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Pride 2021: the best LGBTQ+ podcasts, including Tan France’s Queer Icons

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From funny to informative, and everything in between, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best LGBTQ+ podcasts to listen to this Pride Month, including Tan France’s Queer Icons on Audible.

It’s Pride Month 2021, and lockdown-easing means that we can celebrate in some of the ways we couldn’t last year. There are also still plenty of ways to be a (real) ally to the LGBTQ+ community. From supporting LGBTQ+ charities like Albert Kennedy Trust and Mermaids, to calling out homophobic or transphobic language and shopping at LGBTQ+ businesses, there are so many big and small things we can do in our daily lives.

Another way of learning and celebrating is by plugging into an LGBTQ+ podcast. From the very funny to the highly informative, there are so many series to add to your podcast libraries. Unsure where to start? We’ve rounded up 12 of the best ones to tune into.

  • Tan France's Queer Icons

    Tan France's Queer Icons.
    LGBTQ+ podcasts: Tan France's Queer Icons.

    Queer Eye fans could probably listen to Tan France’s lovely northern accent all day. That’s why we know his new eight-part Audible Original podcast, Queer Icons, is going to be a hit. France highlights and celebrates LGBTQIA+ icons from across the world, and pulls on multiple themes including gender norms, Black queer history, trans rights, disabled queer stories, drag, activism, masculinity and more.

    From historic icons such as Princess Seraphina, an 18th-century gentleman’s servant, whose legacy is entwinned with Vauxhall’s gay culture, to icons such as Yoyo, a Kuala Lumpur-based lesbian punk rocker, challenging her country’s homophobic laws today – the series and the icons it champions, showcase how queer life always finds a way. 

    Queer Icons is available to Audible members or you can listen for free with Audible’s 30-day trial.

  • Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness

    Another part of Queer Eye’s ‘Fab Five’, Jonathan Van Ness needs no introduction. In his solo podcast, Getting Curious, Van Ness goes seeks an education on everything and anything he is curious about by talking to celebrities and experts in their respective fields. Past topics have so far ranged from astrology to trans rights and Black motherhood. 

  • Anthems

    Originally launched last year to mark Pride Month, Anthems is back in 2021 with more diverse voices sharing their personal missions and essays. This year’s line-up includes musician Jazmine Flowers, intersex activist Roshaante Anderson, comedian Oz Ismail and founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Judy Shepard. 

  • Homo Sapiens

    Homo Sapiens is hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming and co-creator Chris Sweeney. Each week they bring you intelligent, informative and fun conversations that represent the interests of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

    Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Hannah Gadsby and Cynthia Nixon. There is also an ‘Agony Uncles’ segment of the podcast, where Chris and Alan respond to questions from anonymous listeners with the typical humour, kindness and honesty that fans of the podcast have come to expect.

  • QUEERY

    Sit in on an hour long-conversation between host and standup comedian, Cameron Esposito, and some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. QUEERY explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

  • The Read

    Bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle host this weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. No star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.) The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life in the big city.

  • A Gay and a Nongay

    A Gay And A NonGay, hosted by James Barr and Dan Hudson, challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are, or what you’re into, love is love.

  • Nancy

    Best pals Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are “super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed”. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. 

  • Throwing Shade

    Throwing Shade is the political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, who deliver their fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights with hilarity (and a dash of vulgarity). 

  • Afro Queer

    Afro Queer is the podcast about queer Africans living and loving on the African continent and in the diaspora. Host Selly Thiam celebrates queer love, and explores the laws affecting our lives, migration, media, race, class, censorship, family and sex (obviously). 

  • Making Gay History

    Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history are brought to you from rare archival interviews featured in Making Gay History.

  • Dyking Out

    Hosted by New York City-based comedians Carolyn Bergier and Melody Kamali, Dyking Out is a podcast about lesbian and queer life, news, and pop culture. Each week, Carolyn and Melody invite a special guest (comedians, musicians, actors, crushes) to dyke out with them about a topic that’s relevant to the LGBTQ world. But really, it’s just another way to advance the gay agenda.

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…