Sunday, January 9, 2022 Episode 205: Celia Laskey 'Under The Rainbow'

Author Celia Laskey talks about her debut novel ‘Under The Rainbow’ set in the fictional town of Big Burr, Kansas which is named the most homophobic t...

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Episode 204: David Perry 'Upon This Rock'

Welcome to 2022 and another year of Being LGBTQ. Sam is joined by gay author David Eugene Perry whose latest book ‘Upon This Rock’ has been described ...

Thursday, December 23, 2021 Episode 203: Abby Nissenbaum 'Glass Half Full'

Originally born in Brooklyn and raised in New Milford, Connecticut queer female artist Abby Nissenbaum joins us to discuss her new track ‘Glass Half F...

Sunday, December 19, 2021 Episode 202: Hannah Rae Leach

Bisexual podcaster Hannah Rae Leach chats to us about her many projects and vast CV when it comes to podcasting. Based in Cleveland, Ohio Hannah’s wor...

Thursday, December 16, 2021 Episode 201: Andrea Klassen-Koop 'Imaginings'

Andrea Klassen-Koop is a queer, pansexual podcaster based in British Columbia, Canada. Her latest project ‘Imaginings: Moments of Magic’ invites the l...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Episode 200: Sam Wise '35 Months Later'

It’s been a long journey with hundreds of guests but in this episode Being LGBTQ reaches the 200 milestone and it’s time to reminisce and have a look ...

Sunday, December 5, 2021 Episode 199: Blake Allen 'The Shards of an Honour Code Junkie'

Blake Allen is an award-winning composer, musician, orchestrator, and educator who had a Mormon upbringing in El Paso, Texas. In this interview Blake ...

Sunday, November 28, 2021 Episode 198: David Lord 'An LGB With The T'

In his second appearance on Being LGBTQ writer David Lord discusses the final book in his fantasy series ‘The Figment Wars’. David also talks about a ...

Thursday, November 25, 2021 Episode 197: Tyler Boyle 'The Gay Hype Guy'

Ontario, Canada based event host, artist, and entertainer Tyle Boyle who has worked as an entertainer for 10+ years talks about his life experiences a...

Sunday, November 21, 2021 Episode 196: Kieran Armstrong 'The Visible Bisexual'

Kieran joins Sam to talk about his master’s degree dissertation exploring bisexuality and how it is often overlooked, misrepresented, and even dismiss...

Thursday, November 18, 2021 Episode 195: William Jack Sibley 'Here We Go Loop de Loop'

William is the veteran author of the new novel ‘Here We Go Loop de Loop’ completing his trilogy of books based in his home state. He is an award-winni...

Sunday, November 14, 2021 Episode 194: Professor Ben Light & Lisa Garwood-Cross 'COVID Sex Lives Part 2'

In the 2nd in our series on ‘COVID Sex Lives’ Professor of Digital Society Ben Light and research assistant Lisa Garwood-Cross from Salford University...

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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