The whole of today’s show on Ujima was devoted to LGBT History Month.
I began with some interviews I made at the event in Taunton on Saturday. These were with Steven from the Taunton Gay Group Alex from Somerset Libraries, who organised the event; and finally with Caroline Paige, an absolutely amazing lady who transitioned while serving as a pilot in the RAF and continued on active service after her transition. Anyone who flies helicopters in a war zone has my utmost admiration.
For the second half of the show I was joined in the studio by two guests. Firstly there was former Bristol MP, Stephen Williams. We talked about his time as one of the few openly gay MPs, and also about our shared love of LGBT History. The blog post on LGBT+ heritage sites that he talked about is here.
Stephen will be the headline guest at our LGBT History Month Event at M Shed on Saturday Feb. 16th. The full line-up of speakers is available here.
My second guest was author Alan Robert Clark who has written a novel about Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Eddy, who was involved in a gay sex scandal. There’s a bit more about the book, Prince of Mirrors, on the OutStories Bristol website.
You can listen to the show for the next month via the Ujima Listen Again service here.
All of the music for the show was by black LGBT artists, except for the new Saara Aalto single which I played because it is a charity fundraiser for Mermaids. Here’s the playlist:
- Titica – Ablua
- Andy Allo – If I Was King
- Prince – I Would Die 4 U
- Jackie Shane – Walking the Dog
- Tracy Chapman – Baby Can I Hold You?
- Saara Aalto – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
- Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel
- Labi Siffre – Sparrow in the Storm