STORYTELLING AT THE HEART OF NEW LGBT+ PODCAST SERIES

A new podcast series will share the stories of marginalised sections of the LGBT+ community in Scotland, as part of the national Year of Stories 2022.

The 5-episode ‘Pink Triangle Podcast’ from Pink Saltire, which launches on Monday 7th February via RSS and Spotify, will see individuals from across the community share their personal stories about life in Scotland and how things have changed for the community.

Listen to Episode 1 now.

There will also be 2 live events as part of LGBT History Month, exploring the stories of community members in new engaging ways. They’ll be the first in-person audiences for the charity as it hosts storytelling events at venues in Kirkcaldy and Perth after a 2 year break due to Covid guidelines.

Announcing the news, charity Founder, Stuart Duffy, said:

“This new podcast brings together voices from across Scotland who are least heard in our community, from working class people in rural areas to ‘new Scots’ who’ve made Scotland their home in recent years. Our narrator and project worker, Rachel Baldwin, guides the listener through often tragic testimonies from individuals in the hope they spark interest and solidarity with others.”

We are really grateful to the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund for backing this new project to help raise the voices of people who are often marginalised, even within our LGBT+ community.”

“And to be able to host live in-person events again is fantastic, we cant wait to get back out engaging with the community as we know isolation and loneliness has been a real challenge for lots of us over the last 2 years.”

Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Pink Saltire through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Events play an important role in our communities as they sustain livelihoods and help to celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories. Themed Years are all about collaboration and Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and VisitScotland are pleased to work in partnership to create this fund to showcase community stories. By supporting events taking place within our communities, including the Pink Triangle Podcast, new opportunities with be provided for locals and visitors to come together and find out more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.” 

Fife Pride attracted more than 3,000 people in its first year in 2017

The first live event will take place on Thursday 24th February at 6pm, titled “The Power of Pride” and will feature volunteers from Fife, Perthshire and Dundee Pride teams. As well as a screening of a short film about the history of Scotland’s march for equality, the event will also feature a panel Q&A hosted at The Gateway in Perth, where the volunteers explore how working on Pride events for their local community has helped them develop and grow. You can book free tickets here.

Kath Duncan addresses 30,000 people in London, circa. 1928

Meanwhile, on Monday 28th February at The Hive LGBT+ Centre in Kirkcaldy, the story of ‘The Last Queen of Scots’, Kath Duncan, will be the focus, with a talk and Q&A from biographer and filmmaker, Ray Woodard. A former Kirkcaldy teacher turned community activist born in 1888, Kath Duncan was a staunch defender of human rights, especially of those at the fringes of society in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. Tickets can be reserved here.

You can find out more about activities and events taking place during Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 by clicking here.

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

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