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78 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
Stay in school kids…would've been the worst piece of advice to hear as a noughties teen. But it turns out that with time, the dumb bullshit you endure eventually materialises into some pretty lol anecdotes.But in all seriousness, finding your feet in an education system that doesn’t cater for all, is pretty damn tough - Brendan and Matthew can vouch for that. In this episode they joke their way through the highs and lows of school, before hearing from two incredibly important people who are working to make schools safer and more inclusive. Alex Holmes, from the Diana Award, offers insight into the work they do to tackle bullying and Chloe Davies, of Diversity Role Models and UK Black Pride, explains the importance of educating students on the spectrum of roles available in the world, just outside the classroom walls.
92 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
E4: Can I get an Amen? No, seriously, can I?
Religion is a complicated topic for any LGBT+ person. This week, Brendan and Matthew skim over their own thoughts about the church, good and bad, and highlight the damaging impact of conversion therapy. They’re also joined by an incredibly special guest, author of Boy Erased, Garrard Conley, to discuss his memoir which details his own experiences with conversion therapy. It’s our longest episode yet, sorry not sorry.
78 minutes | Jan 15, 2019
E3: Nurture or Hurt-Yah?
In this episode Brendan and Matthew discuss what it was like to grow up in their respective households and the things that have since had a long-term effect on their mental health. Also, Phil Samba, an activist and all-round angel, joins them to share his story and what it felt like to grow up in a Black African family as a gay man. It’s a heavy one, but stick with us. Please note this episode comes with a content warning.
62 minutes | Jan 1, 2019
This episode is all about outlook. It’s a new year, so Brendan and Matthew take time to reflect on where they are mentally and how they are moving past their rock bottoms. In an interview with Natasha Walker, co-chair of Switchboard - the LGBT helpline - they learn how Switchboard volunteers are able to change the outlook of those calling when in their rock bottoms and how they leave feeling more at ease about their situations. Brendan and Matthew then think about the short and long-term fixes to help improve their outlooks, ready to hit 2019 hard.
27 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Bottomin' Round the Christmas Tree
In this Christmas special, Brendan and Matthew answer quickfire (ish) questions about the holidays and offer a bit of advice to those who find it tricker than most to head home this time of year. Sleigh bitches.
53 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
E1: Just The Tip
Bottoming (verb) - to reach the lowest point before stabilising or improving. Brendan and Matthew introduce you to the podcast and talk (and laugh) you through their own rock bottoms.
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