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Each week, Ashley and Wayne take you on a deep dive into the dark side of the rainbow.  Wayne and Ashley are longtime true crime lovers, but decided it was time to start their own true crime podcast when they realized there wasn’t much representation for true crime in the LGBTQIA community.  We sat down and chatted with the two super funny hosts about the inspiration for their show. 

What inspired you to start your podcast?

Ashley and I became acquainted when she and my boyfriend Hunter began working together part time as baristas. Over the course of their friendship and all of us spending time together, we discovered that Ashley as well as myself had a shared interest… true crime! Conversation after conversation took place. You know the ones, “OMG what did you think of this?! What is your theory about this?! Can you believe this?! Who is your favorite (insert something most would find disturbing here)?!” Witnessing these interactions between us, our respective partners suggested that we start a podcast. At the time I wasn’t exactly on board with the idea. My response was something along the lines of “there are a million true crime podcasts out there! If I were going to be a part of something like that, it would have to be something unique. Something that not everyone else is doing!” Fast-forward to several days (maybe even a few weeks later) I was lazily going through the motions of getting myself ready for work one Monday morning, silently considering what podcast I was going to listen to during my commute, when a thought struck me… “I wonder if anyone does a true crime podcast that only features LGBTQIA stories?! That would be awesome!” A quick google and search of Apple Podcasts revealed to me (at the time at least) that no one was in fact producing that specific type of show. I immediately then texted Ashley saying “I have had an epiphany. We will have a true crime podcast only featuring LGBTQIA cases… and it shall be called Slay Queens! lol”. Needless to say she was immediately on board and began working on the project quickly. The process has been a bit harder than we both anticipated, and we are constantly working to improve what we are creating, but it’s been an amazing journey! These stories need to be told and we are both humbled and honored to be the ones to do so!

What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you? 

My initial interest in true crime started way back when my mom and stepdad tuned in weekly to see Robert Stack tell us all about “Unsolved Mysteries”. It quickly became my favorite show on TV (at the ripe old age of 6). Many years later, for a short period of time, my family lived in the town of Tupelo, MS. There, I befriended a group of kids who told me the story of Leigh Occhi, a 13 year old girl they had all known from school who went missing from her home under significantly mysterious circumstances. At that time and to this very day, her fate and whereabouts remain unknown. That whole situation BOGGLED MY MIND and stuck with me years after I had moved away from the area.

What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?

Leigh Occhi! As well as Brian Shaffer, Bryce Laspisa, and of course I have to throw Maura Murray in there.

What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show! 

Of late. I am faithfully tuning in to Murder Minute, Strictly Stalking, Forensic Myles, Crime Junkie, Down the Hill, and Going West.

How can our readers find and support you? 

Most listeners stream us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, but we can be found on all the major platforms (with the exception of IHeartRadio and Stitcher). To support the show on social media a quick search of “Slay Queens Pod” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Patreon will take you right to us!

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