As a queer person who grew up without many role models in pop culture or public life, I’m surprised and thankful that so many LGBTQ+ conversations are flourishing through television, books, films, and, most importantly, the intimate and engaging medium of podcasts. While some of my favorite shows focus specifically on the queer experience, others take more of a tone of inclusion where a discussion of sexuality is incidental, casual, and decidedly not the point. To me, both types of conversations are crucial for rights, for becoming more enlightened individuals, and yes, for representation.
Homoground is an audio podcast featuring music by queer (identified & allied) bands/musicians. The podcast was created to bring exposure and access to queer bands, especially those who live in isolated communities.
The things you whisper. The things you do in the dark…or light. The things you feel but don’t know how to name. This is a radio show about all of those things. It’s about the triumphs and the terrors of human intimacy, the bliss and banality of being in love, and the wild diversity of the human heart.
What’s The Tee With RuPaul
RuPaul and his co host Michelle Visage are discussing pop culture, advice, beauty advice, and behind the scenes of their hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Sleepover takes us inside of an unusual social encounter, where three complete strangers agree to meet in a hotel room for an evening, night, and morning together. In each episode, with Sook-Yin's guidance, one stranger takes the spotlight and presents a problem from their life. The other two offer advice and bring up related experiences from their own unique perspectives.
The #HerStory Podcast tells the stories of 50 diverse women through the voices of contemporary women. Chick History, an organization which develops original programming and educational projects centered on women’s history, invited women to take ownership and tell the story of the historical figures who have inspired them. In this podcast we get to hear snapshots of elected officials, academics, mothers, filmmakers, authors, activists, CEO’s, and more offer snapshots of these women’s lives.
In this show we get to join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé (Or Blue Ivy.) As transplants to NYC, The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life and rats in the big city.
This is the amazing podcast from the team at Autostraddle. Each show features stories and interviews by the sites contributors and editors. The hosts discuss topics including everything from pop culture and love letters, to crushing on your roommate and coming out to friends.
Caitlin Thompson is the Director of Content at podcasting platform, Acast.