The podcast world is pretty saturated so, if you’re looking for an awesome new LGBTQ podcast to bless your ears, it can be difficult to know where to start. Well, never fear because we’ve got you covered.
Check out this list of 15 podcasts you need in your life. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re into pop culture, want to explore religion and its connections to queerness, fancy learning more about LGBTQ history, or just really love The L Word. Dive in!
Hosted by Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, Getting Curious is a weekly exploration of all the things he’s, well, curious about! Literally, anything goes. From tear gas to earthquakes, from being intersex to Black motherhood, Jonathan chats to experts in their respective fields to help us expand our knowledge and answer all those random questions that keep us awake at night.
Making Gay History
This gorgeous podcast offers glimpses into the lives of unsung trailblazers in the fight for LGBTQ rights, taken from the recorded archives of Eric Marcus, the author of a 2002 book also titled Making Gay History. Combining past recordings and original interviews, he creates insightful episodes on heroes who changed the world and deserve their pages in the history books.
These hour-long episodes, hosted by standup comic Cameron Esposito, explore individual stories of diverse members of the LGBTQ community. She digs deep and doesn’t shy away from their dark times, but also sprinkles in the humor and wit to bring joy and laughter to the conversations around sexuality, gender and civil rights.
Matthias Roberts has master’s degrees in both counseling and theology, so who better to lead a podcast in conversation with philosophers, poets, priests, and psychologists to understand the intersection of faith and sexuality? Queerology tackles the big questions, such as, “Is Christianity inherently queer?’ and the theories that have separated religion from sexual orientation and gender identity for so long.
This warm and inviting podcast hosted by Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeny is hours of unlimited queer celebration. They discuss serious topics, like sex and HIV, but there’s also plenty of hilarious chatter and filthy humor.
A Gay and a Nongay
This award-winning podcast hosted by James Barr (a gay) and Dan Hudson (a nongay) offers weekly messages of hope and positivity. No topic is off limits as the two chat about their interests, what connects them, and their differences. The duo have a beautiful dynamic as they prove, no matter who you are or who you love, gays and nongays can have amazing friendships.
This podcast tells the stories of queer Africans from across the continent. It celebrates queer love while exploring issues such as legislation, media representation, racism, class, censorship, family, and sex. It highlights the reality of being both queer and African, while spotlighting the trailblazers shifting the landscape on African queerness.
Dyking Out is hosted by New York-based comedians Carolyn Bergier and Melody Kamali, who explore lesbianism and queer life, news, and pop culture. The two self-proclaimed “seasoned dykes” are joined by friends and special guests to discuss topics relevant to the LGBTQ community and, in their own words, “advance the gay agenda.”
The Way We Are
In this empowering, insightful podcast, activist, author, model and brand ambassador Munroe Bergdorf is joined by a guest each week to reflect on their own growth and share their stories of trauma to triumph. Previous guests include big names like Zara Larsson, Jameela Jamil and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.
We’re Having Gay Sex
This queer sex-positive podcast is a breath of fresh air and surely a godsend for LGBTQ people who grew up with little representation and feeling lost with regards to all things sex and intimacy. Following 10 years of serial monogamy, host and comedian Ashley Gavin documents all the sexual details in these episodes, as she lives out the early twenties she never had. She’s also joined by younger queer friends, who offer advice on the modern queer dating scene.
Disability After Dark
This is a podcast that tells disability stories in casual conversations that replicate that circle of trust and acceptance you feel with close friends. Hosted by disability awareness consultant Andrew Gurza, Disability After Dark shines a light on all the aspects of being disabled that aren’t spoken about, but often kept in the dark.
Callie Wright is the host of Queersplaining and, after hating that so many queer and trans stories aren’t told by or for queer or trans folk themselves, they created this podcast. Each episode is a deep dive into the ways queerness and transness impact the way the communities navigate the world.
To L and Back
If you like The L Word, you’ll love To L and Back. It recaps the adventures from every single episode of the number one lesbian show, with host Riese Bernard. It’s packed with trivia, jokes, special guests and, naturally, controversial opinions on characters people love to hate and hate to love.
Join Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang on a journey into the beating heart of pop culture. Joined by special guests, they get right into the hottest topics of the moment and the formative cultural experiences that shaped them into the people they are today.
Gara Lonning came out as trans and bon-binary in 2018, and now aspires to take others on a euphoric journey. This podcast features interviews and open, honest conversations all about that little big thing called gender.