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It's Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay History


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BBC three part mini-series documenting Gay and Lesbian history in the UK from the early 1900's up to the mid-90's. Archival footage and interviews with 22 lesbians and gay men give an overview of gay history in the UK from the 1920's. Clause 28, the Well of Lonliness, AIDS, the Pet shop Boys, it's all there in some form or another. Part 1 of 3 – Age of Innocence: the interwar years when homosexuality was driven underground. Nevertheless, many people were sexually active, such as those in the artistic Bloomsbury set. Featuring an interview with a companion of novelist Radclyffe Hall, plus other testimonies. Part 2 of 3 – Double Lives: the late 40s and 50s. In spite of the fear and repression of the era, many were able to form loving and lasting relationships. The men and women who lived through this time talk about their experiences and describe how the battle for law and reform was fought and eventually won in 1967. Part 3 of 3 – Coming Out: the extraordinary explosion of liberation politics, living and loving together openly and the heady days of disco culture. And interviewees tell how the gay community has rallied together with the onslaught of Aids.

Its Not Unusual from Kestin Stewart on Vimeo.

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