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- 20 Queer Podcasts To Listen To In Lockdown
Over lockdown, few things have helped us stay sane, but podcasts have always been just a click away. From queer pop culture news to in-depth film reviews, educational interviews to hilarious comedy - here are 20 LGBT+ podcasts you should listen to in 2021. #QueerAF LISTEN HERE Listen for free every week, as a different student, graduate or LGBT+ producer tells their most #QueerAF story on the podcast by National Student Pride. Hosted by Jamie Wareham, we commission young LGBT+ producers to tell their own stories so long as they are beyond the binary, sex-positive, challenge mental health, sexuality and identity taboos – or have unicorns spewing rainbows everywhere. The 802 Podcast LISTEN HERE Ride with Dan & Nick on The 802 as they talk shit from London to Liverpool! "Our resident driver and conductor are loud brown gays who'll break down all things pop culture in 'Lemme tell you somethin'." Get to know some of their fellow LGBT+ travellers in outrageous interviews, and answer your questions and deliver dangerous advice at the Back of the Bus every single week! New shows Wednesday & Friday! Bearded Fruit LISTEN HERE Politics and culture through an intersectional queer lens. In a post-marriage equality world, the LGBTQ community is moving into uncharted territory. With an eye on how queer identity intersects with race, gender and all of our other identities, we’re having conversations at the crossroads of queerness and the contemporary world. More than just gay, one of the two married hosts is on the ace spectrum. Big Boy Talk with Joe Ali LISTEN HERE Join Joe Ali and guests for a chat about topics the LGBT+ community hold nearest and dearest! From drag, sex, race and so much more. Sit back, relax, and prepare for some grand old gay listening! Busy Being Black LISTEN NOW Busy Being Black with Josh Rivers is a podcast exploring how people live in the fullness of their queer Black lives. The podcast is a growing compendium of queer Black voices, an oral history project and conversations with those who have learned – and are learning – to thrive at the intersections of their identities. Dyking Out LISTEN HERE Hosted by New York City-based comedians Carolyn Bergier & Melody Kamali, Dyking Out is a podcast about lesbian / queer life, news, and pop culture. Each week, Carolyn and Melody invite a special guest (comedians, musicians, actors, crushes) to dyke out with them about a topic that’s relevant to the LGBTQIA world. But really, it’s just another way to advance the gay agenda. Homo Sapiens LISTEN HERE Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney talk to inspirational people over tea and biscuits. Each week they'll bring you intelligent, informative and fun conversations that represent the interests of LGBTQ+ people around the world. New episodes every Thursday. Subscribe now so you don't miss a thing. The Kinkyboys Podcast LISTEN HERE The Kinkyboys Podcast is a monthly podcast exploring the ins and outs, kinks and roles of the gay BDSM and kink scene. In each episode, host Craig interviews experienced kinksters about their unique fetishes, asks the questions you want to know the answers to and educates you on how different fetishes, kinks and dynamics work in the gay kink scene. Lesbians who write LISTEN HERE Every Monday, hosts Clare Lydon and TB Markinson pull back the curtain on the writer’s life by discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly about writing, publishing, and marketing. Occasionally, Clare and TB get sidetracked by Clare’s quest to win Hamilton tickets and TB’s mint chocolate chip ice cream addiction. Lez Geek Out LISTEN HERE Lez Geek Out! is a geek culture podcast that celebrates popular culture with an eye for the woman-loving-woman audience. It focuses mainly on work with lesbian/bi/wlw themes and characters, but sometimes strays into territory where the subtext is strong and the female characters are stronger. The show covers all forms of media, be they books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels, web-comics, or anything else that fits the bill. POC (Podcast Of Color) LISTEN HERE Podcast of Color is a show about four friends of colour coming together to give their opinions on pop culture, social justice, and bullshit. Podcast of Color came about by the four hosts feeling there was a void in the media for queer voices. They wanted to offer their own ideas, thoughts, and commentary to the podcasting realm in hopes that they could connect with, heal, and inspire others to be the best they could be. Queeks LISTEN HERE Cody and Ben, experienced nerds and amateur gays, go in every week on all the important topics in geek and queer pop culture. Each episode has two segments, one reviewing an item of "queer" media or culture, and one reviewing an item of "geek" media or culture. If you're LGBT, into D&D, or anything in between, what are you waiting for? Give Queeks a listen! Queer And Pleasent Strangers LISTEN HERE Laura K Dale & Jane Aerith Magnet are two wonderfully geeky trans women, who sit down and have a chat with one another once a week, guided by three main "topics" what they've listened to, watched, and played in the past week, with skits & silly voices in between those three talk segments. I love that they aren't afraid to lean into their entire respective vocal ranges. Queer As Fiction LISTEN HERE Queer As Fiction is a podcast where three adult women (Amanda Holland, Kirsten King & Ashly Perez) talk about queerness in books, television and movies and write their own fan fiction based on audience suggestions. Sadly the show stopped recording in 2018 but