Bis on the Beeb
“Tom Robinson – Getting Bi” will be on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 8pm.
Tom Robinson was the singer songwriter who became the darling of the gay rights movement with his song ‘Glad To Be Gay’ in the late 1970s, but then they fell out with him when he found a girlfriend in the 80s.
In the 1990s he played the Bi Tent at London Pride when it shifted from “lesbian and gay” to LGBT, and at BiCon Cambridge in 1998. Today he’s probably best known as a late-night Radio 6 DJ and perhaps the closest thing the BBC has to the much-missed John Peel.
His interview for Bi Community News is still stirring reading, identifying some of the people the bi scene doesn’t yet reach.
Be sure to tune in – hopefully we’ll hear the voices of many of the members of Brum Bi Group who were interviewed, and a host of other bi voices besides.
BBC Radio will be dipping into the life story of a bisexual icon in just over a week’s time.
It’s My Story: “Tom Robinson – Getting Bi” will air on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Monday, September 19th.Tom Robinson was the singer songwriter who became the darling of the gay rights movement with his song ‘Glad To Be Gay’ in the late 1970s – but just a few years later he’d fallen in love with a woman and was booed as he addressed the crowd at the 1987 London Gay Pride Festival. In this programme he examines how he came to terms with being bisexual and finds out how people in different parts of the UK cope with being attracted to both sexes. He finds bisexual people struggling to be understood and accepted by their gay and straight friends alike.
Producer Ashley Byrne says: ‘For some reason bisexuality remains a bit of taboo in the media and society at large. We’ve been trying to cover the issue on both TV and radio for years. So it’s a real credit to Radio 4 that they’ve had the courage to commission this programme.’
Ashley continues: ‘It’s clear there’s a whole swathe of the population who don’t see their sexual identity in neat pre-defined boxes – and this 30 minute doc begins to challenge some of the basic assumptions many people have about those who identify as bisexual.’
The programme will be followed with a ‘Big Bi Debate’ on Ashley Byrne’s regular LGBT show on BBC Radio Manchester a week later. More details on that nearer the time!