Rosie chats to Colin Clews, author of the blog Gay in the 80s, ahead of an event taking place at the Bishopsgate Institute on 21st April. LGBT London in the 1980s – The Media and the ‘Loony Left’ sees Colin and fellow speaker Linda Bellos OBE, who was leader of Lambeth Council during the late 80s, discussing the experiences of gay people living in the UK in this decade. He talks about his own coming out and first Pride marches as well as the media coverage at the time of HIV and AIDS.
Performance poet and writer Hannah Chutzpah tells us what she has in store for her appearance at Queer’Say at Tate Modern on 19 April. Her 2014 Edinburgh show Asking Nicely received a 5-star review from Three Weeks, a run during which her debut poetry pamphlet Alchemy, Treasure and Butterfly Wings was launched. She performs two poems, Permission and No Little Words.
Erik Tomlin and Chris Doyle of London Gay Symphonic Winds pop in to explain why the group, currently celebrating its 10th year, has decided to embrace all things geek with a host of sci-fi and game themes and costumes (plus a Tardis cake!) for their upcoming concert Geek on 18 April at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. They pick out their personal favourites from an array of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Disney and more.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Bronski Beat: Smalltown Boy from the album The Age of Consent
2) Paula Varjack: Dear Straight Girl from the EP Always Back Somewhere
3) Perfume Genius: All Along from the album Too Bright
4) Faye Patton: All Around Town from the album Dangerous Loving