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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 and friendly!
 
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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-winning author and writer from Alice in South Texas and won the Southwest Regional Playwrights Competition for ‘Governor’s Mansion’. William joins us to talk about his latest book, the changing political l…
 
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 number of key issues impacting the LGBTQ community in 2021 including rising anti-trans rhetoric in the UK. from groups who want to separate the LGB from the T. David explains why he is a trans ally an…
 
Ontario, Canada based event host, artist, and entertainer Tyle Boyle who has worked as an entertainer for 10+ years talks about his life experiences and work. Tyler speaks on a range of topics including changing how LGBTQ people are perceived by changing our own mind set and challenging the narrative that LGBTQ people are in some way “not normal”. …
 
Kieran joins Sam to talk about his master’s degree dissertation exploring bisexuality and how it is often overlooked, misrepresented, and even dismissed as invalid in western popular culture. Kieran identifies as bisexual after what he describes as a ‘long journey’ and wants his work to change perceptions of bisexuality and end the ignorance which …
 
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 join us to talk about their second research survey which looks into ‘men who have sex with men’ (MSM) and what that means in the context of the COVID19 pandemic. This episode explores people’s feelin…
 
Sindu is a genderqueer Tamil-American author, born in Sri Lanka who moved to the United States aged 7. Sindu joins us to talk about her latest book ‘Blue-Skinned Gods’ which follows the story of a young boy born with blue skin who people believe to be the tenth human incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Sindu’s family tried to force her into an arr…
 
Andres is co-executive director of LATV, a national TV network which aims to empower Latino voices. In this episode Andres talks about the digital series ‘My Health Agenda’ which covers Latinx and LGBTQ communities and the unique challenges they face. The series features influencers and activists, most of which are HIV+ and have had substance abuse…
 
Former CTO of Huffington Post and founder of ‘Rebel Mouse’ Andrea Breanna joins us about becoming the first transgender person on the board of directors at LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, which describes itself as a “financial methodology and media company that quantifies corporate equality alignment with the LGBTQ community and its supporters”. Andrea als…
 
Nicky is a Seattle based gay pop artist who wants to normalise ‘a boy singing about another boy’ in music. His track ‘Thirsty’ was classed as his coming out track. Nicky’s new track ‘Boy Crazy’ is about the initial excitement of falling for someone for the first time and the butterflies it brings about. In this interview Sam chats to Nicky about re…
 
In this episode we speak to Indian author Farhad Dadyburjor about his new book which has been described as the first gay rom com to be set in modern-day Mumbai. Farhad was born, raised, and is based in Mumbai and has been an entertainment and lifestyle journalist for over 20 years. Farhad joins us to discuss the new book, growing up gay in India, p…
 
Sifu has over 15 years of training in Chinese martial arts and is known as the ‘spiritual wellness warrior’. In this interview Sifu talks about spirituality, how he discovered ‘healing kung fu’, the impact it had on his life and how he has now gone on to help others especially those from the LGBTQ and black community. Sifu has an MA in Spiritual Ps…
 
Gay author and comedian Shawn Hitchins joins us to talk about his latest book ‘The Light Streamed Beneath It’ which is described as a ‘memoir of grief and celebration’. Shawn is based in Toronto, Ontario, and his book details how he has dealt with grief and heartache following the deaths of two great loves 5 months apart. Please note this episode f…
 
Drag performer and music artist Victoria Williams joins Sam to talk about her new debut single ‘Lemonade’ which Victoria says, ‘embodies everything I have to tell the world’. Victoria is a star of the NYC drag scene and appeared as a final contestant on season 15 of ‘American Idol. Victoria was crowned Miss Rockbar 2020 and comments on the current …
 
Ibtisam is policy and research manager at the LGBT Foundation, a foundation based in Greater Manchester which was established in 1975 to support LGBT people. Ibtisam immigrated to the U.K. from Bangladesh to study in 2010 In Bangladesh same gender relationships are illegal under laws dating back to British colonialism. Ibtisam chats to Sam about th…
 
Social media influencer Nick Metos joins Sam to discuss the latest chapter of his music career with the release of his third single in three years ‘Right Side Of The Bed’. Nick wrote the song about his boyfriend Max and adds to his collection of heartfelt tracks. As well as a singer Nick is also a professional make-up artist and model, originally f…
 
Co-creator and star of the new LGBTQ slasher movie ‘Death Drop Gorgeous’ joins us to talk about the film which has been tipped to become a potential cult classic. The plot centres around “A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen who fight to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city, as a masked maniac slaughters young gay m…
 
We’re back with Martin Green to chat through your fantastic takes of Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral poem detailing a soul's journey through purgatory into the beyond. If you haven’t already, definitely go and check out part one of this episode where we introduce the song. Listen: Part 1 of Lyke Wake Dirge Also, check out Martin on tour with La…
 
Nic is the co-founder of ‘CanWe’ and was formerly a business development lead in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department at Cargill. ‘CanWe’ is a new kind of dating app aimed at making dating less complicated. The idea came about in 2018 and has had over 1000 hours of input from therapists, sociologists, and psychologists. But for LGBTQ peopl…
 
