The BBC Podcast looking at the LGBT+ history of Manchester

In This Place: Gaychester aims to examine different aspects of the city's queer history.

By Ben Brown | 19 November 2019

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A lot of people that I speak to, people in the ‘know’, tell me that podcasting is the future. Give it a couple of years and instead of me typing this I’ll be saying it into a microphone – difficult for many considering only about 16% of the human population can understand my accent.

But a dedicated team at BBC Education have decided to look to the future in order to examine the past, particularly the LGBT+ history of Manchester with their new podcast: In This Place: Gaychester.

Each of the 6 episodes focuses on a different aspect of the city’s queer history, presented by major players within the LGBT+ community including Nick Grimshaw, Cheddar Gorgeous, Dolly-Rose Campbell and more.

Available to listen to right now, here’s what each episode is about…

History of Canal Street
Nick Grimshaw takes a trip down Canal Street to learn how it earnt its place in LGBT+ history – growing from a single pub, to the heart of one of the most famous gay villages in the country.

Ballard of Harry Stokes
Ballads of the life of trans man Harry Stokes were hot gossip in 19th century Manchester. Annie Wallace (Hollyoaks) looks at what made Harry’s life so interesting to Victorians.

Manchester’s First Drag Ball?
Manchester drag royalty Cheddar Gorgeous looks back on a “Drag Ball” which took place in 1880, and how it might have helped to kick off Manchester’s LGBT+ scene.

Alan Turing’s Life in Manchester
Alan Turing is now the face of the £50 note – he’s known for his work in Bletchley Park – but what was his life in Manchester like? Rob Rinder looks back.

Manchester and Section 28
Dolly-Rose Campbell looks at how Manchester fought the introduction of Section 28, introduced in 1988 to prevent the “promotion of homosexuality”.

30 Years of The Albert Kennedy Trust
Phil Lester looks at The AKT, or Albert Kennedy Trust, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 – how did it come to start in Manchester and who was Albert?


In This Place: Gaychester