Listening Project

Conversation between partners, Nick and Philip, about their relationship and civil partnership ceremony.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Radio Scotland, Glasgow

  • Interviewees

    Duffy, Philip, 1953- (male, teacher), Mitchell, Nick, 1946- (male)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Scotland

  • Recordist

    McArthur, Victoria

  • Abstract

    Nick repeats vows he made at their civil partnership ceremony and questions whether they have stuck to them. Nick talks about coming from a single-parent family and leaving home for London where his experiences confirmed he was gay but he had aversion therapy anyway. He married and later converted to Buddhism to change fate but was never happy. Philip repressed his sexuality. They talk about meeting on the internet and Nick's relocation to Glasgow to be with Philip. Phil finally came out publicly age 46 and discusses the acceptance of friends and family. They talk about having the first civil ceremony in Refrewshire, how they have become 'us' and now see themselves as normal.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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