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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 109 The Debt Free Guys

David Auten and John Schneider talk about finances and getting debt free. Known as ‘The Debt Free Guys’, husbands David and John have 35 years combine...

Sunday, October 25, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 108 Kayla & Sarah Sounds Fake But Okay

Kayla Kaszyca & Sarah Costello - Hosts of the 'Sounds Fake But Okay' podcast 'a podcast where an aromantic asexual girl and a demisexual-straight girl...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 107 Brandyn Killz & David Ledain

Featuring... ​ Brandyn Killz - LGBTQ music artist who describes his music as 'dance music for the new romantics'. Brandyn sees music as a multitude of...

Sunday, October 18, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 106 Gia Woods & Tom Hendry

Featuring... ​ Gia Woods - LGBTQ Persian music artist Gia Woods just dropped her brand new album 'Cut Season'. An album which at its core is grounded ...

Friday, October 16, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 105 David Lester & Tommy Atkins

Featuring... ​ David Lester - Money strategist with over two decades of experience. We chat to David about struggling with finances due to the coronav...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 104 Amazin LeThi

Featuring... ​ Amazin LeThi - Asian Bodybuilder, LGBTQ advocate and fitness author Amazin joins Sam to talk about her career, the discrimination she h...

Thursday, October 8, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 103 Rodney Wilson

Featuring... ​ Rodney Wilson - Gay history teacher who came out to his students in 1994 and founded October's LGBTQ History Month in the U.S. talks ab...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 102 Bri Castellini & Christine Cherry

Featuring... ​ Bri Castellini - Award winning bisexual/Ace filmmaker based in New York. Bri worked on the web series 'Sam and Pat Are Depressed' and p...

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 101 Britt East

Featuring... ​ Britt East - Gay author chats about his new book 'A Gay Man's Guide To Life' which Britt says is a book he wishes he had been able to r...

Sunday, September 20, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 100 Prince Manvendra & Daniel Molyneaux

It's the 100th episode of Being LGBTQ! Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil - The first gay member of a Royal Family to come out publicly. Prince Manvendra c...

Sunday, September 6, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 99 Sarah Kellysen & T.F. Wright

Featuring... ​ Sarah Kellysen - Queer music artist from Calgary in Canada, Kellysen who was once part of a long running web series has just released h...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 98 Natasha Hawthornwaite

Featuring... ​ Natasha Hawthornwaite - Lesbian filmmaker from Wigan in the United Kingdom at Northern Heart Films. Natasha talks about coming out in h...

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 had produced over 140 episodes.

In August 2021 podcast hosting platform Podomatic announced Being LGBTQ as the winner of its Amazon Music competition, as a result the podcast was featured in Amazon's 'get inspired' category alongside Oprah Winfrey marking a major milestone in the podcasts history. In October 2021 as part of the same feature Being LGBTQ was featured on a billboard in Times Square, NYC for a week long period. 

Meet Sam

Sam Wise at the 2022 Gayming Awards in London

The podcast is produced and presented by Sam Wise (he/him) 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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