Chosen as the Best LGBT Podcast in 2023 by PopCon, Gayish is a gay podcast about stereotypes that bridges the gap between sexuality and actuality. Mike and Kyle talk about gay stereotypes they fit into, ones they don’t, and everything in between.
Esquire says Gayish brings “a sense of thoughtfulness along with humor to each topic.“ We’ve been mentioned on Buzzfeed, Oprah Magazine, Queerty, the Houston Chronicle, Hustler, QueerForty, and more. We’ve appeared on NPR’s WNYC podcast All of It and many, many others.
Past topics have included depression, daddies, pedophiles, and gay friendship. We’ve had guests ranging from a gay priest to a self-described late bloomer who came out in his 60s. Most well-known guests include drag superstars Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme (to talk about non-Drag Race topics), YouTuber Davey Wavey (to discuss our visit to a sex hotel), Jeffrey Masters from the LGBTQ&A podcast, Instagram’s @GayFatFriend to talk about being fat, and the always popular Ma Johnson (Mike’s wildly supportive mom).
Mike Johnson – Host
Mike (he/him) is a computer programmer living in Seattle, WA. Born and raised in Eastern Washington, he came out as gay in 2008 at the age of 30. He is an alumnus of Eastern Washington University, where he joined a fraternity (and still volunteers). He’s also a musician, drives a Jeep, and loves beer.
Kyle Getz – Host
Kyle (they/he) is a writer living in Seattle, WA with his dog Reynolds. He grew up in Katy, TX, and went to school at The University of Texas at Austin. Kyle came out when he was 19, and continues to come out all the time since most people confuse his height as a sign of straightness. Kyle enjoys top 40 pop music, wearing t-shirts and jeans, and trying to pretend that he didn’t forget your name. More at kylegetz.com.
Derek Tellin – Assistant Producer
Derek (he/him) constantly has his hands full of wieners, Zyla and Brocktree (“Broccoli”), his two miniature Dachshunds. Currently living in Seattle, Derek is an Iowa native and University of Iowa grad. He works for a local Seattle tech company and, starting with Gayish Episode 290, he also keeps Mike and Kyle in line. He came out at 16, although his parents said they knew he was gay at a very young age. He is a giant nerd who spends his free time playing Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon, and listening to NPR.
Former Team Members
“Fucking” Dan Garlington – Producer
Fucking Dan (he/him) is a 40-something, tattooed, pierced, polyamorous, cis, white, gay, Scorpio who was born in Seattle and never left the area. He’s worked at a pet store, a genetics lab, a tattoo shop, an ice cream parlor, a tech giant, a music shop, a bakery, as a dog sitter, and in multiple theaters doing prop and costume work.
The Gayish logo was designed by Cody Shipman.