The LGBTQ community has come out of the shadows when it comes to entertainment. Many queer people are starting to tell their own stories through web series, blogs, and Instagram hashtags. And podcasts. Queer-led podcasts have been popping up in spades over the years and they’ve been absolutely fabulous. While many podcasts can be sad or inspirational, LGBTQ comedy podcasts have gained devoted followings from both queer and straight podcast lovers. Laughspin has our picks for the queer podcasts that need to be your next audio obsession in 2019.
Hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle West, the Read is a must-listen. It peaked on the iTunes comedy podcast chart at number one and has been drawing a huge number of listeners since 2013. The name comes from the Black gay slang term,’Reading,’ which is the act of calling out a flaw or insulting someone usually in a public space. In The Read, the hosts surprisingly don’t read everything they bring up. Most of their segments are uplifting or joyous especially when it comes to black culture.
Throwing Shade is more than a podcast: It is also a TV show on TVLand. The podcast dates back to 2011 while the TV show has only been around since 2017, but both feature the hilarious Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. While the podcast is about women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, progressive politics, and pop culture, it isn’t always safe for work between the hosts’ less-than-PC comedy style and frequent adult topics.
Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers are obsessed with culture and they want to get you in the loop. This podcast is a critical darling being named one of Esquire’s Best Podcasts of 2017 and the #1 Comedy Podcast in NYC by TimeOut New York.
While Ross Mathews started on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, most members of the LGBTQ community will recognize him from his recurring role as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. While the two other judges, Michelle Visage and RuPaul himself, have their own podcast What’s the Tee?, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews is much funnier. Highly recommend if you ever wished it was Ross Mathews’s Drag Race.
While this Australian podcast ended in 2017, if you haven’t listened to it yet, it’s worth it. Charlotte Tortorella and Chelsey Sanderson, along with a large cast of guests, talk about the issues facing them as transwomen, but in an often hilariously honest way.
Carolyn Bergier and Sarah York invite comedians, musicians, and other special guests to ‘dyke out’ with them on this weekly podcast. In each episode, they cover a specific topic that is important in the queer community.
Before Jonathan Van Ness became a human meme on Queer Eye, he started his podcast Getting Curious back in 2015. Each episode consists of a guest educating the Gay of Thrones star on a topic he is interested in. Some of the newer episodes are less informative and more just an excuse to have a celebrity like Reese Witherspoon or Justin Theroux on the podcast, but the majority of episodes have professors and experts, especially in politics and science.
While often not safe for work, Here for It covers a wide range of health and wellness topics that matter to the LGBTQ community. Blogger Ronald Matters and sex specialist Supaman, keep talking about wellness upbeat and fun. While it might be billed as a health podcast, the hosts stretch that to talk about celebrity news, TV, and anything else that is on their minds.
Comedian Julie Goldman and model/actress Brandy Howard want to help you understand politics. On their show Dumb, Gay Politics, they make politics funny and easily digestible from a queer perspective. The two have worked together on TV and in writers’ rooms for years and their amazing chemistry on the podcast shows it.