Pop Culture Fix: Sports Gays, Lace Up! E.R. Fightmaster Is Starting a Podcast For You

Feature image of E.R. Fightmaster, host of the new podcast Jockular, by Chris Polk/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images

E.R. Fightmaster, Tien Tran and Katie Kershaw are Starting a Podcast about Queer, Trans, and Women’s Sports

E.R. Fightmaster, of Grey's Anatomy fame, Tien Tran from How I Met Your Father, and Katie Kershaw from Killing It pose with various sports-balls for their new podcast "Jockular"

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Three queer friends who love to chat about sports are making their group chat public by way of a podcast called Jockular, and to that we say “thank you.” E.R. Fightmaster, of Grey’s Anatomy fame, Tien Tran from How I Met Your Father, and Katie Kershaw from Killing It are getting together to make a comedy/sports podcast.

In reading about this podcast, the part that perked my ears up is when they said, “And just to be clear, we won’t be talking stats and numbers, but we do hope you can help us figure out where Kim Mulkey gets her blazers.” Because I, for one, am not a sports gay. However, I do like to know the sports gossip. I like to know which women’s soccer players are dating each other, and I like seeing WNBA players get dressed up for events. My favorite part of watching sports with my friends (the only time I do watch sports) is when they give me the tea on who dated who, who is currently feuding, who came out, who they think is about to come out, and all that fun stuff.

And while I don’t know nearly enough about sports to know if this podcast is the first of its kind, it doesn’t really matter; there are 9000 places you can go to hear cis straight men’s opinions about the cis straight men who play sports. The more places you can go to hear queer and trans people talking about queer and trans and women’s sports, the better. Women’s sports are undervalued (and women athletes are underpaid), and a lot of conversations about women’s sports are, rightfully, about that. But it will be a relief to have a fun, uplifting podcast about women’s sports with a focus on the queer players, and trans athletes in general. And hey, if these sports teams get new fans by way of a comedy podcast, it’s a win-win situation.


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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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