Showing of “This Week: Lesbians”, National Portrait Gallery
Catherine Redfern // 11 September 2009
In London* and looking for something last minute to do tonight?
As you may know, The National Gallery is currently showing an exhibition called Gay Icons.
Tonight, if you’re looking for something fabulous to do why not go to
Iconography Late at the National Portrait Gallery? There’s a lot disrupting
the the gallery tonight to celebrate the Gay Icons exhibition and Selina and
I have decided to screen THIS WEEK: LESBIANS at 7:40 in the cinema.
THIS WEEK: LESBIANS – January 1965
ITV’s seminal current affairs series This Week led by Bryan MacGee discusses
lesbianism as a companion piece to their programme on male homosexuality.
It’s hard to imagine today what sort of impact this programme must have had
at the time, when (unlike homosexuality) lesbianism was invisible, not even
thought relevant enough to be considered a crime.
Nevertheless, for all its archaic language, bizarre questioning and
pathologising – it is possible to get a sense of the huge courage it must
have taken the women to be seen on camera. It was a first for British
broadcast television. These lesbians are our icons – ordinary women who
dared – we salute them!
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