38 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.
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The Log Books Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

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    • 4.9 • 293 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
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    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    “Needs support and reassurance” | Episode 6

    “Needs support and reassurance” | Episode 6

    Understanding and awareness of various gender identities grew from 1992 to 2003, and more and more trans people called Switchboard for support. This episode offers a fascinating insight into how the LGBTQI+ community evolved over the period, and how trans people grew stronger in asserting their identities. Essential listening for anyone interested in the recent history of gender and queer identity. Tash and Adam also hear from Steph Fuller, the general manager of Switchboard, about the nature of calls about gender identity today.
    Content warning: archaic language around transgender identities, transphobia, and stories of negative medical experiences.
    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:
    Mermaids
    London Friend
    Gendered Intelligence 
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 54 min
    “They do mean us harm” | Episode 5

    “They do mean us harm” | Episode 5

    On April 30th 1999, the Admiral Duncan gay pub in Soho was bombed by a homophobic Nazi. The attack followed a series of calls to Switchboard threatening violence. In this episode, Adam, Tash and volunteers at the helpline tell the story of the bombing from the phone room, as volunteers rushed to support the LGBTQI+ community. We also hear from John Sizzle, who runs The Glory pub in east London, on creating safer queer spaces today.
    Content warning: homophobic language, and stories of hate crime and violence.
    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 bombing, we recommend the Netflix documentary Nail Bomber: Manhunt
    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
    https://www.thelogbooks.org
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
293 Ratings

293 Ratings

subeeaukidd ,

One of the most beautiful podcasts

I have laughed, I have cried, this is our history I thought would never be heard 🖤

John Eden ,

Fab

Beautiful and affecting social history. One of my favourite podcasts. So good.

tristanjbarber ,

LGBTQ+ history told brilliantly

The Log Books is fantastic! Emotional, hilarious, reflective, devastating at times. Don’t miss this excellent podcast.

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