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Anthems

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Original Anthems by Exceptional People


Introducing: #QueerAF
Jul 1 • 14 min
If you enjoyed Anthems Pride, we think you’ll love #Queer AF by National Student Pride. Eve’s story is the first episode of Season Four: “To prepare for my mum’s gay wedding, I talked to her about sexuality for the first time”. To listen to Part Two,…
Lady Phyll | SOLIDARITY
Jun 30 • 8 min
Lady Phyll is the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride. She is the executive director of Kaleidoscope, the UK’s leading LGBT rights charity, and is a patron for charity akt. She writes a column for DIVA magazine, and is the co-editor of…
Dr Will Nutland | GRATITUDE
Jun 29 • 7 min
Dr Will Nutland is a doctor of public health, social researcher and activist. He co-founded Prepster, which aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond and The Love Tank, a not-for-profit promoting health of underserved communities.…
Paula Akpan | UNFURL
Jun 28 • 5 min
Paula Akpan is a journalist and writer. She is also the co-creator of Black Girl Festival, an event created to amplify the voices and experiences of Black British women and girls through community based events. She has written for the likes of Teen Vogue,…
Simran Uppal | PRAY
Jun 27 • 9 min
Simran Uppal is a yoga teacher, poet and educator. They teach and write for inclusive yoga charity Yoga Quota, focusing on inclusivity and decolonisation in yoga. Simran is a Barbican Young Poet alum, and has also created theatre for The North Wall and…
Alicia Radage | WILDERNESS
Jun 26 • 9 min
Alicia Radage is a performance and digital collage artist and photographer. They have taught fine art and theatre at MA and BA level, and are one half of collaboration Radage ▽ Hardaker. They have shown their work across the UK, Europe and India. Their…
Carrie Lyell | GENTLE
Jun 25 • 6 min
Carrie Lyell is a writer and journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of DIVA Magazine, the leading monthly magazine for LGBTQI women, making her one of only 4 editors in the magazine’s history. Carrie has also written for the likes of Pink Paper,…
Freddy McConnell | FUTURE
Jun 24 • 8 min
Freddy McConnell is a journalist, writer and activist. He has written in publications such as The Guardian and The Independent. He is the subject of Seahorse, a documentary detailing his experience of becoming a father as a transgender man, which…
Yasmin Benoit | CONFLICT
Jun 23 • 6 min
Yasmin Benoit is a model and activist. As a model, she has walked the runway in the London Queer Fashion Show, and was the first openly asexual woman to appear on the cover of any UK magazine when she fronted Attitude in 2019. Yasmin is also a regular…
Scottee | SHAME
Jun 22 • 8 min
Scottee is an award-winning performance artist and writer. He created Scottee & Friends Ltd, which operates as a collective of artists, producers and makers of theatre, activism, and community projects. In 2010 he won Time Out’s ‘Performer of the Year’…
Naeem Davis | PRESENCE
Jun 21 • 5 min
Naeem Davis | PRESENCE Naeem Davis is a cultural curator and DJ. They are the co-founder of BBZ, an art and DJ collective which puts on club night and exhibitions for queer people of colour. Naeem also co-curated Lesbiennale as part of London’s Boiler…
Jamie Windust | STILLNESS
Jun 20 • 7 min
Jamie Windust is an award-winning editor, writer, speaker and model. They are the founder and editor in chief of Fruitcake, an award winning LGBTQIA+ magazine, which has been sold across the world. Their writing can be found in publications such as…
Anick Soni | INSIGHT
Jun 19 • 5 min
Anick Soni is an award-winning multidisciplinary creative, activist and presenter. He does all this while also working towards his Masters degree in Childhood and Children’s Rights. He is on the core planning team for UK Black Pride, and helped to…
David Atherton | COME OUT
Jun 18 • 7 min
David Atherton is a food writer and presenter. In 2019 he won baking competition The Great British Bake Off, and has gone on to write a fortnightly Guardian column and appear on Blue Peter as a guest chef. David also holds a masters’ degree in public…
Asifa Lahore | RECONCILIATION
Jun 17 • 12 min
Asifa Lahore is an activist, DJ and Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen. She was featured in Channel 4’s documentary Muslim Drag Queens, and has received the Attitude Magazine Pride Award for activism. Asifa has DJed at some of the top LGBTQ+ club…
Ben Hunte | CHAMPION
Jun 16 • 8 min
