We Were Always Here

We Were Always Here

By Broccoli Productions

Latest series: We Were Always Here: 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of HIV or as it was known then 'Gay-Related Immune Deficiency', were identified. It would go on to become one of the most impactful and stigmatised global pandemics in history. This series brings together the unheard voices and the untold stories of those who were most affected but are often missing from the mainstream narratives. The experiences of women, Black People, Trans Community, Sex workers. Clinicians on the front line, People of Colour, volunteers who built helplines from their bedrooms, that rallied together so that no one had to be alone. These are stories of loss, activism, rage, resilience, and - most importantly - community. The series is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown and hosted by Marc Thompson who has lived with HIV since 1986. He has been on the frontlines of social justice activism and education and is one of Britain’s most prominent HIV activists. Previous series: Living On A Prayer: We've all seen the headlines... In the 1990s, criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established countless acts of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. With public outrage leading to rapid social change, how much power does the Catholic Church still hold over modern day Ireland? In this one off-documentary, Rory Boyle examines the shift in public opinion that led to landslide victories in recent marriage equality and abortion referendums, ultimately asking if the Irish Catholic Church still has a prayer... In Touch: In this documentary series, sex educator Ruby Rare draws on her own personal and professional experience to offer an intimate and playful education around the different ways we connect to our bodies and to each other. Ruby speaks to experts, porn creators and even her parents to explore and understand the very unique ways that we each approach sex and sexuality. The Stitch Up: Fashion. It’s big business. But it’s also got big problems. In this one off documentary, Bea Duncan examines how we got here. What are the pressures causing us to overconsume, and how can we begin to curb them? How is lack of transparency causing confusion for consumers? And what can we do about a fashion industry that prioritizes profits over people and planet, all the while utilising clever marketing tactics and greenwashing to convince us otherwise. Well, as it turns out, all it takes is for us to pull on the thread a little harder...for the whole thing to unravel.

Episodes

We Were Always Here Live

On the 27th October 2023, the team behind We Were Always Here held a live event at the Bishopsgate Institute in London. We had collected hundreds of hours of interviews from over 50 people during the making of the podcast and decided to donate all of the audio and transcipts to the Queer Archives at the Bishopsgate Institute so that these stories would no longer be left out of the telling of the UK HIV Epidemic history.  This evening was in celebration of that donation but also to ensure the conversation around HIV is ongoing.  This event featured Marc Thompson, Sophie Strachen and Angelina Namiba and was chaired by the podcast's producer, Hana Walker-Brown. Bishopsgate: https://www.bishopsgate.org.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/22·1h 11m

Still Here | We Were Always Here

As we move into the 2000's, the demographic of HIV is changing as are the policies surrounding treatment. At an International medical trail, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is found to be highly effective for treating people with HIV, reducing the risk of infection from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed. It was a breakthrough and it was assumed by many that PrEP would be rolled out by the NHS. But it wasn't going to be that simple. The thread of activism that runs through the last decade is reminiscent of the early 80's and 90's and a reminder that the fight to end HIV still very much includes the fight to end stigma.  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info The Sophia Forum www.sophiaforum.net The Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy. Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehens Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·34m 57s

Human Rights and Wrongs | We Were Always Here

During the 1990's the prevelance of HIV increased across the mainstream media in part due to celebrities taking to the world stage to disclose their diagnosis. First it was Magic Johnson, a week later singer Freddy Mercury would announce he had aids. He died the next day. Then there would be tennis star Arthur Ashe who had contracted the virus during a blood transfusion in 1982. Up to 5000 peope were thought to have been infected with HIV via contaminated blood transfusion in the 1980's. This episode looks at the role the media and the government played in stigma and those who fought to dispel it.  This Episode is dedicated to memory of Jonny Cooper.  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tA-aKpvUwoTVtGqubaHVwiQRQrHMvFlGD-9-PSbrk1Q/edit If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info The Sophia Forum www.sophiaforum.net The Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy. Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehens Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·36m 7s

Positively Women Part 2 | We Were Always Here

Positively Women was created by HIV positive women for HIV positive women. Two of the founders discuss the groups inception, the services they offered, and Princess Diana's chic suit. But some women still fell through the cracks.  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info The Sophia Forum www.sophiaforum.net The Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy. Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·27m 50s

