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Coming Out Stories

Storytelling Podcasts

Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.

Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.

Location:

United Kingdom

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Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.

Language:

English


Episodes

Faz

10/13/2021
Faz “I was struggling with my identity at six years old" Faz is a shia muslim of Pakistani heritage, who came out first as gay and then as a trans man. He has been homeless several times throughout his life and now works as a trustee for the Albert Kennedy Trust Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book!...

Duration:00:35:24

Lorelei

9/29/2021
Lorelei “Discovering that I was trans gave me back my life." Lorelei is a trans woman who lives in Bolton in England and she’s a cosplayer, musician and former musical theatre actress. She describes herself as a goth gremlin version of Elvira! Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We've teamed up with London friend, the...

Duration:00:28:53

COS S2 E16 Melissa

9/10/2021
Melissa “The moment she kissed me, I felt an enormous sense of relief." Melissa Ferrick is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has released seventeen albums and shared the stage with with Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, and many more! They came out as queer many years ago and has recently began to identify as gender non-conforming. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter...

Duration:00:36:28

Aidy

9/1/2021
Aidy “My online boyfriend turned out to be a woman!" Aidy Smith is the Wine and Spirits columnist for The Independent and host of The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime. He grew up in Yorkshire and had to come out twice in less than a minute to his family! Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out...

Duration:00:30:38

Lee

8/18/2021
Lee “My Dad told me as a kid, you can be anything in life, but don't be a lesbian." This week, meet Lee, a real LA woman! Lee identifies as a lesbian, but it took her a long time to realise she was gay. Wait until you hear what her mother-in-law had to say when she came out! It's a Coming Out Stories first! Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on...

Duration:00:35:06

Val

8/4/2021
Val “Don't be afraid to be Muslim and gay. You can be both" The provocatively name Val Qaeda is a Muslim drag queen who was thrown out of home for being gay. After staying with grandparents, Val was then attacked by their grandad and forced to run away. A truly inspiring and moving story of great resilience. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on...

Duration:00:37:09

Sam

7/21/2021
Sam “I had a revelation about my sexuality during lockdown" Sam knew twenty years ago when she was a teenager that she was attracted to women, but it wasn't until she started an online course that she finally came out as a lesbian. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out Stories is available at...

Duration:00:24:42

Ray

7/8/2021
Ray “I kept quiet about being gay, even to myself. Dating some women in my teens, helped me understand who I was." Ray is a real-life ghost hunter who had some trouble convincing his dad he was gay, as he had previously dated women. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker We'd love to hear YOUR story. Please get in touch www.comingoutstoriespodcast.com or find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out Stories is available at...

Duration:00:27:12

Raga

6/23/2021
Raga “When I finally came out as a lesbian, my own mother threatened me with a knife" Buckle up! This is an extraordinary story of a woman who fought for decades to live her true life. Raga was brought up in India and her mother was so shocked when Raga came out, she attacked her. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now! JKP.com |...

Duration:00:31:36

Jamie

6/8/2021
Jamie “I couldn't see myself living as a gay man. I was too fearful" Out and proud musician Jamie talks about repressing his sexuality growing up and how his uncle told him he was gay, before he realised himself. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now! JKP.com | Queerlit | Waterstones | Amazon Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On...

Duration:00:25:15

Rhian

5/25/2021
Rhian “I was distressed about the fact that I'm asexual for a very long time" In a first for Coming Out Stories, we speak to Rhian about being asexual. She discusses how it took a while for her to understand what being asexual meant and how she found her community. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod We have a book! Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now! JKP.com | Queerlit | ...

Duration:00:40:50

Kestral

5/12/2021
Kestral “I would rather run around naked than wear the 'boy' clothes I was given" Kestral identifies as a queer trans woman, who told us she questioned her identity from the age of four Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:45:54

Leighton

4/28/2021
Leighton “I was too scared to go to my own father's funeral" This time, you'll hear from Leighton, who grew up in England but has family in Nigeria, where it's still illegal to be gay. His family challenged his sexuality after seeing a facebook post. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:25:59

Claire

4/14/2021
Claire “Telling my daughter was such a weight off my shoulders" Claire didn't come out as trans until her mid 40s when she had to tell both her wife and her teenage daughter. Please be aware this interview may be triggering as it mentions both transphobia and sexual abuse. Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:28:55

"Coming Out Stories" X "The Euro Trip"!

4/13/2021
"Coming Out Stories" X "The Euro Trip"! In a special bonus episode, we've got together with our friends at the best Eurovision podcast you might never have heard of, The Euro Trip! Emma chats to hosts Rob and James about why they love Eurovision so much, why the song contest is such a big event for so many members of the LGBTQ+ community and as the first straight guests on our podcast, Emma asked them when they both knew they were heterosexual :-) The Euro Trip Podcast is released...

Duration:00:26:22

Eleanor Crewes

4/7/2021
Eleanor “I went on a date with a man who I had convinced myself was perfect and told myself - if it doesn't work, then you're gay" This time, you'll hear from graphic artist and author Eleanor Crewes, the woman behind the book "The Times I Knew I Was Gay" Eleanor went to great lengths to confirm her sexuality! Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:18:31

We're Back!

4/6/2021
Coming Out Stories is back! A quick hello from Emma and Sam to let you know about some of the incredible people we've spoken to for season two - launching April 7! Don't forget our book is out! You can order now from Amazon, Blackwells, Waterstones or to support independent bookshops from Bookshops.org Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:06:14

Coming Out Stories the book is.....Coming Out!

1/10/2021
Coming Out Stories the book is.....Coming Out! A very special episode in which presenter Emma Goswell and producer Sam Walker discuss the forthcoming Coming Out Stories book! They talk about a number of topics including: * Why it's still important to come out in 2021 * What to do if you get a reaction you weren't expecting * Why celebrities coming out is still importnat * How people can be beter allies to the LGBTQ+ community * Stories that have really stuck with us The book is out on...

Duration:00:34:13

Michael

1/5/2021
Michael Gunning “I suppressed so many feelings for so long. I just didn't want to be seen as any different from the other competitive swimmers." There aren't many professional athletes who are out, but the amazing swimmer @MichaelGunning1 is brave enough to compete internationally as an out gay man. He talks to us about coming out on national television, after realising, on a bisexual dating show, that he wasn't bisexual at all! Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us...

Duration:00:24:32

Tim

12/29/2020
Tim “I always thought there must be something wrong with me” Timothy Tsai grew up in Taiwan in the 60s and 70s and knew he had to 'escape' to the USA, where he would feel safer as a gay man. He travelled all over the world until, in Hong Kong, he met and fell in love with a Welshman! He now lives in Pembrokeshire Presented by Emma Goswell Produced by Sam Walker Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

Duration:00:23:46