BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Sounds are marking the 10th anniversary of the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England with a new podcast.
Hosted by internationally renowned drag queen and winner of the BBC Three’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, Danny Beard, the 5-part series will examine the experiences of LGBTQ + relationships since the legislation passed in July 2013.
“The world needs more love, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share some beautiful love stories from the LGBTQ+ community. I’ve met so many wonderful people making this podcast and I can’t wait for you to hear their inspiring stories,” explained Beard.
The podcast will hear from the first gay couple to “tie the knot” and how a lesbian couple made huge sacrifices to walk down the aisle. One man from Saudi Arabia will explain how he left the country and plans to enter into an arranged marriage with a woman, to move to Manchester with his new husband.
“It’s been quite a struggle to narrow this down to five stories as there are so many incredible couples out there who have really benefited from this law,” added Producer Emma Goswell.
“With so much equality still to fight for and with LGBTQ+ people still facing abuse and hardship, it’s great to able to shine a light on some of the joy in this community.”
Danny Beard On Same Sex Love and Marriage will be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester and be available BBC Sounds from Thursday 8 June.