Ben Hunte is a journalist, presenter, and the BBC’s first ever LGBT correspondent reporting on LGBT issues across all BBC platforms. He’s reported on topics such as racism at UK pride festivals, racism within the LGBT dating scene, and the 50th…
Sophie Ward | OTHER
Jun 15 • 7 min
Sophie Ward is an actor and award-winning writer. She has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Diva Magazine and The Times, her short stories have been published in a number of anthologies, and she is also the author of books…
Lee Gray | GURL
Jun 14 • 7 min
Lee Gray is a content creator and influencer marketing manager. He works for Bet International as an entertainment presenter, presents the ‘Ask The Aunties’ show on SnapChat and makes cocktails on his YouTube channel ‘I’ll Drink To That’. His word of the…
Grace Savage | SHINE
Jun 13 • 13 min
Grace Savage is a beatbox and singer-songwriter. She is a four-time UK Beatboxing champion, and has performed at festivals across the country including Glastonbury, Latitude and Wireless. She has also been listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring…
Kenny Ethan Jones | VULNERABILITY
Jun 12 • 6 min
Kenny Ethan Jones is a model and activist focusing on menstruation, body politics, mental health and intimacy. He’s modelled for the likes of River Island, Jacamo and Dazed & Confused. Kenny made history being the first trans man to front a period…
Glyn Fussell | CAMP
Jun 11 • 8 min
Glyn Fussell is a broadcaster and businessman. He is the co-founder of East Creative, the events agency that hosts Mighty Hoopla festival, Savage Disco and Sink the Pink, the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ collective, and DJ agency Noisy Kitchen, which was launched…
Char Ellesse | BALD
Jun 10 • 7 min
Char Ellesse | BALD Char Ellesse is a content creator, model and speaker. She is the founder and director of Girlswillbeboys, an online platform using content to blur the lines between gender roles. Char’s debut film, Omg She’s Bald, showcased the stories…
Raven Smith | STRAIGHT
Jun 9 • 5 min
Raven Smith is a creative director, writer. He was formerly the commissioning director at Nowness, a contributor for British Vogue, and The Sunday Times style columnist, as well as freelancing as a creative director. Raven recently published his first…
Jodie Mitchell | KING
Jun 8 • 8 min
Jodie Mitchell is a stand-up comedian and drag king. Their work includes founding the queer stand-up comedy collective The Lol Word, hosting podcast Secret Dinosaur Cult with fellow comedian Sofie Hagen, and performing drag as John Travulva as part of…
Marc Thompson | JOY
Jun 7 • 8 min
Marc Thompson is an activist, health promotion specialist, mentor, lover of film and all things hip hop. Marc is the co-founder of www.prepster.info, a community based intervention that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond and…
Isabel Adomakoh Young | GIVE
Jun 6 • 6 min
Isabel Adomakoh Young is a performer, writer and activist. She performs with companies including Shotgun Carousel, and the award-winning drag king collective Pecs. She is also the founding director of Brainchild, an arts festival of live music, spoken…
Amrou Al-Kadhi | IN-BETWEEN
Jun 5 • 6 min
Amrou Al-Kadhi is a writer, drag performer and filmmaker. They have been selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and one of 6 BFI/BAFTA Flare LGBTQ+ emerging filmmakers in 2017. Amrou is also the author of Unicorn, a memoir about queer…
Ellie Prohan | CULTURE
Jun 4 • 11 min
Ellie Prohan is a DJ, broadcaster and promoter. She hosts shows for the likes of Beats 1 and Foundation FM, and does sets across the country such as Boiler Room. As well as this she puts on her own events, such as Ellie & Friends at The Ministry. Her word…
Jules Von Hep | PROUD
Jun 3 • 10 min
Jules Von Hep is a broadcaster and the most celebrated celebrity tanner. He co-founded the self tanning brand Isle of Paradise, and has tanned celebrities from Sienna Miller to Kate Moss. Jules also co-hosts comedy show ‘The Jules and Sarah Podcast’ with…
dodie | COMPLEXITY
Jun 2 • 4 min
dodie is a singer-songwriter and YouTuber with almost 3 million subscribers across her 2 channels. Since self-releasing her first EP in 2016, she has released a further 2, with ‘Human’ rising to number 5 on the official UK Albums Chart, and has…
Travis Alabanza | BINARY
Jun 1 • 5 min
Travis Alabanza is a performance artist, poet and writer. After becoming the youngest recipient of the artist in residence workshop programme at the Tate, they’ve gone on to perform at venues including the V&A, the Roundhouse and the Barbican, including…
Lotte Jeffs | WILD
May 31 • 8 min
