25 episodes

Stories from Britain’s LGBTQIA+ history and conversations about being queer today

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The Log Book‪s‬ Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

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Stories from Britain’s LGBTQIA+ history and conversations about being queer today

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    “Would like to stay” | Episode 11

    “Would like to stay” | Episode 11

    We have so many fascinating stories for our final episode of the season: a lesbian who helped a gay immigrant to stay legally in the UK, a gay refugee who fled Syria, an Indian who learnt that cruising is different in India, Canada and the UK, and a British Indian who built mixed dance nights for London’s range of cultures.

    Tash and Adam hear about the people who phoned Switchboard for advice on how to live, love and work in the UK, and from a range of contributors with different perspectives on borders, cultures and LGBTQ+ identity.

    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.

    ‘Louise’ voiced by Cathy Tyson
    'Sami' voiced by Aso Sherabayani

    Clip from Here and Now: Gay Black Group used with permission from MACE, the Media Archive for Central England at the University of Lincoln. First broadcast on June 26th, 1983.


    For more information about the themes in this episode, take a look at:
    Legal advice from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
    Black Pride UK


    Naz and Matt Foundation
    Kaleidoscope Trust
    Peter Tatchell Foundation : Speaking out for Human Rights
    Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants
    UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group
    Gaysians


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    • 41 min
    “Crude form of censorship” | Episode 10

    “Crude form of censorship” | Episode 10

    After a gay bookshop was raided by customs officers in 1984, the booksellers fought back. This is the story of censorship and community solidarity, and it is not the only one in this episode. Tash and Adam explore the actions of the British state to stop people from seeing things that were considered obscene in the 80s. We also feature a story from people whose magazines and posters were seized, and Adam even sings a song.


    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.


    For more information, take a look at:
    More about Operation Tiger
    More about Yulia Tsvetkova’s case 
    Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest
    Ezra Benisty


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    “No reason whatsoever to doubt” | Episode 9

    “No reason whatsoever to doubt” | Episode 9

    From 1983 to 1991, calls to Switchboard about rape and domestic violence increased in number. So in this episode Tash and Adam hear some of those stories and ask volunteers from the time to share their experience of supporting survivors. This episode also features an account of how Switchboard evolved in order to improve how it handled calls about violence, and an update on how these matters are handled today by GALOP, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity.


    Content warning: domestic violence, abusive relationships, rape and sexual consent, and suicide.


    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.


    For more information, take a look at:
    Get help from GALOP
    SurvivorsUK for help with male rape and sexual abuse


    Book: 
    In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado 


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    • 39 min
    “Kiss my rump” | Episode 8

    “Kiss my rump” | Episode 8

    It wasn’t easy being young in the Eighties! Tash and Adam read log book entries and hear stories about growing up, looking for help, and even a teenager who took the government to court. We also catch up with the changes happening around relationships and sex education in schools right now, via Kaley Foran from The Key.


    Content warning: Suicide, sexual consent and under-age sex.


    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.


    For more information take a look at:
    Brook, a charity with help and advice about healthy relationships and sexual health
    Sex Education Forum, partners working on relationships and sex education for young people
    The Key, with advice for school leaders 
    Educate & Celebrate, helping to make education more inclusive


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    “Fatally disruptive” | Episode 7

    “Fatally disruptive” | Episode 7

    In 1988 the British government passed explicitly anti-gay legislation. Through log book entries from Switchboard, Tash and Adam return to the scene: lawmakers spaffing about what constitutes a family, gay teachers zipping up and living in fear, and bewildered young people with seemingly nowhere to turn to for advice. This episode is filled with untold stories about Section 28 of the Local Government Act and the censorship of LGBTQ+ lives — and concludes with the joyous launch of a new kids’ book by Olly Pike called Kenny Lives With Erica and Martina.


    Content warning: attacks on LGBTQ+ people, including language that some people may find offensive.


    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.


    TV clip from Gay Rights – The London Programme, produced by LWT, April 10th, 1987. 
    TV clip from Back In The Closet, produced by Thames TV, January 14th, 1988.


    For more information about Section 28, take a look at:
    Section 28 detailed history from the LGBT+ History Forum


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    • 36 min
    “Right on, sister!” | Episode 6

    “Right on, sister!” | Episode 6

    Lipstick on the windscreen to tackle homophobia — just one of the stories in this latest episode from 1983 to 1991. Tash and Adam focus on the hostility in the air during this period, from people using HIV/AIDS as a reason for their prejudice to tensions within Catholic families. We conclude by speaking to Hafsa Qureshi about her experience as a bisexual Muslim woman today.


    Content warning: attacks on LGBTQ+ people and biphobia.


    The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ 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 and the BFI National Archive.


    A book: 
    Go The Way Your Blood Beats by Michael Amherst


    For more information, take a look at:
    Imaan, supporting LGBTQ+ Muslims
    Hidayah, supporting LGBTQ+ Muslims
    Naz and Matt Foundation, tackling homophobia triggered by religion
    Tackling biphobia, support from GALOP 
    BiPride UK, a safe space for bisexual people in the UK
    OneBodyOneFaith, empowering LGBT+ Chrisitans advocating for change
    Keshet, supporting LGBTQ+ Jews
    Sarbat, LGBT Sikhs
    Quest, a support group for LGBT+ Catholics


    Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes
    Artwork by Natalie Doto
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

Lucafrasca ,

Emotional and informative

I have learnt more about the uk gay community in a week listening to this than in 20 years living in London.
Beautifully produced, wholly emotional and really really informative
Must be listened!

jjbrassington ,

Outstanding and so so important

I found your podcast this morning and have had to cancel my plans today because I can’t stop listening. It is brilliant. Sharing these untold stories is an education on our history that we are so often starved of. These intergenerational conversations are so important for our community to understand it’s history, and how we move forward together.

ByeBiGeorgie ,

Sensitive, informative, affirming

This rigorously researched and well produced podcast uses the lens of the Switchboard archives to explore LGBTQ+ history from the 70s to today. The presenters offer contemporary reflections on historic events and the show brings to light the untold struggle for LGBTQ rights to a new medium and to nee audiences. Many different aspects of life at Switchboard (and by extension LGBTQ+ experiences) is examined through themed episodes. The show doesn’t shy away from unlocking the history of discrimination within the LGBTQ+ community and helps to frame events with insightful and thoughtful insight. It’s filled a big gap in my knowledge, made me laugh, cry, reach out to friends and given me confidence to tall about LGBTQ+ issues personally and professionally. I can’t rate this podcast highly enough.

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