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EW Staff
June 20, 2017 AT 12:31 PM EDT

With the amount of podcasts exponentially growing each week, finding a podcast to love is like searching for a needle in a digital haystack. But over the past few years, more LGBTQ-centric shows have emerged and we couldn’t be more thankful for the variety of content. There are the shows that explore intimate coming-out stories, and ones that tackle the concept of commitment and relationships. Some address polarizing topics like women’s rights and gay marriage, while others just want to have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends. In celebration of Pride Month, here are nine podcasts we can’t get enough of.

Never Before With Janet Mock

Best-selling author, journalist and transgender rights activist Janet Mock brings her impressive interviewing skills as she talks to a range of guests — which so far includes Girl Meets World‘s Rowan Blanchard, Tina Knowles (mother of Beyoncé), and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Each episode sees Mock get personal with each of her guests as they open up and discuss different aspects of their lives, for what is at times an intensely intimate and wonderfully inspiring look at talented women’s lives. – Nivea Serrao

Throwing Shade

Arguably the most famous LGBTQ podcast, and still the best, Throwing Shade found even more purpose in a post-election world as a pure blend of escapist humor and necessary reflection. Each episode, hosts Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson discuss two hot topics — one about gay culture, one about women’s issues — and infuse it with enough acidic comedy to make you pull over in traffic and immediately call your local congressperson. – Marc Snetiker

Nancy

Hosted by real-life best friends Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, Nancy explores one central question — How do you figure out who you are? — with episodes that range from the lighthearted (interviews with actors from Orange Is the New Black and Master of None) to tear-inducing (a segment on the aftermath of last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting). – Nolan Feeney

RuPaul: What’s the Tee? With Michelle Visage

RuPaul and co-host Visage dish on the week’s pop culture and current events with the chemistry and hilarious wordplay that makes the Drag Race runway such a hoot. Prepare to crack up laughing every time Ru unleashes that legendary cackle (which is often). – Aaron Morales

Welcome to Night Vale

A Faceless Old Woman secretly lives in everyone’s homes, townspeople are replaced by their doubles, and a literal dragon runs for mayor — Welcome To Night Vale has plenty of outlandish and unrelatable storylines, but it’s the developing romance between local Night Vale radio host Cecil and outsider scientist Carlos that adds to the heart and soul of the strange fictional town and its bizarre, community radio-style podcast. – Faith D’Isa

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

The weekly 30-minute gabfest is more than colorful pop culture conversation — it’s a perfect slice of the millennial gay experience, told through the enthusiastic but honest lens of YouTube stars and best friends Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl. (Ask your teen — they’ll know.) – Marc Snetiker

The Heart

Follow host Kaitlin Prest as she introduces a range of first person stories, each exploring sexuality, love, relationships, and even heartbreak. Peak into diary entries, explore break ups, and delve into first loves. Similar to This American Life, but focused on human relationships — each one as mind opening as the last. – Nivea Serrao

ScreamQueenz

Host Patrick K. Walsh likes to say this is the podcast “where horror gets gay.” But all genre fans should get a kick out of his frighteningly funny ruminations on cult classic terror tales like Return of the Living Dead and The Sentinel.  – Clark Collis

Ronna & Beverly

UCB comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo drag it up for this part-interview, part-character piece about two straight Jewish women full of fresh coffee and Manhattan vitriol — which, yes, is as resoundingly gay as anything else on this list. – Marc Snetiker

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