all episodes are still available and just as enjoyable now. Queer Movie Podcast LISTEN HERE The Queer Movie Podcast is a monthly show where Jazza John and Rowan Ellis discuss the best (and worst) of LGBTQ+ cinema! Each month they pick a genre and four films and listeners vote on which films they'd like the hosts to watch and review. They also host a queer movie club every Saturday at 8pm GMT for listeners to watch films together with them. Queer Talk LISTEN HERE Queer Talk, hosted by Spencer and Mufseen, is a fortnightly LGBTQ+ podcast focusing on positive news discussions, pop culture & fabulous interviews with fascinating queer folk from across the spectrum! Sit back, relax and let your ears absorb the queer storm we created just for you. The Recon Podcast LISTEN HERE An insight into the gay fetish and kink scene courtesy of Recon, the world’s largest fetish networking app. Hosted by Team Recon’s ThatSandy, OhBilly, AJFS71 and Skully, they explore topics that affect kinksters today as well as lift the veil on a scene often shrouded in mystery. Expect frank and honest discussions, knowledgeable guests from the scene, lots of laughs & one or two sexy stories that probably shouldn’t be shared. Sloppy Seconds LISTEN HERE Hosted by Drag Star and Motivational Speaker MEATBALL, alongside Rapper/Comedian and Gay Bear BIG DIPPER, Sloppy Seconds features chaotic interviews with queer celebrities and an unapologetic look at sex, culture, and food. Get SLOPPY with these two messes who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. The Sewers Of Paris LISTEN HERE Join writer and journalist Matt Baume as he interviews gay men about entertainment that changed their lives. The Sewers of Paris is a podcast about how entertainment changed the lives of queer people. Each week, a different guest reveals personal stories of the books, movies, music, and shows that made them who they are, opening up about their secret struggles, hidden passions, and surprising triumphs. We're having gay sex LISTEN HERE After 10 years of serial monogamy, comedian Ashley Gavin trades in her u-haul for the whore phase she missed in her early 20’s. The queer dating scene is different than it was last decade, so she enlists the help of her youngest, queerest friend, Gara Lonning. Together they interview hilarious guests from all over the sexuality spectrum from straight to gay and cis to trans about the “gay” sex they had that week. Do you have a favourite queer podcast you love to listen to? Let us know in the comments below!
- 10 Queer Love Stories To Read This Valentines Day
1. BINGO LOVE (Graphic novel) Queer Rep: Queer Women Bingo Love is a story of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid 60’s, Hazel and Mari are reunited again at a bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER’s “THE OUTFIT,” Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & the Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years. Buy it HERE 2. CHECK, PLEASE! BOOK 1: HOCKEY (Graphic novel) Queer Rep: Queer Men Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur patissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It's nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There's checking. Second, there is Jack - his very attractive but moody captain. A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: # Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life. Buy it HERE 3. DREAM DADDY DATING SIMULATOR (Graphic novel) Queer rep: Queer Men Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game! Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favourite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry's top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka! Buy it HERE 4. THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE (Paperback) Queer rep: Queer Women Seventeen-year-old Saoirse has finished with exams and is facing a long hot summer before uni. She plans to party, get drunk, watch horror movies and forget all her troubles by kissing girls. Ever since the breakup with her ex Hannah, she's been alone and angry, dealing with the hole left in her family by her sick mother's absence. Worse, Dad drops a bombshell: he's remarrying at the end of the summer. Enter the scene: Ruby, who might just be the prettiest girl Saoirse's ever seen. A rom-com fan and a believer in true love, Ruby challenges cynical Saoirse to try a summer romance with the serious parts left out, just like in the movies. Buy it HERE 5. HEARTSTOPPER (Graphic novel) Queer rep: Queer Men An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between - for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon. 'Absolutely delightful. Sweet, romantic, kind. Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they've never met ... until one day when they're made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie's lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us. 