1967 and All That

>In 1957 the Wolfenden Report recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence and in 1967 the revised Sexual Offences Act received the Royal Assent and became law in England and Wales, heralding the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality. 1967 and All That is a touring exhibition based on the archival assets …

Allan Horsfall

>Allan Horsfall is a veteran campaigner and a part of our collective history. In 1964 he co-founded the North-West Homosexual Law Reform Committee with Colin Harvey which later became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). Allan spoke at the pre-launch of LGBT History Month 2007 at the TUC headquarters in London on 20 November 2006. You can view his full …

The Boatswain’s Mate

>Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was born to a strict military family in which she was introduced to music and composition as ladylike activities suited to her position in society. As a teenager, however, she became determined to pursue music as a career and went on a prolonged hunger-strike to persuade her formidable father to allow her to study in Leipzig …

Reggae Stars Renounce Homophobia

>Three of the world’s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men. Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act (Word file), in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and …

Good Evening, Miss Dietrich

>Marlene Dietrich’s bisexual exploits, her fondness for butch drag and her medal-winning heroism in the Second World War have added to the legend that has already enthralled several generations of gay men, stretching right back to Weimar Germany, where Marlene’s career began. It was in the Berlin of the 1920s that the aspiring actress would be seen at the drag …

History Month Flyer

>A new flyer promoting History Month and highlighting ways to get involved is now available in pdf format for download and e-mail distribution. The flyer is not date specific and will therefore be usable over the coming years. You can view the file here (pdf file – 154kb) or by clicking on the picture. Should you or your organisation wish …

Wolfenden50 – Conference

>Wolfenden50: Sex/Life/Politics in the British World 1945-1969 2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution which profoundly shaped public debate on the regulation of these sexualities (and others), in Britain and beyond. Most famously, the Report recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private ought not to be an offence …

Photo Pool

> We want your pictures. We have created a photo pool for you to share pictures of the events you have organise or any other pictures you thing may interest other friends of History Month Uggs Black Friday,(Note that you will need to create a free Yahoo!/flickr account to be able to upload pictures).Uggs Black Friday Deals. You can view …

Siegfried Sassoon – The Poet Who Survived

> In Our Time, presented by Melvyn Bragg (BBC Radio 4) discusses the life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon. In 1916 the Military Cross was awarded to a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers for “conspicuous gallantry during a raid on the enemy’s trenches”. The citation noted that he had braved “rifle and bomb fire” and that “owing …

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Greek and Roman Love Poetry – The Pursuit of the Beloved from Sappho to Catullus

> In Our Time, presented by Melvyn Bragg (BBC Radio 4) discusses the work of the poetess Sappho. Greek and Roman love poetry – the source of many of the images and metaphors of love that have survived in literature through the centuries. We begin with the words of Sappho, known as the Tenth Muse and one of the great …