Rainbows! Glitter! Unicorns (both real and imagined)! It must be Pride Month! And that means the LGBTQ+s of the world are in the spotlight, so what better time to put the spotlight on some incredible LGBTQ+ podcasts? Put some pride in your ears and hope in your heart with these four podcasts, tackling everything from dating while transgender, the history of ballroom culture, why you should know the name Sylvia Rivera, how gender issues are impacting Gen Z, plus fatphobia, the MeToo movement, racism and sexism within the LGBTQ+ community – but also diving deep into equally important pop-culture topics like Lil Nas X, Real Housewives, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and much more. If it’s queer, it’s here – enjoy it!
Actress, producer, and transgender icon Laverne Cox hosts The Laverne Cox Show, and be forewarned: “We go there,” she says right up front. “We go all the way there.” Whether she’s discussing dating while transgender (and over 40), the social values of beauty, body image, eating disorders, diet culture, the MeToo movement (with founder Tarana J. Burke), trauma resilience and healing, gender nonconformity, or the academic reason why Beyoncé is the GOAT, Laverne’s humor and heart come through and leave you wanting more.
The explosive HBO Max dramedy Genera+ion has been wowing audiences with its unvarnished look at high school students navigating today’s minefields of gender identity, sexuality, family, mental health, and social media. This companion podcast goes even further, with roundtable discussions with creators Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel, as well as the writers and actors, to unpack specific episodes, learning what inspired each storyline and how these issues are impacting queer youth in real life. Real life, real talk – and real good.
“These seem kind of heavy for a list of podcasts from fun gay people,” you might be thinking. Never fear! Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang host Las Culturistas to get into the hottest pop culture moments of the day, sitting down with amazing guests like Shalewa Sharpe, D’Arcy Carden, BD Wong, and Nikki Glaser to talk about the Friends reunion, debate Fire Island vs. Palm Springs, discuss their favorite drag queens, dissect WandaVision, the Jurassic Park franchise, and Darren Aronofsky films, give flowers to Elliott Page and Diablo Cody, and insist that sunsets aren’t that great. It’s all hot takes, cool people, and good times on this podcast, proving that “Las Cultch” is most clutch. Don’t miss a minute.
Maybe you want a podcast that gets into the heavy stuff as well as the fun and fabulous. Well, look no more: The Outcast is a podcast from OUT magazine, where each episode they do a deep dive into one topic that interests them – ballroom culture, pre-Stonewall queer history, respectability politics, anal health, dating culture, James Baldwin, Sylvia Rivera, intersex athlete Caster Semenya, and more – followed by a little gossip about the week’s queerest news, like lesbian influencer drama, The Emmys, and Scarlett Johanssen. So if you swing both ways, The Outcast is here to support you.
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