Positively Women Part 1 | We Were Always Here

Since the start of epidemic, women in many regions have been disproportionately affected by HIV. Today, women make up more than half of all people living with HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. In 1986 the ratio of male to female of HIV cases in the UK was 33 to one. By 1989, it was estimated that women accounted for a third of HIV cases worldwide, with several thousand diagnosed in the UK. In the first of this two part episode, women share their recollections of diagnosis.  This episode is dedicated to the memory of Leigh Neal We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. A transcript for this episode is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_oxBhv4iJlXFxKEIgJ6-dCAa1wXDMMLGYSMOf8tMu6w/edit?usp=sharing If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info The Sophia Forum  www.sophiaforum.net The Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy.  Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·32m 9s

Body and Soul | We Were Always Here

Between the first case of HIV in 1981 and 1987, AIDS was unstoppable. The glimmer of hope came in 1987 when the drug, AZT, an antiretroviral medication was fastracked under enormous public pressure. What followed was a controversial trial. At the same time more and more cases of HIV were being reported, from both the African Continent and in Women.  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. A transcript for this episode is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-eZ2iIaiFyqL6gXvqJ_2xIEi1YZBvRcg36dopFcxGto/edit?usp=sharing If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·34m 52s

First Response | We Were Always Here

In 1987, 71,751 cases of AIDS had been reported to the world health organisation. They estimated that 5-10 million people were living with HIV worldwide. The epidemic didn’t just affect individuals, it impacted households, and communities. Against the backdrop of a conversative government with Section 28 just around the corner, there was a tradition of volunteering and community involvement and a very ‘English’ approach to fighting the system. People looked out for people. And that was true of the response to the AIDS epidemic.You just had to find yours. This was the start of the response.  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·32m 33s

Don't Aid Aids | We Were Always Here

Fear is a tool that is often used in interventions around healthcare. Public information films featuring images of car crashes and injured children have been used to encourage us not to drink alcohol and drive and in more recent years - images of human organs on cigarette packets to encourage us not to smoke. The HIV epidemic was no different and perhaps the most hard hitting of all. Following his positive diagnosis in 1986 at seventeen years old, Marc Thompson suddenly becomes aware of the prevelance of AIDS across the UK and Global Media and one campaign in particular that would go on to define the era. A transcript for this episode is available here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11ZzBqS5ojufS4EOGTFrKTTFlt81BPJ49 We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/22·28m 25s

Kaleidoscope | We Were Always Here

Following the discovery of LAV and HTVL-III , the identical viruses believed to cause AIDS, a blood test is developed in 1985 to screen for the disease. Marc Thompson, then a teenager, is pursuaded by friends to take it. The dialogue around AIDS is increasing, though there is still so much unknown. Rock Hudson, a prolific Hollywood actor has died at this point, but there is still nothing that really connects the Black, gay community in South East London to this disease. They felt safe in their world, but that world was about to change forever. We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production. A transcript for this episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/11ZzBqS5ojufS4EOGTFrKTTFlt81BPJ49 If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community. NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/22·28m 37s

They Weren't Us | We Were Always Here

During the 1980's, Marc Thompson found his feet and his people as a young Black gay man in Brixton, South East London, enjoying everything that life and his community had to offer; family, parties and a safe space to express himself. At the same time, reports of a strange cancer that had been affecting young white gay men begun to emerge from America. It was like a mist, slowly creeping into the consciousness of Marc and his friends. But it was over there and these were white men, so there wasn't anything to worry about it, was there?  We Were Always Here is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown This is a Broccoli Production.  A transcript for this episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/11ZzBqS5ojufS4EOGTFrKTTFlt81BPJ49 If you have been affected by the themes in this episode a list of resources and helplines can be found below: The Love Tank The Love Tank is a not-for-profit community interest community (CIC) that promotes health and wellbeing of under served communities through education, capacity building + research. http://thelovetank.info Body and Soul Charity Tel: 020 7923 6880 bodyandsoulcharity.org Body & Soul is a pioneering UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by HIV. Terrence Higgins Trust Helpline: 0808 802 1221 tht.org.uk Offers free and confidential services for people with HIV and AIDS, including specialist advice and representation on welfare rights, housing and legal matters, practical help and befriending. See website for local centres. Positively UK Tel: 020 7713 0444 positivelyuk.org We are here to help all individuals living with HIV in the UK to live well. From diagnosis and starting treatment to talking about your HIV with others, your relationships, and employment options, Positively UK will support you to manage all aspects of your HIV and help you to achieve the best for your physical and emotional well-being. Our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV and have first-hand experience of the issues you may face. The National AIDS Trust nat.org.uk NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) chiva.org.uk CHIVA work with professionals to provide the best possible care and services for children, young people and families living with HIV, as well as working with parents to provide information to support them in the issues HIV presents within the family. They also work with young people living with HIV through a youth committee and consultations to ensure they are provided  with the information they need and that their voices are heard throughout their work and in the wider community.  NAM Aidsmap aidsmap.com Information, news and resources for people with HIV and AIDS, comprehensive information on treatments and a database of HIV clinics in the UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/22·32m 38s

