Parliament’s Speaker’s Chamber Goes Rainbow to Launch LGBT History Month 2017

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The LGBT History Month Launch is a November tradition in the Diversity Calendar and it’s always held in a prestigious venue, but with 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act we took it up a notch and held it in the Speaker’s Chamber at the Houses of Parliament. As guests of the Speaker John Bercow, a …

Campaigners Call for a Queer Museum in London

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Campaigners in London are to place pink filing cabinets at iconic venues around the capital to call for the city’s first LGBT museum. The calls come as England and Wales mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality next year and organisers believe it’s an opportunity to unearth the city’s battle for equality. The cabinets are designed to symbolise …

Obituary: Roger Rees, Welsh actor dies aged 71

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Welsh actor Roger Rees, star of Cheers and The West Wing, has died aged 71. Mr Rees, who was born in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, won Tony and Olivier awards in 1982 for his title role in the The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He played millionaire Robin Colcord in 1980s comedy Cheers and Lord John Marbury in US political drama …

Free ESOL English classes for Asylum Seekers

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from NUT LGBT Network: Mazyar Shirali posted in NUT LGBT Network Free ESOL English classes for Asylum Seekers taking place at the Persian LGBT Advisory Services based in Birmingham /UK,on Sundays from 1:30 to 2:30 afternoon. If you know anyone that interested to enrol please contact us via email at mshirali@persianlgbt.org.uk or call on 08447721985. کلاسهای اموزش زبان انگلیسی به …

Opinion: Celebrating 28 special people in LGBT History Month

Opinion: Celebrating 28 special people in LGBT History Month – Mathew Hulbert. “As a gay man and, therefore, a proud member of that community, I wanted to mark this very special month in my own way. So I decided that every day in February I would write a daily tweet and Facebook post about someone I look up to in our community…an LGBT Hero.”

1985 Film on YouTube Shows LGB Solidarity with The Miners

A video unearthed from the vaults shows the reciprocal support between LGB campaigners and the Dulais miners in the strike of 1884-5. The lesbian and gay movement supported the strike and the striking miners marched with gay Pride. To see more go here

‘A Little Gay History Desire and Diversity across the World’ by R. B. Parkinson

‘A Little Gay History Desire and Diversity across the World’ by R. B. Parkinson – How old is the oldest chat-up line between men? Who was the first ‘lesbian’? Were ancient Greek men who had sex together necessarily ‘gay’? And what did Shakespeare think about cross-dressing? A Little Gay History draws on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri and the erotic scenes on the Roman Warren Cup to images by modern artists including David Hockney and Bhupen Khakhar to consider questions such as these. The book explores the issues behind forty artefacts from ancient times to the present, and from cultures across the world, to ask a question that concerns us all: how easily can we recognize love in history?

Switchboard @ 40

Switchboard @ 40 – An LGBT History Month event celebrating 40 years of London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard. A panel of volunteers from four decades share memories of the UK’s leading resource supporting LGBT communities.

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in their protests for ‘Coal not Dole’

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in their protests for ‘Coal not Dole’ – During the 1984-1985 miners strikes ‘Coal not Dole’ was vocalized, printed and worn by striking miners and their supporters. LGSM was born out of a meeting held at the University of London Student Union following an impromptu collection for striking miners at the 1984 Gay Pride March.

A brief herstory of lesbian feminism

A brief herstory of lesbian feminism – If it suddenly became the “politically correct” thing to do, could you have sex with men? No, me neither. But seriously, when did we stop politicising our sexuality? Back in the golden days of the Second Wave, this was common practice and nothing personal was off limits to the political. Dr Finn Mackay is a feminist activist and researcher.