June Podcast Roundup: Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community

Devon Geelan; Manager, Sales MarketingJun 5, 2023

While we love to recognize our queer-hosted shows this month, their close-knit audiences are streaming their content all year long!

Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate queer people across history and continue the fight for LGBTQ+ people around the globe to have equal rights. While we love to recognize our queer-hosted shows this month, their close-knit audiences are tuning in to their content all year long! After all, according to our recent user study, nearly half of LGBTQ+ podcast listeners say that podcasts "connect me to my community" (134 Index). Meanwhile, 57% say that podcasts offer diverse opinions and perspectives (111 Index). From news & politics to documentaries and chat casts, you won’t want to miss these passionate hosts and powerful stories.

Hear real stories from queer folks whose lives were transformed by music.

Sounds Gay
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Sounds Gay is a documentary series about music and queerness. Stitcher Studios and host Sarah Esocoff take listeners behind the scenes of rap battles, mosh pits, and songwriting sessions, exploring non-binary identity in each episode. Episode one dives into contemporary Christian music and how it billed itself as rebellious counterculture in the face of the gay, lesbian, and feminist 90’s. This show is brand new, just in time for Pride 2023! 

Where pop culture and politics collide.

Keep It
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Winner of the 2021 Webby Award for best Arts & Culture Podcast, KEEP IT! has it all. Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! Each week, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians, and more to discuss the ways pop culture and entertainment intersect with society and politics, all told through a Black and queer lens. Our recent podcast user study found that the KEEP IT! audience reflects its hosts, over indexing with the LGBTQIA+ audiences (200), and multicultural listeners (1 in 3). 

Celebrate the community, arts, and food of Provincetown.

Welcome to Provincetown
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The winner of the 2022 Signal Award for LGBTQ+ podcast, Stitcher Studios’ very own Welcome to Provincetown is a can’t-miss podcast hosted by Mitra Kaboli, the award-winning documentarian and producer of The Heart and ESPN's 30 for 30. Provincetown is famously known for having one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the country, but it is so much more than that. This is a place where you can find yourself—or lose yourself. And with stories encapsulating everything from sensuality to serendipity, this docuseries introduces listeners to the enthralling, fascinating individuals who reside in this remarkable two-street Massachusetts beach town. 

Amplify and empower diverse voices with Jameela Jamil.

iWeigh with Jameela Jamil
iWeigh with Jameela Jamil Trailer

As an activist and a bi woman, Jameela Jamil is passionate about creating a space where the LGBTQ+ community feels celebrated and heard. And that is reflected in her listenership which over-indexes with the audience (175). What started as one social media post has become a mental health movement and podcast. On I WEIGH, Jameela challenges societal norms through conversations with thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about their own experiences and stories with their body image, self-esteem, and mental health. Through vulnerable conversations, I WEIGH amplifies and empowers diverse voices to celebrate progress, not perfection. Past guests include queer icons like Roxane Gay, ALOK, iO Tillet Wright, and Law Roach, just to name a few! 

Dive into the Black, Queer perspectives on news and culture.

Vibe Check
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A weekly podcast where Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford make sense of what’s going on in news and culture—and how it all feels. These thoughtful and accomplished hosts balance serious intellectual conversation with light hearted, meaningful commentary. Episodes range from new laws and political updates to Oscar predictions and an analysis of Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance. The resulting audience is highly educated, with 95% holding a bachelor’s degree and half holding a graduate degree. Vibe Check also draws in one of our largest LGBTQ+ audiences with a 340 index compared to the SXM Media average.

Unapologetic honesty, with Jeff Lewis.

Jeff Lewis Has Issues

Podcasters are praised for their honesty and authenticity, but few are as unapologetically honest as Jeff Lewis. A regular on SiriusXM’s beloved Radio Andy, Jeff doesn't hold back when given the opportunity to speak his mind. From legal battles to messy relationships, Jeff airs it all on the podcast, famously without a filter. And his many fans love him for it. The audience is comprised largely of millennial women who love reality TV and over-index for earning over $200k per year (200).

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