Living On A Prayer

We've all seen the headlines. In the 1990s, criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established countless acts of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. With public outrage leading to rapid social change, how much power does the Catholic Church still hold over modern day Ireland? In this one off-documentary, Rory Boyle examines the shift in public opinion that led to landslide victories in recent marriage equality and abortion referendums, ultimately asking if the Irish Catholic Church still has a prayer... Living On A Prayer was presented and produced by Rory Boyle. It was mixed by Ben Williams. This is a Broccoli Production. RESOURCES Unplanned Pregnancy | HSE My Options - https://www2.hse.ie/unplanned-pregnancy/ Belong To | LGBTQ Resources Ireland - https://www.belongto.org/youngpeople/help/ Educate Together | Ireland's Equality-Based Schools - https://www.educatetogether.ie/ Christine Buckley Centre | Learning & Support for Insititutional Abuse Survivors https://www.christineb.ie/ CONTRIBUTORS Aine Hyland Steven O'Riordan Wallis Hamilton-Felton Patrick Kelleher Caelainn Hogan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/22·28m 37s

Pleasure

Pleasure impacts so many areas of our lives, yet there’s so much shame about the things that bring us pleasure. In this episode, Ruby unpacks the act of experiencing pleasure, but also the many things, societal and internal, that get in the way, as well as thinking about how our relationship to pleasure can evolve and change throughout our lives. They talk to Emily Nagoski about what pleasure actually is and the things that might prevent us accessing it, as well as exploring the ways that different people have connected with their own pleasure. Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TfKP9vwOVLSyLDe3s3Ugi3jQvgfRk3_K/view?usp=sharing CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production RESOURCES: Brook The UK's leading provider of sexual health and wellbeing for young people under 25 Service directory: https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/ Website: https://www.brook.org.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski https://www.waterstones.com/book/come-as-you-are/dr-emily-nagoski/9781925228014 Self Esteem Prioritise Pleasure https://www.musicglue.com/self-esteem/products/prioritise-pleasure-standard-cd-2 Kenny Ethan Jones https://www.instagram.com/kennyethanjones/?hl=en Eliza https://www.youtube.com/c/DisabledEliza A Curious History of Sex by Dr Kate Lister https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50773748-a-curious-history-of-sex Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/22·40m 7s

Survivors

TW: This episode contains multiple discussions between survivors. There will be discussion of sexual violence, child abuse and domestic abuse. In this episode, Ruby speaks to two other survivors, Lilly and Andreena, as well as Amy Roch from Galop, a charity supporting LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence. They’ll be unpacking the realities of processing abuse, as well as how we move forwards in their lives, work, relationships and sex lives. These are just a few stories out of millions from across history and the world. All of our experiences differ, but we are all united. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VpewsOnp2jvXvuPswXbNGzRVCRqlGUx1/view  RESOURCES: Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support A range of support options to help those who identify as men recover from experiences of sexual abuse or rape. National Helpline: 0845 122 1201 Website: https://www.survivorsuk.org Webchat available Monday-Sunday 12:00 - 20:00 NAPAC Offering support to adult survivors of childhood abuse and training for those who support them. Website: https://napac.org.uk Support line: 0808 801 0331 (10am-9pm Mon-Thurs, 10am-6pm Fri) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/22·37m 7s

Gender Non-conformity

TW: This episode contains discussion of transphobia In this episode, Ruby is exploring how their own gender feels to them, speaking to her sibling and partner as well as other gender non-confirming and non-binary people about their experiences. She also hears from Meg-John Barker about what gender even is, the ways that we all go on a journey with gender throughout our lives, and the impacts these conversations are having. Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RgDeoCT8XbfTMWd4YzcFd5afRwbnPaKK/view?usp=sharing  CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here:  RESOURCES: Gendered Intelligence Increasing understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life Phone: 0330 355 9678 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 2pm-7pm / Wed, Fri 10am-3pm) Website: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline to discuss things including sexuality, gender identity, and emotional wellbeing. Website w/chat: https://switchboard.lgbt Phone: 0300 330 0630 (Every day 10am - 10pm) LGBT Foundation Helpline run by LGBT health charity. Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30 (Weekdays 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-6pm) Website: http://lgbt.foundation/helpline LINKS & FURTHER READING: Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between by Alex Iantaffi & Meg-John Barker https://www.waterstones.com/book/life-isnt-binary/alex-iantaffi/meg-john-barker/9781785924798 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/22·36m 6s

