Sunday, April 28, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 13 Gay Agony Uncle

This week we are joined by the Gay Agony Uncle for our monthly life and relationship advice segment. We chat to him about app addiction and when to re...

Friday, April 19, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 12 Serita Blake & David Ledain

This week we are joined by Serita Blake, who is a black lesbian police officer from the UK, Serita talks about the lack of black lesbian representatio...

Friday, April 12, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 11 Anthony Carter & Martel Star

This week author and speaker Anthony Carter joins us to talk about mental health among gay black men, and the challenges they face in terms of homopho...

Friday, April 5, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 10 Suzanne DeWitt Hall & Sev7en Taylor

On the 10th episode of Being LGBTQ we are joined by Author and Huff Post blogger Suzanne DeWitt Hall who has wrote a series of LGBTQ inclusive picture...

Friday, March 29, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 9 Cameron Hawthorn

This week, host Sam Wise addresses the continued protests over LGBTQ inclusive education in the U.K. and taking the decision to cancel a planned count...

Friday, March 22, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 8 Trans In Chicago

On Being LGBTQ episode 8 we speak to Melissa Georges a transgender woman from Chicago Illinois who joins us the talk about her journey from first real...

Friday, March 15, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 7 The Meaning of Pride

This week we debate Pride festivals, how they’ve changed and if they’re overly sexualised with LGBTQ writer Ben Thompson, as the debate over what Prid...

Friday, March 8, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 6 Rafaella Gunz

This week on Being LGBTQ Sam talks about recent protests at Parkfield School, a local school in his area which has faced protests from parents, who ar...

Friday, March 1, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 5 The Milk Turing Project

On this weeks episode our LGBTQ Artist of the week is a 7 piece band mainly made up of transgender members - Sarah and the Safe Word! Sarah joins us t...

Friday, February 22, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 4 Becoming Rylee

This week on Being LGBTQ we speak to Danielle Johnson who's 7 year-old daughter Rylee is transgender. We discuss Rylee's journey and peoples reaction ...

Friday, February 15, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 3 Coming Out

This week the podcast is themed around LGBTQ youth and coming out. Emma Ramos from the 'Love is Love' project joins us to tell us about the campaign w...

Friday, February 8, 2019 Being LGBTQ Episode 2 Davis Mallory

In another packed episode of Being LGBTQ we speak to our LGBTQ 'Music Artist of the Week' Davis Mallory about his upcoming projects and time on MTV's ...

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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