LISTEN: The Log Books Podcast takes a fresh look at LGBTQI history

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The untold stories of queer life in Britain from 45 years ago BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As a helpline for anyone who wants to talk about gender identity and sexuality, Switchboard has been hearing from and helping queer people since 1974. Their newest venture comes in the form of a podcast and it’s a great way [….]

“How I met 200 naked lesbians”… what happened next

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After experiencing the summer camp of a lifetime, Shirley Ridson set about creating an event in the UK BY SHIRLEY RIDSON Read the first part of Shirley’s story here: divamag.co.uk/2019/04/16/how-i-met-200-naked-lesbians My friend and I left the magical island of Sejero off the north coast of Denmark, where we had spent a memorable time at a [….]

Introducing the queer codebreakers

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“Digital archives are helping LGBTQI communities to take ownership of their stories” BY SHARON WEBB Across the country, individuals and communities (most of whom are volunteers) are collecting, digitising and making available digital objects that capture moments of LGBTQI history – as well as moments of personal histories and herstories. Projects like Queer In Brighton capture [….]

Gay in the 90s: Section 28, “filthy queers” and lesbian chic

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As DIVA celebrates its 25th birthday, Georgina Turner reflects on how much – and how little – has changed since the magazine was first published in 1994 Words Georgina Turner For the queer community in Britain, the 1990s was a decade inflected by Section 28 – pearl-clutching horror at the notion that school children might [….]

Bird La Bird’s Queer People’s History Show: A hilarious, accessible and eye-opening evening

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 “It’s a hugely important insight into LGBTQ+ history that’ll leave you both enlightened and angry” BY ELEANOR NOYCE The great milestones made by the LGBTQI+ community with regards to equality and acceptance mean that, more often than not, queer history is left by the wayside. Despite movements by the contemporary government towards a more inclusive [….]