Lotte Jeffs is a freelance writer and creative consultant. Previously, Lotte was the acting editor-in-chief and deputy editor of UK ELLE Magazine. She’s written for the likes of The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and is the author of the book How…
Introducing Anthems: PRIDE
May 26 • 0 min
From June 1st we bring 30 Episodes over the 30 days of Pride Month written and voiced by contributors exclusively from the LGBTQIA+ community. Featuring Lotte Jeffs, Travis Alabanza, Jamie Windust, dodie, Raven Smith, Lady Phyll, Asifa Lahore, Freddy…
Casey Tufnell | RELEASE
May 23 • 7 min
Casey is a musician, songwriter and DJ. Home for Casey is in their shared house in South-East London, with their newly adopted cat. Their word of the day is Release. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout…
Daljeet Jutla | NEST
May 22 • 11 min
Daljeet is a theatre in education and community arts practitioner. Home for Daljeet is in the home counties, where she can hear constant birdsong from her garden. Her word of the day is Nest. CW: This episode contains discussion of domestic abuse and…
Sian Bradley | FOGGY
May 21 • 10 min
Sian is a freelance journalist, creative and mental health campaigner. Home for Sian is currently the converted warehouse in North London that she shares with 11 housemates. Her word of the day is Foggy. CW: This episode contains discussion of mental…
Emma Nzioka | REFLECTION
May 20 • 14 min
Emma Nzioka | REFLECTION Emma is a freelance artist, DJ, cinematographer and photo-journalist. Home for Emma is Nairobi, but she feels equally at home travelling around the world for work. Her word of the day is Reflection. CW: This episode contains…
Kathryn Bond | CROWD
May 19 • 8 min
Kathryn is an actress, writer and comic. Home for Kathryn is Walthamstow via Essex. Her word of the day is Crowd. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and voiced by people from all over…
Hunter Liguore | EQUANIMITY
May 18 • 8 min
Hunter is a writer, screenwriter, professor and human rights activist. Home for Hunter is New England. Her word of the day is Equanimity. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and voiced…
Viv May | CONFIDENCE
May 17 • 7 min
Viv is a DJ, singer-songwriter, presenter and writer. Home for Viv is East London. Her word of the day is Confidence. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and voiced by people from all…
Nic Baker | DAYBREAK
May 2 • 7 min
Nic is a tech worker and chef. Home for Nic is West London with her extended family of six. Her word of the day is Daybreak. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and voiced by people…
Jen Moss | CRAUGHING
May 1 • 7 min
Jen is an aspiring comedy writer. Home for Jen is the flat she once shared with her partner. Her word of the day is Craughing. CW: This episode contains discussion of suicide. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences…
Lalah-Simone Springer | LUST
Apr 30 • 5 min
Lalah-Simone is a writer and freelance marketing consultant. Home for Lalah-Simone is a warehouse full of creatives and kittens. Her word of the day is Lust. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time,…
Carl Faure | RESPAIR
Apr 29 • 13 min
Carl is the founder of “Stretch” yoga studio and former DJ. Home for Carl is Hackney with his Wife, two boys and a growing community. His word of the day is Respair. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout…
Anton Ferrie | HOMEVIDEO
Apr 28 • 8 min
Anton is an actor and aspiring writer. Home for Anton is Glasgow, with his Granny (who for the record, is a pure legend) His word of the day is Homevideo. CW: This episode contains discussion of grief. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about…
Leonor Morgado | RESILIENCY
Apr 27 • 6 min
Leonor is an actor and freelance content writer. Home for Leonor is Portugal, with her (very) new boyfriend. Her word of the day is Resiliency. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and…
Sami Kent | LIVING
Apr 26 • 5 min
Sami is a journalist. Home for Sami will always be Turkey, but for now it is outside of London with his family. His word of the day is Living. #AnthemsHome is a collection of original pieces about our lived experiences throughout this time, written and…
Introducing Anthems Home
Apr 20 • 0 min
Introducing Anthems Home We called and YOU answered. Anthems Home is our new floating series of 31 podcasts from 31 people around the world during our time at home. Starting 27th April, we’ll bring you the first set of 7 podcasts, and then 7 more in each…
Joelle Taylor | ANTHEM
Mar 30 • 5 min
