The History of Being LGBTQ
Being LGBTQ launched on February 1st 2019 hoping to deliver a podcast full of diversity, tackling hard hitting issues while also offering a spark of fun and entertainment. The World can be a dark place and with the current political climate it's important not to forget the challenges LGBTQ people face but to also not forget the joy that still exists in the world.
Within the first week the Twitter page for Being LGBTQ had already exceeded 1,000 followers and the LGBTQ community were on board with the goals of the podcast. In our brief history we've tackled issues including mental health, living as a non-binary person, bisexuality, being Muslim in the LGBTQ community, STI stigma, growing up transgender and much more, cementing our commitment to diversity.
In April 2019 after just 2 months of being produced the podcast was nominated for 'Best Inclusive Media Outlet' at the North East LGBT Awards. Though the podcast did not win, it was a massive honour and a huge achievement after such a short
By June 2019, Being LGBTQ had grown its listener base with thousands streaming and downloading around the World every week. Over 20 episodes had been produced and the social media channels had a combined following of over 6,500 people with Twitter reaching over 1 million impressions on average each month.
By mid-August 2019 the podcast grew from strength to strength with increased listenership and following. Being LGBTQ News was formed to start delivering news based content on the Being LGBTQ website. That project is currently in its trial period.
The podcast is produced and presented by Sam Willey (Sam Wise) who is a Journalist and LGBTQ advocate from Sunderland in the United Kingdom. Sam has a background in journalism and graduated from the University of Sunderland with a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013. During his time at University Sam presented a radio show on Spark Sunderland 'Being LGBT' so the podcast is in a way a relaunch of that project, which won 'Best Speech Programme' at the Universities end of year awards.
Since then Sam has worked as a Social Media Consultant and does part time media work for a Care Home operator, including producing their two monthly newsletter. He graduated Birmingham City University with a masters in Social Media in 2018. In January 2019 he started his latest advocacy work, setting up an LGBTQ supporters association at his local football club, Sunderland AFC. Sam has a strong commitment to stamping out discrimination in football and hopes to see the day when the top tiers of the men's game finally has openly LGBTQ players. Sam resigned from this position due to differences with the club and a feeling the club was not committed to the mission of the group.
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