Like many of you, during this year of isolation, I’ve listened to an awful lot of podcasts. Bite-sized, long-form, conversational, role-played and interview-heavy, you name it, I’ve binged it. And, while we love a lot of great female-focused pods here at Syrup—shoutout to faves Culture Club—it’s also nice, as a queer person, to listen to shows with people like me.
From personal, goofy and earnestly real stories about queer identity, to dating as a queer person and shows about pop culture and games (Dungeons and Dragons has entered the chat), these are the best LGBTQIA+ podcasts to subscribe, get informed and get entertained.
Queerstories is an Australian LGBTQIA+ storytelling podcast—Think Ted Talks but if they were personal and about queer experiences. Hosted by the incredible Maeve Marsden, it’s the perfect way to hear queer Australian stories of pride, prejudice, love and humour, especially if you can’t make it to the IRL show in Sydney. Guests range from Sally Rugg, executive director at Change.org, on her falling in love with her girlfriend’s cat Beans, to YA author Will Kostakis and his journey finding his father who left him at a young age and the impact that had on his childhood and identity.
The Gays Are Revolting
The Gays Are Revolting is a Melbourne-based Lipp Media podcast that “puts the G in LGBTQIA+.” Hosted by four gay men, it offers a dissection of social and cultural issues relevant to gay and queer men, from discussions about gendered toys to breaking down the myths and stigmatisation of men with HIV.
Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
Las Culturistas is a long-form pop culture podcast presented by culture consultants, podcasters and raging homosexuals, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang—of now Saturday Night Live! fame. They also sometimes have guests, from AOC’s brother, Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez, to comedian and close-pal of the pod and Rogers and Yang, Joel Kim Booster.
A Grindr presented podcast, The RearView is another queer-focused deep dive into culture, politics and social issues within the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s hosted by singer, dancer and fashion icon Chester Lockhart, comedian Jay Jurden, writer Patrick Rogers and, my personal fave, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and infectiously charismatic queen, Monique Heart.
Inside The Closet
Hosted by gay comics Matteo Lane and Emma Willmann, Inside The Closet details their experiences as queer comedians in mainstream culture.
Race Chaser with Alaska & Willam
When it comes to RuPaul’s Drag Race recap podcasts, Race Chasers is It. The show, hosted by former contestants and genuine super fans Alaska Thunderfuck and Willam, goes through each episode of the series from start to finish, and includes breadcrumbs of untold tea along the way.
Sibling Rivalry is a comedy podcast hosted by drag sisters, best friends and RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change. As the podcast name suggests, Bob and Monét bicker constantly like long time pals and actual sisters, while chatting about their personal lives and current social and cultural events and issues. Oh, and they’re mad petty about each other and it’s a thrill to listen to.
The Bald & The Beautiful with Trixie Mattel & Katya Zamo
If you’ve been itching for more Trixie & Katya content in your life, then I can’t recommend The Bald and the Beautiful with Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamo enough! The podcast, originally a series about the pair’s relationship with beauty, sees them chat to friends from all walks of life, talking about their changing relationship with their bodies, makeup, and more, speaking to fellow drag queens, adult performers, singer-songwriters, makeup moguls, and more.
We Said What We Said With Ricky and Denzel
We Said What We Said is a podcast hosted by icons and all-time best friends Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion. On the pod, Thompson and Dion chat astrology, dating, politics, identity and more.
LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast hosted by Jeffrey Masters, produced by The Advocate and in partnership with GLAAD. Some of the high profile guests on the show include Canada’s Drag Race’s queen, who identifies as Two Spirit, Ilona Verley, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart and the husband to Democratic senator Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg.
Gender Reveal is a podcast aimed at non-binary, transgender and queer folks. Hosted by Tuck Woodstock, the pod features interviews with LGBTQIA+ artists, activists and educators, breakdowns of current events and answers to some of your pressing questions about everything gender.
The A Ok podcast is a weekly interview series with people on the asexual and aromantic spectrums.
Named after the iconic Mario Kart track, Rainbow Road is a gaming podcast told through a queer lens. The series is hosted by fellow gaymers Travis Ryans and Mike Dineen as they discuss the latest and greatest in gay gaming culture—from the story of environmentalism, class consciousness and sexy hand massages in Final Fantasy VII to simping for cartoon dads in Dream Daddy.
The Gayming Podcast
If you’re after another podcast all about gaming from an LGBTQIA+ lens, check out Gayming Magazine‘s official pod, The Gayming Podcast. Hosted by the site’s editor Robin Gray and Mia, Aka superxinvader, an out and proud trans streamer, The Gayming Podcast provides a deep dive into video game news and culture and spotlights queer members of the gaming community.
Dungeons & Drag Queers
Dungeons & Drag Queers is a roleplaying DnD podcast starring an all-queer cast in a camp retro-inspired steampunk meets arcane world. Presented by Aj Lamarque as the demonic warlock-lawyer Cleo Fallcharges, Jack Gorman as the outspoken dwarf park ranger Miriam Gargoyles, Candice Gallimore as the cheeky feline chef Tom Tomcat and Peak Distapan as the show’s resident dungeon master—and literally everyone else—it’s some good ol’ fashion goofy and immersive fantasy fun.
Nancy is another LGBTQIA+ interview series, this time hosted by BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. Featuring interviews with the likes of Samantha Irby and Imara Jones and conversations around the word queer, the gay cowboy and the financial hurdles queer people face in an economy built for cisgender, heterosexual people, it’s a fascinating listen.
Flopstars is a home-grown podcast presented by The Interns and music journalist Nic Kelly as they break down their careers of their favourite pop stars who—for some odd reason—have a special place in our hearts but, sadly, not quite made it on the charts. Episodes range from Carly Rae Jepsen to Charli XCX.