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Bad Gays

Hosts: Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller

A podcast about evil and complicated queers in history. Why do we remember our heroes better than our villains? Hosted by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller. Learn more:


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 984 ratings
  • Fish don’t know their wet

    I only listened to the Andrew Sullivan episode. Perhaps the others are different, but the hosts foundational argument seemed to be that being gay (or at least a good gay) is not a physiological fact about the gender direction of someone’s attractions, but rather a quasi-religious political identity. To be a real queer person you must assimilate to a worldview native to the farthest left corners of the political spectrum. Gay people who continue to hold even mild conservative or religious views a... more

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    United States3 months ago
  • Such a great approach

    This is such a fruitful approach to history and I always learn lots. Thanks!

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany4 months ago
  • The best

    Listen to this religiously. This is the ultimate podcast really; from editorial framing, to incredibly in-depth research, beautifully written and read, the variety and historical span of spicy queers on display, and last but not least the intro and outro music. Big ups Huw and Ben!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • So good!

    Absolutely love this, definitely going to order the book!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Love This

    Honestly, this is the best podcast I’ve found , I love every episode, each one leaves me wanting more , gossip scandals his/her story it has everything ❤️❤️❤️

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    Australia5 months ago

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