Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is a hero and inspiration to many within the LGBT community and was honoured a few years ago with a blue plaque at his Southwark home. He chats to Rosie about his memories of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970s London, how Pride has evolved over the years, the debate around whether the gay UKIP group should be allowed to march at this year’s event, the same sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland, LGBTI-inclusive sex education in schools and The Big Gay Pub Quiz – a fundraising event for his Peter Tatchell Foundation taking place on 23 June at Bankside Space and hosted by Timberlina.
Back in February, we were among many people praising director, writer and actress Desiree Akhavan for her wonderfully cool, funny Brooklyn-set film Appropriate Behaviour about a young woman Shirin coming out as bi to her Iranian family. Desiree now lives in London and joins us to promote the forthcoming DVD release on 29 June. She reveals that Shirin is a heightened version of herself and that one of her new projects is a comedy about a lesbian who comes out as bisexual at 30 and starts dating men for the first time.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is the new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the bestselling When God Was a Rabbit. Laura Macdougall talks to Sarah about magic, lighthouses, writing about trauma and outsiders, and how her acting career has influenced her writing. She also reveals the origins of the name Marvellous.
Australian poet, storyteller, educator and performer Candy Royalle tells us what she has in store for her set at our Queer’Say event at Hackney Attic on 21 June. Currently on her Butch Priestess international tour, she blends genres by integrating sound effects via loops pedals and collaborating with film makers. She was motivated to start creating this work as she felt that she had no voice as a queer woman of colour but now feels privileged to travel the world doing what she loves. She performs a short piece entitled Love.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Sarah MacDougall: Grand Canyon from the album Grand Canyon
2) Candy Royalle: Loud Noises from the album Frida People