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor. She has performed her work globally, in venues such as the 02 Arena, Buckingham Palace and the Globe. She founded the national youth slam championships SLAMbassadors, and runs…
Diyora Shadijanova | SENSITIVE
Mar 29 • 4 min
Diyora Shadijanova is a multimedia journalist and host of news and culture podcast Your Broccoli Weekly. Her work can be found in places like gal-dem, The Independent and i-D, where she talks about everything from pop culture to identity to music. Her…
Bea Duncan | SURFACE
Mar 28 • 7 min
Bea Duncan is a podcast producer and presenter. She is the host of financial education podcast Money 101 on BBC Sounds, and is also the assistant producer of Anthems. Her word of the day is Surface. CONNECT WITH BEA: I: @beaduncan T: @beaduncan_…
Sadia Azmat | ACCEPTANCE
Mar 27 • 5 min
Sadia Azmat is a stand-up comedian, writer and podcaster. She is one of the hosts of No Country For Young Women, exploring ideas of belonging and identities. She regularly performs stand-up shows, including a full length show at Edinburgh Fringe. Her word…
Audrey Indome | EXPECTATION
Mar 26 • 4 min
Audrey Indome is a podcaster. She is ⅓ of award winning podcast The Receipts, which has seen huge success including numerous sold-out shows across the UK and was the first podcast hosted and produced by women of colour to reach no.1 in the Apple Podcasts…
Hana Walker-Brown | FAITH
Mar 25 • 7 min
Hana Walker-Brown is an international award-winning documentary maker, composer, radio producer and journalist. She is also the Executive producer of ‘Anthems’. Her word of the day is Faith. CONNECT WITH HANA: I: @hana_walker_brown T: @HWalker_Brown…
Sharan Dhaliwal | EMPIRE
Mar 24 • 6 min
Sharan Dhaliwal is a writer, host and the founder of Burnt Roti, the UK’s leading South Asian magazine. A queer activist, she is the director of Middlesex Pride, and also created and runs Oh Queer Cupid, a queer speed dating and comedy night. She was…
Lisa Luxx | OUTRAGE
Mar 23 • 9 min
Lisa Luxx is an award-winning writer, performer and activist. She regularly headlines literary events internationally, including at the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival and Station Beirut and has had her work featured on Radio 4, VICE TV and ITV. She…
Ruby Rare | PUBES
Mar 22 • 5 min
Ruby Rare is a sex educator, speaker and activist. She works with sexual health charity ‘Brook’ delivering relationship and sex education in schools across the country, and uses her social platforms to promote sex positivity and body acceptance. She…
Nathalie Nahai | WEAVE
Mar 21 • 5 min
Nathalie Nahai is an international speaker, author and podcaster. She wrote the best-selling book Webs of Influence, about the psychology of online persuasion. She travels the world teaching people how to ethically use behavioural science principles to…
Yazzie Min | CONNECTION
Mar 20 • 4 min
Yazzie Min is a poet, speaker and life coach. She is also the founder of Stand For Humanity, a movement to help us all to recognise the power of individuals to make change instead of losing ourselves to apathy. Her word of the day is Connection. CONNECT…
Milena Sanchez | MOMENT
Mar 19 • 4 min
Milena Sanchez is a singer songwriter and podcaster. She is ⅓ of award winning podcast The Receipts, which has seen huge success including numerous sold-out shows across the UK and was the first podcast hosted and produced by women of colour to reach no.1…
Tanya Compas | DUTY
Mar 18 • 6 min
Tanya Compas is a multi-award winning youth worker, writer and facilitator. She has been named one of the 100 most inspiring women in the UK by Amnesty International and was featured on the list of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000. Her word of the day…
Poorna Bell | STRENGTH
Mar 17 • 6 min
Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author. She was previously the UK Executive Editor for HuffPost, and since has freelanced for places such as The Times, The i Paper and Grazia. Her non-fiction books cover topics from travel…
Miranda Kane | PROTECTION
Mar 16 • 7 min
Miranda Kane is stand-up comic and writer whose work draws on her experience as a former sex worker. She is a host on podcast Good Sex Bad Sex, and runs Club Indulge events for plus size people. Her word of the day is Protection. CW: This episode contains…
Leah Davis | LESSON
Mar 15 • 6 min
Leah Davis is a radio presenter for Capital Xtra, and can be found on the airwaves on weekday evenings and weekend early breakfasts. When she’s not on the radio she works as a voiceover artist. Her word of the day is Lesson. CONNECT WITH LEAH: I:…
Samara Linton | SENTIENT
Mar 14 • 4 min
