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The media is failing queer people: This is how to change it

Season 4

Can we tell you how to change the way the media writes about queer lives? It’s a change we need urgently.


From transphobia led by the press, media getting it wrong and regulator Ofcom and the BBC signalling, queer lives are up for debate. It’s a growing pattern that is spilling out onto the streets in the form of rising hate crimes. It’s time for an organisation to fight back. To advocate for us in the media. To show change is possible by commissioning and then supporting the voices who are too often left behind.


Meet QueerAF, our new community interest company that builds on the previous work we've done here as an award-winning podcast. 


Find out how we're going to launch the careers of LGBTQIA+ emerging creatives - with a platform funding content, creatives and mentoring for people from marginalised queer identities - bring back the podcast. And show change in the media is possible.


Or, make it possible. Join us here: https://www.wearequeeraf.com/podcastoffer/

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  • 5. I've been on PrEP over over 7 years. This is what I've learned

    28:00
    "I’ve been taking PrEP for almost 7 years now. During that time, I’ve been crazy enthusiastic about making positive changes to reduce health inequalities. But I have seen how queer health has been mishandled time and time again."So today Phil Samba is here to help us all discover the untold story behind PrEP, the revolutionary pill that's transforming HIV prevention and sexual health.In the first episode of our new six-part limited series documentary, we dive into the battle for PrEP access in the UK by not only looking at the court case fought here in England for the drug - but the advent of HIV and AIDS in the 80s.Did you know we knew PrEP was effective from the early 2000s? Why did it take until 2020 to get it on the NHS you ask?Join host Phil Samba as he uncovers the legal struggles, the historic activism, and the groundbreaking moments that made PrEP a reality. From the early days of HIV awareness to the modern fight for equitable healthcare, this is the compelling journey of The Other Blue Pill.This week, we understand the past of this HIV game-changer, so in the first episode of a series about the the present, and future of The Other Blue Pill.Hosted by Phil Samba, it is a QueerAF production for The Love Tank, supported by National Aids Trust. Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-other-blue-pill/id1744532072Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1kOezXQXHp4ZnVXJLzBaZe?si=bf88e76133ee4da2QueerAF: https://www.wearequeeraf.com/theotherbluepill/
  • 4. Holding out for my trans masc hero - will I find one?

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    Seeing your own experiences reflected back in history is often challenging when your identity has been erased, as many queer people know.As an Irish lesbian living in Dublin, Oran Keaveney spent a great deal of time documenting and discovering the queer women who shaped modern Ireland. It was a huge turning point and they felt like they fit into their country’s mythology.Now that they’ve transitioned and moved to London, they're here on QueerAF to look for this moment of self-recognition in Irish history again - but this time through the lens of transmasculinity, with a search for a trans masc hero from Irish history, with guests:Dr Mary MacAuliffe a lesbian historian and expert on Margaret SkinniderEliott Rose, a trans, post-graduate historian at the university who specializes in queer studies speaking on Dr James BarryIarfhlaith O’Connell, Oran's co-host on the In Awe of Mná podcast for Near FMRead more stories from Trans+ History Week:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/transhistoryweek/Here is the article we recommended:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/every-time-you-wash-your-hands-you-honour-this-transgender-doctors-legacy/Plus, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to understand the LGBTQIA+ news every Saturday:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/subscribe/
  • 3. After a 8 year hiatus, I'm back as a comedian (and a transgender woman)

    34:35
    Do you love a queer punch up too? The comedic kind of course.Lucie Isle's first gig was in the basement of an Italian restaurant in Edinburgh, during the fringe:Back then I was presenting as a straight guy, and performing routines about how terrible my hometown was. I stopped performing for a while as I went on other adventures, but after an 8-year, hiatus, I’m back as a transgender woman."This week, comedian Lucie Isle takes us on a trip to the 80s where, set against a backdrop of an HIV/AIDS moral panic, a comedy scene emerged as a direct challenge to the widespread racism, sexism and homophobia in the press and wider society.The diverse 80s comedy scene began as underground, grassroots Alternative Cabaret, with stilt walkers, drag acts, prop comics, sketch troupes and stand up on a regular old lineup. But this underground alt-punk comedy scene that challenged the punch-down culture is still alive today. Lucie Isle and co-host Jamal Utting explore it's roots, as well as having a right old giggle along the way:Meet Dr Olly Double, reader in Comic and Popular Performance at the University of Kent to hear about the scene's roots Jeremy Topp, comedian, host and co-owner of The Queer Comedy Club in London - the UK's only dedicated queer comedy venuePlus a modern analysis of this, and the queer comedy and cabaret scene now with Lauren Bryant, aka the Punk King of Drag, Will Power.Read more stories from Trans+ History Week:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/transhistoryweek/Here is the article we recommended:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/how-section-28-and-sex-ed-denied-us-knowledge-crucial-to-our-lives/ Plus, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to understand the LGBTQIA+ news every Saturday:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/subscribe/
  • 2. Going back to my old home, to uncover the UK's first ever Trans+ conference

