Our favourite LGBT podcasts
Did you know that the average person spends about 240 hours per year commuting to work? That’s at least five hours a week spent not listening to the new Robyn album. Until Sweden’s second-greatest export deems us worthy of new music, here’s a list of some of our favourite queer (or queer-adjacent) podcasts that help get us through the day and make us smile awkwardly in public.
By far the most popular and successful podcast on this list, Throwing Shade is hosted by “feminasty” Erin Gibson and “homosensual” Bryan Safi. Throwing Shade is political comedy first and foremost, but Gibson and Safi also deliver brilliant takes on pop culture, current events, and women’s and LGBT rights with the hilarity of two people who are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. You’ll never look at a Whole Foods the same again.
Throwing shade at everything from casual racism all the way down to the most trying hip-hop “stars” in the biz, Kid Fury and Crissle are endearing forces of nature on their weekly podcast. Spilling the tea with a mix of cutting commentary and genuine chemistry, The Read is a perfect antidote for anyone who’s ever had to struggle to make it in the big city. The 15-second skip-back button will never be put to better use.
Homophilia celebrates (and interrogates) queer pop culture as hosts Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey plow through their love and sex lives every week, giving queer stories a platform so seldom available in mainstream content. The experiences and stories they share are as relatable as they are funny.
As the great Honey Boo Boo once said, “Errbody’s a lil gay.” Thanks to co-hosts and BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, we witness the full spectrum of that statement through provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today.
What’s the Tee?
Mama Ru and the world’s second-favourite Michelle host What’s the Tee?, or as I like to call it, UnTucked with Ru and a Weekly Guest! It’s essential for any fan of Drag Race. Ru interviews former contestants, current guest judges, and random famous people he happened to run into in the parking lot (*cough* Lisa Kudrow *cough*). From makeup to movies to the meaning of life, Ru and Co. give us an hour that’s wise, weird, and wonderful.
Justin and Maurice, two black, gay “Xennials” offer up their opinions, stories and cocktail recipes on this podcast by two friends from Philly. It’s honest, engaging, hilarious, shady and dives into issues we don’t hear enough about, especially from the Black experience. And especially in America.
Local Toronto queers Sean Ross and Derek Aubichon host this music-focused podcast about Women & Songs, that is, the female pop-rock, singer-songwriter compilations that had folks Lilith Fairing around the place with low rise jeans and cans of beer in our hands. It was a unique era, the Sean and Derek really break songs and artists down in a funny, dry, and oddly soothing way.
PS. Let's remember our Rupaul shoutout last year! We died and went to heaven!
2 Dope Queens, hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Daily Show alum Jessica Williams; Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast; the queer musician oasis, Homoground; Pod Save The People, by DeRay Mckesson, who continues his groundbreaking work with Black Lives Matter here; trans activist Janet Mock’s Never Before; and Toronto It Girl Randi Bergman’s Capsule ’98.