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Music plays a huge role in queer life. With so many memories, anecdotes and other stories that have songs attached to them, it would be a shame if no one would ever share them.

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20: Go For The Gusto

CW: Racism, Transphobia, Transphobic violence, HIV-Aids, Police Brutality.

Diamond’s resumé is beyond impressive. She’s been building a YouTube career pretty much since the video platform launched, diverted into writing, song writing and podcasting, and she was the first trans woman to attend Jackson State University. One could write an extensive book about her life, but a musical or a podcast that would honour all the songs important to her seem more appropriate.

Flashback Track: Alanis Morissette – Perfect
Queer Artist Spotlight: Cameo – Why Have I Lost You?
Best Live Experience: Sade – Stronger than Pride
Recent Discovery: Tank & The Bangas – Oh Heart

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19: It Makes Sense Now

CW: biphobia, internalised transphobia

Time for this history nerd to look at their own past. Leigh, host of the History is Gay Podcast dives into some good old pop nostalgia. From freaking out over Boybands, to finding the line between unapologetically liking stuff and being a bit of a snob, back to general geeking. After all that though, the true queer treasure would be the friends you make along the way.

Flashback Track: Spice Girls – Wannabe
Queer Artist Spotlight: Jenny Lewis – Just One of the Guys
Best Live Experience: Paramore – That’s What You Get
Episode Special: Hey King – Lucky

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18: Written in Sharpie

CW: homophobia, Racism

It’s as important as ever to actively contribute to representation. In Kai Mata’s case, she hopes to shake a wave that makes Indonesian queer people feel seen. Even though this means she’ll need to deal with getting her folksy pop tunes pirated, online bigotry, and the occasional ignorant podcast-host.

Flashback Track: Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Queer Artist Spotlight: Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm
Best Live Experience: Trevor Hall – To Zion
Episode Special: Kai Mata – Where Love Goes

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17: Just Joke About It

CW: Depression, Sexism, Biphobia

Plenty of queer people hugely benefit from an online community. Gunneet accidentally became someone providing such a community on Tumblr. She is a true connaisseuse of Bisexuality providing knowledge with nice layer of comedy.

Flashback Track: Wolf Alice – Space & Time
Queer Artist Spotlight: Alex Lahey – Backpack
Best Live Experience: Ali Barter – Backseat
Most Recent Discovery: Julia Jacklin – Pressure to Party

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16: What Band is This?

QueerSounds: The Covid Sessions. A new setting, slightly worse audio quality, but same old format and fantastic tunes. As my first ever guest who doesn’t reside in the Netherlands Elodie talks about her love for gaming soundtracks, CD’s and politics in music.

Flashback Track: Morikazu Aoki – Route 110 (Pokemon RSE)
Queer Artist Spotlight: Aurora – Apple Tree
Best Live Experience: Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give a Fuck
Most Recent Discovery: Dream Bitches – Tracy Emin

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15: The Smiling Boy

CW: antisemitism, xenophobia, war

This is a bit of a messy one. This episode has been on the shelf for a bit but the positive energy Joëll emerges is something I don’t want to withhold from you. Listen to him sharing his stories of love and fascination for the Mediterranean.

Flashback Track: Bouzouki Boys – To Yelasto Pedi
Queer Artist Spotlight: Mahmood – Barrio
Best Live Experience: Giuseppe Verdi – Va Pensiero
Most Recent Discovery: La Casa Azul – La Revolución Sexual

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Dijselbloem Controversy

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14: Live Your Truth

CW: Racism, Transphobia

He left his homecountry of Jamaica to go live in the Netherlands, a country he never heard of before. After this adventurous step, The Universe led Sean-Claude to spaces, both mental and physical, he never expected to be.

Flashback Track: Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Queer Artist Spotlight: Frank Ocean – We All Try
Best Live Experience: Ziggy Marley – Rebellion Rises
Most Recent Discovery: Ari Lennox & J. Cole – Shea Butter Baby

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13: Be Gay, Do Crimes

CW: Homophobia, Harassment, Misogyny

Belgium and the Netherlands left Brenda in a bad place, both mentally and physically. Now, it seems like she’s adhering to a stereotype, but Finland is where this metalhead found some peace of mind. However, within the metal scene there still seems to be some room for improvement.

Flashback Track: Metallica – Enter Sandman
Queer Artist Spotlight: Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
Best Live Experience: Gojira – Flying Wales
Most Recent Discovery: Mokoma – Laske hiljaa mielessä sataan

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12: I told ya I would talk a lot about Poland

CW: Homophobia, Queerphobia, Harassment, Police Brutality

It feels like the beginning of a second series. QueerSounds is back with Aga ans their stories from Poland, both pre- and post the fall of communism. Let’s dive into how the history of this country effects the daily lives of queer locals now.

Flashback Track: Republika – Smierc w Bikini
Queer Artist Spotlight: Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N.
Best Live Experience: Rammstein – Deutschland
Most Recent Discovery: Bauhaus – A God in an Alcove

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