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National Trust have released an LGBTQ podcast series with Clare Balding

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The six-part podcast series explores LGBTQ stories, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. 

Broadcaster and author Clare Balding has teamed up with National Trust to explore stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer heritage.

The LGBTQ podcast series is in celebration of the 50th anniversary since the Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales between two men over the age of 21.

Claire stated: “I’m delighted to present some of the creative, dramatic and surprising stories that have emerged as part of the National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme.

“I admire hugely the work the Trust has done in preserving our cultural and architectural history, and these places mean so much more when we understand the people who lived and loved in them.”

Related: London Gay Men’s Chorus mark 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act with Agit-Pop.

She will examine how LGBTQ people have shaped and preserved houses, gardens and landscapes, as well as themes regarding women’s relationships and attitudes towards sexuality in the world of performing arts.

Clare will be joined by dress historian and curator of the Museum of Transology, E-J Scott, as well as writers, historians and curators, as they reflect on LGBTQ history.

Six 20 minute episodes are released every Friday, with the first three available now for free on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Related: Channel 4 has announced a series of shows to mark the 50th anniversary of gay decriminalisation. 

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