Pornography

TW: This episode contains discussion of sexual assault For most of us, our relationship to porn is very secretive - just us and the dim light of our phone screen. Which is interesting given the fact that every single one of us has a relationship to porn - whether we watch it or not. In this episode, Ruby unpacks the realities of making and consuming porn. She speaks to porn performers about why people are so reluctant to pay for their pornography and the benefits and limitations of ethical porn, as well as unpacking the impacts watching porn can have on the self esteem and sexual experiences of adults. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18NAxsEo_y2Qjj_CpydS5B724xVXpEJtv/view?usp=sharing RESOURCES: Brook The UK's leading provider of sexual health and wellbeing for young people under 25 Service directory: https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/ Website: https://www.brook.org.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: Rufai and Erika Lust joint statement https://www.hellorooster.club/joint-statement-by-erika-lust-films-and-hello-rooster/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/22·37m 47s

Non-monogamy

Non-monogamy isn’t new, and is also just one of the many ways of doing relationships. There’s a cultural curiosity here, but there’s still a whole host of misconceptions and assumptions that people make of the reality of being non-monogamous - in this episode Ruby tackles these head on. From chatting to her nesting partner about their relationship, to hearing from others within the community about the ways they’ve made non-monogamy work for them. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EQZ4rNv9Uv06qIOlRcRHu6zvRLOLYqHk/view?usp=sharing RESOURCES: The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: DK Green http://dkgreen.co.uk Polyphilia https://www.polyphilia.blog Blackfluent Polyamory Hub https://m.facebook.com/groups/2367623383504854/ Minka Guides https://www.minkaguides.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/22·33m 46s

Sex Education

Our introductions to sex are so formative. And a lot of us are stumbling around the world trying to make up for lost time and learn the things we should’ve been taught when we were 12. As a sex educator, Ruby has seen this first hand in her years teaching sex ed in classrooms all across the country, training professionals on how to be more informed and inclusive when it comes to talking about sex, and running contraception distribution teams. In this episode she’ll be tackling all the different ways that sex ed and inherited shame can impact us, as well as examining why a one size fits all approach to sex education doesn’t serve us. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16MW3RADmrv8gf_SvcX9sp85N0KuFhwP1/view?usp=sharing RESOURCES: Brook The UK's leading provider of sexual health and wellbeing for young people under 25 Service directory: https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/ Website: https://www.brook.org.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults, by Ruby Rare https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Guide-Adults-Hardcover-2020/dp/B08RHY5S84 No Outsiders https://no-outsiders.com Brook Learn - free online sex education https://learn.brook.org.uk/ Rukiat Ashawe https://www.instagram.com/iamrukiat/?hl=en Decolonising Contraception https://decolonisingcontraception.co.uk/ Brilliant Questions About Growing Up: Simple Answers About Bodies and Boundaries https://www.waterstones.com/book/brilliant-questions-about-growing-up/amy-forbes-robertson/alex-fryer/9780241447987 Can We Talk About Consent? https://www.waterstones.com/book/can-we-talk-about-consent/justin-hancock/fuchsia-macaree/9780711256545 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/22·36m 7s

Kink

Evidence of kink can be found throughout history. It isn’t new - but portrayals of it can lead to a cultural misunderstanding. With the help of experts and those in the kink community, Ruby explores the different ways kink can look and be practised, as well as the ways that shame and judgement is dealt with and combatted through community. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m3ZJEHSMnWYxZE3jaIHKEXjTAbngvQ9k/view?usp=sharing NB: Since recording, Madam Storm is now known as Miss Erica Storm and is training to become a sex therapist. RESOURCES: The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: Whores of Yore https://twitter.com/WhoresofYore A Curious History of Sex by Dr Kate Lister https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50773748-a-curious-history-of-sex Miss Erica Storm (AKA Madam Storm) Strut Masterclasses https://www.teachmestorm.co.uk/strut-masterclass Lola Jean’s Quick ‘n’ Dirty series https://lolajean.com/quick-n-dirty2 The New Topping Book and The New Bottoming Book by Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48979734-the-new-topping-book-and-the-new-bottoming-book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/22·31m 45s

