Way back in 2012 I mentioned that one of my most favourite television series of all time is James Burke’s “Connections” and all its spin-offs.
I’ve been gathering
together many connections between people I’ve written about and have found
links with many others. With this in mind I’ve created a huge string of lgbt
connections and present it to you in a new series called “Around the World in
80 Gays”. I use the word “gay” in this context to be inclusive of all lgbtq
communities, and because it provides an obvious pun on the title of Jules
Verne’s famous book “Around the World in 80 Days”.
As the title suggests I’ve
gathered the names of 80 people in the lgbt and queer community from all around
the world and throughout history to create an unbroken chain on connections.
It would be quite easy to
just write about “who knows who” but that would be too simple and too boring.
What I’ve looked for are unusual connections which are not obvious or well-known.
The UK’s LGBT History
Month in February has no specific theme, as there has been in previous years
(i.e. music in 2014, science and technology in 2013, and sport in 2011 and
2012). I’ve used these themes on my blog and covered them throughout those
years. With no specific theme for 2015 I’m using “Around the World in 80 Days”
as my continuing theme for this year.
There will be several
articles each month featuring 2 or 3 lgbt
people who are connected in some way, with one of them leading on to the
next article where 2 or 3 more connected people are featured, and so on until
we eventually come back to our original person at the end of the year. Each of
the “80 Gays” will have a number so that you can keep track of how many I’ve
connected along the way.
A few of the people I write about
will already have been featured in my blog. Hopefully I can come up with
something new to write about them. And I will try to include a many different subjects as I can - art, war, religion, politics, music, literature, science, and anything else that springs forward from the research.
It all sounds a bit
complicated but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it as the year progresses.
As we go “Around the World
in 80 Gays” this year we’ll encounter The Three Musketeers, the ruins of Pompeii, the
Portuguese Inquisition, and a spy called Fagot.