By Rumi Amoo
The month of Pride is a time to celebrate who you are and strive to appreciate the differences that come with living in such a diverse and intricate society. There are many events that occur throughout the month of June, but the LGBTQ+ community is present year round. To celebrate, check out these THREE LGBTQ+ friendly podcasts.
Welcome to Night Vale is considered a staple in the podcast community. It is the go to podcast when beginners are starting their journey into the vast art of podcasting. The podcast is portrayed as a community radio station with host Cecil Baldwin, who does an excellent job at bringing to life a fictional town with its unusual citizens, and even more unusual events that take place in the town. Baldwin is a pragmatic host who enjoys broadcasting his love for local scientist, Carlos. Cecil never shy’s away from displaying his affection throughout the entirety of the podcast. The listeners are brought along the journey from their first date, to moving in together, and temporary separation due to capitalist, sadistic forces, to their fateful marriage. The creators, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, give the town a welcoming feel with multiple characters discussing their relationship with their same sex partners in such a normal and welcoming way. It is definitely a refreshing feeling to simply listen and enjoy these relationships prosper and be healthy.
For instance, Dylan Marron, the voice actor for Carlos has stated: “I think now he’s maturing in his relationship. We all learn how to better respect our partner. We all learn how to be better people to the ones we love the most … I think he’s reassessed his priorities [since being in the deserted other world]. I think Carlos is figuring out how to join a community.”
If you love the dark noir detective genre, then this is the podcast for you! This podcast covers Juno Steel, the harden detective, who cares too much for his city and carries too much on his shoulders. This podcast challenges the listener to their own ideas of gender and sexuality. It also does an excellent job at poking fun of our capitalist nature and ways we assume it to be natural, as well as its negative effect in our lives. The creators are dedicated to their craft and not only include the adventures of Juno Steel, but also the war between humans and monsters on the Second Citadel, and shorter stories about a lesbian cowgirl and her girlfriend living together in the harsh west.
The podcast can be quirky, stereotypical and very tongue in cheek, but these are the characteristics that make this podcast a great listen and a good source of entertainment for people of the LGBTQ+ community, who are interested in seeking developed content that speaks to them. Co-creator Kevin Vibert states his feeling about the podcast as an experience that “gives you flavor … it gives you spice”. Listening to Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert, it is clear that these individuals really care about the podcast and put their best foot forward, when it comes to ensuring that the podcast is true and fresh to the listeners. Sophie shows her dedication through a Q&A when she states: “You just have to embrace it and just be like, ‘okay, this is the situation we're working with now.’ And just genuinely openly view that as an opportunity. It really forces you to be more creative and it keeps you on your toes. It comes out so much better, than if everything had panned out the way you wanted it to.”
Created by Justin McLachlan, EOS 10 takes place in the very far future, and follows the hijinks and gimmicks of Ryan Dalias and Dr. Urvdian on an intergalactic ship travelling through space. With their close companions, the two try to navigate everyday life, their jobs and evil villains toying with the space-time continuum, while also falling in love with criminal warheads. This podcast is the perfect combination of comedy and drama, which sets its audience up for great laughs and an intense sense of doom. With character’s like Ryan Dalias and Dr. Urvdian, whose relationship foundation is set on their mutual frustration and dislike for each other, this sets up scenes of harsh one liners and heart wrenching revelations.
The main character, Ryan Dalias, relationship with the evil war lord frames their relationship as “will they or won’t they throughout” the three seasons. Their relationship is portrayed as everyone knowing that they will end up together, but it is still oblivious to Ryan and Akmazian. It is refreshing to see two men pinning for each other in a trope that can be said to be reserved for same sex couples. Despite the podcasts light hearted tone, McLachlan still touches on the idea of addiction and awkward father-son relationships, while still painting the characters as more than their trauma, and continues to create well diverse character’s that the listeners will love and enjoy.
These three podcasts are definitely worth a listen to raise awareness of the realities faced by the LGBTQ+ community on a daily basis.