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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 are against LGBTQ inclusive education. Karen from Ka...

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 to talk about the band, appearing on the last seaso...

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 to her transition which has sometimes resulted in ...

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 which is raising money for LGBTQ charity 'The Trevo...

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 'The Real World Denver'. Queer author and teacher ...

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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