‘Coming Out Chats’ aims to amplify the voices of queer celebrities and people of influence as they join other members of the LGBTQ community to share their personal coming out stories.
In this podcast series launched by Global Player and PopBuzz, two special guests will be paired together each week to talk about their coming out journeys.
Featuring an eclectic and influential array of notable LGBTQ+ people, the format will see two guests – who may know each other, or it might be the first time that they’ve ever met – have an honest and revealing conversation to discover an important part of how they became the trailblazers that they are today.
‘Coming Out Chats’ is available to listen to from 7th October with episodes available every Thursday. This new podcast aims to provide a safe space and unique insight into these very intimate moments shared between close friends and family in the hope that honest conversation will help build confidence and inspire those who are yet to come out.
The podcast will showcase the uniqueness and intricacies of each individual’s story to highlight that there is no right or wrong way to be open with your sexuality. ‘Coming Out Chats’ has been produced to provide LGBTQ+ youth with a platform that will hopefully give them the confidence and reassurance if they are thinking of coming out or have come out recently.
LGBTQ+ youth charity Just Like Us reports that 85% of LGBTQ youth still regularly hear homophobic remarks at school and are more than twice as likely to be worrying daily about their mental health. Stonewall School Report (2017) also reports that just two in five LGBTQ+ young people (40 per cent) have an adult at home they can talk to about their sexuality.
PopBuzz reaches 54 million Gen Z (15-24s) per month, ‘Coming Out Chats’ and will provide a safe space for its younger audience to hear LGBTQ+ stories and provide them a sense of community and connection with LGBTQ+ people of all different backgrounds and experiences.
‘Coming Out Chats’ will feature an allstar array of names, with people from all identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, all of whom play an important role in positively impacting today’s popular culture as some of the most influential queer people of today.
Confirmed guests: Lawrence Chaney (winner of Drag Race UK season two), Victoria Scone (the first ever AFAB queen on Drag Race, currently on DRUK s3), Shon Faye (author), Travis Alabanza (playwright), NoahFinnce (musician and social media star), Téa Campbell and Ada Juarez (Meet Me @ The Altar), Dorian Electra (musician), Chester Lockhart (actor/musician), NoseBleedFitz (TikTok superstar), Charlie Craggs (activist and documentary-maker), Glynn Fussell (host and promoter), ABSOLUTE (DJ), Mia Berrin (Pom Pom Squad) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (Softcult), Cheryl Hole (DRUK s1) and Jack Guinness (author and editor). More guests will be announced soon.
The first episode will feature NoahFinnce and Téa Campbell and Ada Juarez of Meet Me @ The Altar. NoahFinnce is the alias of Noah Adams, a musician and social media star, based in the UK. Having amassed staggering 700,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Noah has documented much of his transition as a trans man in his videos as well as sharing his no nonsense opinions on LGBTQ issues.Now signed to hopeless records, Noah recently dropped his first EP ‘Stuff from my brain’ in September 2021 and will tour the UK in January 2022.
Joining Noah via video link is Ada and Téa from Meet Me @ The Altar. Meet Me @ The Altar are a 3 piece band from Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. Comprised of three women of colour, MM@TA have been praised as a breath of fresh air in genre more often associated with straight white men. Our guests Ada and Tea met where a lot of Gen Z-ers meet these days, on YouTube, and formed the band in 2015. Now signed to the iconic Fueled By Ramen label, home to some of the biggest names in rock like Paramore and Twenty One Pilots, MM@TA appear to be on the precipice of something big. Their latest EP model citizen is out now.
Collectively these individuals and the other guests are creating change in their respective fields and are the risk takers and boundary breakers that are paving the way for the LGBTQ youth of tomorrow, ensuring they have the knowledge, power and confidence to celebrate their differences.
“By showing how all coming out stories are unique, and that there is no ‘right way’ to come out, my hope for Coming Out Chats is that it will give LGBTQ+ youth some confidence and reassurance if they are thinking of coming out or have come out recently. I also hope it will provide all listeners with a sense of community and connection with LGBTQ+ people of all different backgrounds and experiences.”
“The guests have been so open and honest about their journeys, and each story is so different. It’s been such a joy to amplify these stories and I can’t wait for people to listen.”
PopBuzz managing editor and Coming Out Chats creator Woodrow Whyte
‘Coming Out Chats’ is available exclusively on Global Player from Thursday 7th October.