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Sunday, July 12, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 85 Frederick Keeve

Featuring... ​ Frederick Keeve - Director and star of LGBTQ feature film 'The Accompanist' which is a gay love story with supernatural elements explor...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 84 Teraj Allen

Featuring... ​ Teraj Allen - Miami-born singer songwriter, model, social media influencer, LGBTQ+ advocate and host of Amazon Alexa's 'Gay Travel Toda...

Sunday, July 5, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 83 Steven Smith

Featuring... ​ Steven Smith - Columnist for 'Out News Global' where he writes about his experiences as a single, middle aged gay man living in the U.K...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 82 I Am Skylar

Featuring... Skylar Cote - Transgender teenager living on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. At 13, Skylar was featured in the documentary 'I...

Sunday, June 28, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 81 Visible Out On Television

Featuring... ​ Reviewing and discussing the Apple TV+ series 'Visible: Out on Television' which explores the history of LGBTQ representation on TV. ...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 80 Dale Geist

Featuring... Dale Geist - Publisher of 'Country Queer' an online magazine and website dedicated to amplifying the voices of LGBTQ country music artis...

Monday, June 22, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 79 Dan Glass

Featuring... Dan Glass - Prominent U.K. LGBTQ activist and author of the new book 'United Queerdom', an in depth look at LGBTQ history starting with ...

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 78 Stonestreet

Featuring.. Nick Stonestreet - LGBTQ music artist from Georgia talks about his latest track 'Hate to Love', the issues faced by the LGBTQ community a...

Sunday, June 14, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 77 Leona Storey

Featuring... Leona Storey - Bisexual author from the U.K. talks about her new book 'Pride' which is about a lesbian who comes out to her friends and ...

Monday, June 8, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 76 It Could Be

Featuring.. Daniel Jacob - Also known as Vinegar Strokes from Drag Race U.K. talks about being black and gay and the experience of black people in th...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 75 Gretchen Wylder

Featuring.. Gretchen Wylder - Creator of the LGBTQ web series 'These Thems'. The series has had rave reviews and has received a number of awards at r...

Sunday, May 31, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 74 James Mayhew

Featuring.. James Mayhew - Gay writer and illustrator talks about his work which dates back to the late 1980's. James has a body of work which includ...

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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