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Listen Up: 5 Queer Podcasts to Stream Now That You've Come Out
National Coming Out Day is a day for queer and trans folks around the world to celebrate and honor the significance of what it means to come out.
Not all of our stories are pretty, but they're ours. Whether you're fresh out of the closet or have been strutting these streets for decades, these new podcasts deliver all the feel-good, thoughtful, and hilarious content we need to get our spirits up.
Look in the mirror and smile today! For more on coming out, visit the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Center.
All The Boys: The Podcast
Executive produced and hosted by Anthony Patrick Hello, All The Boys aims to restore dignity to LGBTQ+ politicians whose names we only know because they were arrested on queer-related "morals charges."
Launched in honor of National Coming Out Day, the podcast uncovers these stories of would-be luminaries whose arrests outed them publicly and smeared their legacies -- until now.
Learn about Walter Jenkins, a rising political figure and top aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson whose career was on the up and up until he was arrested and charged with "disorderly conduct" with another in a public restroom, or about the devastating fire that ripped through Cinema Follies, a D.C. gay club with an adult film theater, that killed nine men but left few survivors including Jon Hinson, a Republican congressman from Mississippi who was forced to resign in 1981 after he was arrested for having sex with another man. He later became an LGBTQ+ activist.
Stream All The Boys on Spotify.
Scissoring Isn't a Thing
After meeting for a "biz lunch" at West Hollywood's infamous Cecconi's, queer pop enthusiasts Daryn Carp and Liz Culley bonded after swapping stories about the questions they got asked, the most outlandish of them all being, "Is scissoring a thing?" Realizing that lesbians don't have as much of a presence in media as their gay male counterparts, Carp and Culley wanted to open the conversation about identity and beyond -- hence, Scissoring Isn't a Thing was born.
With a variety of guests ranging from Bravo-lebrities to doctors and porn stars, each week the duo interview a new guest and chat about everything from coming out stories and pop culture to dating nightmares and beyond. Each interview is as hysterical as it is heartfelt, and no matter how you identify you'll be sure to learn something new with every episode.
Stream Scissoring Isn't a Thing on Apple podcasts.
Love, Simon star Clark Moore's new podcast, Soul Balm, is all about making people feel good. Each week, Moore and his guests of thought leaders, artists, and creators chat about identity and the many ways we can help both ourselves and our world.
The podcast launched in September and showcases intimate and spiritual conversations with guests like Keiynan Lonsdale, Bowen Yang, Adam Rippon, Harley Quinn, Tommy Dorfman, and Esther Povitsky, among others.
Stream Soul Balm on Apple podcasts.
HostsMatt Rogers and Bowen Yang aren't playing around with their new pop culture-obsessed podcast, Las Culturistas, which brings the standup and Saturday Night Live staple together to talk about everything we love -- the good, the bad, and the hilariously embarrassing.
Listen as the duo spill tea and share stories of awkward run-ins during celeb interviews and other behind the scenes drama. Our favorite is their ending segment, "I Don't Think So Honey," in which the hosts and their guests (Bob the Drag Queen, Will Ferrell, Michelle Collins, and more) have one minute to talk about anything they hate. It gets pretty dirty, y'all.
Stream Las Culturistas on Forever Dog Podcasts.
Lovett or Leave It
Tired of the stressful and anxious news cycle? Well, Jon Lovett (former speechwriter for President Obama and cohost of Pod Save America) is here to help with that.
Join Lovett and a rotating panel of thought leaders (including Elizabeth Warren), comedians, and performers as they Zoom through the latest news with a bit more flair and a lot more laughs. Plus, listen as they play creatives games and hilariously call out anti-queer legislators while Lovett breaks down everything from Disney villains to face masks to Harry Potter. Honestly? We absolutely Lovett!
Stream Lovett or Leave It on Crooked Media.