From our founding team, to the creatives we work with, birdsong has always worked within and alongside the queer community. As an ode to all our queer family, we’ve put together a list of brilliant culture to take in during Pride month, for queers and allies alike.
Here are 10 queer things to listen to, read, or watch this Pride month, as chosen by the birdsong team:
A podcast about queer Africans living, loving, surviving and thriving on the African continent, and in diaspora. AfroQueer celebrates queer love, explores the laws affecting our lives, migration, media, race, class, censorship, family and sex (obviously), and spotlights individuals shifting the landscape of African queerness.
2. Call Me Mother
Author and journalist Shon Fayee talks with LGBTQ traillblazers whho have somethinng important, interesting or enlightening to say about what it means to be queer in the world today. Featuring conversations with queer elders, Call Me Mother gives you the language you ned to grapple with “new” experiencees by showing that we belong to a much broader history.
3. Queer AF
Listen every week, as a different student, graduate or LGBT+ producer tells their most #QueerAF story on the podcast, by National Student Pride. They do important work behind the scenes too; they run a mentoring scheme, and their audio commissions give young and emerging queer reporters a crucial early leg up on the career ladder. It all adds up to a binge-worthy podcast that's supportive and community-led.
4. Gender Reveal
Gender Reveal podcast explores the vast diversity of tans experiences through interviews with a wide array of trans, nonbinary and two-spirit people. Created by journalist and educator Tuck Woodstock, the show also serves as a free educational tool for anyone seeking to learn more about gender.
5. We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights
Edited by Amelia Abraham, and including the words of Beth Ditto, Wolfgang Tillmans, Travis Alabanza, Juliet Jacques, and Amrou Al-Kadhi, this book asks: how can we create a better world for LGBTQ+ people? Part guide to understanding the crucial issues, part passionate call to action and manifesto for how - together - we can start to create a better future.
Buy it here.
6. Wow, No Thank You.
An essay collection from Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America.
Buy it here.
7. REBEL DYKES
A full-length documentary about the explosion that happened when punk met feminism, told through the lives of a gang of lesbians in the riotous London of the 1980s.
Watch it on BFI Player.
8. Circus of Books
For decades, a nice Jewish couple ran Circus of Books, a porn shop and epicentre for gay LA. Their daughter documents their life and times.
Watch it on Netflix.
Directed by Deepa Mehta, Fire was the first Bollywood film to feature a lesbian relationship. The film is based on Ismat Chughtai's 1942 short story, "Lihaaf" (The Quilt). It makes up the first installment in Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed Elements trilogy, which deals with the need for social reform on the subcontinent.
Watch it on MUBI.
10. 120 BPM
The film is about the AIDS activism of ACT UP Paris in 1990s France. Campillo and co-screenwriter Phillippe Mangeot drew on their personal experiences with ACT UP in developing the story. “BPM is vital for the history it depicts, bu it’s also important in the here and now, as a testament to public action - even messy, not-always-effective public action”
Watch it on Youtube Movies.
Enjoy, and Happy Pride month from birdsong.