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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 61 Lucy Clark

Lucy Clark - Football's first openly transgender referee talks about her experience of coming out and continuing to referee games. Lucy came out ahead...

Sunday, April 12, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 60 - Switchboard LGBT

Featuring.. Rachael Webster - A gay music artist from South Yorkshire, U.K talks about her music, growing up LGBTQ and adapting to virtual Pride perf...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 59 - Joseph Amenta

Joseph Amenta - Documentary film-maker based in Toronto, Canada. Joseph is currently casting for his first LGBTQ feature film 'Tribe' which follows th...

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 58 Rosie O'Donnell

Featuring.. Rosie O'Donnell - American television personality, author, comedian, producer and actress who CNN once called President Donald Trump's ar...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 57 Cheryl Allison

Cheryl Allison - Lesbian actress, director and documentary film-maker who's latest documentary 'Shatter The Silence' explores the rise of the 'Me Too'...

Friday, March 27, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 56 Pride In Hamilton

Cameron Kroetsch - On the board of Hamilton Pride in Ontario, Canada Cameron gives an update on the 2020 event in light of COVID19 and discusses the d...

Friday, March 20, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 55 Heidi Briones

Heidi is running for the Democratic nomination to run for Congress to represent Oregon District-1. If successful Heidi would be the first openly LGBTQ...

Friday, March 20, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 54 John Volturo

Featuring... John Volturo - Los Angeles based LGBTQ executive, business and leadership coach talks about navigating times of crisis including what y...

Sunday, March 15, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 53 Report Out

Featuring... Geoff Coleman - CEO of Mildmay Hospital in East London which specialises in HIV/AIDS care and was made famous by Princess Diana in the 1...

Sunday, March 8, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 52 Sassify Zine

For episode 52 we are joined by Bisexual author Chris Bedell, who's new novel 'Ill See You Again' features two bisexual characters. We chat about the ...

Sunday, March 1, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 51 Bisexual and Sikh

Featuring.. Pritpal Bhullar - bisexual Sikh living in the U.K. who came out as bisexual after many years of being in an opposite sex marriage and fat...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Being LGBTQ Episode 50 Mariah Hanson

Episode 50 features an interview with Mariah Hanson the creator of 'The Dinah Shore Weekend', an annual festival held in Palm Springs. The event was...

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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