PROUD: On the Mic

About our series

In a time when we cannot physically be together, On the Mic is a chance to connect with the LGBTQ+ travel community no matter where you are in the world. Hosted by the fabulous James Barr (@imjamesbarr), PROUD Experiences' podcast is a celebration of differences, sharing the mic with amazing people from across LGBTQ+ communities whilst forging new, inclusive relationships with wonderful travel destinations across the globe.

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Hannah Graf

Hannah served as an officer of the British Army, becoming the highest-ranking transgender soldier, and as an advocate for LGBT rights was awarded an MBE in 2019.

Jack Graf

Jake is an international multi-award-winning director, writer and actor based in London known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl' and ‘Colette’, and for viral hit ‘Headspace’.

James Barr

Co-host of the award-winning LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay & A NonGay, James is a comedian, TV and radio presenter, columnist and our very own podcast host!

Episode Two

Simon Mayle

An Englishman in São Paulo, Simon is PROUD Experiences' fabulous Event Director and a great believer in the power of travel to open minds and drive change.

Shannon Knapp

From innovating as President & CEO of Leading Hotels to vacationing with her wife and two children, Shannon is the bridge between luxury and LGBTQ+ travel.

James Barr

Co-host of the award-winning LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay & A NonGay, James is a comedian, TV and radio presenter, columnist and our very own podcast host!

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Raquel Willis

Raquel is a Black transgender activist, writer and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly transgender women of colour.

Mark Fletcher

Credited for the continued innovation of Manchester Pride Festival, as CEO, Mark focuses all his energy in to the charity which campaigns for LGBT+ equality.

James Barr

Co-host of the award-winning LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay & A NonGay, James is a comedian, TV and radio presenter, columnist and our very own podcast host!

Memorable Moments

I sometimes struggle with Pride Month. Pride is not for a month. Pride is all year long. Pride is always.

Mark Fletcher
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I want people to lean into discomfort; comfort is a privilege, and a lot of people have been feeling discomfort for a long time.

Raquel Willis
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Open your mind

Explore new ideas and create future innovations.