Diverse Voices: Recommended LGBTQ podcasts

LGBTQ

Podcasting offers diverse voices a chance to shine and there are numerous podcasts sharing people’s conversations on gender, sexuality, politics, and many important topics for LGBTQ+ listeners and their friends and loved ones. Some podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Some address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while others just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life. We’ve selected some LGBTQ podcasts (both with LGBTQ+ hosts or characters and/or covering relevant topics) worth listening to, in different styles and from a variety of voices.

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

a 1

Kitty and Mick are friends who love talking about pop culture. The worked together in media and instantly bonded over their love of TV, movies and more. They started this entertaining show in 2014, so you can find a big archive of fun chats about all things pop culture. The hosts especially love the way pop culture can bring people from all walks of life together.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

a 2

This podcast spotlights queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. It was created to bring exposure and access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in more isolated communities.

LGBTQ&A

Print

LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast that gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate.

The Bright Sessions

a 4

Directed and written by Lauren Shippen, The Bright Sessions is a narrative sci-fi podcast. It follows a group of therapy patients and their interactions with their mysterious therapist (Dr. Bright). Each has a supernatural ability and is dealing with personal struggles. The storyline showcases mental health and the challenges of being different or considered different by others/society.

Nancy

a 6png

Best friends Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. The hosts are fun and have a great time together so you may find yourself laughing over and over while crying over the many touching moments.

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

a 7

Sit in on an hour long conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and an array of great guests from the LGBTQ+ community. QUEERY explores stories of identity, personality and the shifting culture around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

A Gay and a NonGay

a 8

A Gay and a NonGay challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are or what you’re into, love is love. Covering a large span of topics, these two prove sexuality doesn’t need to determine friendship.

History is Gay

Print

History is Gay delves into the underappreciated and rarely talked about queer ladies, gents, and people of all sexualities in the unexplored corners of history.

Throwing Shade

a 10

Throwing Shade is a political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. They deliver their own brand of hilarious fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights.

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

a 12

Psychobabble is the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Each week, he and his best friend Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture analysis, and new stories.

Strange Fruit

a 13

Strange Fruit is a weekly podcast produced by 89.3 WFPL in Louisville, KY. The hosts, community activist Jaison Gardner and University of Louisville Professor Dr. Kaila Story, examine politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective.

Podcasts for Christmas 2018

2000-x-1200

The holiday season is upon us. It’s time to rest and relax with your family. You can sit down together, grab some eggnog and watch your favorite family movie (or, even better, listen to some holiday podcasts!). We’ve selected some Christmas-themed podcasts to help you get in the spirit.

Christmas Creeps

a 1

Christmas Creeps is year-round Christmas madness. Join hosts Joseph Wade, Johnny-5 and Mr. Bradford twice a month as they “destroy holiday movies and TV shows in search of the true meaning of Christmas”.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

a2

This is an audiobook of the classic A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. In case you’ve somehow missed it, A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kinder, gentler man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Many podcast apps now offer classic audiobooks too!

Tis the Podcast

a 3

Join self-professed super Christmas nerds Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they debate and discuss an array of holiday entertainment. Every week they share their reviews, insights and witty banter about a different Christmas movie, special, or TV episode.

Advent Calendar House

a4

This is a salute to all holiday specials, with a special focus on Christmas specials. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite holiday TV specials and commercials.

Christmas Past

a 6

Christmas Past is a podcast and website that celebrates Christmas nostalgia and tells the stories behind holiday traditions. Episodes are produced in a style inspired by traditional radio news pieces and include guest interviews, Christmas memories from listeners, and fascinating stories. Check out their website for even more Christmas goodies!

The Professional Santa Claus’ Podcast

a 7

Hosted by Johnathan Burton, one of Santa’s premier helpers, the podcast is inspired by Santas throughout the world that work hard to make a difference in the lives of those they visit. Learn about their stories of how they got started, highlights of the season and the many facets of being a Santa.

Can’t Wait for Christmas

a 8

With episodes on the 25th of each month (and an occasional bonus), you’ll enjoy the anticipation of Christmas throughout the year. Covering holiday entertainment, classics, traditions and more, always with a good laugh.

Christmas Songs, Music and Carols

a 9

A podcast full of acoustic Christmas songs, music and carols. Perfect to set the mood while you bake cookies or on route to family get-togethers at the holidays.

