Melbourne based podcast The Gays Are Revolting have made the tough decision to end the show at 101 episodes.
In an Instagram post the podcast announced they were going on an “indefinite hiatus”, but co-host Thomas Jaspers said it was unlikely they would return to a weekly show.
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Our dear Revolters, there’s no easy way to say this, so here goes: The Gays Are Revolting will be going on an indefinite hiatus at the end of this month. We’ve had such an incredible time making this show and sharing not only our own stories, but the stories of the inspiring queer community members we’ve featured over the last two years. Today we released our 98th episode, and it’s been a dream from day dot to hit 100. We’re pushing that number to 101, and we promise our last few episodes will be some of our best. It’s not goodbye forever, but it is farewell for now. In this week’s episode, we discuss how the show has impacted our lives, as well as bring you an exceptional conversation with trans artist, poet, zine-maker and podcast-producer @erinkyan, who chats to us about the experience of dating as a disabled person, how he continues to celebrate his body despite societal expectations, and how local queer nightlife venues can do better in disability inclusion. A must hear for any queer event producers! And in this week's After Show we're joined by Dylan O'Hara from Vixen Collective to discuss the fight to decriminalise sex work in Victoria and how the local queer sex work community has been impacted by COVID-19. To our Patrons, we hope you’ll join us for one final live stream on Thursday 20th of August (after we record our final episode). It’s your financial support that has helped us achieve over 100 episodes of The Gays Are Revolting, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your pink cash dollars.
“We are definitely keeping the door open for one off specials like Mardi Gras or Midsumma,” he said.
“But I think generally we have all sort of come to the agreement. It’s time to end it on a high and let other people’s voices come forward.”
The podcast will produce two more episodes before turning off their microphones for good.
“Since COVID started we have been recording remotely and it is really difficult. There is something that you lose when you’re not sitting across the desk from someone.
“Also in Melbourne the entire queer community is effected… and there isn’t a lot to talk about at the moment and we didnt want to keep creating episodes for the sake of making them.”
The Gays Are Revolting was nominated Best Comedy at the Australian Podcast Awards in 2019 and gets 40,000 listeners per month.
The podcast has also performed in front of multiple sold out live shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Mr Jaspers said he and his co-hosts have received support from their fans following the announcement of the show ending.
“For me the messages that stand out most are from people from remote or rural communities or in a position in life where they are not open or out.
“They have created a sense of community by listening to our podcast and also stay up to date with things that are happening within the community.”
The final episode of The Gays Are Revolting will air on August 22nd and can be listened to on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.