'The queer graphic novel we wished we had at high school.' Gay times this is the first volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films. Buy it HERE 6. JACK OF HEARTS AND OTHER PARTS (Paperback) Queer rep: Queer Men Meet Jack Rothman. He's seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys - sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, 'it could be worse'. He doesn't actually expect that to come true. But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he's been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack's secret admirer knows everything: where he's hanging out, who he's sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they'll force him. As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous... Buy it HERE 7. JONESY (Graphic novel) Queer rep: Queer Women A sarcastic teenager with the powers of cupid unleashes her preternatural matchmaking abilities on her school with hilarious and charming results. Jonesy is a self-described "cool dork" who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She's a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There's only one catch-it doesn't work on herself. She's gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong... Written by Sam Humphries and illustrated by Caitlin Rose Boyle, this charming tale is sure to appeal to romantics and cynics alike. Buy it HERE 8. LOVELESS (Paperback) Queer rep: Queer & Asexual Women Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush - but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she's sure she'll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia's ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her 'teenage dream' is in sight. But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her - asexual, aromantic - Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along? This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn't limited to romance Buy it HERE 9. THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO (Graphic novel) Queer rep: Queer Women In the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world. In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle--and Cherry. But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness. As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton's in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg's One Hundred Nights of Hero will capture readers' hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world Buy it HERE 10. SUPER SEXY FUN TIMES (Graphic novel) Queer rep: Queer Men, Queer Women & Trans Men Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them. Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Times answers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off? Two sidekicks on opposite sides get stuck in an underground lab together and find a great way to pass the time. A tactician and superhero discuss their desires, limits, and kinks before their first time, and perhaps get a little too excited in the process. A pair of supervillains explore gender and sex together while growing closer in their relationship. Lesbian heroes try out a kinky roleplaying scenario and discover how to make it work for both of them. And an exhausted assassin relaxes after a long day with the kind (yet firm) attentions of his husband. Told with care, sex-positivity, and humour, and featuring a wide variety of sexualities and bodies, Super Fun Sexy Times aims to create an erotic reading experience that lives up to its name! Buy it HERE Have you read any of these queer love stories? Have we missed your favourite? Let us know what your favourite queer love stories are in the comments below:
- 10 LGBTQ+ Comics & Graphic Novels We're Excited To Read In 2021
Love queer comics? Here are 10 LGBTQ+ graphic novels and trade paperbacks we're excited to read in 2021 - including trade paperbacks, graphic novels, sequels and Kickstarter projects. WYND BOOK ONE: FLIGHT OF THE PRINCE TP - 10 Jun 2021 Wynd seems like a regular boy in the fantastical world of Esseriel, except he's got a magical secret. Now he's set off on a journey with his best friend and the boy of his dreams to discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, within himself. YOU CAN'T FIND YOUR HOME UNTIL YOU FIND YOURSELF. Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown -- working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle's groundskeeper as he works. But Wynd also has a secret... magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. His shaggy hair has obscured them for most of his life, but now that Wynd is a teenager they are growing too unwieldy to hide. Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper's son, Wynd's strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself. The GLAAD Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a new young adult fantasy series about learning to spread your wings no matter the dangers that life puts in your way. LONELY RECEIVER TP - 20 Apr 2021 A Horror/Breakup Story in Five Parts. Catrin Vander, a lonely video producer, buys an Artiﬁcial Intelligence partner that’s meant to bond for life. After ten years together, her holographic wife suddenly disconnects without a warning. The breakup drives Catrin to the point of near insanity. She’s alone for the ﬁrst time in years and reeling from a loss she can’t comprehend. Set in the new future, drenched in pastels and sunshine, Lonely Receiver is a horror/breakup story in ﬁve parts. Written by Zac Thompson (UNDONE BY BLOOD, THE REPLACER, HER INFERNAL DESCENT, No One’s Rose, X-Men) and illustrated in colour by Jen Hickman (MOTH & WHISPER, Test). GIRL HAVEN GN – 16 Feb 2021 When seventh-grader Ash, his crush Eleanor, and their friends are transported to a girls-only imaginary world, Ash must come to terms with the fact that he may actually be a transgender girl. Full of wonder, humour, and heart, Girl Haven is the newest original story from the author of Lumberjanes. Three years ago, Ash's mom, Kristin, left home and never came back. Now, Ash lives in the house where Kristin grew up. All of her things are there. Her old room, her old clothes, and the shed, where she spent her childhood creating a fantasy world called Koretris. Ash knows all about Koretris: how it's a haven for girls, with no men or boys allowed, and filled with fanciful landscapes and creatures. When Ash's friends decide to try going to Koretris, using one of Kristin's spellbooks, Ash doesn't think anything will