2Dry FM radio station’s award-winning program, Out In The Outback, in conjunction with Pride Month, is exploring the lesser known stories of LGBTQIA+ people in Far West NSW with a special four-part series titled Hidden Histories hosted by Megan Williams and Amanda Screetly, broadcasting every Tuesday night from 8pm throughout June.
Funded by a content grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation last year, Hidden Histories was pitched to better understand attitudes of LGBTQIA+ people and how they have changed over time by exploring historical records and speaking with people across the community.
“The rights and recognition of LGBTQIA+ people has changed dramatically in the lifetimes of people who we are speaking to, and while we should feel safe and accepted for who we are, unfortunately it’s not something we can take for granted,” 2Dry FM Station Manager, Megan Williams, told the Barrier Truth.
“Many of the people we’re speaking to have probably never been asked to tell their stories in this way. It makes me proud to be sharing these stories with the wider community and celebrating a long history of LGBTQIA+ people in Far West NSW.”
The first episode of the Hidden Histories series – setting the scene with Broken Hill’s mining history and the stories of lesbian and gay people throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite – has already gone to air but can be listened to on catch-up via Apple Podcasts or at https://outintheoutback.podbean.com/e/lgbt-stories-from-the-colonial-origins-of-a-desert-village/.
Future specials can be heard every Tuesday night this month from 8pm on 2Dry FM 107.7 or via the radio station’s website, https://www.2dryfm.com/