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Sunday, August 30, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 97 Angela Chen

Featuring... ​ Angela Chen - Asexual author and journalist talks about her new book 'Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society and the Meanin...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 96 Michael Kaye

Featuring... ​ Michael Kaye - Michael helms global communications and public relations for dating platform 'Ok Cupid'. The app has become increasingly...

Sunday, August 23, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 95 Michelle Partington

Featuring... ​ Michelle Partington - Founder of Mentis Training and Consultancy which offers mental health training, workshops, coaching and more with...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 94 Nena Erb

Featuring... ​ Nena Erb - Emmy's 2020 nominated editor. Nena has been working on HBO's comedy drama series 'Insecure' since the shows third season and...

Sunday, August 16, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 93 Bryce Quartz

Featuring... ​ Bryce Quartz - LGBTQ rapper based in Greensboro, North Carolina talks about his music which up until now has been mostly controversial ...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 92 Neil Blackmore

Featuring... ​ Neil Blackmore - Author of the new book 'The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle' (released in physical form August 13th 2020. Blackmore has create...

Sunday, August 9, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 91 Jonathan From Antique Dust

Featuring... ​ Jonathan Welford - One half of the 'Antique Dust' podcast joins Sam to talk about old TV shows and how the face of TV has changed over ...

Sunday, August 2, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 90 Isabel Muller

Featuring... ​ Isabel Muller - Queer entrepreneur and founder of Swtch, the first-ever Womxn's Athletic tear-away underwear, which aims to be inclusiv...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 89 Fab The Duo

Featuring... ​ Fab The Duo - LGBTQ band and real life gay couple made up of Greg Driscoll and Brendan Eprile who want to help people embrace their per...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 88 Ori The Artist

Featuring... ​ Ori - Up and coming LGBTQ music artist originally from New England, now living in Nashville, USA. Ori launched his solo career in 2019 ...

Sunday, July 19, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 87 Mike Power & Mark Hamilton

Featuring... ​ Mike Power - Program Director and LGBTQ Affirming Counsellor at 'The Cabin Group' a leading behavioural health and addiction treatment ...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 86 Liam Papworth & Sev7en Taylor

Featuring... ​ Liam T Papworth - The first openly transgender recruit to enlist in the U.S. military in 2018, Liam was discharged due to an injury and...

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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