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Friday, August 9, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 30 Fred Rosser

For episode 30 Fred Rosser, former WWE Superstar who went by the name Darren Young talks about being the first wrestler to come out as gay while signed to a major wrestling brand. Fred also reveals wh...

Friday, August 2, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 29 Adam Lyons

On another packed episode LGBTQ artist Adam Lyons talks about his new album 'Sweet Chilli', his career so far and performing at Pride In Liverpool. Peter Lewis, a gay British national living in Hong ...

Friday, July 26, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 28 Ben Davidson

LGBTQ music artist of the week Ben Davidson joins us to talk about his latest single 'Anything'. Ben was part of the boy band 'Most Wanted' in the 1990's and toured with S Club 7 at one point. Drag q...

Monday, July 22, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 27 Racing Pride

This week we chat to Christopher Sharp, Co-Founder of Racing Pride, a newly setup group aiming to encourage LGBTQ inclusion in motor sport. The group which is a collaboration with Stonewall has been e...

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 26 Area Eighteen

Tom Evans from Non-Binary fashion brand 'Area Eighteen' joins us to talk about why he decided to set up the gender neutral label and what he hopes to achieve. In our monthly segment with the Gay Agon...

Sunday, July 7, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 25 Joanne Vannicola

On episode 25 Canadian actor Joanne Vannicola joins us to talk about being LGBTQ in the film and television industry and the barriers that she has faced during her career. Jo was in the 2015 film Ston...

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 has now produced over 140 episodes.

Meet Sam

The podcast is produced and presented by Sam Willey (Sam Wise) who is a 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 two 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 SAFC. 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.

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