Great news everyone! 😃📻 On Wednesday August 2nd, Markus Feehily will be on BBC Radio 2, between 10 and 11pm (GMT / equivalent time in your country), to talk of the pressures of being in the closet. This will be part of a two-episode documentary, Born This Way, presented by Andrew Scott. We can’t wait for it! Mark this to your calendar and make sure you tune in! 🏳️🌈🙂👍
Born This Way
Wednesday 2 August
BBC RADIO 2
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which partially decriminalised sex between men, Andrew Scott tells the remarkable story of how gay people and gay culture came to transform pop culture in the face of persistent oppression.
In this second episode Andrew documents the horror of the AIDS crisis, which threatened to tear the gay scene apart in the 1980s. However, when surrounded by death, gay culture stood firm. Richard Coles (The Communards) and Andy Bell (Erasure) provide first-hand accounts of being part of a new stock of proud LGBT performers, who utilised their sexuality to push boundaries, tackle social issues and help define the sound of their generation.
Super-producers Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax) and Mike Thorne (Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy) detail the process of creating two songs which helped showcase two very different sides of gay identity in the mid-1980s.
Will Young explores the experience of coming out under the spotlight of reality TV, and how the depiction of gay culture on TV in the early 2000s was an important step towards society becoming more tolerant of gay people.
Even in recent years it’s been far from plain sailing for gay people in the entertainment industry. Markus Feehily, one of the lead singers in Westlife, tells of the pressures of being in the closet whilst also being in one of the most successful boy bands in the UK.
And finally, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander talks about being part of the new wave of ‘always out’ pop-stars, daring to use male pronouns in his song-writing and the future of LGBT themes in pop.
This concert is part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming across BBC Radio and television which marks the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967.
Presenter: Andrew Scott
Producer: Max O’Brien and Jonathan O’Sullivan for TBI Media