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.”

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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

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‘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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Time to celebrate LGBT history – Tony Fenwick speaks to Socialist Review

Time to celebrate LGBT history: Tony Fenwick speaks to Socialist Review – LGBT HM’s parent organisation, Schools OUT was founded 40 years ago to campaign on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in education. Sue Caldwell spoke to Tony Fenwick, a co-founder, about the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

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OFFICIAL – ALAN TURING PARDONED POSTHUMOUSLY

OFFICIAL – ALAN TURING CONVICTION QUASHED

Updated 2nd January 2014 with an interview with Tony Fenwick, co-chair LGBT History Month

The UK Government has officially announced that with effect from midnight on 24th December 2013, openly-gay codebreaker Alan Turing is granted an official posthumous pardon for his 1952 ‘gross indecency’ conviction. Turing, genius mathematician and the founder of the modern computer technology, was found dead in 1954, in an apparent suicide. In 2009 the Government issued an apology for Alan’s homophobic treatment – chemical castration in order to avoid a prison sentence – but had stopped short of a pardon. LGBT History Month are pleased that at least here in Britain, 2013 will end on a positive note for the LGBT community. Co-chair Tony Fenwick will be speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live from 5am today, to comment on the announcement: http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/on-air

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The implementation timetable for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

The implementation timetable for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was announced today – Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”

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