COMING OUT STORIES - powerful real-life tales



Coming Out Stories: a podcast that shares the many different stories of people 'coming out'.


In 2018, after being friends for more than a decade, Emma and Sam were sitting in Sam’s basement in Sale, Manchester, having a cup of tea. Emma had been living with Sam for a few months and called herself “the lesbian in the loft”.

“I’ve been thinking”, said Sam, “about how you introduce yourself as ’the lesbian in the loft’ every time anyone comes over who you don’t know. It’s like you are outing yourself each and every time’

“When you’re gay” said Emma.‘You don’t have to come out once, you have to come out so.many.bloody.times. it’s tedious”

“We should make a podcast about coming out” said Sam “about how it’s such a different experience for everyone, how each time can be different, how it can sometimes feel like a celebration and other times feel really painful”

“Nah” said Emma, ”No one will listen to that”!

Luckily Sam took no notice and persuaded Emma that, brilliant presenter as she is, she should host the podcast and Sam would do all the other stuff to get it out into the world.

From all over...and on to the paper!

Sam and Emma have spoken to people from across the LGBTQ+ community and heard stories from the UK, USA, India, Israel, Barbados, Taiwan, South Africa, Namibia, Puerto Rico and Poland!

In 2019, Sam and Emma were approached by Jessica Kingsley publishers and in January 2021 Coming Out Stories the book was published! If you like listening, you should read it.