Soman Chainani is a New York Times bestselling author known for ‘School for Good & Evil’ which has been adapted into a Netflix film starring Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington which is due out in 2022. Soman joins Sam to talk about the Netflix adaption and Soman’s latest book ‘Beasts and Beauty’, a collection of stories which turns classic fairy …
 
Transgender actor, writer and poet Reece Lyons joins us to discuss the one woman show ‘Overflow’ running at the Bush Theatre, London until October 9th and the rise of transphobic sentiment in the UK. Reece is represented by ‘The Queer House’ agency which was ‘built by queer people for queer people’ – Char Boden is the lead agent and producer at the…
 
Author of the new book ‘Greedy: Notes From A Bisexual Who Wants Too Much’ Jen Winston joins us to discuss bisexuality and her 2019 coming out experience. Jen is also the creator of the ‘Bi Monthly’ newsletter and talks about the misconceptions of bisexuality, bi-erasure, biphobia, feeling ‘queer enough’ and much more!…
 
George Richmond Scott is the director of non-profit production company ‘Both Barrels’ and is set to put on his 2nd play at Omnibus Theatre – a production of Peter Gill’s small change, a play set on the east side of Cardiff in the 1950’s and 70’s. George is also associate director for the critically acclaimed West End show ‘Everybody’s Talking About…
 
Actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman joins Sam to talk about his role in the new Disney+ series ‘Doogie Kamealoha MD’ – Jeffrey plays Charles an openly gay character. Jeffrey’s previous credits include being a judge and host on season 1 of Canada’s Drag Race, he also plays Jay in the Emmy nominated series ‘Unreal’. In this interview he talks about the impo…
 
Author CB Lee joins Sam to discuss her latest book ‘Clash of Steel’ which is a reimagining of the classic story ‘Treasure Island’. The book is a complete retelling with LGBTQ themes including a queer love story and the exploration of ‘found family’. CB is also known for the ‘Sidekick Squad’ series as well as contributing to the Star Wars universe, …
 
Gay country music artist Tommy Atkins joins us to talk about his newly released album ‘Truth Be Told’. The album is a culmination of tracks written over a period of years based on Tommy’s late teens through to his mid-twenties. Each track has significance in his life, and many contain overtly gay lyrics as Tommy hopes to bring an authentic experien…
 
This episode we're joined by Martin Green who is challenging you to reimagine Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral chant about the soul’s journey through purgatory. Martin is a multi-award winning musician and composer who has collaborated with many artists and musicians including the likes of Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez, Anais Mitchell and Aidan Moffat…
 
Dr Rachel Katz is a digital media sociologist and research assistant at the University of Salford specialising in dating app technologies. Salford Uni in collaboration with a number of other Universities are doing a series of ‘COVID Sex Lives’ surveys. Rachel joins us to talk about the results of the first survey which focussed on men who have sex …
 
‘Just Like Us’ is a UK charity which sends recent school leavers called ambassadors into schools to give talks and workshops about being LGBTQ. They aim to champion equality and challenge prejudice and have reached over 2 million young people through ‘Schools Diversity Week’. On this episode Sam is joined by ‘Just Like Us’ CEO Dominic Arnall who ha…
 
We’re joined once again by Olugbenga Adelekan to listen through your incredible takes of Iwe Kiko, a traditional Yoruba children’s song about remembering tradition in a modernised world. If you haven't already, we really recommend you go and listen to part one where Olugbenga introduces the tune to us. Listen: Part 1 of Iwe Kiko Also, check out Olu…
 
Candas Jane Dorsey is the author of the new book ‘The Adventures Of Isabel’, part of a new detective series called ‘Epitome Apartments Mysteries’. The book features a diverse range of characters and follows a bisexual social worker recently fired from her job who becomes an amateur detective when the granddaughter of one of her neighbours is murder…
 
The founder of the Miracle Foundation Caroline Boudreaux joins us to talk about her humanitarian work over the past 20 years helping empower orphans and vulnerable children, reuniting them with family and giving them a home instead of placing them in institutions. Caroline is a past winner of the U.N Humanitarian Award. We also chat to Caroline abo…
 
Marcus Tallberg is a Swedish LGBTQ entrepreneur who is an established lecturer and author. He suffered traumatic teenage years which included sexual abuse and violence. Marcus chats to Sam about how he survived abuse and sought help to deal with the mental impact of his early years as well as his journey since then and the importance of inspiring L…
 
Robert Ball is a gay singer songwriter based in Toronto Canada whose career has spanned over 18 years and included performing on Royal Caribbean cruises, Pride circuits and more. Robert talks about his latest single ‘I Need A Man’, life performing on a cruise ship and Jamaica Pride. Robert’s family are from Jamaica a country which currently has no …
 
Alice Mary is an LGBTQ music artist living in East London. Recently discovered by ‘BBC Introducing’ as an artist to watch, Alice has released a batch of 4 tracks this year, her latest single ‘Mystery’ explores trying to move on after a breakup but not really succeeding. Alice’s sound has been described as having an 80’s retro, feel inspired by Blon…
 
