Community·Updated on Jun 6, 202312 LGBTQIA+ Fictional Podcasts You Should Listen To This Month (And Really All-Year-Round)Queers for your ears!by fictionpodbestieCommunity ContributorApproved and edited by BuzzFeed Community TeamFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink If you're tired of queer shows being cancelled or vanishing from streaming services, allow us to introduce you to arguably the gayest form of media...fiction podcasts. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via Giphy.com Creating a fiction podcast is much more accessible for artists than other scripted content, which means you get authentic and diverse LGBTQIA+ stories directly from creators. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF MTV / Via giphy.com So whether it's an immersive TV show for your ears or a narrator driven fiction piece, there are a plethora of stories in any genre with characters to make you feel truly seen....or heard... 1. Star Trek, but make it very, very gay: Starship Q Star So Nice Productions / Via starshipqstar.com "A podcast that dares to ask 'What if Star Trek and The L Word had a weird hilarious baby?' Written by real-life queer couple Meegan May and Lauren Anderson, Starship Q Star follows ex-girlfriends Aurelia and Sim who end up as co-captains of "the first all-woman and non-binary crew." A blatant PR mission (the starship is literally Barbie pink for the occasion...), the crew land on Mars and quickly find out Earth has been destroyed. With a fun planet-of-the-week format and an immersive audio sitcom style, this hilarious show has impeccable comic timing thanks to its cast of queer comedian-actors. Oh, and did we mention they're all Australian??"Seasons: 1 (so far, it's pretty new)Episodes: 6Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 2. Party like it's 1999: Brimstone Valley Mall The Whisperforge / Via brimstonevalleymall.com "The year is 1999. Lurking somewhere between Hot Topic and the food court, five misfit demons from Hell kill time inciting sin and playing music in a suburban shopping mall. After the lead singer of their band goes missing, this gang of zany queers and demons must find him before their upcoming gig — or face the wrath of Satan. Darkly funny and full of '90s nostalgia, it's a flaming hot listen with plenty of great rep (including emos...)."Seasons: 1 (second one is in production)Episodes: 10Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 3. Sweet fandom romance: Me and AU Procyon Podcast Network / Via procyonpodcastnetwork.com "In this sweet slice of life romance, Kate “ACunningPlan” Cunningham sparks up an online friendship with a fellow fanfiction writer Hella AKA Ella. It becomes a great distraction from a summer stuck in her hometown, not to mention the coming terrors of her final year of university and the real adult future beyond. As they converse over their favorite (and little known) show Selkirk, sparks fly between their fanfic ship and each other. It also features engaging clips of the werewolf show within the show, which will also be getting its own fiction podcast series treatment soon!"Seasons: 1Episodes: 15Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 4. A horror road trip with a difference: Alice Isn't Dead Joseph Fink / Via nightvalepresents.com "Keisha Taylor (Jaskia Nicole) is a truck driver on a mission across America to find Alice, who she had long assumed was dead. And who is Alice exactly? Her WIFE of course! Keisha's journey brings her face to face with not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP!"Seasons: 3Episodes: 30Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 5. Southern and spooky: Old Gods of Appalachia Deep Nerd Media / Via oldgodsofappalachia.com "Part of the Rusty Quill network (of The Magnus Archives fame), Old Gods of Appalachia is a horror anthology set in an alternate Appalachia and has recently been adapted into an RPG by Monte Cook games. Each episode uses a combination of narration and audio drama to tell historical fiction stories based on Appalachian folklore, and it's a gripping listen."Seasons: 3Episodes: 50Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 6. Don't go into the forest...: Hello From The Hallowoods Hello From The Hallowoods / Via hellofromthehallowoods.com "In this award-winning fiction podcast, a cosmic narrator follows the increasingly connected residents of the forest at the end of the world. It’s a bittersweet story that explores queer identity, horror genre tropes, and finding hope in humanity’s last moments.Created by gay and non-binary horror author William A. Wellman, this spooky-ooky story is also soon set to be a series of novels."Seasons: 3Episodes: 109Here's the website. Listen on Spotify and Apple. 7. Houston, we have an emotional podcast: Moonbase Theta, Out Monkeyman Productions / Via monkeymanproductions.com "In this queer, emotional sci-fi, the crew of a decommissioned moon base shut down and sign off as they prepare for evacuation. With the first season starting with short episodes of around five minutes, it's a great introduction to the series as the episodes and stories expand in Seasons 2-4."Seasons: 4Episodes: 110Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 8. Making moon waves: Tides Wav Records / Via tidespodcast.com "Biologist Dr. Winifred Eurus, is a member of the first manned expedition to Fons, an Earth-like moon wracked by extreme tidal waves due to its orbit around a nearby gas giant. When her submarine is destroyed, she must seek higher ground and explore the mysterious land that towers over the vast oceans. It's filled with great world building and sci-fi that's actually scientifically accurate."Seasons: 2Episodes: 12 + 6 mini episodesHere's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 9. [TEXT NOT FOUND]: Doctor Who: Redacted BBC / Via bbc.co.uk "While you wait for what looks to be the gayest series of Doctor Who ever coming soon, here's a self-described 'very gay, very trans' Doctor Who audio spinoff to keep you busy. Written by Juno Dawson, Redacted follows Cleo, Abby, and Shawna as they investigate mysterious reports of 'the Doctor' on their podcast Blue Box Files. Set in the era of Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor, it's an incredibly well done BBC production, and is a must for queer Who fans."Seasons: 1 (second in development)Episodes: 10Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 10. Sci-Fi found family drama: The Strange Case of Starship Iris Procyon Podcast Network / Via procyonpodcastnetwork.com "The year is 2189, and Earth has just barely won a war against extraterrestrials. What comes after that is a story spanning outer space, resistance, survival, loyalties, romance, and a few jokes along the way. Following the bisexual Violet Liu, the only survivor of the destruction of the Starship Iris. As Violet investigates what happened her destroyed ship, she finds a new band of space explorers to unravel the mystery with...what exactly happened to the Starship Iris? And was Violet involved?"Seasons: 2 (with a third in production)Episodes: 20Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 11. Fantasy off the beaten path: Sidequesting Sidequesting / Via sidequestingpod.com "Written by and starring non-binary creator Tal Minear, Sidequesting is a sweet, light-hearted fantasy about Rion, an adventurer following side quests instead of the main plot. It's a podcast with a lot of kindness and heart that can be enjoyed by the whole family."Seasons: 3Episodes: 30Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple. 12. And genre mashing timeline bending: The Penumbra Podcast Hyperion City Productions / Via thepenumbrapodcast.com With two distinct story threads, you'll either be following the noir-esque story of bisexual private eye Juno Steel and his investigations on Mars, or you'll be jumping into the world of the Second Citadel and Sir Caroline, a medieval-esque knight battling monsters (including the lizard-man he has a crush on). It's a blend of genres and diverse characters that is always surprising. The show has a league of extremely passionate fans — and it's easy to see why.Seasons: 4Episodes: 120+Here's the website. Listen on Spotify or Apple.