NEW VIDEO: Why Wasn’t Tracy Beaker Gay? | The Impact and Legacy of Section 28
have a click if you’re interested and leave me a comment on the youtube to feed that algorithm if you like ~
@shonalika I only learned about Section 28 a few months ago and was so furious. Gonna watch this right now.
@shonalika @ghost_bird Very likely the latter. Media entities have started to understand the power of simply not covering activists at all. It's why peaceful protest is no longer viable, because peaceful protest can be ignored. Which is why that fucking policing bill in the UK will be a disaster for generations if it passes.
(Also, just finished the video. Much appreciated )
they started this around the 90s, when I was working in broadcast engineering in late 90s I set up studio kit for LWT (ITV London) and noticed they had a "roofcam" on the video sources - this was used for the news so the "live window" of London you saw behind the newsreaders wasn't always live, the window was obscured and a green screen put in front of it, and the roofcam feed was be replaced with recorded footage if activists tried to assemble in its viewpoint..
@shonalika @Dolly Bit of both, maybe? Queer people were more desperate and had less to lose, but also time filters for the memorable successes. (I wish I had a proper source for the vouchers - I read about it in the Guardian Diary at the time, but that was pre-Internet, of course. Apparently when asked what they’d do if a Tory MP actually took them up on the offer they replied “no sacrifice is too great”.)
by mid to late 80s there were more openly gay people in many areas of the arts/media asserting themselves (especially DIY/alternative media and the disco/rave scene ), which thoroughly riled Thatcho and co (hence Section 28 becoming a thing), also in many subcultures there was more solidarity and interaction between LGBT+ and cishet folk (at least in social circles I was part of during 80s and 90s, was only in mid 90s onwards everyone started splitting apart)
A fire is burning in Bird Spirit Land.