Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain
Programme Length: 60 mins x 2
Broadcaster: BBC 4
Broadcast Date: TBC
In this unique series, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from across the country have been digging out and sharing the mementoes and memorabilia that changed their lives over 50 years since the landmark 1967 Act decriminalised homosexuality.
The result is a crowd-sourced collection of some of the rarest, most personal, most heartbreaking and inspiring artefacts in our history; a banned book, a nun’s habit, a passport, an original Heaven Gold card, naval discharge papers, George Michael’s autograph and the long lost panels from the AIDS memorial quilt.
Produced by 7Wonder and presented by comedians Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, the films chart a rollercoaster journey – from the audacity of a Gay Liberation Front commune, to the anguish of the AIDS crisis, from the struggle against Section 28 to the ecstasy of Pride ’97, from the death of friends in the Admiral Duncan bombing to the joy of a lesbian marriage – this is the story of all of us, the people we loved and the people we sometimes hated.
From being locked up for daring to love someone, to marrying that same person 50 years on, this extraordinary history is told by ordinary people through their personal stories and most treasured possessions.