Podcasts have evolved into an essential part of our media consumption, covering everything from news and entertainment to relationships and history. (And a really good one can make the time fly during a tough workout or a long commute.)
In the last few years we've seen the emergence of top-notch LGBT-interest podcasts that shine a light on all the different facets of the queer experience. Here are 10 of our favorites.
This weekly podcast puts hip-hop's and pop culture's "most trying" stars in its crosshairs: Kid Fury and Crissle offer interviews with celebs like Mike Brown and Franchesca Ramsey, incisive takedowns of casual racism, and endearing moments between the BFF co-hosts.
Download The Read here.
That Was Us with Julia Nunes
Every week, singer/songwriter/YouTuber Julia Nunes invites a guest to read an old journal entry, email, or blog post that sheds light on who they used to be. The results can be heartwarming or cringeworthy, but are consistently hilarious.
Guests have included comics, thought leaders, and musicians like Anna Bullbrook, Missy Modell, and Cole Burnett.
Download That Was Us here.
Looking for your next musical obsession? Homoground's creators, Jackatcha and scantron, promote queer visibility by sharing music, videos, podcasts, and events from hundreds of LGBT artists. But you won't hear any reviews: “As a community, we feel that we are judged enough by the rest of society,” the duo explain, “so why even bring that into the picture?”
In addition to introducing new artists from the queer underground, Homoground also features interviews with well-established artists like Amy Ray and Kimya Dawson.
Download Homoground here.
Produced by an unnamed gay man in the Midwest since 2005, Ramble Redhead offers intimate interviews with a diverse range of LGBT guests—from celebs and authors to anonymous listeners who call the show's hotline (574-807-9171).
The goal, he says, is "to share his voice so others can learn from his victories and his mistakes."
Download Ramble Redhead here.
The Savage Lovecast
Advice columnist and founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage has his share of fans and detractors. But the long-running podcast version of Savage Love brings essential information to listeners of every sexuality and gender identity.
More importantly, it brings them all together—and reminds us that, no matter who we love (or how), there will always be obstacles to romance.
Download the Savage Lovecast
What's The Tee?
On RuPaul's podcast with squirrelfriend Michelle Visage, the conversation ranges from serious and informative to hysterical and obscene—covering everything from drag culture to poetry and politics.
Guests include Drag Race judges like Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor, along with past contestants, of course.
Download What's The Tee? here.
Bicoastal pals Kathy Tu and Tobin Low get down to it in this new queer podcast that's frank, topical and provocative—everything from their own coming out stories to the mental gymnastics of gay Republicans and the role of Asian men in gay porn.
Download Nancy here.
The Love Bomb
Poly Younger star Nico Tortorella is easy on the eyes, but his podcast digs deeper into gender identity, relationships, and sexuality, with conversations tending toward intimate, vulnerable reflections on love, heartache and identity. Guests have included Tortorella's Younger co-star Hilary Duff and even his ex, YouTuber Kyle Krieger.
Get into Love Bomb now, before it's turned into a TV series.
Download the Love Bomb here.
Pod Save the People
Out Black Lives Matter co-founder DeRay Mckesson sparks insightful conversations about culture, social justice, race and politics in his brand-spanking new Crooked Media podcast.
While he promises to delve into the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress, Mckesson is also eager to avoid talking down to his audience.
“I think a lot of the media, not just podcasts, are doing a lot of the ‘Let me explain the world to you’ [format], but not in a way listeners can actually keep explaining the world to people,” he told Buzzfeed.
Download Pod Save the People here.
Making Gay History
Over the decades, historian Eric Marcus has conducted numerous interviews documenting the LGBT civil rights movement. On his podcast, he profiles well-known trailblazers like Sylvia Rivera and Vito Russo, as well as lesser-known pioneers like Jean O'Leary and Hal Call. Essential listening for anyone who wants to learn the history of our community beyond Stonewall.
Download Making Gay History here.