From a Whisper to a Roar

From a Whisper to a Roar

By LORI E ALLEN
From a Whisper to a Roar forms part of an oral history project conducted by Opening Doors London and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project focuses on lived experiences of lesbian, bisexual and transwomen over the last 50 years - spanning the Stonewall Riots of ‘69 and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 to the present day. The podcast is a 3 part series with content taken from the 40+ interviews conducted by Evelyn Pittman and produced by Lori E Allen. Each of the interviews can be accessed in their entirety at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.
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Ep. 01: Stonewall Riots and the Gay Liberation Front

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Episode 2, Part 1. Lisa Power, mid 1970s Gay London
Meet Lisa Power, a dyke who's (in her own words) been around for donkeys years, as she recollects on gay seperatism, a fractioning feminist movement, and mid 70s London pride marches.  Special thanks to Lucy Rowland and Rachel James for their part in obtaining and reading out the Gay Liberation FRont demands of 1970. From a Whisper to a Roar forms part of an oral history project conducted by Opening Doors London and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project focuses on lived experiences of lesbian, bisexual and transwomen over the last 50 years - spanning the Stonewall Riots of ‘69 and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 to the present day. The podcast is a 3 part series with content taken from the 40+ interviews conducted by Evelyn Pittman and produced by Lori E Allen. Each of the interviews can be accessed in their entirety at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.
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March 22, 2020
Ep. 01: Stonewall Riots and the Gay Liberation Front
Ep. 01: Stonewall Riots and Gay Liberation Front Join guests Marguerite McLaughlin and Nettie Pollard who speak about their early experiences in NYC and London, respectively.  Beginning in 1969 in NYC,  Marguerite reflects on what is was like in New York for the gay community at the time of the uprising. Following, Nettie shares her experience as a member of the Gay Liberation Front in early 1970s London. Guests: Marguerite McLaughlin, Nettie Pollard Interviewer: Evelyn Pittman Producer: Lori E Allen Logo: Lesley Greening Lassoff Special Mention: Rachel James and Beverley Hunnybun for help and support with production Marguerite McLaughlin: Marguerite McLaughlin has been a lesbian feminist activist for 46 years years.  At 22, she joined  'Lesbian Feminist Liberation', a sister group to The Gay Activist Alliance, where she directed the world's first full length lesbian musical performed at the infamous GAA firehouse in New York City. Shortly after re-locating the UK,  Marguerite engaged in student politics and was elected the East Anglia representative for the National Union of Students Gay Rights Campaign in 1974, where she became involved in a wide range of feminist activity including women's theatre, community arts projects, radical photography co-operatives and writing for the left-wing/ alternative press. In the 1980s, she worked with the Inner London Education Authority and the BBC before moving on to work with some of the UK's first LGBT+ charities including London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, Kairos In Soho and The Metro Centre, often working in partnership with local Authorities, the Metropolitan Police and the Department of Health. In 2013 Marguerite was awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen for her services to LGBT and African communities Currently Marguerite is a film programmer for The Vito Project at London's Cinema Museum, a volunteer for Opening Doors London, including its oral history project, a regular contributor to Diva Magazine and a very proud honourary member of the Revolting Lesbians group, New York City. Nettie Pollard: Nettie Pollard has been a member of the Gay Liberation Front since 1971.  In addition to her activism with GLF, she also served as Gay Rights Organiser for the National Council of Civil Liberties for over two decades. Her activism spans 50 years engaging in many campaigns organised by the GLF, and including ongoing protest against armaments and supporting migrants. Audio Bibliography (source available on request) Spoken Quotes 1958. The Homosexual in Our Society 1970.  Police in New York City 1967. CBS Report with Mike Wallace: The Homosexuals 1993. Dyke TV. Episode 1 1968. The Killing of Sister George 1971. The Festival of Light (year unknown). Malcolm Muggeridge on Equality 1950 (year unknown). Elocution Lessons from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Songs 1969. Creedance Clearwater Revival. Fortunate Son 1965. Oh Freedom. Shirley Verret 1969. Frank Sinatra. I Did it My Way. 1979. Derek Jarman. The Tempest. Sound FX Foley  (available upon request)
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February 10, 2020
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From a Whisper to a Roar forms part of an oral history project conducted by Opening Doors London and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project focuses on lived experiences of lesbian, bisexual and transwomen over the last 50 years - spanning the Stonewall Riots of ‘69 and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 to the present day. The podcast is a 3 part series with content taken from the 40+ interviews conducted by Evelyn Pittman and produced by Lori E Allen.  Each of the interviews can be accessed in their entirety at the Bishopsgate Institute in London. Evelyn Pittman Evelyn had a long straight start in life. She married, had a family and a career in education. Discovering her ‘inner lesbian’ late in life she became active in the community through volunteering for Opening Doors London which supports older LGBT people. Her passion is to capture the stories of people in the community so that we can see our recent history through the prism of their lived experience. Lori E Allen Lori is a sound artist and experimental musician, working in audio, video and text. 
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February 7, 2020