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13th October 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

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29th September 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 LGBT+  mental health and well being charity.

Just follow them on twitter @lgbtfriend or on Instagram at @londonfriendlgbt and you’ll find details of how to enter their special competition to win a signed copy of our Coming Out Stories book!

Competition closes on October 11 2021.

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We have a book!  Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now!

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10th September 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 @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

We have a book!  Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now!

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1st September 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 Stories is available at all major shops now!

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Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

18th August 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 Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

We have a book!  Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now!

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4th August 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 Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

We have a book!  Coming Out Stories is available at all major shops now!

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21st July 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 all major shops now!

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8th July 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 all major shops now!

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Coming Out Stories is a What Goes On Media Production

23rd June 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!

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9th June 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!

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26th May 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!

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12th May 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

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28th April 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

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14th April 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

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13th April 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 every Wednesday and you'll hear some of the biggest guests ever to have been involved with the world's favourite song contest. They delve into the biggest news stories, ask the questions you want answering, and each episode brings its own challenge with the One Second Song.
 
You can follow The Euro Trip Podcast on @EuroTripPodcast, or drop them an email, hello@eurotrippodcast.com.
 

Presented by Emma Goswell

Produced by Sam Walker

Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

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7th April 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

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6th April 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

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10th January 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 January 21. You can pre-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

 

5th January 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 on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

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29th December 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

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22nd December 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 supports  LGBTQ + people in Barbados.  This led to her being invited to Buckingham Palace!

Presented by Emma Goswell

Produced by Sam Walker

Find us on twitter @ComeOutStories and on Instagram @ComingOutStoriesPod

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3rd August 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

20th July 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

6th July 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”

22nd June 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

 

 

8th June 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.

 

 

25th May 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.

 

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11th May 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.

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27th April 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

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13th April 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

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30th March 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!”

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16th March 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

2nd March 2020

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

17th February 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.

 

3rd February 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…

20th January 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.

6th January 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!

23rd December 2019

 

Yvy De Luca is the author of the memoir  “Tainted Beauty” She identifies as an Indian trans woman, who is also a pansexual

She really struggled to come out in the Muslim community of 1990s Blackburn and for a while, led a double life.

9th December 2019

Matthew Schaffer is an actor, dancer, choreographer and author. 

He’s so out and proud he’s written a book called “Dancing Out of the Closet” .

He wasn't always so proud though, and lived in the closet for years, worried his sexuality would ruin his career and friendships.

25th November 2019

JJ, or Jessie, is a gas fitter from Manchester who is happily married to a woman and has two children. But they identify as non-binary or gender fluid and were terrified they would lose their family when they came out.

11th November 2019

Matthew  Diebler is a filmmaker and TV producer (listen to find out more about his lesbian horror movie!)  who lives in LA, but growing up in rural Ohio he had a terrible time at school.

28th October 2019

Lil King Cat is a singer who came out in Limerick in Ireland in the 1990s.  She was in for quite a shock when she came out to her mum…

14th October 2019

James Barr is an out and proud radio presenter, comedian and star of the podcast "A Gay and a Non Gay."

He wasn't always out though, in fact he was quite religious in his youth and struggled with coming out, finding bible passages to reassure himself that Godf would still love him if he was gay.

 

 

11th October 2019

Comedian, TV presenter and "person from Birmingham" Joe Lycett tells us about coming out three times, firstly as gay, then as bisexual, then pansexual.

30th September 2019

Talented singer songwriter, Katey Brookes is originally from Bristol, but grew up in London, in a religious cult based in Arizona, which had a huge effect on her relationship with her own sexuality

 

16th September 2019

Jose, a Puerto Rican man who lives in the Bronx in New York City tells us about his huge challenges coming out, suffering terrible sexual abuse, being thrown out of home at just 13 by his father, then finding his logical family in Greenwch village and eventually finding love.