It’s our first show of 2017, and as we merrily wash our hands of the last year, there’s plenty to look forwards to in the year ahead:-
- Brighton is getting its first LGBT History Month festival - Billie Lewis of the Community Safety Forum give us the lowdown on the B Right On festival. Get your diary out!
- And keep your diary out as Roni Guetta of Traumfrau will be in with the rundown of the events they’re planning over coming months, including the return of the Lesbian Lives conference to Brighton and plans for International Women's Day
- And we’re joined by Out In Brighton sponsor Brian Warren of Quick HR to hear about what they do - and why...
We look back at the highs - and undeniable lows - of 2016 with Rory Finn, Sussex LGBT Liaison and Trans Can Sport activist, and James Ledward, editor of G Scene Magazine and photographer at large. And we salute the work of Billie Lewis, Jo Rowland-Stuart, Professor Kath Browne, Paul Kemp, Dulcie Weaver, Aaron Lawrence aka Spice, and remembering Gonul Zeki and Chris Cooke too.
- Shock news of the threatened closure of the Sussex Beacon in what will be its 25th year of operation - Simon Dowe and Jason Warriner discuss possible
- The divine David Sheppeard of the Marlborough pub and theatre looks back on a vintage year for the Marly, and tells us how you can sign up as a Marly mate
- Brighton Bear Weekend’s Graham Munday on their Camelford Christmas Quiz and a look ahead to 2017
- And the return of Brighton’s drag king night Kingdom - Rosie Blackwell-Sutton gives us the low down, joined by George Michelle and Max Legroom
- In the week of World Aids Day, we mark this global event with exclusive excerpts from HIV Happy Hour’s special programme
- Jacob Engelberg of Eyes Wide Open Cinema talks about their special screening for WAD and looks forward over their programming for the next few months
- And Martin Chatfield, the presenter of the groundbreaking HIV Happy Hour - talks to us about the UK’s first regular radio show by and for those living with HIV
In this week’s show, we turn the whole thing over to Sound Women of Brighton - we’re celebrating Reverb’s female broadcasters, the voices from the LGBT spectrum that we get on air - and also marking and looking back at the work of Sound Women, the nationwide organisation for women working in audio - and asking what next for it?
We hear from Charlotte Petts, Lulu Baker, Kelly Westlake, Tracey Allen, Ellie Dobing and Melita Dennett
- We celebrate Reverb’s female broadcasters at the next Sound Women Brighton meet-up - Reverb director and particularly sound woman Ellie Dobing is in
- Kat Clifford and the LGBTQ punk band Floating Palace of Sin are in - and we air their new single Xena Made Me Gay
- and LGBT literary events at the library
We’ve got a special for you this week - it’s a new era for the Clare Project - I’m joined by Dr Sam Hall, chair of the Clare Project, and Trustee D Humphreys - with a full update on everything that’s going on at the Clare Project, and we’ll be looking too at the wider landscape and at some of the current news issues, including the backlash against the BBC for its children’s drama Just A Girl
- Graham Munday of the Brighton Bear Weekend is in with a seasonal update and a look ahead to all things Bear Shaped
- A day in the lift of an adventurer - we’ll be joined by the winter sports specialist Floss from Freefloski about what she does, why she does it - and the adrenaline highs and lows - and also to talk about European Snowpride
- And the Black British LGBT classic The Passion of Rememberance is screened at the Duke of York’s cinema
- We’re taking an academic bent this week, as we welcome in to the studio Kath Browne, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Brighton, ahead of her inaugural public lecture
- Andrea Francisco Amat, visiting researcher on the Empower! Collective LGBTQ+ Diary project
- Laura Poch, educational worker from the NGO Enruta't
- The ‘Alan Turing’ law sees the pardoning of convictions of thousands of men penalised for same-sex relationships - but does it go far enough?