Singer Tom Robinson explores bisexuality on Radio 4

Publish Date: 15/09/2011

Bisexuality will finally be on the mainstream media radar next week when radio production company Made in Manchester delivers a UK documentary dedicated solely to the issue.

It’s My Story: Tom Robinson – Getting Bi will air on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Monday, September 19th.

Tom Robinson was the singer songwriter who became the darling of the gay rights movement with his song ‘Glad To Be Gay’ in the late 1970s – but just a few years later he’d fallen in love with a woman and was booed as he addressed the crowd at the 1987 London Gay Pride Festival.

In this programme he talks about his own experience of bisexuality and finds out how people in different parts of the UK are attracted to both sexes.

He finds bisexual men and women struggling to be understood and accepted by their gay and straight friends alike.

Producer Ashley Byrne says: ‘For some reason bisexuality remains a bit of taboo in the media and society at large. We’ve been trying to cover the issue on both TV and radio for years. So it’s a real credit to Radio 4 that they’ve had the courage to commission this programme.’

Ashley continues: ‘It’s clear there’s a whole swathe of the population who don’t see their sexual identity in neat pre-defined boxes – and this 30 minute doc begins to challenge some of the basic assumptions many people have about those who identify as bisexual.’
Ashley Byrne, who also presents the only regular LGBT magazine programme on the BBC, says a special Bi Debate will follow the documentary on Citizen Manchester LGBT on BBC Radio Manchester on Monday, September 26th between 9 and 10pm - and will feature LGF Director Matt Harby. It will be followed by a series of bi features on the weekly show during October.
The Radio 4 programme and the Radio Manchester features will also be available on listen again via the BBC iplayer.