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Being LGBTQ features interviews with people from across the community. Striving to give a platform to those who feel underrepresented, within it we discuss the latest issues impacting the community, amplify the voices of LGBTQ people, sign post you to the latest LGBTQ music artists and much more. Hosted by LGBTQ advocate Sam Wise, Being LGBTQ is informative and friendly!
 
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The Fairy Podcast

Dan Baines & Fiona Maher

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Do other races exist just beyond the boundaries of humankind? Legends of their existence persist across many cultures. So, what are these creatures? Beings of myth and magic? Guardians of nature? Or malign entities from darkest folklore? Join your guides to the fae realms, Dan Baines and Fiona Maher in their quest for the truth.
 
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Chris and Andy talk about the news that a ‘Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow sequel series is in the works and what that could look like (1:00). Then they talk about the season finale of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ (13:23) and the exciting new chef show ‘The Bear’ (33:40), before Chris is joined by the star of ‘The Bear,’ Jeremy Allen White, to talk more about the sh…
 
'Mark and the Tiger' is the musical name of singer Mark Haberland whose brand new single 'The La La Song' is one in a line of upcoming releases from Mark's next album 'The Hero's Journey' which was recorded with Grammy Award nominated producer Mikal Blue. In this interview Sam chats to mark about his upcoming release, where his musical identity cam…
 
Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill are renowned queer live artists based in Glasgow, creating and performing their unique works nationally and internationally in a wide range of contexts. In this interview they chat to Sam about their latest project which takes inspiration from the story of Pinocchio from a queer trans perspective. It shifts between fant…
 
Lil Miss Hot Mess is a founding member of the Drag Queen Story Hour in the United States and has hosted book readings across the country including RuPaul's Drag Con, libraries and schools. She's also a children's book author releasing her first ''The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish' in 2020 and her second 'If You're a Drag Queen and Y…
 
Chris and Andy touch on some news and notes, like ‘Hacks’ getting renewed for a third season (1:00), Andy making his way through ‘For All Mankind’ (15:15), and ‘Industry’ Season 2 getting a release date (19:00). Then, they talk about the first two episodes of the new Jeff Bridges thriller series ‘The Old Man’ (21:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Gre…
 
Ry Levey has been a professional in the film industry for over 20 years and joins Sam to talk about his feature directorial debut 'Out In The Ring'. The documentary looks at the history of queer identity in professional wrestling using a historical timeline starting in the 1940's and 50's. The film features interviews with performers, fans and writ…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the Season 3 finale of ‘Barry’ and what puts this show in the conversation for best things they’ve seen this year (1:00). Then they talk briefly about the new Ben Whishaw show ‘This Is Going to Hurt’ (27:50), before Andy is joined by ‘Hacks’ creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello, and Paul W. Downs to talk about the second se…
 
LGBTQ ally and Formula 1 racing driver Seb Vettel joins Sam to talk about standing up for human rights specifically the rights of LGBTQ people. Seb is a four time F1 world champion, winning consecutively between 2010 and 2013, he currently drives for Aston Martin and has used his platform to speak out including when visiting countries with anti-gay…
 
Chris and Andy talk about Peter Rice, Disney's top TV executive, being ousted from the company and what it might mean for the brand's streaming plans going forward (1:00). Then, they talk briefly about the latest episode of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' (21:37), before they are joined by 'Top Chef' judge Gail Simmons to talk about the latest season of 'Top Chef…
 
Gabe Montesanti is a queer U.S. roller derby player from the midwestern United States and her debut memoir 'Brace For Impact' has been praised as 'heartfelt' and 'powerful' as Gabe navigates life in a conservative setting. Gabe currently lives in Denton, Texas where she teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas and in this interview…
 
Lucy Dunne is CEO of the 'Dunnebells' personal training company and has helped thousands of women with health and fitness. Lucy became an online personal trainer in 2016 and chats to Sam about the origins of the company, dealing with an eating disorder, accepting her sexuality and shutting down online trolls. Find out more about Dunnebells - http:/…
 
Chris and Andy talk about some of the news coming out of Netflix's Geeked Week, including a new show from the creators of ‘Dark’ (1:00). Then, they talk about the return of ‘The Boys’ for its third season and how the show continues to nail its tone (17:21), before talking about the latest episode of ‘Barry’ (35:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Green…
 
For our first episode of Pride Month Sam is joined by writer Brian Watson who is currently working on a memoir about his life, including his long journey to being able to marry his partner of 28 years. Brian met his husband Hiro while he was in Japan in the 90's and their relationship blossomed. Also in this episode Brian shares his views on the po…
 
Chris and Andy talk about what they loved about ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and what the action-packed movie could have used even more of (1:00). Then they talk about the latest episode of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ (38:04), before Andy is joined by Emmy Rossum to talk about the making of her new series, ‘Angelyne’ (46:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest…
 
Chris and Andy are joined by George Pelecanos, the showrunner for ‘We Own This City,’ to talk about why he felt compelled to tell this story and return to the setting of Baltimore (9:34), Jon Bernthal’s performance as Wayne Jenkins (36:02), and the final episode of the series (46:29). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: George Pelecanos Pro…
 
