Sam decided to focus his LGBTQ advocacy and activism to the Being LGBTQ podcast, garnering a strong listener base and having the privilege of interviewing personalities from across the LGBTQ spectrum.

Sam is an avid Star Wars fan, he supports his Dads childhood football club Wolverhampton Wanderers and has a strong passion for human rights. Always outspoken his opinionated nature can get him in hot water but his intentions are always out of a sense of standing up for the persecuted.

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