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    Did you know that 50 years ago, Leeds held the UK's first-ever Trans+ conference?This week, Alexander Parnham Cope, a trainee broadcast journalist at City University specialising in data and investigative journalism travels back to a city he called his home. In Leeds he uncover the curious and little-known history of the city, which held the UK’s first ever Transgender conference some fifty years ago. Leeds welcomed transgender people to its hotels and halls then. It is proud of its history of supporting trans people now. Meet one of the organizers of a 50th anniversary celebration of the conference LunaJoin us for a walking tour of the city's queer sites with Kit HeyamInterview with one of the last surviving members of the Trans group of the Gay Liberation Front, Roz KaveneyEnd this episode loving Leeds's little-known but inspiring gender-diverse history. Season five of the award-winning QueerAF podcast is for the millennia-old history of Trans+ people and gender-diverse communities with our first-ever launchpad project, Trans+ History Week. Every Monday, for the coming weeks right up to and through Pride season - we’ll be bringing you a new episode from a budding Trans+ audio professional whom we’ve paid, published and mentored to make you a beautifully crafted story about Trans+ history. Read more stories from Trans+ History Week:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/transhistoryweek/Here is the article we recommended:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/the-gallae-transgender-priestesses-of-ancient-rome/ Plus, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to understand the LGBTQIA+ news every Saturday:https://www.wearequeeraf.com/subscribe/
  • 1. Live Episode: Sex Education's Felix Mufti and Anthony Lexa

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    A live recording of the QueerAF podcast on the history-making TV representation In Sex Education:Guest host Kenny Ethan Jones, the first trans man in a period product ad campaignStars of Sex Educations's T4T storyline Anthony Lexa and Felix MuftiA discussion about the power of on-screen representation, creating inclusive stories about Trans+ communities and what it was like to make that visibility for Sex Education.This episode was recorded in front of an audience of 200 people in London's Canary Wharf at our first ever Trans+ History Week community event. Make sure to subscribe for the whole season ahead, with a new mini-documentary episode out on your feeds every Monday from now, all the way through Pride month.
  • Season 5 | Trans+ History Lesson You Never Had

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    This season on the award-winning QueerAF podcast, it’s time for the history lesson we never had.Six Trans+ budding audio producers are here to take you through the millennia-old history of gender-diverse communities. Knowledge of our past is fundamental for our liberation, and launching during the first-ever Trans+ History Week - we’re back, and like any good comeback, we’re kicking off with a live event with Netflix’s Sex Education T4T couple, Felix Mufti and Anthony Lexa. It’s time to collect, surface, and share our community's rich history, all the while, with our trademark stamp, investing in Trans+ creative talent, buying them equipment to keep forever, supporting them to change the media, and, yes - telling you beautiful stories. Season 5 of QueerAF, with our first ever launchpad project, Trans+ History Week, is for the millennia-old history of Trans+ communities all over the world. Launching into your podcast app on May 13th, 2024, and out every Monday right the way through Pride month.We are QueerAF, and so are you. 
  • MPOX: Just What The Pox is going on?

    26:40
    This is just episode one, of QueerAF's new podcast about Monkeypox. it has stories and resources without shame or stigma - "It's what I wish I'd had." Listen to the whole series by searching 'What The Pox?'... Monkeypox. That’s what What The Pox? is all about - a ‘poxcast’ if you will. Quite a lot of people have got it or had it at this point. I’m one of them. And it was not fun.When I was home alone with Monkeypox in all kinds of pain, feeling scared and alone I had very little information. So I went online to find help.And guess what? There wasn’t much official advice.But I did start talking to all kinds of people: experts, people who’ve had the virus, and to those who see this outbreak as part of a much bigger picture. We’ve spoken to those on the frontline of the response, and trying to understand this virus, including at 56 Dean Street, NAM Aidsmap, Prepster, Love Tank, London School of Hygine and Tropical Medicine and many more. It features contributors from the UK and US. What The Pox is the information and support I wish I had at my disposal when I was going through Monkeypox.Monkeypox is spreading worldwide - and for many of us queer people, the response feels a bit too familiar. You see history rarely repeats - but it often rhymes.Tune in to steal our insight on this virus, what it means for our community and how we should handle it. Together, let's work out just What The Pox? is going on?Listen to understand:What we know about the virus, and how it spreadsWhy we feel shame and stigma about catching itWhat the parallels are with the HIV outbreak in the 80sWhy this sits in a bigger picture with conversations about queer sex and health inequalitiesAnd crucially: What can we do next?Because before you start listening: I’ll let you in on a secret - we have the tools to manage this outbreak; we’ve just got to use them.It comes out every Wednesday, or you can sign up to support our show - and unlock all the episodes as soon as they are ready in the archive coming soon below. The first episode is out 7 Sep, 2022.Let's keep the conversation frank, honest, open and alive. Because, to borrow a phrase, silence = pox.Hosted by me, Martin Joseph, an award-winning podcaster and comedian. What The Pox? is a QueerAF production.
  • 8. Am I Asexual Or Ashamed Of Sex?

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    Am I Asexual Or Ashamed Of Sex? Yes, it’s here. Another fantastic episode ahead by #QueerAF regular producer Jacob Edward. And this week, we’re talking about a spectrum of feelings when it comes to sex, the differences between asexuality and sex shame plus Jacob, who used their portfolio to get a job Radio One’s first non-binary presenter shares boldly and bravely.Listen to the latest episode and subscribe (rate and review) #QueerAF now on Spotify, Apple and podcast apps everywhere. Supporthttps://switchboard.lgbt/ Producer Jacob EdwardFirst nonbinary presenter on @BBCR1 (Xmas 19) | Either on a train or on the radio | Gaydio Presenter, Queer Culture Podcast and Twitch Streamer.https://twitter.com/ItsJacobEdward LGBTQ #QueerAF track of the week:Eve Westwood @evewestwoodmusichttps://open.spotify.com/artist/0Ts3DNDq3puCRk0r3duPD8?si=lch3fVa2TZ21k1sxO6DZug National Student Pride 2020 This season is inspired by National Student Pride's themes:Carving out space for womxn in the communityQueer SexDisabilityResearching the Rainbow (STEM) Visit www.studentpride.co.uk  We are #QueerAF. And so are you.