Transgender Indie Rocker Lenny Zenith joins us to talk about his new single 'Where Is Safe?', an autobiographical track which aims to raise money for organisations fighting anti-trans legislation in the United States. Lenny transitioned as a teenager in the late 1970's and in this interview discusses becoming his true self, what we can do to fight …
 
Chris and Andy talk about the first two episode of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' (11:09) and the efforts the show is making to differentiate itself from 'The Mandalorian' and 'The Book of Boba Fett' (23:54). Then they talk about the penultimate episode of 'Top Chef: Houston,' which may be their favorite of the season so far (46:20). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy G…
 
Dr Jack Bartel is a transgender behavioural health specialist currently practising in Florida. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed an APA accredited internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. In this int…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the new trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One’ (1:00). Then, they get into the midseason finale of ‘Better Call Saul’ and reignite the debate on whether it’s better than ‘Breaking Bad’ (16:31). Finally, they talk about the latest episode of ‘Barry’ (50:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the 'Vanity Fair' piece on Lucasfilm’s efforts to create a fleet of ‘Star Wars’ TV shows, and how there are seemingly no new movies on the horizon (1:00). Then, they talk about ‘She-Hulk’ and Marvel's own respective plans for more TV shows (31:16), before recapping the Season 3 finale of ‘Atlanta’ and reflecting on the sea…
 
Anna and Jen are co-founders of a brand new app for the LGBTQ community centred on friendship rather than dating. Anna is a visionary business leader with a background in mental health advocacy while Jen is experienced in launching and building companies and won the U.S. Fintech Award for Director of the Year. The aim of the app is to be a place 'w…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the final episode of the first half of ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 (1:00) and whether the final season needed to be split into two parts (15:48). Then they talk about the first few episodes of the newest screen adaptation of a Sally Rooney book, ‘Conversations With Friends’ (25:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Pro…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the return of ‘Hacks’ for its second season, and why it’s a show you should make time for despite the current deluge of television (1:00). Then, they talk about the third episode of ‘We Own This City’ (28:28) before Chris is joined by Lewis Pullman, who plays Rhett on ‘Outer Range,’ to talk about the show's season finale (…
 
TJ Alexander is an amateur baker and author originally from Florida with an MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston. TJ's new book 'Chefs Kiss' was released at the start of May and has been described as a 'fresh and witty queer romcom'. TJ identifies as non-binary and bisexual and in this interview chats to Sam about the book, c…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the uneventfulness of this week’s episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ as we near the end of the first half of the final season (1:00). Then, they talk about the lack of stakes and poor special effects in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ (20:24), before Chris is joined by Jamie Hector to talk about his role on ‘We Ow…
 
Jonathan Alexander is originally from New Orleans and is a widely published cultural journalist and author, he is the Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine and in 2012 a book he co-edited 'Bisexuality and Queer Theory' was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual literature. Jonathan joins Sam to dis…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and 'House of Dragon' trailers that dropped this week and whether or not event-izing TV is the only way to get people to watch it (1:00). Then they talk about the different energies coming from this season of 'Atlanta' so far (25:18), before Andy is joined by Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch…
 
Betsy Cerulo is a gay business leader and co-founded the Maryland Chamber of Commerce as well as the Maryland LGBT Foundation. Her new book 'Shake It Off Leadership - Achieving Success Through The Eyes Of Our Labels' provides guidance on how she got to where she is today. Betsy's own management consulting firm has been recognised by the Baltimore B…
 
Gay music artist Harrison Barnes released his first music in 2020. He was born and raised in South Carolina and currently performs as a professional dancer on the Las Vegas strip. In this interview Harrison chats to Sam about releasing music, being bullied for being gay when he was younger and how Britney Spears has inspired him. Website - http://w…
 
Chris and Andy talk about the latest episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ and the hollowness of Jimmy and Kim’s relationship (1:00). Then, they catch up on ‘Winning Time’ (29:30), ‘Barry’ (47:53), and that feeling when watching something starts to become a chore. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choice…
 
In the second of our episodes about LGBTQ History Months around the world Sam and Rodney speak to the organisers of LGBTQ History Month Cuba and Queer History Month Berlin which both take place in May. Raúl Pérez Monzón is the organiser of the Cuba effort and Giuseppina Lettieri is the coordinator of the Berlin effort. Raúl is a historian at the Un…
 
Chris and Andy talk about some of the troubles at Netflix and some of the belt-tightening the company is doing (1:00). Then they talk about the new detective series ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ (15:39) and the first episode of ‘We Own This City’ (20:41), before Chris is joined by 'Slow Horses’ author Mick Herron to talk about about the television a…
 
Chris and Andy break down the most recent episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ and talk about the death of a major character (1:00), how the show is already halfway through the first part of Season 6 (22:46), and what is still to come (34:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoi…
 
On this episode Sam is joined by Jenee Arthur, co-host and creator of the 'Daughter-Father Dance' podcast which features funny, frank and fraught conversations between Jenee and her Dad. Jenee is the only gay person in her large Catholic family (70 immediate members!) which has had its difficulties to say the least and through her podcast series sh…
 
