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Next year’s OUTing the Past: The Festival of LGBT History 2018 is now under way. I’m delighted to announce that we are again appealing for people with hidden histories, LGBT lives and untold experiences to come forward and be showcased at this our 4th annual History Festival during February’s LGBT History Month. Our Festival goal is to educate our communities …

Germany to Have Same-sex Marriage and Adoption Rights

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  The German Parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage – and same-sex couples will have the right to adopt children. Until now only civil partnerships were available to same-sex couples, but Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a free vote. Norbert Lammert, president of the parliament, said 393 lawmakers voted to approve the amendment, while 226 voted against and four abstained. …

What makes an object LGBTQ? – British Museum 7th July

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Special Event A panel of speakers tries to answer one question What makes an object LGBTQ? 7th July 2017 18.30–19.45 The British Museum Tickets £5/£3   Nigel Harris, Director, Camden LGBT Forum. Professor Richard Parkinson, University of Oxford, author of A Little Gay History: desire and diversity across the world Sue Sanders, Emeritus Professor Harvey Milk Institute and Chair of LGBT History …

A step forward? 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act

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The National Archives is pleased to announce an exciting series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. Records held at The National Archives tell an essential part of this story from the 1957 Wolfenden Report recommendations to decriminalise homosexuality, to the build-up and passing of …

Support Schools OUT UK with The Pride Run 2017!

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Saturday 12 August 2017 Victoria Park, East London (exact details will be circulated to volunteers in advance) The pride run is sponsoring schools OUT UK this year. This is a chance for the charity that founded and runs LGBT History Month UK to be given promotion and – hopefully – money! We are very excited at the prospect  of being …

Miraculous Escape for Gay Couple in Fire Tragedy

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A same-sex couple lost all of their possessions in the London tower block fire but they didn’t lose their lives thanks to a twist of fate. Up to 70 people or more are thought to have perished in the tragedy. Lucky escapees are Jules Ng, 30, and Lee Stewart, 29, who rented a flat together in the tower. Speaking to …

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream branch of Christianity in the UK to allow same-sex weddings. In a vote on June the 8th at its General Synod, all three houses of the meeting – the bishops, clergy and laity – came out in favour. The decision was overwhelming, with at least two-thirds of all groups voting for same-sex …

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

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Some members of the SOUK committee were invited to the British Museum for the opening of their new exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’. This show is part of a season looking at LGBTQ histories, which also includes a display of David Hockney’s etchings based on Cavafy’s poems. Schools OUT UK chair and CEO had advised the BM on …

A Tribute To Martyn Hett

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By Dylan Jones May 24, 2017 From QX Magazine earlier this morning, Martyn Hett was reported as one of the victims of Monday night’s Manchester Arena attack. The feeling in the QX office, and no doubt among hundreds of other people in our community this morning, is one of numb devastation. Martyn was not only one of our readers and contributors, …

New Schools Guide for LGBT+ Parents

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A new guide for LGBT+ parents on choosing schools,  Inclusion Matters, was launched on the 10th of May 2017 in London. The first resource of its kind, Inclusion Matters provides background on English state and independent schools’ statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and explains how these schools are formally assessed on diversity by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The guide …