Gay music artist Rohas based in Bakersfield, California shares his coming out story which involved being outed by a police officer in his teens and his music journey so far which only started in 2018. His new EP ‘Sad Times of Sunshine’ is inspired by Rohas’ fascination with human emotions which he hopes will tell stories that connect people.…
 
Founder and Chairperson of LGBTQ cycling group ‘Pride Out’ Richard Hearne joins Sam to talk about why the group was formed and getting more LGBTQ people out cycling. Rich is calling for a more even distribution of funding from the government and Cycling UK with LGBTQ people feeling at a disadvantage when it comes to getting involved in the sport. A…
 
Lesbian couple’s relationship therapist Dr Lynda Spann has over 20 years’ experience helping lesbian couples, in fact she has helped over 600. Dr Spann joins us to discuss her career, the unique challenges and struggles lesbian couples face, the stigma around seeking help and more. Dr Spann is based in Denver, Colorado and founded the Lesbian Coupl…
 
This episode we're joined by Olugbenga Adelekan who is asking you to reimagine Iwe Kiko, a traditional Yoruba song about agriculture and remembering tradition in an increasingly urbanised world. Olugbenga is a Brighton based DJ, producer and musician, perhaps best known as the bassist in Metronomy and a one half of 'sleek, sci-fi influenced pop' du…
 
Breagh Isabel is a Canadian singer songwriter and producer, born and raised on the Eastern Canadian Island of ‘Cape Brenton’. Breagh joins Sam to talk about her debut single ‘Girlfriends’ which chronicles a complex friendship-turned-romance between two teenage girls. Breagh was a member of the band ‘Port Cities’ until 2019 and toured around Canada …
 
Jack Guinness is a contributing editor at British GQ and founder of the ‘Queer Bible’ website which has now been turned into a book. ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants, it’s time to learn their names’ perfectly describes the purpose of QB which features biographical accounts of LGBTQ people throughout history, in some cases going back centuries. …
 
LGBTQ British tennis player Tara Moore who competed at Wimbledon this year joins us to talk about ‘Set Your Worth’ a new anonymous job-hunting platform which aims to eradicate discrimination. Tara chats about why she chose to endorse the new platform and her efforts to make the game of Tennis more equal in terms of pay and access for female players…
 
Debbie is back again as we listen through your brilliant takes of Child Owlet, a harrowing tale of a hapless lad’s grisly execution at the hands of the jaded Lady Erskine and Lord Ronald. If you haven't already, we recommend you go and listen to part one where Debbie introduces the tune to us. Listen: Part 1 of Child Owlet /// YOUR TAKES /// Listen…
 
Germany’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Jendrik Sigwart joins Sam to talk about the contest, growing up gay and raising awareness of LGBTQ issues including educating the younger generation. Unfortunately, Jendrik came second last with just 3 points with ‘I Don’t Feel Hate’ but he hasn’t let that get him down! He’s already recording new …
 
Steve Taylor from the ‘European Pride Organisers Association’ joins us to talk about rising anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Europe including in Hungary where a new law which bans the so called ‘promotion’ of LGBTQ people reminiscent of Section 28 has recently been passed. Sam chats to Steve about the continuing rise of hate crimes, including physical attac…
 
Joe White, co-founder of '3 Lions Pride', the LGBTQ fan group of the England national football team joins us to talk about Euro 2020. England competed in the final against Italy in what was the first major final for the men's side since 1966. Joe talks about the group, his response to the England defeat, the racism suffered by players on social med…
 
Queer music artist TKOH (John McClean) joins Sam to discuss his latest EP ‘Fire Island Pining (Season 1)’. The Salt Lake City artist released his debut EP ‘Hollyweird’ in May 2020. His latest tracks were recorded in lockdown and consider the summer we all lost in 2020. TKOH talks about his music, being authentic, how gays going blonde may indicate …
 
Trystan Reese is a transgender man, educator and speaker who has travelled across America educating people both LGBTQ and beyond about the importance of equality and inclusion. Trystan has shared his experiences in the new memoir ‘How We Do Family’ which includes his pregnancy which gained worldwide attention in 2017. In this interview Trystan talk…
 
Benji Carr joins Sam to discuss Benji’s debut novel ‘Impacted’, an accidental dark comedy which Benji hopes provides ‘true representation’. Benji is a 44-year-old gay man living in Atlanta, Georgia, and shares details about his creative process as well as his experiences growing up and living with cerebral palsy. Disclaimer: if you’ve ever murdered…
 
Precious Brady-Davis who is an award-winning activist and speaker joins Sam to talk about her new memoir ‘I Have Always Been Me’. The book has been described as an outreach to the marginalised and in this episode Precious opens up about growing up trans, her inspiring activism and becoming a mother with her husband Myles by her side. Precious also …
 
Doug Probst (Aka – Shawn Mayotte), known in the 80’s for his modelling and gay porn movies joins us to discuss his life and his new memoir ‘Mayotte: The Musings of a Narcissist: A Survivors Story’. His story is one of trauma as a child, navigating the horrendous AIDS crisis, but also one of finding your way through life, the joy and in Doug’s case …
 
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