"Let's not shy away from sex" | Episode 3

"Let's not shy away from sex" | Episode 3

By Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

A quick glimpse into Switchboard’s log books from the late 70s might make you think that every caller wanted to know about sex. Tash and Adam hear from former volunteers such as Femi Otitoju on advising callers about how to do it, where to cruise, and importing sex toys. Contemporary poems from Michelle Mangal, Annie Hayter and Richard Scott put sex lives into modern words.

Content warning: sexual content.

The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.

Transcript here.


Mooncup by Michelle Mangal

Public Toilets in Regent's Park by Richard Scott, reproduced with the kind permission of Faber and Faber

God-birth by Annie Hayter

For more information about the items in this episode, take a look at:

Mens R Us info for men having sex with men

Unexpected Fluids podcast

Beating about the bush sexual health guide for lesbians

Lesbian Sex 101 

Back Pocket Guide Trans Men 

Juno Roche on her book Queer Sex

Risk Aware Consensual Kink 

Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes

Artwork by Natalie Doto


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