2020 has offered unprecedented complications in the running of events and this years Pride Month is no exception. Here at the RSU, we have worked with your LGBTQ+ Officer to put together Roehampton Pride Week. An online awareness campaign aimed at celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
Below you'll find a number of resources, films and books collated by Annabel Black, your LGBTQ+ Officer, as well as some content filmed by the wonderful RoePaul's Drag Society!
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Don't forget to check out our Roey Pride playlist on Spotify. Click this link to hear some great tunes!
Below are ten films that were suggested by Annabel as important within the LGBTQ+ Community. Click the links to view the trailers and get information on how you can view the films.
YouTube is more popular than ever in 2020. Your LGBTQ+ Officer has put together a list of ten YouTube influencers that are important within the LGBTQ+ community.
Rose and Rosie
"Rose and Rosie are a married British couple (Rose is lesbian, Rosie is bisexual) who create weekly content that includes improvisational comedy, challenges, discussions on LGBTQ+ issues (especially surrounding biphobia), advice, reactions and reviews. They are witty, funny and entertaining, sharing conversations about their sex lives, marriage and journey towards parenthood. This channel is my personal favourite! Rose and Rosie are a married British couple (Rose is lesbian, Rosie is bisexual) who create weekly content that includes improvisational comedy, challenges, discussions on LGBTQ+ issues (especially surrounding biphobia), advice, reactions and reviews. They are witty, funny and entertaining, sharing conversations about their sex lives, marriage and journey towards parenthood. This channel is my personal favourite!"
"Jammidodger is a bisexual trans man who discusses LGBTQ+ issues with a specific focus on trans issues. He also creates content surrounding lifestyle, fashion and relationships. His channel includes discourse on gender constructs in society, and reflections on his journey through transition."
"Rowan, a bisexual woman, writes videos about feminism, activism, and LGBTQ+ history. Rowan also creates video essays about queer film theories such as queerbaiting and queer coding in onscreen LGBTQ+ representation. Her content is a great source of education, critical thinking, and social politics."
"MacDoesIt is a black gay comedian and satirical vlogger who creates larger-than-life humorous videos. Mac often responds to racist or homophobic adverts and videos in a critical yet hilarious way. He does wacky internet challenges and reacts to trends in internet pop culture."
"STRANGE ÆONS is a lesbian vlogger who discusses internet trends – notably in her series of ‘Tumblr Deep Dive’ videos. She also talks about queer culture and her experiences with plastic surgery, piercings, and Catholic school."
"Kat Blaque is black polyamorous trans woman who creates opinion pieces about LGBTQ+ issues, including sex positivity and social commentary. Kat shares her experiences of being BAME and LGBTQ+, and the struggles of coexisting within both communities."
"Pink News is a channel that shares LGBTQ+ news from around the world, keeping you up to date with queer issues in politics, culture and society. The channel also features tutorials, LGBTQ+ opinion pieces and short videos on LGBTQ+ history."
"Notcorry is a mixed race queer vlogger who makes videos based on social discourses such as racism, politics and film theories. Notcorry also does various challenges and Q&As on his channel."
"Jessica Kellgren-Fozard is lesbian YouTuber married to Claudia - who often features in Jessica’s videos. Jessica creates aesthetically beautiful videos about vintage fashion, disability, chronic illness, and LGBTQ+ history. She shares discussions and Q&As that raise awareness about disabilities such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, deafness, and more."
"Dawn Marie is a black trans woman who discusses trans issues and gender politics within the BAME community, especially regarding toxic masculinity. She shares her journey of transition and conversations surrounding her dating experiences as a black trans woman."
Pride – Leona Storey (Roehampton Alumni)
“When seventeen-year-old Lucy comes out to her friends and family, she expects to feel like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders until her entire world is shattered in a day. While she is attending Pride in Brighton, she is a victim of an LGBT based terrorist attack.
Traumatised and determined to push away everyone she used to love, she creates a second life for herself, fleeing denial and her own self-neglect. Pride follows Lucy’s story, as she mentally struggles with her inner-demons as she craves a ‘normal’ life.
But Lucy can’t keep running forever.”
Book of Queer Prophets: 21 Writers on Sexuality and Religion – Ruth Hunt
“Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBT is a sin?
The book of Queer Prophets contains modern-day epistles from some of our most important thinkers, writers and activists: Jeanette Winterson tackles religious dogma, Amrou Al-Kadhi writes about trying to make it as a Muslim drag queen in London, John Bell writes about his decision to come out later in life, Tamsin Omond remembers getting married in the middle of a protest and Kate Bottley explains her journey to becoming an LGBT ally.”
Pride: The Unlikely Story of the True Heroes of the Miner's Strike – Tim Tate
“In 1984, a small group of gay men and lesbian women stepped away from London’s vibrant gay scene to support a beleaguered mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales. They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners’ strike—the most bitter and divisive dispute for more than half a century. In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher’s social and fiscal policies devastated Britain’s traditional industries, as AIDS began to claim lives across the nation. As the government and police battled "the enemy within" in communities across the land and newspapers whipped up fear of the gay "perverts" who were supposedly responsible for inflicting this disease, miners and homosexuals unexpectedly made a stand together and forged a lasting friendship. It was an alliance that helped keep an entire valley clothed and fed during the darkest months of the strike. And it led directly to unions and the Labour Party accepting gay equality as a cause to be championed. Pride tells the inspiring true story of how two very different communities—each struggling to overcome its own bitter internal arguments, as well as facing the power of a hostile government and press—found common cause against overwhelming odds. And how this one simple but unlikely act of friendship would, in time, help change life in Britain—forever. This is the true story that inspired the Golden Globe Award-nominated, GLAAD-nominated, BAFTA-winning film Pride.”
