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Friday, June 28, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 24 Ankit Shukla

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we look back to the early morning hours of June 28th 1969 and the implications the actions of LGBTQ people had, on the LGBTQ rights movement. Ankit Shu...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 23 After 82

The Directors of HIV/AIDs documentary 'After 82' Steve Keeble and Ben Lord join us to talk about the project which has been many years in the making, and features the untold stories of the AIDs pandem...

Sunday, June 23, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 22 Seb Dance

This week we chat to the patron of LGBT Labour and Member of European Parliament Seb Dance about the Brexit situation and what the European Union has done in terms of progressing rights for LGBTQ peop...

Friday, June 14, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 21 Andy Brennan

Australia's first openly gay male professional footballer Andy Brennan shares his story and why he decided to come out. Andy chats about trying to ignore his sexuality for so many years and then decid...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 20 Pulse Remembrance

A special episode of Being LGBTQ to remember those who died in the early hours of June 12th at LGBTQ nightclub 'Pulse' in Orlando, Florida. 49 innocent people died when a gunman entered the club and o...

Friday, June 7, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 19 Anderton Park

This week Sam is joined by Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson the head teacher of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, U.K. which has been the scene of anti-LGBTQ protests against the schools teaching of LG...

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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