Podcasts play an integral part of life. Pride month, like any month, is the perfect time to recharge your listening devices (phone, tablet, or laptop) with queer voices and stories and discover some of the best podcasts of the moment. Now more than ever, podcast plays an important part in my day-to-day. To celebrate this pride month, we have compiled some of our favorite queer podcasts this year.
Of course, you should add these shows to your playlist not only during Pride but during Pride itself to celebrate, reflect, and explore what excites, interests, and angers the LGBTQIA+ podcasting community. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of our favorite queer podcasts to celebrate pride month.
1. Sibling Rivalry
Hosted by Bob The Drag Queen (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 8) and Monét X Change (Co-winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4)- two best friends, both drag queen extraordinaire- this podcast refuses to lock into any particular theme or tone, but what stands out for me is their fun chemistry of its co-hosts and their laid-back style that never gets old. From Elon Musk to drag, DILFs, and conflict resolution to ancient Mesopotamia, no topic or stone is unturned.
Come for the endless insults Monét and Bob throw at each other, and stay for the surprisingly touching insights into our world. I love listening to them argue for no reason, from Bob’s teeth to getting arrested in a court of law to even about being vegan. Their interaction makes me come back every week (Twice a week- Sibling Rivalry and Sibling Watchery).
2. Growing up with gal-dem
It is a brand new podcast from gal-dem, a UK online and prints magazine about growing up produced by non-binary women and people of color. Each episode is hosted by gal-dem founder Liv Little and editorial director Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, who invite a different guests to read diary entries, letters, and texts from their childhood. “There are so many things you go through when you’re growing up as a young person,” Liv Little told Mashable.
“There are so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions that you go through to really get to know yourself and maybe find comfort in who you are, but maybe not find comfort in who you are.” There’s an exciting interview with cultural curator and BBZ founder Naeem Davis about rejecting heteronormativity in queer relationships. And if you want to know more about women, check out this interview with Rachel Thompson of Mashable on our History Becomes Her podcast.
3. Making Gay History
Making Gay History presents portraits of LGBTQ personalities from history, some of whose names are familiar to us and others who are not, and is hosted by Eric Marcus, author of the New York Times bestseller and book of the same name. Marcus has interviewed many people who have lived through so much, or when he hasn’t been able to, sourced audio from rare archives to air on the podcast.
You’ll meet activists, pioneers, and visionaries who have paved the way for LGBTQ civil rights, and they all have one heck of a story. Give this a listen if you want to learn more about the history of our people. It has been way too hard to learn about queer history for far too long and Making Gay History makes it more digestible for the general public.
4. Las Culturistas
In 2016, before Bowen Yang appeared on SNL, he co-founded a podcast with his best friend and NYU alum Matt Rogers. In the intervening six years- during which they’ve spouted off about everything from toenails to Bennifer and invited every guest from Trixie Mattel to Padma Lakshmi- their podcast has become less of a commentary on pop culture/stars and more a cultural touchstone and comedy podcast in and of itself.
For connoisseurs and the ignorant alike, there’s always something to learn from Yang and Rogers, even if you might disagree with their red-hot views. This is the perfect podcast for you if you are looking for a lighthearted podcast while commuting to the world. We advise you to start with the Trixie Mattel episode because it is one of my favorite episodes.
As a queer person, I tend to listen to and watch a lot of queer-focused media. If you are like me and love listening to podcasts while commuting to and from work or doing your house chores, then you will love some of the recommendations on our lists. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about the best queer podcasts to listen to during Pride month.