Christmas Stories

a 10

Delight in the fun and heartwarming memories of the holidays with Christmas Stories brought to you by Focus on the Family.

A Very Hallmark Christmas

a 11

Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up in front of the tree (or TV)! It’s time for Season two of “A Very Hallmark Christmas.” Hosts Loree and Rob present to you 37 brand-new, original Hallmark holiday movies.

How to Promote Your Podcast

How to Promote Your Podcast

1. Submit your podcast to various platforms (directories and apps).

Podcast platforms

The more places your show can be heard, the better, as you want to make it as easy as possible for listeners to find your podcast wherever they go. Start with Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Play and Spotify. From there, you can check out numerous other directories and apps, though many podcast apps pull from Apple Podcasts.

2. Create a website for your podcast.

podcast website Podbean

You should have a podcast website, whether one provided by your podcast host or one you create on your own. This serves as the hub for your podcast and you can provide additional information and ways to connect with listeners. By building content here, you can practice search engine optimization to be found easily.

3. Make good episode descriptions.

keyword

Focus on making good episode descriptions with keywords that will help potential listeners find you. Think about podcast/episode titles as well (Apple podcasts are monitoring for the keyword “stuffing” so don’t artificially do this, but make titles clear and appropriate for what they’re about/what people might search).

4. Promote/share on social media.

social-media-

Create social media accounts (if you haven’t already) and build your social media community. Focus on creating community and sharing, not just posting your own things/self-promoting. Find like-minded people/communities on social media, follow them and engage. Share your episodes on social media.

5. Convert to video to share on YouTube.

Youtube

Instead of just recording the audio version, record a video or turn it into an “audiogram”. This could attract new attention from people who prefer videos or primarily use sites like YouTube. You can make this even easier by choosing a podcast hosting platform that already has an auto-share to YouTube function (such as Podbean).

6. Leverage the influence of guests.

guest

Inviting guests on your podcast can help broaden your audience since the fans of the guest will often listen to the podcast and may turn into regular listeners. Influential guests help build awareness for your podcast. Seek out guests and create a solid pitch for why they should come on the show. Also, make it convenient for them, treat them with respect and make it easy for them to share the show.

You can also be a guest on other podcasts. It’s a great way for new listeners to get to know you and to build a network with other podcasters.

7. Advertise on popular podcast apps.

purchase

Podcast apps can help you grow your podcast audience by reaching passionate podcast listeners right in their favorite podcast app so that they can subscribe/download your show right away. Podbean app has banner ad spots so that people see your ads on front and center right after opening the app.

8. Cross-promote.

Podads

Cross-promotion within other podcasts is effective. You’ll likely hear such promo spots in most of your favorite podcasts including the big ones like NPR. However, it takes a lot of time to find and contact podcasts and set this up. A more efficient method might be using one of the podcast advertising platforms such as PodAds. You’ll need to spend some money but you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than via personal connections.

PodAds Affiliate Program Offers up to $100 Free Ad Credit to New Podcast Advertisers

Podbean-PodAds-Affiliate-Program-

Podbean releases new PodAds affiliate program, with commissions for referring podcast advertisers and up to $100 credit to referred advertisers.

Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2018– Podbean has released a new affiliate program for their PodAds podcast advertising program. Affiliates can now earn commissions for referring potential advertisers to the PodAds program. And, Podbean will provide up to $100 of ad credit for the referred advertisers to spend on podcast advertising.

Current Podbean affiliates automatically qualify for the program. They can visit their affiliate page to get a referral link and promotional resources. New affiliates can sign up at https://www.podbean.com/affiliate. Potential advertisers should sign up via an affiliate’s link to get started with podcast advertising and receive ad credits.

PodAds is Podbean’s smart podcast advertising platform, using sophisticated technology to automatically match podcasts with advertising campaigns per the advertiser’s specifications. Campaigns can be targeted to interests and geographies (down to the city level). The ads will be dynamically served to listeners who meet the targeting criteria.

With PodAds, business owners, brands and media buyers can effortlessly start a podcast advertising campaign targeted to their ideal audience. The platform brings greater efficiency to podcast advertising as advertisers can purchase programmatically, obtaining slots in multiple podcasts to meet their goals and fit their budgets. PodAds provides detailed delivery statistics to help advertisers analyze their campaigns’ success.

Contact the Podbean Team for press inquiries or more information.