happen. But the spell works, and Ash discovers that the world Kristin created is actually a real place, with real inhabitants and very real danger. But if Koretris is real, why is Ash there? Everyone has always called Ash a boy. Ash uses he/him pronouns. Shouldn't the spell have kept Ash out? And what does it mean if it let Ash in? BULLISH GN - Winter 2021 Bullish is a queer, monstrous, adult romance set in the mid-century Texas Panhandle. It is a story where fantasy and horror meet a torrid Western romance, full of betrayal, terrifying power, and the struggle of two men rebuilding their relationship. The story focuses on the beginning of a new romance between two men in the fictional town of Labrinne, TX. Bill Black, a newly-arrived outsider in search of temporary work, meets Javier Rosales, the well-beloved owner of the town's sprawling ranch. Almost immediately, the two men find in each other a curious rapport, and Javier hires him on to help at the ranch. Weeks turn to months and a temporary hire turns into a budding relationship. However, when Javier discovers what appears to be his farmhand-turned-lover looting his safe in the dead of night, he's devastated. Pain quickly turns to anger, and Bill soon discovers his partner possesses terrifying magical power as he is brutally cursed into the form of the infamous Minotaur of Greco-Roman myth. CROC & ROLL TP - March 2021 The all-new, all rockin' all crocin' comic from Eisner award-winning creator of Deadendia and Pantheon, Hamish Steele! It's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Jem & The Holograms meets Scott Pilgrim vs The World vs... big gay alligator tears!? Mayday Mendez has hit rock bottom. She needs a band to manage, and when a quartet of magical, singing crocodilians fall into her lap, she's not gonna be picky! They may not be her ticket to stardom, but they'll be her first step toward self-love! Croc & Roll explores modern masculinity, queer love and identity and the struggle of turning your hobby into a job. Each issue focuses on a different member of the band, with a strong focus on them working through their emotions and (excuse me for sounding like a Saturday morning cartoon) the importance of friendship. MY LIFE IN TRANSITION: A SUPER LATE BLOOMER COLLECTION GN - 16 Feb 2021 The follow-up to the critically acclaimed autobiographical comics collection Super Late Bloomer, documenting transgender artist Julia Kaye's life post-transition. My Life in Transition is a story that's not often told about trans lives: what happens beyond the early days of transition. Both deeply personal and widely relatable, this collection illustrates six months of Julia's life as an out trans woman - the beauty and pain of love and heartbreak, struggling to find support from bio family and the importance of chosen family, moments of dysphoria and misgendering, learning to lean on friends in times of need, and finding peace in the fact that life keeps moving forward. After the nerve-wracking, anxiety-ridden early transition period has ended and the hormones have done their thing, this book shows how you can be trans and simply exist in society. You can be trans and have a successful future. You can be trans and have a normal life full of ups and downs. In our current political and social climate, this hopeful, accessible narrative about trans lives is both entertaining and vital. JULIET TAKES A BREATH GN - 7 Jan 2021 The graphic novel adaptation of the hit LGBT+ coming of age novel! Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But don't worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that'll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she's going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane - her favourite feminist author, someone whose last work on feminism, self-love and lots of other things will help Juliet find her ever-elusive epiphany. There's just one problem-Harlowe's white, not from the Bronx and doesn't have the answers. Okay, maybe that's more than one problem but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan... Critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera adapts her bestselling novel alongside artist Celia Moscote in an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity and what it means to be true to your amazing self. Even when the rest of the world doesn't understand. HEARTSTOPPER: VOLUME 4 GN - 16 May 2021 Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between - this is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon. Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you. Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind - not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us. THE TEA DRAGON TAPESTRY GN - 01 Jun 2021. Join Greta and Minette once more for the heartwarming conclusion of the award-winning Tea Dragon series! Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng's care, Greta still can't chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside. Told with the same care and charm as the previous instalments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth. THAT FULL MOON FEELING ONE SHOT - 03 Feb 2021 A witch and a werewolf go on three disastrous dates in this magical queer romantic-comedy. From queer cartoonist and illustrator Ashley Robin comes the vibrant and magical adventure: That Full Moon Feeling. Follow along with Suzy & Jada as they navigate online dating awkwardness, hungry monsters, jealous exes, rude skeletons, boring movies, feelings (!!!), and more! If you're a lover of all things spooky, cute and queer then this one-shot comic is for you! Let us know what you're looking forward to reading this year in the comments below: