From PhD to Print: An Emotional Journey

Scotland decriminalized homosexual acts between consenting male adults in private in 1980, 13 years after similar legislation in England and Wales. This begs the question: why was Scotland different? Queer Voices in Post-War Scotland charts the experiences of gay and bisexual men in Scotland who from within the shadows of criminality forged identities and relationships…

Oral History with a Hard-to-Reach Group

When I began my PhD I had a fairly firm vision of what I wanted to achieve; to collect the experience of gay and bisexual men who had lived during a period when the law and society appeared reluctant to change. Part of this inspiration came from reading Bob Cant’s landmark collection Footsteps & Witnesses,…

Queer Places

Recently I inherited (after a colleague retired) a large collection of LGBT magazines and ephemera stretching back to the early 1980s. These include numerous editions of Gay Scotland and Gay Times, which are helpful resources when examining the development of LGBT culture over the past 30 years. Take, for example, this issue of Gay Scotland…