Listening Project

Conversation between mother and son, Monica and Rikki, about their experiences of coming out.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Broadcasting House, London

  • Interviewees

    Beadle, Monica, 1944- (female, retired), Beadle-Blair, Rikki , 1961- (male, entertainer)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio 4

  • Recordist

    Hall, Sara

  • Abstract

    Rikki talks to his mother Monica about how he came out, after she describes her own experiences of coming out as a lesbian. First of all she talks about being gay in 1950's and 1960's London, as a black woman recently arrived from Jamaica, and soon married with five children. Rikki talks about how difficult it was coming out to a mother who had done the same thing.

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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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    Photograph of participants

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