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7 Queer Podcasts From Luminary We Absolutely Love

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Self-isolating just got a lot more queer. As much of the country remains quarantined, it’s never been more important for LGBTQ+ people to stay connected with our chosen family. Fortunately, the subscription podcast network Luminary is give us all the original podcasts we could ask for with a roster of award-winning talent, diverse voices, and honest storytelling that will captivate — and educate! 
 
Luminary understands queer stories. With hard-hitting, cutting-edge, and groundbreaking dialogue featuring activists and trailblazers like Roxane Gay, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Franklin Leonard, John Cameron Mitchell, Karamo Brown, Trevor Noah, Jeffrey Masters, and many more, Luminary pushes the envelope of social commentary. And we’re here for it.
 
Check out our favorite shows then start listening—only on Luminary:
 
 

LGBTQ&A


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In this podcast presented by The Advocate, creator and host Jeffrey Masters digs deep into queer history by getting to know the people behind our biggest milestones. Recommended by The New York Times, it features intimate conversations with Robyn Crawford (Whitney Houston’s best friend and long-rumored girlfriend) as well as Marti Gould Cummings, Jenny Boylan, Pete Buttigieg, and Renee Zellweger, which are are merely the tip of the iceberg in what’s sure to be hours upon hours of deep educational programming.

 

Hear to Slay

 

Hear to slay

We can’t get over the magic that is Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom, hosts of Hear to Slay, the black feminist podcast we’ve all been waiting for. These badass women offer unique interpretations of the politics that shape our cultural truths. If you want a podcast that challenges you while also making you laugh, this is certainly not one to miss. With interviews from such icons as director Ava DuVernay and politician Stacey Abrams, Hear to Slay reminds us that these stories aren’t just funny and real. They’re ours.

 

Anthem

 

Anthem

 

John Cameron Mitchell, creator of the groundbreaking musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings us Anthem, a story about a broke, failed artist named Ceann Mackay (Mitchell) as he launched an app-based “tumor telethon” to crowdfund his survival. Yes, of course it’s a musical, and yes, of course it’s dark, and yes, of course it also stars Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, and Cynthia Erivo. This dark and sweet extravaganza has an interesting turn at the end you’ll have tune in to see for yourself.

 

Karamo


Karamo

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown is getting even more real with his self-titled podcast, where he delivers deep conversations about life’s most complicated issues alongside celebrity guests such as Laverne Cox, Jay Shetty, and more. With a wide range of discussions including the impacts of judgment, turning pain into purpose, and rejection into victories, Brown is certainly here to make us know better and do better. The new season has just started - check it out over at Luminary now. 

 

AM Archives


AM Archives

If you loved the hit podcast The Bright Sessions, you’ll love the sci-fi series AM Archives, which basically picks up where The Bright Sessions left off. The original series follows a group of therapy patients with supernatural abilities as they uncovered the secrets of their therapist, Dr. Bright. Now, six months later, AM Archives covers the tracking of Dr. Bright as she tries to reform the institution that once betrayed her. Trust us, it’s quite illuminating.

 

Celeste & Her Best


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From Australian social media queen Celeste Barber and her best friend, Thomas, comes Celeste & Her Best, a safe space to have down-to-earth chats with top-notch celebrities about, well, everything. With hilarious and introspective convos with such names as Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy and comedian Chelsea Handler, all we want to do is join the conversation! You will too.

 

Love & Radio


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Veteran podcaster Nick van der Kolk is giving all the tea with eclectic, in-depth interviews about a range of subjects we all secretly love. What is it actually like to be a taxidermist? What do housecleaners really go through on a daily basis? What is it like to be a Black feminist dominatrix? Trust us when we say it’s absolutely delicious and illuminating to step into their shoes for an hour.

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