Nudity

Nudity impacts so many areas of our lives - sexual and nonsexual - so it seems only right that we start here. From the moment that we have an understanding of our bodies we’re told about all the things that are wrong with them, and that it’s our responsibility to fix them. Which is exhausting. What would it be like if we were able to start from a place of accepting our bodies as they are right now? In this episode Ruby digs into the ways she became comfortable with her own body - from life drawing to being in nude spaces, and the myriad reasons why nudity could be difficult for us. She also speaks to Dr Keon West about the positive impacts being nude could have on us all. CREDITS: Host: Ruby Rare Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West Social Assets: /Forward Slash This is a Broccoli Production  Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVvHY7uF5yo8lUetDRs-jAq04ZT4ua2H/view?usp=sharing RESOURCES: Beat UK’s leading eating disorder charity Phone: 0808 801 0677 (Weekdays 12-8pm, weekends bank holidays 4-8pm) Youthline (under 18) 0808 801 0711 (Weekdays 12-8pm, weekends bank holidays 4-8pm) Website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge Free and confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) Galop Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm) Website: http://www.galop.org.uk LINKS & FURTHER READING: Body Love Sketch Club: https://www.instagram.com/bodylovesketchclub/?hl=en The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, by Sonya Renee Taylor: https://www.waterstones.com/book/body-is-not-an-apology/sonya-renee-taylor/9781626569768 It Isn't Rude To Be Nude, by Rosie Haine:  https://www.waterstones.com/book/it-isnt-rude-to-be-nude/rosie-haine/9781849767002 Happy Fat, by Sofie Hagen: https://www.waterstones.com/book/happy-fat/sofie-hagen/9780008293901 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/22·32m 8s

Introducing: In Touch with Ruby Rare

In this new documentary series, sex educator Ruby Rare draws on her own personal and professional experience to offer an intimate and playful education around the different ways we connect to our bodies and to each other. Ruby speaks to experts, porn creators and even her parents to explore and understand the very unique ways that we each approach sex and sexuality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/22·1m 15s

Lonel(i)ness

In 2020 the Office for National Statistics reported 2.6 million adults in Great Britain felt lonely "often, or always".... Loneliness spans across humanity, from young to the elder generation, and as the pandemic rages on, more people are experiencing loneliness now more than ever. With modern technology, whole generations on social media, and the appointment of the UK's first Minister for Loneliness - why are things not changing? This one-off documentary will be looking at what we mean by loneliness, what causes it, and how we can at least tackle the stigma of 'lonely' if we'll never fully be rid of it. Loneliness was presented and produced by Jaja Muhammad. It was mixed by Ben Williams. This is a Broccoli Production.  RESOURCES Campaign to End Loneliness - www.campaigntoendloneliness.org Tackling Loneliness Network - www.gov.uk/government/publications/emerging-together-the-tackling-loneliness-network-action-plan London is Lonely - www.londonislonely.com Loneliness Lab - www.lonelinesslab.org CONTRIBUTORS Meera Kumar Sean Montgomery-Dietz Charlotte Roberts  Vivien Katusabe Tessa Blencowe Dr Ellie Pearce Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/21·25m 48s

The Stitch Up

Fashion. It’s big business. But it’s also got big problems. As an industry it's responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, and around the world just 2% of fashion workers are paid a livable salary. But despite this, we’re consuming and producing more clothing than ever before. In this one off documentary we'll be examining how we got here. What are the pressures causing us to overconsume, and how can we begin to curb them? How is lack of transparency causing confusion for consumers? And what can we do about a fashion industry that prioritizes profits over people and planet, all the while utilising clever marketing tactics and greenwashing to convince us otherwise. As it turns out, all it takes is for us to pull on the thread a little harder...for the whole thing to unravel. The Stitch Up was presented and produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Ben Williams. This is a Broccoli Production. A full transcript of this episode can be found here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1id6_R1C_GeoVI-Two19vs43KE7Yfmfe5F-tjKUqFHAI/edit?usp=sharing) RESOURCES: ‘Fast Fashion's Plastic Problem’ paper (https://www.thersa.org/reports/fast-fashions-plastic-problem) Good On You Brand Directory (https://directory.goodonyou.eco) Latest Fashion Transparency Index (https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/transparency/) Contributors: Kalkidan Legesse - founder of Sancho’s and Shwap Orsola De Castro - co-founder of Fashion Revolution  Josie Warden - Head of Regenerative design at The RSA and co-author of Turning The Tide Rabia - Slow fashion content creator Shalize Nicholas - founder of Madia & Matilda Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/21·33m 9s

Introducing: The Stitch Up

The Stitch Up, a one off documentary coming soon.  A transcript of this trailer can be found here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jkSYIkwggkf0AqQTDaIl1SewncdP47tYeZGNgFG2ztM/edit?usp=sharing) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/21·1m 3s

Introducing We Were Always Here

We Were Always Here, a new documentary series, available now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/21·1m 25s
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