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The Closet - Episode One

Luke Hempleman
Closet EP.1

This is The Closet. A three part podcast series sharing the stories of nine young people who identify as part of the rainbow community, and advocating for more media representation of LGBTQIA+ people.

In Episode One, "Hiding", you'll hear how it feels to hide your sexuality, and the lengths you sometimes have to go to. We discuss how the visibility of queer people in the media has an effect on kids, and how important it is to help them realise their own identities.

For any young person struggling with their identity, reach out: QTOPIA has an amazing wealth of resources available.

Or, contact Alice Anderson at for a more direct link.


Listen to the full interviews here:



Creative Minds by Benjamin Tissot

This is Difficult for Me by Lee Rosevere

Transitioning by Lee Rosevere

Keeping Old Letters by Lee Rosevere