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Call Center Employee Uses Patreon to Fund LGBTQ Podcasts

A call center team lead uses Patreon to support two LGBTQ activism podcasts, earning over $800/month in contributions.
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What It's About

A trans woman creates two queer-centric podcasts to serve as a safe space for those without strong family and friend bases.

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Podcasting & Communication
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

When I asked Callie what equipment she uses, she said she’s convinced people care so much more about the content of your show than the sound quality. Fancy gear can’t make a boring conversation with a dispassionate host more interesting. Nevertheless, she shared what equipment she uses: Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface, Electro Voice RE-20 Cardioid Microphone, and the Logic Pro X.

Fun Fact

Callie ended up in Houston on Arian Foster's podcast, Now What?. He's a former Houston Texans running back and was one of the more popular players in the NFL before he retired. He sent out a tweet that he wanted to chat with someone from the transgender community and she was recommended. Check out the episode, here!

Notes from Chris

Episode 432
Callie Wright, in her own words, considers herself pretty privileged. Her day job as a team lead in a call center pays well, and no one she works with cares about her being queer or trans. She also has a supportive group of friends and family.

But not everyone who is queer and/or trans has the same experience. Callie remembers going to a vigil for a trans girl who was forced into conversion therapy and hearing an LGBTQ affirming minister say some things that made her feel out of place as a non-believer.

Callie decided to create a space not just for LGBTQ activism, but for secular activism as well. She now produces two podcasts, an activist show called The Gaytheist Manifesto and a storytelling show called The Queer side. Her goals with her podcasts are to curate a space where people feel safe, valued, loved, and protected and also to try to change the hearts and minds of people who have negative attitudes towards the LGBTQ community.

Callie’s first show The Gaytheist Manifesto launched in 2015. A little over a year into The Gaytheist Manifesto, she turned to her community and asked them to support it through Patreon. Patreon is a platform that helps creators get paid by running a membership business for their fans. Patrons pledge a monthly contribution, Callie rewards them with premium content, and Patreon delivers that content to her patrons.

In 2017, Callie added her second podcast, a storytelling show called The Queer Side. She immediately started a Patreon when this podcast launched. Between her two shows, today she receives over $800 each month in contributions. She’s also had roughly a dozen speaking opportunities as a result of these shows.

 
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