(Last updated on June 17, 2020). June is Pride Month, a month long celebration on all topics such as LGBTQ and human and civil rights. How can we celebrate the occasion? By highlighting the 10 most interesting and exciting LGBTQ podcasts and podcasters who advocate LGBTQ rights and highlight issues that affect society to this day.
These are the LGBT podcasts to check out, gems that you may have missed but that deserve your attention. If you’ve seen famous LGBT podcasts like Nancy or The Read THIS before, this is the perfect list for you. All you have to do is make your choice and listen.
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1. Astrology roast
The zodiac and all horoscopes now have a moment and astrology roast is your weekly correction of what happens to the 12 signs. But why did this podcast hold a special place in our hearts? Because you can hear the love between friends Keren and Etai – and it’s contagious. Plus, not only do they talk to zodiac signs, but there is also pop culture, LGBTQ topics and much more. Check out her awesome Instagram account to get a feel for what it’s all about.
Selected episode: The Big Roast
Get under the skin of the 12 characters and four elements in the episode described as “the Roasted Roast”. This is the perfect episode to start your listening journey with the couple. Tune in as they pull apart every single zodiac sign and their most annoying features
2. Cheers & Queers
Do you want a podcast for a Friday or Saturday night? You have found it! This hilarious, queer podcast invites you to join in, pour a drink, and take part in the most drunken podcast in town. Isake Smith and Kirya Traber literally discuss everything from capitalism to gender to non-monogamy.
Selected episode: Black Femme Magic IRL
Our episode selection has a very funny atmosphere. Rituals, magic, and a tarot reading between Kirya and Isake are the focus of this episode, along with some key gin cocktail recipes! The duo is also accompanied by a special guest, model and artist Lorelei Black, for chats.
3. Latter-day lesbians
The Latter-day Lesbian Podcast is about a former Mormon gay girl trying to figure out life. The presenters Mary & Shelly deal with religious trauma and later LGBTQ problems and laugh at each other in a weekly podcast.
Selected episode: Purity culture can suck!
In this episode, host Linda Kay Klein’s interview, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement, Who Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Set Myself Free. We chose this particular interview because it is a fascinating episode not to be missed.
4. On the latch
On The Latch’s format is made up of 7 gay men talking about anything without a prohibited topic. Gay talk show-style episodes of this podcast are released every Tuesday. Tune in and you’ll feel like hanging out with your funniest group of friends in a London pub.
Selected episode: The 20gayteen Review
Due to unprecedented times, the hosts decided to start a brand new emergency season of the podcast, the quarantine season.
5. RuPaul’s Drag Race RHAP-Up
If you don’t know RuPaul’s Drag Race, where have you been openly ?! One of the first queer TV shows to break into pop culture. It has been running for ten years and is shown all over the world. The RHAP-Up gives you all the additional information you might want to know about each episode.
Selected Episode: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 | Finale and goodbye
Season 12 has already ended and All Stars Season 5 has only just begun. So why not tune in to hear all that tea? In this episode, listeners get a full rundown of the finale, reunion, and all three virtual lipsyncs of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12.
6. Difficult to swallow
Emery Lavell J is your host on this black LGBTQ podcast where he discusses anything he calls “hard to swallow”. There are hot topics, advice on relationships, sex, and more – all with a warmth that will make you love him and make you want to hear more.
Selected episode: bubbles
The episode Blisters takes its name from the difficult relationship between black sisters (straight cis women) and black gay cis men – a supportive but difficult relationship. Emery also addresses much more pressing topical issues for the LGBTQ community.
7. Live a sex positive life
Sexual freedom and freedom through education and knowledge are what a sexually positive life is about. Sex is always the focus of this podcast, but the topics range from the positive and negative aspects of everything that sex involves.
Selected episode: Consent Academy
An extremely difficult topic that is currently being discussed a lot in the media: sexual consent. The hosts Angelique and Ignixia discuss their thoughts on this topic after attending an appropriate workshop.
8. LGBT chat
Each week, host Aida Ramirez invites a variety of LGBTQA friends and allies to LGBT chat to share stories and anecdotes with the community.
Selected episode: In the presence of ignorance
In this episode, presenters Angel and Aida talk to their friend Tammy about an uncomfortable experience she had while trying to solve a billing problem for urgent care. This leads to a discussion of the differences and discrimination that individuals in the LGBT community face on a daily basis.
9. That Lil Gay Talk Show!
A gay podcast that sounds pretty much like any other podcast, but the twist is that it’s from Houston, Texas. Host Joen Tatum talks about everything from politics to films to cultural matters, but from a gay man’s perspective.
Selected episode: Queer, Harassed and Confused
In this episode, as in many of his episodes, Joel talks about his hobbies, cooking and the new normal.
10. Festival of Fun: Gay Talk Show
Feasts of Fun features conversations with legendary LGBTQ + people, comedians, pop culture and politics with a delicious candy coating from the camp. The presenters Marc Felion and Fausta Fernós have done thousands of shows with wonderfully wild LGBTQ people and their friends and tackled it tough questions like: is Sasquatch a drag queen? How many licks does it take to get in the middle of a tootsie roll pop? (Just crack the damn lollipop like the owl.)
Selected episode: Alaska Thunderfuck Battles the Sharknado
Tick tock, you were clocked … by a shark! If you thought Drag Race All-Stars was a treacherous tornado, wait to catch you Alaska Thunderfuck in The Last Sharknado: It’s Time. In this episode, Alaska talks about being part of The Last Sharknado and her thoughts on star treks’ daughter Marina Sirtis in the film.
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There you have it, podcasts that equally celebrate LGBTQ culture, explore key issues, and are provocative.
(This blog article was originally published in 2019 and updated for 2020.)