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Sunday, January 31, 2021 Episode 126: Neil Basterfield & Jane Upson

Neil Basterfield from Pride House Birmingham talks about the project which is being organised for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. A Pride House is a safe space where LGBTQ fans and allies can meet to ...

Friday, January 29, 2021 Episode 125: Richard Angell - 'It's A Sin'

Richard Angell from the 'Terrence Higgins Trust' joins us to discuss the new Russel T Davies Channel 4 drama 'It's A Sin' which portrays the AIDS crisis in the gay community in the 1980's. Richard cha...

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Episode 124: Inauguration 2021 LGBTQ Review

Sam Wise reviews the 2021 Inauguration of President Biden with two LGBTQ guests – Rodney Wilson, a teacher who came out and made national headlines in the U.S. in the 90’s and Andrea Marius a black wo...

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Episode 123: Shawn Parikh

Indian American gay actor and writer Shawn Parikh joins us to talk about his work including his new TV comedy script 'On Brand'. Shawn has been selected as part of NBC Universal’s ‘Writers on the Verg...

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Episode 122: Trey Pearson

Music artist Trey Pearson joins Sam Wise to talk about religion, coming out, his music and what’s next. Trey founded the Christian band ‘Everyday Sunday’ which sold hundreds of thousands of records, t...

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Episode 121: Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies, author of ‘Other Girls Like Me’ talks about the book which has received high praise since it’s release in September 2020. The book focusses on how Stephanie became an activist includ...

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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