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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

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

Donnya

12/22/2020
Donnya Piggott “I fancied women, so thought I was bisexual. I 'obviously' fancied men too I told myself, as that's what I was supposed to do” Donnya is a queer woman and LGBTQ+ rights activist from Barbados. She struggled with being the sort of woman she thought other people wanted her to be. She loved playing sport and didn't like dressing in a super-feminine way, so she entered a beauty contest - which just put her a lot closer to a lot of women! In her early 20s she founded BGLAD which...

Duration:00:31:15

Divina de Campo

8/3/2020
Divina de Campo “If ever there was a little queerdo kid – it was me” Star of The Voice and runner-up in the first ever Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, Divina de Campo talks about coming out as gay and then non-binary and offers some great advice on WHEN to come out. Presented by @EmmaGoswell Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

Duration:00:33:03

Phil

7/20/2020
"I accidentally texted my mum instead of my boyfriend" Phil is a pilot, originally from South Africa. A mix up with a text message nearly made him come out before he was ready. He talks about growing up gay in South Africa and what it was like to be gay whilst living in the Middle East Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

Duration:00:27:31

Rachel

7/6/2020
“My brother found out my secret when he opened my post” Rachel identifies as being “partially gender-fluid” or a “cross dresser” In the 1980s she used to order clothes and shoes from what was then called a “transvestite catalogue”

Duration:00:28:26

Owain Wyn Evans

6/22/2020
“My straight brother took me to gay bars, to make sure I was safe” TV weather presenter and celebrity drummer Owain Wyn Evans, found that his parents took some time to understand that he was gay, as they didn’t know any other LGBTQ+ people. But it was his brother’s reaction that really surprised him. Find us on Instagram @comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:25:02

Kayden

6/8/2020
“If I could turn back time and come out as trans at 20, then I would. Waiting nearly killed me” Kayden is a queer trans man, who first came out as a lesbian at the age of 15. He didn’t realise he was trans until he was 20, but it then took him ten long hard years to finally become the man he is today.

Duration:00:25:23

Jessie

5/25/2020
“She asked me if I was gay and I just said “Yes!” I couldn’t believe I had actually said it” Jessie grew up in Essex and struggled to come out as a lesbian at school, until a very fateful trip to London and the nightclub Heaven. Follow us! Twitter: @comeoutstories Instagram: comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:22:59

Patrick

5/11/2020
"I reclaimed the words bullies used to throw at me for being gay" Successful make up artist Patrick grew up in Northern Ireland where he was relentlessly bullied for being gay. Follow us! Twitter: @comeoutstories Instagram: comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:23:47

Tim Sigsworth MBE

4/27/2020
“I ran away from home and found my queer family” Tim Sigsworth MBE is the Chief Executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust. Like a lot of the young people he now helps, Tim had a very hard time coming out as his family were far from understanding. After coming out of a coma in 2016, Tim realised who his true family really were Follow us! Twitter: @comeoutstories Instagram: comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:25:22

Asifa Lahore

4/13/2020
“I never thought I would have the courage to tell my parents who I am" Asifa Lahore is Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen. She now identifies as a trans woman, but first came out as a gay man. She really struggled coming out and was even pressured to get into an arranged marriage Follow us! Twitter: @comeoutstories Instagram: comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:26:00

Iain Dale

3/30/2020
“I will never forget the dead look in my mother’s eyes when I told her” Writer, broadcaster and political commentator Iain Dale didn’t come out until later in life. He does have some regrets about waiting for so long, but once he did as he puts it “There was absolutely no going back!” Follow us! Twitter: @comeoutstories Instagram: comingoutstoriespod

Duration:00:28:05

Ed

3/16/2020
Ed is a writer and LGBT+ travel expert Boston. He kept his sexuality a secret until he was inspired to come out by other LGBT+ students at Harvard

Duration:00:13:20

Jackie

3/2/2020
Poet, comedian and theatre maker Jackie Hagan identifies as bisexual, or queer. She has a very unique list of her first childhood crushes!

Duration:00:25:02

Oscar

2/17/2020
Oscar grew up in Trinidad and identifies as trans masculine, but non binary. In terms of his sexuality he identifies as pansexual. Supressing the urge to transition for 20 years had a huge impact on his mental health.

Duration:00:29:40

Kate McCabe

2/3/2020
Kate McCabe is a stand up comedian. She grew up in Pensylvania, but then went to University in New York City, where despite having a gay best friend you will never believe who she chose to come out to first…

Duration:00:21:09

Naomi

1/20/2020
A story that really proves it’s never too late to come out. Naomi is a film maker and lives in Berlin, but grew up in South Africa and Namibia. She was married to man for 23 years before coming out.

Duration:00:21:05

Lev

1/6/2020
Lev AC Rosen is an author. He grew up in a liberal household in New York in the 1990s. He didn’t feel he should have to come out as gay, because straight people don’t have to come out as straight! He never could have guessed his mother’s reaction!

Duration:00:21:36