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Aclass offers free workshops to aspiring LGBTQ+ podcasters

Acast wants to encourage "Acasts wants to encourage LBGTQ+ creators to share their story through thought-provoking conversation, interviews, comedy, history, politics, and so much more."

Aclass: Queer Voices, a free workshop for new and aspiring podcasters in the LGBTQ+ community, will take place on Zoom on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30 – 8:30pm GMT. Anyone can sign up now to secure a spot.

Hosted by Acast, the power source of podcasting globally, Aclass: Queer Voices is the latest in the company’s Aclass event series; created to celebrate and amplify voices from underrepresented communities in podcasting, and enable the next generation of podcasters.

The event is being held during LGBT History Month, an annual month-long celebration and observance of LGBT history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Acast believes podcasts are uniquely able to amplify underrepresented voices, and those that are less heard in other mainstream media. Open-to-all and with low-barriers to entry, Acast wants to encourage LBGTQ+ creators to share their story through thought-provoking conversation, interviews, comedy, history, politics, and so much more.

Joining Acast at the workshop is critically acclaimed comedian Suzi Ruffell, and host of Out With Suzi Ruffell: a podcast about the inspiring lives of LGBTQ+ people, featuring guests such as Joe Lycett, Gok Wan and Steph McGovern. As well as Shivani Dave, BBC Radio presenter and producer of The Log Books: a podcast that explores Britain’s queer history through the records from the LGBT+ helpline Switchboard, and the winner of Best New Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2020.

Attendees will hear from successful podcasters and industry experts, who’ll be sharing their experiences of developing shows, and real-world advice for making a start in the audio industry as LGBTQ+ creators. The session will be jam-packed with tips, tricks, and thought-provoking discussions for budding podcasters to help them create and develop their own podcasts.

“Aclass helps us to adapt the podcast landscape for the better, by giving new podcasters the insider tips and tricks we’ve learned from years of experience supporting and nurturing audio creators” said Sam Shetabi, Content Director at Acast. “It’s especially exciting to launch our next Aclass during LGBT History Month alongside Shivani Dave from The Log Books on the panel — the show is a graduate of our very first Aclass in 2019, and we couldn’t be prouder that a podcast that celebrates Britain’s LGBT+ history earnt such incredible acclaim. Both Shivani and Suzi are outstanding creators, and we’re excited to welcome them at Aclass: Queer Voices, for LGBTQ+ storytellers to learn and be inspired.”

Aclass will take place virtually on Zoom, Thursday February 25, from 6:30 – 8:30pm GMT. To register attendance, sign up here: https://bit.ly/36N4FPc

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