Hey! So this post is a bit more personal and about this project’s use of ‘queer’. My name is Andrea and I am the creator of ‘…Wherever You Get Your Podcasts’ but I also happen to be a queer, white 27-year-old. My own coming out story is rather boring but the relevant part is that I do mostly identify as a queer woman. On occasion, I do use queer and bisexual interchangeably but for the most part, I love the identity of queer.
There is a reason I’m writing a more personal post about this and it’s because I know that not everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is comfortable with the word ‘queer’, even when folks are reclaiming it. I want to be transparent and respectful in my writing on this project so while I might personally identify as queer, I do try to only use it for myself and folks who have publically identified as queer. For the entire community, I do use try to use ‘LGBTQ+/queer’.
The reason why I wanted to share all of this on this site is that there are so many LGBTQ+/queer podcasts out there. Podcasting is, at least in my opinion, is a great medium to build community, especially for LGBTQ/queer folks who might not have a physical, real-life community near them.
At the same time, many LGBTQ/queer podcasts are a great resource to learn about all the different facets of LGBTQ/queer life. WNYC’s Nancy tells LGBTQ/queer stories from all sorts of folks with varying experiences; Out Here In America tells the stories of LGBTQ/queer folks living in the deep south and bible belt of the United States; Food 4 Thot is a conversation podcast between LGBTQ/queer writers and creators about culture, sex, identity, and so much more.
Each of the aforementioned shows (and many others) talk about the many identities and experiences within the LGBTQ/queer community. Podcasting has, at least in my own life, brought a community of LGBTQ and queer folks together from all over the United States and the world. These shows are a reminder that we aren’t alone.
I’ll be continuing to write about these shows and many others over time. And my own personal use of queer will continue too, which means you might be seeing it on occasion in different posts. ‘Queer’ is a term and identity that, like many things, is constantly changing. Some folks love it; others don’t. And similarly, there are many podcasts that use the term while others don’t.
All of this personal rambling is to say that as a reader, you might seem ‘queer’ used on this site in reference to LGBTQ+ shows. Its use comes from a very personal place from someone who does use it in her everyday life and grapples with its history on a regular basis. And for those who aren’t a part of the LGBTQ+ community, using ‘queer’ should, at least in my opinion, only be used to describe folks who have reclaimed it and feel comfortable with you using it to describe them.