NEW VIDEO: Why Wasn’t Tracy Beaker Gay? | The Impact and Legacy of Section 28


have a click if you’re interested and leave me a comment on the youtube to feed that algorithm if you like ~

@shonalika I only learned about Section 28 a few months ago and was so furious. Gonna watch this right now.

@shonalika I'm almost certain I will! (I'd leave a comment afterwards but I refuse to create a channel on youtube)

@shonalika Also your fingerless gloves are so cool! Are they supposed to be ace pride flags or is that accidental? :blobcatace:

@Dolly no that's accidental!! I have a variety of random colours, I don't think any of them are intentionally flags. that would be so cool though!!

@Dolly @shonalika I was at university when Section 28 came in, so I remember the campaigning but I didn’t really understand the impact until much later, when I heard from people who’d grown up with it. I’m still angry at the teacher-training students I knew who thought it was a good idea

@ghost_bird @Dolly it's absolutely nuts to me that it was in place while I was in school. it feels like something that ought to have existed in the 60s maybe

@shonalika @Dolly There was a lot of open and casually accepted homophobia in the 80s. Like, really a lot, and not just in the media. It’s hard to imagine now, thankfully.

@shonalika @Dolly Though on the positive side, there were the activists who took “promotion of homosexuality” literally and offered vouchers for a free sample of gay sex to Tory MPs

@ghost_bird @Dolly omg AMAZING. were activists a lot more badass back then??? or is it more that they've been written about as Important History so we know what they did whereas people doing stuff rn are just considered a nuisance

@shonalika @ghost_bird Very likely the latter. Media entities have started to understand the power of simply not covering activists at all. It's why peaceful protest is no longer viable, because peaceful protest can be ignored. Which is why that fucking policing bill in the UK will be a disaster for generations if it passes.

(Also, just finished the video. Much appreciated :heart_cyber: )

@Dolly @shonalika I don’t think the homophobic press - which is to say, everything but the Guardian - covered much of the activism at the time. Hence abseiling into the House of Lords and invading the TV studio in an attempt to do something they couldn’t ignore

@Dolly @shonalika @ghost_bird

they started this around the 90s, when I was working in broadcast engineering in late 90s I set up studio kit for LWT (ITV London) and noticed they had a "roofcam" on the video sources - this was used for the news so the "live window" of London you saw behind the newsreaders wasn't always live, the window was obscured and a green screen put in front of it, and the roofcam feed was be replaced with recorded footage if activists tried to assemble in its viewpoint..

@shonalika @Dolly Bit of both, maybe? Queer people were more desperate and had less to lose, but also time filters for the memorable successes. (I wish I had a proper source for the vouchers - I read about it in the Guardian Diary at the time, but that was pre-Internet, of course. Apparently when asked what they’d do if a Tory MP actually took them up on the offer they replied “no sacrifice is too great”.)

@shonalika @ghost_bird @Dolly

by mid to late 80s there were more openly gay people in many areas of the arts/media asserting themselves (especially DIY/alternative media and the disco/rave scene ), which thoroughly riled Thatcho and co (hence Section 28 becoming a thing), also in many subcultures there was more solidarity and interaction between LGBT+ and cishet folk (at least in social circles I was part of during 80s and 90s, was only in mid 90s onwards everyone started splitting apart)

This is a good video! I didn't know anything abt S28, I'd just vaguely heard the term before.

I find JWs "role model" comment interesting because lmao i didn't know shit about authors as a kid. I rarely remembered who wrote books, and i never knew anything about the authors at all. I just cared about reading lol

@certifiedperson thank you!! and ahaha yeah it really doesn't make sense. authors are def among the more mysterious of known figures

@shonalika Ahh new content! Thank you for making great videos (your Mastodon video introduced me to the fediverse and it's been such a wonderful space away from ads and terrible caustic opinions!)

@shonalika This... this feels really fucking relevant right now, with what's going on in the UK... and I'm only 7 minutes into the video...

Any chance of subtitles for this video in the near future?

@shonalika Just finished the video, and... you mention exactly the things that I'm thinking, and probably a lot of people watching the video were thinking...

Please look after yourself? :ms_purple_heart:

@not_on_pizza thank you, and I will do my best! as for subtitles I'm gonna try and sort them out

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