Andy touches on the ‘Severance’ season finale and the news that Netflix is losing subscribers (1:03). He is then joined by ‘The Girl From Plainville’ showrunner Liz Hannah and star Aya Cash to talk about why they were drawn to making this show (17:34), and their love for the second season of ‘Russian Doll’ (54:35). Host: Andy Greenwald Guests: Liz …
 
Chris is joined by Joanna Robinson to talk about the first two episodes of ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6. They talk about getting up to speed after the show’s two-year hiatus (1:00), where we find Kim and Jimmy’s relationship (25:15), and try to make some predictions for where the season might go (34:55). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Joanna Robinson Produ…
 
Chris is joined by The Ringer's Rob Mahoney to talk about their feelings about 'Moon Knight' three episodes in (1:00), 'Winning Time' finally starting to heat up now that it's getting to the basketball (21:17), and their excitement for the first two episodes of 'Outer Range' (29:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Rob Mahoney Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn…
 
Felix Fern from Trans Activism UK joins Sam to talk about the ongoing situation in the U.K. as transphobic rhetoric from government and media continues to increase. A petition calling for transgender people to be included in any ban on so called conversion therapy on the U.K. Parliament website has hit 100,000 signatures meaning it must be consider…
 
Chris is joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about the poor box office numbers for Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ and what it means for action movies (1:03). Then they talk about the imminent return of ‘Better Call Saul’ after a two-year hiatus (11:08), the ‘Severance’ season finale and what it means for Season 2 (18:43), and the season finale of ‘The Drop…
 
LGBTQ fauthor Mario Dell'Olio talks about his latest book 'Forbidden Rome', a 'complex and timeless journey of beautiful self-discovery. Mario has written a total of five books including 'Letters From Italy' and 'Coming About: Life In The Balance'. He holds a doctorate in sacred music and has a masters in Music in Vocal Performance and Religious Ed…
 
In this episode we look at a turbulent week of transphobia in the UK which has transphobic talking points echoed by top figures in the UK government including Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It follows the removal of trans people from a proposed ban on conversion therapy abuse which subsequently led to hundreds of LGBTQ organisations pulling out of a…
 
This week, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Juliet Litman to assemble their dream prime-time TV lineups (0:00). Then, Chris speaks with director Michael Mann about his work on the pilot episode for the HBO Max series ‘Tokyo Vice’ (34:37). Mann breaks down shooting on location in Japan, Japanese film, and more (46:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Juliet …
 
Transgender actor and author Alexandra Billings joins Sam to talk about her new memoir ‘This Time For Me’. The memoir has been described as a celebration of endless possibilities. Alexandra is a history making LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist and moderated a panel on trans rights at the White House. In 2016 she was awarded the Human Rights Campaign visi…
 
Chris is joined by 'Ringer-verse' cohost Charles Holmes to talk about Jerrod Carmichael’s hosting stint on 'Saturday Night Live' and his new special, ‘Rothaniel’ (2:11). Then they talk about the third episode of ‘Atlanta’ (28:04), ‘Moon Knight’ (41:56), and ‘Winning Time’ (49:56). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Charles Holmes Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn…
 
Author Veronica Gutierrez joins Sam to discuss her new book ‘As You Look’, a detective story following latinx lesbian Yolanda Avila, a former LAPD police officer turned private investigator. Veronica is an LGBTQ author based between LA and San Francisco, as well as writing she is a former community organiser, civil rights attorney, and non-profit l…
 
April 2022 marks the first ever Italian LGBTQ History Month. In this special episode co-hosted by Being LGBTQ founder Sam Wise and the founder of LGBT History Month in the U.S. Rodney Wilson, we interview three of the organisers of LGBTHM Italy - Alessio Ponzio, Chiara Beccalossi and Oscar-Silvi Bertoliss. The Italian effort comes as an internation…
 
Chris and Andy talk about ‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series getting dueling release dates (1:00). Plus: The first episode of ‘Moon Knight’ (18:47) and anticipation for ‘Slow Horses’ (32:04), ‘Winning Time’ is finally getting good (41:03), and ‘The Girl From Plainville’ has what some other ripped-from-the-headlines shows don’t…
 
Marieke Nijamp is a non-binary New York Times bestselling author and joins us to talk about her latest book ‘At The End Of Everything’, a novel which focuses on a group of teenagers exiled at a juvenile treatment centre. The book is bursting with LGBTQ representation. In this interview Marieke gives more details about the book and gives her take on…
 
Chris and Andy talk about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock and other moments from an otherwise boring Oscars (1:00). Then they talk about the first two episodes of ‘Atlanta’ Season 3 (28:06) before they are joined by director Hiro Murai to talk about the difficulties of making seasons 3 and 4 of the show after such a long break and his work on one of…
 
In this episode we speak to a transgender activist who has been fighting for LGBTQ rights for almost 30 years. Tanya Walker is a military veteran, co-founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group and facilities the trans women’s group at SAGE which provides services for LGBTQ elders. She lobbied the Assembly and Senate in Albany for 17 years t…
 
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