Samara Linton is a junior doctor, award-winning writer and editor of The Colour of Madness, an anthology exploring BAME mental health. She has written for the likes of Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Medical Journal and gal-dem. Her word of…
Tobi Oredein | FAILURE
Mar 13 • 5 min
Tobi Oredein is the founder and editor of Black Ballad, a platform for black British women, as well as being a journalist, speaker and moderator. Her work has seen her placed on the Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list in Media & Marketing. Her word of the day…
Tolani Shoneye | AUTHENTIC
Mar 12 • 8 min
Tolani Shoneye is a writer, content creator and ⅓ of award winning podcast The Receipts, which has seen huge success including numerous sold-out shows across the UK. She has written for the likes of Elle, The Independent and OK!, and was a MHP 30 To Watch…
Sangeeta Pillai | SLAY
Mar 11 • 5 min
Sangeeta Pillai is the founder of Soul Sutras, a platform about sex and sexuality for South Asian women. The project now also includes a podcast and Masala Monologues, a project running workshops and putting on theatre productions telling the stories of…
Juno Dawson | CONTENT
Mar 10 • 6 min
Juno Dawson is a journalist, screenwriter and bestselling author of young adult fiction and nonfiction books such as ‘Meat Market’ and ‘The Gender Games’. Additionally she is a columnist for Attitude Magazine, hosts of the podcast ‘So I Got To Thinking…’,…
Daniellé Dash | WELCOME
Mar 9 • 7 min
Daniellé Dash is a TV executive and cultural writer. She has written for places such as Metro, Black Ballad and on her own blog, as well as being a columnist for Trench. She is also the writer, director and producer of award winning web series Dear Jesus.…
Anneka Harry | REALISTIC
Mar 8 • 6 min
Anneka Harry is a comedy performer, producer and non-fiction writer. Her work has been featured on the likes of Channel 4, the BBC, Grazia magazine and MTV, and she is the author of Gender Rebels, all about influential women in history. Her word of the…
Adah Parris | EMERGENCE
Mar 7 • 6 min
Adah Parris is a public speaker, performance artist and futurist. She specialises in strategic consulting, public speaking and transformational coaching focusing on identity, culture, economics and ecosystems. Her word of the day is Emergence. CONNECT…
Kelechi Okafor | ANGER
Mar 6 • 5 min
Kelechi Okafor is an actor, writer and public speaker. She is the host of award winning podcast Say Your Mind as well as founding Kelechnekoff Fitness studio, where she teaches pole dance and twerk. Her word of the day is Anger. CONNECT WITH KELECHI: I:…
Abbi Greenland | UNCERTAINTY
Mar 5 • 6 min
Abbi Greenland is a performer and theatre maker. She is ⅓ of the physical theatre company RashDash, an associate company of the Royal Exchange Theatre. She has performed up and down the country from London to Edinburgh to Manchester. Her word of the day…
Zing Tsjeng | FORGIVENESS
Mar 4 • 5 min
Zing Tsjeng is the executive editor of VICE and a journalist specialising in women’s and LGBTQ rights, politics, culture and lifestyle. She hosts podcasts for the likes of BBC Sounds and Vice, and has written a series of books about forgotten women in…
Ruby Tandoh | NOURISH
Mar 3 • 5 min
Ruby Tandoh is a food writer, blogger and cook. She is the author of 3 books, including the Sunday Times bestseller ‘Eat Up’, all about re-learning the joy of food and improving our personal relationships with it. Her word of the day is Nourish. CONNECT…
Jada Sezer | DEVELOPMENT
Mar 2 • 6 min
Jada Sezer is a plus size and body acceptance activist, model and UN Women Ambassador. She hosts podcasts including Unsubscribe and Project Body Love. She has a masters in Child Psychotherapy and is a mental health advocate. Her word of the day is…
Bernardine Evaristo | COMMUNITY
Mar 1 • 7 min
Bernardine Evaristo is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her book ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2019. Bernardine is also the Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature as well as being Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel…
Laura Dockrill | SUR-THRIVAL
Feb 29 • 9 min
Laura Dockrill is an award-winning author, illustrator and performance poet, with 13 children and young adult books under her belt. She has been nominated twice for the CILIP Carnegie Medal for her novel Lorali as well as the Darcy Burdock series, which…
Anthems: International Women’s Month Trailer
Feb 3 • 0 min
Introducing “Anthems”, a collection of 31 original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional women, that celebrate and contemplate what it means to be a woman. Our beauty, our failures, our rich heritage,…