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Sunday, November 7, 2021 Episode 192: Andres Palencia 'My Health Agenda'

Andres is co-executive director of LATV, a national TV network which aims to empower Latino voices. In this episode Andres talks about the digital ser...

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Episode 191: Andrea Breanna

Former CTO of Huffington Post and founder of ‘Rebel Mouse’ Andrea Breanna joins us about becoming the first transgender person on the board of directo...

Sunday, October 31, 2021 Episode 190: Nicky Buell 'Boy Crazy'

Nicky is a Seattle based gay pop artist who wants to normalise ‘a boy singing about another boy’ in music. His track ‘Thirsty’ was classed as his comi...

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Episode 189: Farhad Dadyburjor 'The Other Man'

In this episode we speak to Indian author Farhad Dadyburjor about his new book which has been described as the first gay rom com to be set in modern-d...

Sunday, October 24, 2021 Episode 188: Sifu Love 'Healing Kung Fu'

Sifu has over 15 years of training in Chinese martial arts and is known as the ‘spiritual wellness warrior’. In this interview Sifu talks about spirit...

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Episode 187: Shawn Hitchins 'The Light Streamed Beneath It'

Gay author and comedian Shawn Hitchins joins us to talk about his latest book ‘The Light Streamed Beneath It’ which is described as a ‘memoir of grief...

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

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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