Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Episode 252: Nicholas McInerny 'The Rainbow Dads Are Back'

Nicholas joins Sam to talk about season 2 of the award winning podcast series 'Rainbow Dads' which was released back in June. The series features stor...

Sunday, July 31, 2022 Episode 251: Davida Breier 'Sinkhole'

Miami born bisexual author Davida Breier joins Sam to discuss her new book 'Sinkhole' which was released in May 2022. Davida currently works for Johns...

Sunday, July 17, 2022 Episode 250: ZAVA 'Heaven On Earth'

On this episode Sam is joined by queer electro-pop artist ZAVA who released his new anthem H.O.E (Heaven On Earth) to celebrate Pride Month in June. Z...

Sunday, July 3, 2022 Episode 249: Loren Ostrow 'Living Out'

Loren Ostrow is an LGBTQ activist who has served on the board of directors/trustees of the Los Angeles LGBT Centre for 22 years, he is also a past rec...

Sunday, July 3, 2022 Episode 249: Loren Ostrow 'Living Out'

Loren Ostrow is an LGBTQ activist who has served on the board of directors/trustees of the Los Angeles LGBT Centre for 22 years, he is also a past rec...

Monday, June 27, 2022 Episode 248: Georgia Clark 'Island Time'

Georgia Clark is a novelist and performer currently living in Brooklyn, New York with her wife and new-born baby, she also founded and hosts the popul...

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Episode 247: Mark And The Tiger

'Mark and the Tiger' is the musical name of singer Mark Haberland whose brand new single 'The La La Song' is one in a line of upcoming releases from M...

Sunday, June 19, 2022 Episode 246: Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill 'The Making Of Pinocchio'

Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill are renowned queer live artists based in Glasgow, creating and performing their unique works nationally and internati...

Friday, June 17, 2022 Episode 245: Lil Miss Hot Mess 'If You're A Drag Queen And You Know It'

Lil Miss Hot Mess is a founding member of the Drag Queen Story Hour in the United States and has hosted book readings across the country including RuP...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Episode 244: Ry Levey 'Out In The Ring'

Ry Levey has been a professional in the film industry for over 20 years and joins Sam to talk about his feature directorial debut 'Out In The Ring'. T...

Friday, June 10, 2022 Episode 243: Sebastian Vettel LGBTQ Ally

LGBTQ ally and Formula 1 racing driver Seb Vettel joins Sam to talk about standing up for human rights specifically the rights of LGBTQ people. Seb is...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 Episode 242: Gabe Montesanti 'Brace For Impact'

Gabe Montesanti is a queer U.S. roller derby player from the midwestern United States and her debut memoir 'Brace For Impact' has been praised as 'hea...

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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