No Modernism Without Lesbians – Diana Souhami
“In the summer of 1945, just after the Nazi occupation, Truman Capote visited Romaine Brooks's abandoned studio in Paris. The portraits there, large and imposing, were of women: Ida Rubinstein, Una Troubridge, Gluck, Elisabeth de Gramont, Renata Borgatti, Bryher. Romaine's lover Natalie Barney said that Paris had been 'the Sapphic Centre of the Western World', and these women defined it. Capote himself called them 'the all-time ultimate gallery of famous dykes'. This book is about that gallery and celebrates the central role they played in the cultural revolution that was Modernism.
Modernism happened in Paris, and these women were Paris. Shocking, free, blatant, they weren't just expats. They'd grouped together to create their own world, far from the restrictions of home. They were talented, often well-off, and lesbian. They answered to no one but themselves. Among them, for example, was Sylvia Beach, the American who set up the legendary Shakespeare & Co in 1919 and published Joyce's Ulysses when nobody else dared to, as well as Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness which was burned in Britain. The shop became the unofficial meeting place of the Modernists. Gertrude Stein, Beach's friend, bought the work of her friends – Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin – when they were young and unknown. Hemingway, Scott Fitzerald, Paul Bowles and others gravitated to the shop and to the world around these women.
Told in the spirit of Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, or Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, this book is as colourful and exuberant as the women themselves.”
A Queer Little History of Art – Alex Pilcher
“Over the last century, many artists have made works that challenge dominant models of gender and sexuality. The results can be sexy or serious, satirical or tender, discreetly coded or defiantly outspoken. This beautiful book illustrates the wide variety of queer art from around the world exploring bodies and identity, love and desire, and prejudice and protest through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. Seventy outstanding works from 1900 to the present reveal how queer experiences have differed across time and place, and how art has been part of a story of changing attitudes and emerging identities. Featuring works by, among others, Egon Schiele, Duncan Grant, Claude Cahun, Hannah Höch, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney, Glenn Ligon, Zanele Muholi, Allyson Mitchell and Tomoko Kashiki, all of whom subverted the norms of their day via bold, new forms of expression, A Queer Little History of Art is a celebration of more than 100 years of queer creativity.”
Rainbow Milk – Paul Mendez
“Rainbow Milk is an intersectional coming-of-age story, following nineteen-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of a Jehovah's Witness upbringing and the legacies of the Windrush generation.
In the Black Country in the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has moved to Britain with his wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient in the face of such hostilities, but are all too aware that they will need more than just hope to survive.
At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London - escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the desolate, disempowered Black Country - but finds himself at a loss for a new centre of gravity, and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.
Rainbow Milk is a bold exploration of race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion across generations, time and cultures. Paul Mendez is a fervent new writer with an original and urgent voice.”
Swimming in the Dark – Tomasz Jedrowski
“When university student Ludwik meets Janusz at a summer agricultural camp, he is fascinated yet wary of this handsome, carefree stranger. But a chance meeting by the river soon becomes an intense, exhilarating, and all-consuming affair. After their camp duties are fulfilled, the pair spend a dreamlike few weeks camping in the countryside, bonding over an illicit copy of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Inhabiting a beautiful natural world removed from society and its constraints, Ludwik and Janusz fall deeply in love. But in their repressive communist and Catholic society, the passion they share is utterly unthinkable.
Once they return to Warsaw, the charismatic Janusz quickly rises in the political ranks of the party and is rewarded with a highly-coveted position in the ministry. Ludwik is drawn toward impulsive acts of protest, unable to ignore rising food prices and the stark economic disparity around them. Their secret love and personal and political differences slowly begin to tear them apart as both men struggle to survive in a regime on the brink of collapse.
Shifting from the intoxication of first love to the quiet melancholy of growing up and growing apart, Swimming in the Dark is a potent blend of romance, post-war politics, intrigue, and history. Lyrical and sensual, immersive and intense, Tomasz Jedrowski has crafted an indelible and thought-provoking literary debut that explores freedom and love in all its incarnations.”
Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture – Amelia Abraham
“Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced?
Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer in 2019. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the reader on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey’s underground LGBTQ+ scene, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.”
The Confessions of Frannie Langton – Sara Collins
“A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London--a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests.
All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being held in the Old Bailey.
The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore.
But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home—and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.
Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.”
Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame – Vicky Beeching
“Vicky Beeching, called “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” in The Guardian, began writing songs for the church in her teens. By the time she reached her early thirties, Vicky was a household name in churches on both sides of the pond. Recording multiple albums and singing in America’s largest megachurches, her music was used weekly around the globe and translated into numerous languages.
But this poster girl for evangelical Christianity lived with a debilitating inner battle: she was gay. The tens of thousands of traditional Christians she sang in front of were unanimous in their view—they staunchly opposed same-sex relationships and saw homosexuality as a grievous sin. Vicky knew if she ever spoke up about her identity, it would cost her everything.
Faced with a major health crisis, at the age of thirty-five she decided to tell the world that she was gay. As a result, all hell broke loose. She lost her music career and livelihood, faced threats and vitriol from traditionalists, developed further health issues from the immense stress, and had to rebuild her life almost from scratch.
But despite losing so much she gained far more: she was finally able to live from a place of wholeness, vulnerability, and authenticity. She finally found peace. What’s more, Vicky became a champion for others, fighting for LGBT equality in the church and in the corporate sector. Her courageous work is creating change in the US and the UK, as she urges people to celebrate diversity, live authentically, and become undivided.”