#14 It’s A Sin

It's A Sin is a UK mini-series which quickly became one of Channel 4's most-binged in history. The story follows a young group of friends as they all moving to London in the middle of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. We get to follow them through a 10 year journey as the UK learns about HIV, and the decimation it has on the queer community. In this episode of The Queer Idea we discuss some of the highlights of the show from our perspectives, what we loved and we didn't, and discuss what it means to have shows representing HIV -in good or bad light - on our screens.

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  • #14 It’s A Sin

    It's A Sin is a UK mini-series which quickly became one of Channel 4's most-binged in history. The story follows a young group of friends as they all moving to London in the middle of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. We get to follow them through a 10 year journey as the UK learns about HIV, and the decimation it has on the queer community. In this episode of The Queer Idea we discuss some of the highlights of the show from our perspectives, what we loved and we didn't, and discuss what it means to have shows representing HIV -in good or bad light - on our screens.

  • #13 TIM Mardi Gras Float with David Pieper

    In #12 we chatted with the founder of The Institute of Many, Nic, about living with HIV and the need for peer support. To continue our mini-series on HIV we chat with David Pieper, a member of TIM who is helping spear-head their Mardis Gras float. David grew up a generation before Nic, and we speak with him about his experiences being diagnosed with, and living with HIV. For David, he went from having a disease that meant almost certain death, to being able to live a long, normal life.

  • #12 Breaking Down Stigma of HIV with Nic Holas

    In this episode we chat with Nic Holas, the founder of The Institute of Many (TIM), a grass roots group supporting people living with HIV. TIM uses a peer-support group model to help people feel welcomed into a community that, for a long time, has been stigmatised by not only broader society, but often other queer people. If you would like more information about The Institute of Many, head over to their website: https://theinstituteofmany.org/

  • #11 Douching

    Douching is a part of the gay community that we rarely talk about. On this episode we share our experiences of douching while explaining the tips and tricks we've found to make preparing for anal sex that little bit easier.

  • #10 QI Quickie: Queer Dating

    Dating. Seeing each other. Boyfriends. Catching up. There's so many ways to describe what we do together, but it's rarely ever on the same page. Of course, communication is key, but what's the starting point for our community when we can't even agree on the same words.

  • #9 QI Quickie: Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain quickly became one of the most important pieces of queer film history when it was released in 2005, telling the story of two men who fall deeply in love during a time when they could not be together. In this episode we explore some of the themes running through the movie and try to understand why pieces of work like this - even if not made by queer people - is still important.

  • #8 Queer Heroes with Shannon Molloy

    Growing up in a country town, Shannon Molloy didn't have a lot of queer heroes or role models. In this episode we speak with Shannon, an author and journalist, about his experiences exploring queer heroes, and how role models have helped him through his life. Shannon's book has been described as: "Fourteen is this generation’s Holding the Man – a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man’s search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school."

  • #7 Code Switching

    For many people code switching is a way to fit within society. For many queer people, people of colour, and other minority groups code switching is a survival tactic. In this episode we speak with comedian and performer Luke Forester about his experiences of code switching as a queer person of colour in a straight white community.

  • #6 @GaysOverCOVID

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  • #5 Sexual Health with Nurse Jackie

    Looking after your sexual health can sometimes be a daunting experience. Talk of infections like chlamydia or syphillis, or HIV and understanding PrEP or PEP can be hard to wrap your head around. On this episode we speak with Nurse Jackie and learn from her 14 years experience working in and around sexual health networks, and get some of our listeners questions answered.