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I'm Coming Out explores what it's like to grow up gay in a straight world. Every week a member of the LGBTQI+ community chats with Jonny Harvey about discovering and coming to terms with their sexuality, and the steps they took to move out of the shadows and lead a more authentic life.

I'm Coming Out Jonny Harvey

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I'm Coming Out explores what it's like to grow up gay in a straight world. Every week a member of the LGBTQI+ community chats with Jonny Harvey about discovering and coming to terms with their sexuality, and the steps they took to move out of the shadows and lead a more authentic life.

    #21 Chris McNaughten/Bear Strong on what it was like to come out in the hyper-masculine world of Strongman

    #21 Chris McNaughten/Bear Strong on what it was like to come out in the hyper-masculine world of Strongman

    Chris McNaughten (also known by his moniker Bear Strong) is a two-time Junior Ireland Strongman champion. He also owns his own gym near Belfast.

    Whilst the sporting world unfortunately continues to be a deeply homophobic place for most athletes, Chris is somebody who is helping to change that, by becoming the first openly gay strongman in the UK and Ireland.

    Inspired by his own struggles with depression & his sexuality, he has become a mental health & LGBTQ campaigner. He was featured on the BBC series ‘This is Pride’ and on the MTV show 'True Love or True Lies'.

    Our interview was of course recorded remotely; the first ten minutes of audio has some clipping and popping.; apologies it was one of my first interviews I recorded remotely. We chatted about,


    why his nickname didn’t start out as a gay reference,
    why he went through a long questioning period with his sexuality,
    what ultimately helped him to clarify that he was gay,
    why he considered leaving his home town when he first came out,
    why being in an inter-racial gay relationship inspired him to partake in a MTV show, 
    how struggling with his sexuality contributed to his poor mental health over the years,
    why he has no time for femme-shaming

    and lots of other things also.

    You can contact me by emailing me at jonny@imcomingoutpod.com or tweet me at @imcomingoutpod. Hope you enjoy the episode; let me know what you think :)

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    www.bearstrong.co.uk

    • 50 min
    #20 Isaac Oliver on growing up with gay-friendly parents & dating in New York City

    #20 Isaac Oliver on growing up with gay-friendly parents & dating in New York City

    Isaac is an author, playwright and stage comic. His debut book ‘Intimacy Idiot’ was released in 2015 to widespread acclaim. The book details all the hilarious encounters Isaac has had with men, whilst dating in the Big Apple.

    New York magazine have described him as a ‘monstrous new talent’ and the book featured on a number of ‘best of’ lists that year. I read it during the earlier stages of lockdown & it provided me with some much needed light relief in these very strange & bleak times. He has also written for HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Glow’, which is currently on Netflix so make sure to check it out.

    Our transatlantic call took place a few weeks ago and we chatted about;


    what inspired him to write a book on dating,
    why his religious parents were so accepting & open-minded,
    his production of ‘Batman v Catwoman on Skates’ as a child,
    how his parents accidentally discovered he was gay,
    his perrenial crush on Ryan Phillippe,
    the gay scene in New York,
    writing erotic poetry as a teenager about Brad Renfro,
    why he doesn’t believe there’s an endless supply of 'fish in the sea'

    and lots of other things.

    Please follow me on social media if you want to leave feedback on this or any of the other interviews and for updates on future episodes. I can be found @imcomingoutpod on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Hope you enjoy the episode :)

    • 52 min
    #19 Spencer Cooper on his love for our community & why he wants to uplift his LGBTQ+ siblings

    #19 Spencer Cooper on his love for our community & why he wants to uplift his LGBTQ+ siblings

    Spencer is a twenty-two year old podcaster & blogger from Wales. I came across him when I started listening to his podcast Queer Talk, which he hosts with his two friends James & Mufseen. It focuses on the positive news happening within the LGBTQ+ community which definitely makes for a refreshing listen. His blog For the Love of Queers is a brilliant resource for LGBTQ+ history & activism & I’ve certainly learnt a whole lot myself since I started following it.

    The interview was of course recorded remotely; me in Dublin, Spencer in Manchester. We chatted about;


    why Spencer is driven through his work to shine a spotlight on the more positive aspects of our community
    the events from his childhood which made him think he might be gay
    why he didn’t want to be the first person to come out at school
    how he avoided a planned homophobic attack on him at school
    why he wasn’t happy with his friends reactions when he came out
    how he coped with those dreaded P.E. lessons

    and lots of other things (you’ll also hear my gay gasp once or twice)!!!

