40 episodes

**Best New Podcast (Gold) at the British Podcast Awards 2020**
What if you could glimpse into LGBTQIA+ life from decades ago? Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written notes in the charity's log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Zmith are re-opening these pages today, to explore untold stories from Britain’s queer history.
Each episode explores a different theme from LGBTQIA+ life through log book entries, dozens of voices sharing their own memories, and conversations about being queer today.
https://www.thelogbooks.org
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The Log Books Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

    • History
    • 4.8 • 320 Ratings

**Best New Podcast (Gold) at the British Podcast Awards 2020**
What if you could glimpse into LGBTQIA+ life from decades ago? Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written notes in the charity's log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Zmith are re-opening these pages today, to explore untold stories from Britain’s queer history.
Each episode explores a different theme from LGBTQIA+ life through log book entries, dozens of voices sharing their own memories, and conversations about being queer today.
https://www.thelogbooks.org
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.

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    INTRODUCING: New podcast Black and Gay, Back in the Day

    INTRODUCING: New podcast Black and Gay, Back in the Day

    We'd love to introduce you to this new podcast Black and Gay, Back in the Day which brings to life a photo archive of Black LGBTQIA+ life in Britain, from the 1970s through to the early 2000s. 
    Each episode is an intergenerational journey focusing on a key photograph from the archive - joining stories of the past, with those of today. Marc Thompson is the gentle, inquisitive and warm guide to the archive, helping a rotation of younger Black LGBTQIA+ co-hosts navigate these often untold stories. Each episode covers a different theme drawn out of a single photograph from the collection, submerging you into Black LGBTQIA+ history.


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    • 2 min
    BONUS: Tash and Adam tour the Out And About LGBTQ+ exhibition at the Barbican

    BONUS: Tash and Adam tour the Out And About LGBTQ+ exhibition at the Barbican

    In this bonus episode made for Nothing Concrete, the podcast of London's Barbican, Tash and Adam riffle through many more items from LGBTQ+ history. The Bishopsgate Institute doesn't just look after the amazing Switchboard log books — they also hold gay badges, protest placards, intimate photo albums and historical trackie tops. Forty of these items are being displayed in the free exhibition Out and About! at the Barbican in London from February 28th to March 21st. To mark the occasion, Adam and Tash made this special episode for Nothing Concrete, featuring archivist Stef Dickers and recorded on location at the Barbican and in the bowels of Bishopsgate.
    Transcript here.
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    • 36 min
    “Thank you for being here” | Episode 10

    “Thank you for being here” | Episode 10

    This is it! After three seasons covering 1974 to 2003, Tash and Adam reach the final page in the log books in Switchboard’s archive. In this closing episode of The Log Books, Adam and Tash reflect on all the stories they’ve heard across the three years making this podcast. They also bring to light one type of log book entry that has not yet been covered in the podcast, and listen to young people who are living our queer futures.
    Thank YOU, our amazing listeners, for joining us on this moving, empowering and joyous journey!
    Content warning: biphobia, suicide and archaic language about transgender identities
    Transcript here.
    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBTQI+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline. With thanks to the Bishopsgate Institute. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 56 min
    “Not suitably dressed” | Episode 9

    “Not suitably dressed” | Episode 9

    Rubber? Feet? Piss? Flogging? Role play? What’s your kink? In this episode Tash and Adam listen to dozens of dirty stories from the LGBTQI+ community in the 90s. From the publicly funded multi-gender kink night at the London Lesbian and Gay Centre to people wearing nappies and S&M dykes — this episode is raw, sexy, hilarious... and you’ll never be the same again. We also speak to Alex (the DJ Kiwi) from Crossbreed and Matt Skully about running kinky events and club nights today.
    Content warning: extreme sex practices and state homophobia
    Transcript here.
    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBTQI+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline. With thanks to the Bishopsgate Institute. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Interested and willing” | Episode 8

    “Interested and willing” | Episode 8

    In the 90s more and more lesbians called Switchboard to ask where they could get hold of sperm. All sorts of LGBTQI+ people in the period sought to make families outside of conventional methods and constraints. In this episode, Tash and Adam hear stories from the people who pioneered queer family-making. We also catch-up with some folks who have their own experiences and opinions on what queer family means to them today.
    Content warning: homophobia
    Transcript here.
    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBTQI+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline. With thanks to the Bishopsgate Institute. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
    For more information about the themes in this episode, take a look at:
    NHS info: having a baby if you’re LGBT+ 
    Stonewall: parenting rights
    COTS: Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy
    PACT: Parents and Children Together
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    “The inability of others to understand” | Episode 7

    “The inability of others to understand” | Episode 7

    There is still so much work to be done in making sure LGBTQI+ people with disabilities have what they need, but the 90s saw a definite shift in the right direction. Legal change, growing awareness, and a place at the front of the Pride march. In this episode, Tash and Adam hear from queer disability rights campaigners and, of course, Switchboard volunteers about handling calls about intersecting identities. They also catch up with Erin Ekins about the experience of being queer and neurodivergent today.
    Content warning: archaic language around disability.
    Transcript here.
    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBTQI+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline. With thanks to the Bishopsgate Institute. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
    For more information about the themes in this episode, take a look at:
    Para Pride: Pride. In. Everyone.
    Regard: Supporting Disabled LGBTQ people
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

florianoah ,

Possibly my favourite podcast

This podcast is fantastic and likely my favourite, I recommend people listen to it a lot. As someone with an interest in queer history and archiving and revealing queer history it was definitely something I’d be into. It’s a brilliant mix of informative, amusing and moving and gives a fascinating insight into a slice of queer British history.

Evey_Hammond ,

Queer history, queer futures

This podcast is a moving, inspiring and ultimately heartening immersive experience: listening to the lives, loves and activism of our queer elders, and the progress that has been and continues to be made in queer rights and queer lives. Such a heart-warming listen... And such a valuable resource. Thank you, Tash & Adam and Switchboard. 🖤💜💙💚💛🧡❤️🥰

Emm@1 ,

A life affirming listen

I have loved following this podcast. It's made me feel connected to the LGBTQ+ community and our history when I haven't been able to have much of a physical connection to it. Very moving in places and always entertaining.

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