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Monday, January 11, 2021 Episode 120: James Withey

Gay author based in Brighton & Hove, UK, James Withey joins us to talk about his collection of mental health books. James' latest book 'How To Tell Depression To Piss Off' is due for release in Januar...

Thursday, December 31, 2020 Episode 119: Rachel Noall

LGBTQ poet Rachel Noall joins Sam Wise for the final episode of 2020. Rachel's newest poetry collection 'At War With The Stars' is out now. A native of Cleveland, she penned her college essay on her l...

Thursday, December 24, 2020 Episode 118: Jessye DeSilva

Non-binary, Boston based music artist Jessye DeSilva joins Sam to talk about identity, feelings toward religion, their musical influences and adapting as a music artist during a global pandemic, which...

Sunday, December 13, 2020 Episode 117: Conleth Kane

Gay music artist Conleth Kane joins Sam to discuss his new EP 'Lierty' which includes the track 'Proud' which explores themes of self-acceptance and societal prejudice. Conleth who is from Northern ...

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Episode 116: Brian Falduto

Brian Falduto – LGBTQ music artist and gay life coach. Brian is known for his role in the major motion picture ‘School of Rock’, in which he became known as the ‘gay kid’ for his flamboyant performanc...

Monday, December 7, 2020 Episode 115: Marcus Connolly & Paul Bright

Featuring... Marcus Connolly, LGBTQ music artist from Manchester in the U.K., Marcus talks about his latest tracks and how he wants to make a statement with his music - including the impact of social...

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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