From Shame To Pride
In the radio history From Shame To Pride, novelist Val McDermid, herself in a long-term lesbian partnership, explores the story of same-sex love. From the molly-houses of 18th century London, where men met to enjoy same-sex company, dancing and drinking in relative safety, to the moment in 1967 when consenting men in private might have a sexual relationship without fear of the Police knocking at the door.
In the first programme, historians Matt Cook, Rictor Norton and Rebecca Jennings join Val to chart the lives of homosexuals from the Renaissance to the Victorian age, when finally the death penalty for homosexual acts was repealed. And she hears the story of Anne Lister, a Yorkshire gentlewoman from the Georgian era, who not only owned and managed coalmines on her estate near Halifax, but also had a string of passionate lesbian affairs and even went through a form of marriage ceremony to her beloved.