The Allusionist

99. Polari

31:29 | May 12th, 2019

2 recommendations

When there were no safe spaces to be gay, Polari allowed gay men to identify and communicate with each other, and to keep things secret from outsiders. Professor Paul Baker, author of the Polari dicti...Show More


podcastplaylist recommended:Feb 16th

Polari was a secret language in 1950s Britain that helped gay men connect, resist oppression, and feel empowered. Helen Zaltzman traces the history of Polari with scholar Paul Baker.

drmunro recommended:Dec 24th, 2019

Fantabulosa! Do yourself a bona, my dears, and give this an Aunt Nell. Then go varda the Polari scene from "Velvet Goldmine"!