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Ordinary people share the objects that have helped define their lives since homosexuality was decriminalised, including naval discharge papers and even a pair of Ugg boots.

Every so often the world changes beyond your wildest dreams. In 1967 the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people the opportunity to start living openly for the first time.

Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, this unique series features LGBTQ people from across the UK as they share the objects that helped define their lives during these transformative 50 years.

In episode two, these crowdsourced artefacts include a copy of the controversial schoolbook Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin, naval discharge papers, even a pair of Ugg boots.

We meet the nun-impersonating freedom fighters the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the writer behind TV's steamiest lesbian kiss and a Muslim man who set up an LGBT support group for Southeast Asians.

Ranging over the past 30 years, this was an era when public acceptance of homosexuality overtook the government's - a time when many celebrities came out and stood up for LGBTQ rights.

But this is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times - told through their treasured possessions - charting the joys and heartbreaks of just being true to yourself.

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History Of LGBTQ Britain is part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 24 Jun 2020 23:35


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Frankie Knuckles

    Your Love

  • 00:03

    The Everly Brothers

    ('til) I Kissed You

  • 00:04

    The Simon May Orchestra


  • 00:04

    Love Unlimited Orchestra

    Love's Theme

  • 00:04

    The Simon May Orchestra


  • 00:05

    Level 42

    Lessons In Love

  • 00:06

    Freddie Phillips


  • 00:06

    Pet Shop Boys

    It's A Sin

  • 00:08

    Cocteau Twins

    The Thinner The Air

  • 00:13


    Never Tear Us Apart

  • 00:14

    David Bowie

    A Small Plot of Land

  • 00:15

    Pet Shop Boys

    West End Girls

  • 00:17

    Pet Shop Boys

    It Couldn't Happen Here

  • 00:18

    Terence Trent D’Arby

    Dance Little Sister

  • 00:19

    Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin

    Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

  • 00:22

    Meek Mill

    Lord Knows

  • 00:22


    Sex Crime (1984)

  • 00:23

    Massive Attack

    Better Things

  • 00:24

    Tony De Vit

    Burning Up (Trade Club Mix)

  • 00:25

    Grace Jones


  • 00:26

    Tall Paul

    Rock Da House

  • 00:27

    Kate Bush

    Army Dreamers

  • 00:29


    The Drowners

  • 00:30



  • 00:31


    To The End

  • 00:35

    The Smiths

    Rubber Ring

  • 00:36

    The Smiths

    William, It Was Really Nothing

  • 00:33

    Belle and Sebastian


  • 00:37


    A Little Respect

  • 00:39


    Disco 2000

  • 00:39


    Disco 2000

  • 00:40

    Gina G

    Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit

  • 00:40

    Pet Shop Boys

    Go West

  • 00:42

    George Michael


  • 00:44

    Daddy's Favourite

    Feel Good Things For You

  • 00:45

    Nine Inch Nails

    2 Ghosts I

  • 00:48

    Etta James

    At Last

  • 00:50


    Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher

  • 00:47


    Champagne Supernova

  • 00:41

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    The Power Of Love

  • 00:52

    Amy Winehouse

    Wake Up Alone

  • 00:54


    Brimful of Asha

  • 00:54


    Brimful of Asha


Role Contributor
Presenter Susan Calman
Presenter Stephen K Amos
Production Company 7 Wonder Productions
Interviewed Guest Austin Allen
Interviewed Guest Louise Carolin
Interviewed Guest Geoff Hardy
Interviewed Guest Peter Roscoe
Interviewed Guest Liam Boudicca
Interviewed Guest Ian Elmslie
Interviewed Guest Ian Lucas
Interviewed Guest Bright Daffodil aka Adeleh Sansara
Interviewed Guest Emma Riley
Interviewed Guest Shaun Duggan
Interviewed Guest Mike Atkinson
Interviewed Guest Simon Johnson
Interviewed Guest Susan and Gerrie
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Black
Interviewed Guest Khakan Qureshi
Executive Producer Eve Kay
Director James Giles
Editor Bruce Law
Production Manager Rosie Gray
Production Assistant Harry Gardner
Production Assistant Pada Schaaf
Assistant Producer Joseph Ingham
Assistant Producer Emma Love
Executive Producer Steve Condie


Find out more about LGBTQ history through articles and a timeline charting landmarks of the past 50 years

Find out more about LGBTQ history through articles and a timeline charting landmarks of the past 50 years

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