17 episodes

Somewhere, in a world far away from Grindr hook-ups, the noise of nightclubs or the gloss of Instagram filters, two best friends (Mitchell from Australia and Goran from Bosnia) sat down to tell each other stories. Their stories. Your stories. The stories of being different, sometimes difficult, alone and adrift from a community they found no place in. You might think the gay experience has been well-documented and told before, but it hasn’t. Not like this. Part heartache, part love letter, maybe even a call to arms for a more loving and inclusive community, these are the voices of the different kind of gay.

Different Kind Of Gay Goran & Mitch

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

Somewhere, in a world far away from Grindr hook-ups, the noise of nightclubs or the gloss of Instagram filters, two best friends (Mitchell from Australia and Goran from Bosnia) sat down to tell each other stories. Their stories. Your stories. The stories of being different, sometimes difficult, alone and adrift from a community they found no place in. You might think the gay experience has been well-documented and told before, but it hasn’t. Not like this. Part heartache, part love letter, maybe even a call to arms for a more loving and inclusive community, these are the voices of the different kind of gay.

    Not my shame: five men share their souls

    Not my shame: five men share their souls

    Shame has been the shadow of most gay men since time immemorial, but can we ever shake it off? In this episode – which is longer than usual – Mitchell speaks with five gay men about dealing with shames of all kinds, from the body, through to coming out or overcoming  abuse and how we can live authentically.
    Details and times of each speaker’s appearance are below:
    Davis, South Africa: 06.23
    Amador, USA: 33.36
    Scott, Australia: 54.25
    Kent, USA: 1 hour 15 mins
    Christopher, Canada: 1 hour 36 mins
    CREDITS:
    Acoustic/Folk Instrumental by David Hyde
    Music by Lesfm from Pixaby
    Sounds from zapsplat.com

    • 2 hrs
    EPISODE 13: Alone forever

    EPISODE 13: Alone forever

    Why, in 2022, do so many of us gay men still feel so completely alone? 
    In this episode, Mitchell shares a personal story of an intense friendship with another man and is joined by special guest, Sakhile, who shares his experiences of making connections, while another special contributor, Davis, recalls his experience creating a gay men’s group in South Africa.
    If you are struggling, or need support, please contact Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au or your local mental health organisation.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Conversations with gay men of colour

    Conversations with gay men of colour

    Racism is rife amongst gay men, but how does it feel to be on the receiving end? In this episode, Mitchell speaks to Budi Sudarto, a gay Asian Muslim who escaped life in Jakarta in the hope of a new beginning in Australia, and Naveen Kumar, a gay Indian journalist living in the US. They discuss everything from apps, subtle racism, fetishization and how we can work together.  To share your story, visit http://differentkindofgay.com
     
    Links to Naveen’s articles:
    https://www.them.us/story/queer-poc-body-image
    https://www.vox.com/first-person/22545485/pride-2020-pandemic-gay-bar

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EPISODE 12: Guardian

    EPISODE 12: Guardian

    Dogs might be a man’s best friend, but to gay men the relationship is often so much more. In this episode, a band of gay men from around the world pay homage to the dogs that have shaped – and sometimes saved – their lives. Guests include Dr Rob Garofalo, whose canine companion helped him after an assault and HIV diagnosis, along with Eric from Ohio, Marcos from Brazil, Ian from LA and Ben from Sydney. For more, see http://differentkindofgay.com

    • 51 min
    PTSD and me: an interview with Rick Morton

    PTSD and me: an interview with Rick Morton

    Following a diagnosis with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, author and journalist Rick Morton set about living vulnerably and rediscovering love. It meant telling people close to him, for the first time, that he loved them and experiencing the joy that comes with giving someone a hug.
    In this candid conversation, Rick tells us about a childhood trauma that he experienced at seven, coming out and being rejected by his father, the unwavering support of his mum ... and why chickens are so special. 

    Different Kind of Gay is a Love Surrender production, created and written by Goran D and Mitchell J. 

    • 29 min
    EPISODE 11: Mindfuck

    EPISODE 11: Mindfuck

    It's no surprise that most gay men – ourselves included –  struggle with mental health. In this episode, we share our battles with depression and why we must keep going. Then, in our discussion, we hear from YOU. When we asked our listeners how they find peace, we received responses from around the world that we've shared here. You'll be surprised and inspired by this beautiful rainbow of voices. 
    Trigger warning: this episode discusses suicide. If this raises any issues for you, or you need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14  (Australia) or your local support group.

    Different Kind of Gay is a Love Surrender production, created and written by Goran D and Mitchell J. Visit us at differentkindofgay.com

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Sam Melb ,

Fantastic

Great to know I’m not the only person who has experienced the issues raised in this podcast! Finding this has been a huge help thanks guys

Chrisso_86 ,

AMAZING

Please come back - such a wonderful podcast. I listened to episode 12 first as my friend Rick was on it. I loved it and up to episode 5 now. Just a great listen. Good work guys

Al from Melb ,

I found a gem during lockdown.

I am so happy I found this podcast because it talks about topics that gay guys never talk about seriously. It really helped my soul on my night walks 🤯🤯

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