#QueerAF – Acast Moment Of The Year Award, Bronze
Described as the ‘Queer Newsbeat’ by Hits Radio host James Barr and hailed by the BBC’s Evan Davis as a ‘valuable and important project’, #QueerAF is the one-of-a-kind podcast looking at sexuality, gender identity, mental health and the intersections of these. We do this by paying and uplifting LGBT+ young people with vital stories to tell.
This year our episode with Ian McKellen set global news headlines and won Bronze in the ‘Moment of the Year Award’ at the British Podcast Awards.
Our UK social enterprise has partnered with National Student Pride for four seasons. Together our show gives young queer reporters a crucial leg up on the career ladder, with what, for many, is their first paid audio commission. Since we began, we’ve supported 17 emerging LGBTQIA+ producers. This season we had stories from Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and with roots in Dublin.
Evan Davis presents one show per season, which brings the opportunity for our producers to work with international guests and brings the show huge audiences. And when Ian McKellen joined the show for a live recording with Davis, he caused a global media storm with controversial comments about #MeToo during this show’s 2019 live episode from National Student Pride. The four-day story, starting with our episode and ending with Ian’s apology, reached as far as a live on-air Fox News discussion, and headlines across India, Europe, the UK and other USA top tiers.
This year we were nominated for three British Podcast Awards, including ‘Sex and Relationships’, ‘Best Branded’ for our partnership with Penguin (Publishers) and ‘Moment of the year.’
I pro-bono executive produce and mentor the students, graduates and young reporters to make their sound-designed episodes and secures sponsorship, in partnership with National Student Pride, to fund their commissions.
Whichever way you look at it, #QueerAF is an uncensored window into the modern LGBT+ community. It supports the next generation of LGBT+ audio professionals and uplifts stories that no one else is telling, from the intersections of being LGBTQ and disabled, the difference between sex shame and asexuality, and non-binary love stories. Our unique platform lets queer producers, use their authentic voices, to get paid to make incredible stories.