Business and money podcasts have been around for well over a decade. Some, in fact, were radio shows in previous iterations. Thus, some could say they’ve been broadcasting for several decades, yet LGBTQ business and money podcasts are relatively new.
If you combed the internet for LGBTQ or queer money and business podcasts, you’d be hard-pressed to find enough to populate your phone screen. One might even think the queer community has nothing more to talk about than sex, sexuality and gender, politics and pop-culture.
So, if you’re an LGBTQ person or ally seeking money, business and success podcasts with a queer slant, we’ve done the work for you. Here are four LGBTQ podcasts to listen to if you want to be the queen bee of finance, business and entrepreneurship in your circle of influence.
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Everyone wants to win the money game. Whether that’s making bank from your successful small business, investing for yours, your family’s or your community’s future, or to give back to the causes that important to you and your cat. We can’t forget the kittens, as you’ll see.
The more you know about how economics, business and money affects you as an LGBTQ person, the better off you’ll be. Plus, you’ll be prepared to answer how money is different for the queer community.
There is a plethora of LGBTQ podcasts on a myriad of topics ranging from sex, politics, pop culture, even gaming and drag queens! There’s, also, a dearth of education and advice about our unique money and entrepreneurial needs, which may help explain the gender identity and sexual orientation pay gap.
That’s why the four podcasts below are mavericks. Their goal is to shine a light on the things those disco balls aren’t showing, especially on many of the largest LGBTQ online publications.
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1. Oh My Dollar!
Lillian Karabaic is a Ziggy-Stardust-costume-silver-boots-with-butterfly-wings-wearing kinda queer who made every gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans kid in high school feel like they were a-oh-kay. Karabaic’s unabashedly frugal and declares her spending every month on her site and Instagram feed. She’s lived in a tree and traveled to more than 30 countries, all on a lower income.
Karabaic’s made the conscious decision to spend on what makes her happiest, and unsurprisingly hers is not the typical consumerism advertised on television or in glossy magazines. Karabaic knows that she’s different, and she’s different with her money.
When asked why she started her podcast, Karabaic says, “Because I was frustrated by how inapplicable most personal finance advice out there was to my situation – most shows were hosted by a ‘2.5 kids, white picket fence, suburban crowd’ – and their lives were just completely inapplicable to myself and my social circle. I wanted to fill the gap with personal finance that made it okay to not be striving for traditional career, marriage, or white picket fence – without putting financial security aside.” All of which seems to make sense. It is possible to be a creative and still stay financially afloat.
Oh My Dollar’s description is that it “tackles your money overwhelm with practical, approachable financial advice with a dash of glitter. She will teach you how to reduce your money stress, budget, get out of debt, plan for retirement, support causes you love, travel affordably, and escape the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.” Listen to Oh My Dollar here.
Regarding kittens, Karabiac is the queer cat lady who hands out doses of financial advice. Her book, Get Your Money Together, is chock full of kitties that teach money lessons.
2. The Out Entrepreneur
Rhodes Perry’s vision is to introduce you to the “1.4 million LGBTQ entrepreneurs” to inspire more queer entrepreneurs, business owners and start-up founders. With the Out Entrepreneur podcast, Perry seems to agree that to achieve true equality with personal finance, life and business, we need more queer business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Perry’s personal career has run the gamut from working in non-profit to working in the White House to working as a CEO. He says he has “a deep commitment to innovating solutions resolving LGBTQ diversity and inclusion challenges” and his podcast is one part of his business that helps our community achieve that.
As we’ve said before, the more society sees us for the contributions that we make and that we’re more than our sexual orientations and gender identities, the sooner we’ll have equality of every stripe. Listen to the Out Entrepreneur here.
Perry is also the author of Belonging At Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization. In it, Perry challenges the notion that we don’t need to feel like we belong at work if we get our paychecks. With personal stories, case studies and practical strategies, Perry shares how creating work cultures that let employees be their authentic selves improves an organization’s bottom line.
3. Bad with Money
Yes, LGBTQ people, in general, are bad with money, and Gaby Dunn wants to end that. Dunn, of BuzzFeed and YouTube fame, went viral with a Medium article describing the fallacy of financial success and internet fame being one and the same. As a self-proclaimed bisexual woman trying to perfect the “imperfect art of getting your financial sh*t together,” Dunn’s on a mission to share her, and others’ financial mistakes, to help us avoid making them, too.
On her first episode, Dunn rips the sheets off the bed about money by asking coffee shop baristas their favorite sexual positions, which they gleefully expose. Yet, they clam up in discomfort when asked the balance of their bank accounts. Off the bat, Dunn shows that this country and, especially, the queer community needs to come out of the closet about money.
Bad with Money kicked off its fourth season and is the reigning heavyweight on the LGBTQ money podcast chart. Heck, it’s an overall money podcast heavyweight, often ranking in the top 20 of all money podcasts. This is a huge feat for a queer girl named “America’s Deadbeat Sweetheart.” Listen to Bad with Money here.
Dunn is also the author of the recently published; Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together, in which she dishes out much of the same mistakes and quasi-advice with her typical flair, taking jabs at the heteronormative vice grip of the financial world that should loosen up for the rest of us.
4. Personal Branding for the LGBTQ Professional
Jenn T. Grace is the “Professional Lesbian,” and with her 100-episode podcast series, Personal Branding for the LGBTQ Professional, Grace teaches leaders of all sexual orientations and gender identities “how to do business with and market to the LGBT community in an authentic and transparent way.”
A builder and creator, Graces believes that “social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society.” Research suggests, too much of corporate America is ignoring the LGBTQ community, and that’s hurting its bottom line and our prosperity.
As a serial entrepreneur, Grace recently founded Publish Your Purpose Press to make public the work of authors “striving to make a difference.” For advice on creating and growing your LGBTQ brand or connecting with the queer community, listen to the Personal Branding for the LGBTQ Professional here.
Also a serial author, Grace has published many books of her own, including Beyond The Rainbow: Personal Stories and Practical Strategies to Help your Business & Workplace Connect with the LGBTQ Market. In it, Grace shares the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts of doing business with the queer community.
Make the queer podcast switch
If you want to stop being bad with your money and grow your queer dollars, make the switch to LGBTQ money and business podcasts. They’re still few and far between, but let’s drop some of the weekly political diatribes and updates on all things Gaga and Beyoncé. The LGBTQ community and society, in general, will be better off for it.