Trigger Warning: Eating disorder mention under entry #3, and homophobic slurs under entry #10.
Are you looking for a great queer-themed podcast to try out? Consider stand-up comic Cameron Esposito’s newest podcast Queery, which debuted August 2017. Esposito set out with Queery determined to give our community something that we do not have enough of: a recorded oral history. Our stories and experiences are important and worth recording, which is exactly what Esposito accomplishes with Queery.
What I like most about her show is the diversity, which is of utmost importance when recording the history of the queer community––after all, we are not all the white-washed, nearly always cis version of ourselves that is represented in the media. Esposito sits down with queer people of color, queer people across the gender and sexuality spectrum, disability rights advocates, trans and non-binary people, and more. But not only does Esposito believe in diversity of identity, but diversity of opinion, as well. She understands that we don’t all want the same thing, or have the same views on current issues. As she says in her intro to each episode, “This is a show about individual experience and personal identity. There may be times when folks use identifying words or phrases that don’t feel right to you. That’s part of what we’re exploring here. Please listen with an open heart, and, as always, I welcome your polite, engaged feedback, and I encourage you to continue the conversation in your life and with your community.” Esposito wants to start conversations, get our community talking, and work towards a community that respects and understands each other.
To get you started, here are ten of my personal favorite Queery episodes. Please consider giving them a listen! And if you like what you hear, you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, join the forum on the Earwolf website, or follow Queery on Facebook and Twitter. Also, give a listen to Esposito’s other podcast, weekly stand-up showcase Put Your Hands Together.
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