    You can email me at jonny@imcomingoutpod.com or tweet me at @imcomingoutpod. If you have any feedback for me please do get in touch. Hope you enjoy the episode :)

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    Queertalk Podcast - https://linktr.ee/queer_talk

    • 49 min
    #18 Stuart Edmonds on how he came out to his brother & the special relationship between gay men & pop music

    #18 Stuart Edmonds on how he came out to his brother & the special relationship between gay men & pop music

    Stuart is one of the three presenters on the podcast Unflopped (his friends Sean Vickers & Joe Heaney being the other two). It also just so happens to be one of my favourite podcasts. It has gone from strength to strength since it launched three years ago & is fast approaching it’s 70th episode. For a chart pop fanatic like myself, it is a real treat so it it was great to interview Stuart.

    This interview was of course recorded during lockdown. I’m working from a self-assembled recording studio in my very, very small walk-in wardrobe. I’m still getting to grips with recording remotely, so hopefully there isn’t too much of a dip in sound quality.

    During our interview we chatted about;


    the homophobic bullying Stuart was subjected to in school from his fellow classmates and teachers alike,
    one of his best female friends declaring her love for him during their adolesence,
    coming out to his brother by accident in the heat of an argument,
    finding your place within the gay community,
    the intense relationship many gay men have with pop divas,
    checking yourself in public,

    and lots of other things also.

    Hope you enjoy it- let me know what you think :)



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    Unflopped is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Google Podcasts.

    • 33 min
    #17 Lev AC Rosen on why being gay is a gift

    #17 Lev AC Rosen on why being gay is a gift

    Lev is an American writer who already has a number of novels & YA fiction books under his belt. His work has been translated into many different languages and are regularly featured on 'best of' lists. His latest is ‘Camp’ which I recently read & I loved it. The story explores the different gender presentations through the different queer characters and I think it will resonate deeply with a lot of our community.

    The interview was of course recorded remotely, Lev was in New York, I was in my makeshift studio at home in Ireland. This was my first transatlantic interview, so the line wasn’t always great, the sound is muffled slightly in parts when our voices mix together but it the audio is still decent (I think!!!)

    We chatted about;


    his honest thoughts on femme shaming & why he wanted to explore it in the book,
    growing up gay in Manhattan,
    his uneventful but funny coming out to his mother,
    his teenage crush on Ryan Philippe,
    the subtle forms of homophobia he’s experienced from liberal people,
    being ‘culturally Jewish’ and converting to Paganism

    and lots of other things.

    You can get in touch with me by emailing me at jonny@imcomingoutpod.com and tweet me at @imcomingoutpod. Hope you like this episode. Let me know what you think :)

    • 40 min
    #16 Alex Leon on racism within the gay community & the urgent need for specialised LGBTQ+ mental health services

    #16 Alex Leon on racism within the gay community & the urgent need for specialised LGBTQ+ mental health services

    Alex is an Australian writer & campaigner and it was one of his tweets earlier this year on growing up gay which initially piqued my interest in him (it’s featured on the podcast). A whole lot of people clearly connected with said tweet as it went viral, garnering over 200,000 likes & 50,000 retweets.

    Alex is a prominent queer activist in London and works for an LGBTQ+ charity. He’s also a really talented writer & has written for the Guardian and the BBC. I think his writing is incredible so if you have time, do check it out.

    The interview was recorded during lockdown so it was recorded remotely of course. Alex was in London and I was in my makeshift studio at home outside Dublin. There is a bit of delay on the recording but it should still be pretty decent audio.

    We chatted about;


    how he struggled to accept his sexuality,
    being bullied by boys at school who he fancied,
    his early crushes on male school teachers,
    coming out to his parents & why it took some time for his father to be accepting,
    finding his place within the community,
    his honest thoughts on racism within the gay community,
    why Drag Race does a great job of representing gay people of colour,
    we also bonded over our many crushes on Australian soapstars

    and lots of other things.

    You can get in touch with me by emailing me at jonny@imcomingoutpod.com and tweet me at @imcomingoutpod. I would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating, review and subscribe as it really helps me and other people to discover the podcast.

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    Hope you enjoy this episode :)

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Brilliant podcast for gays and allies

Really loving this podcast series. Insightful interviews coupled with coming out stories. A must hear for any LGBTQ+ and their allies.

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