Cleaning Out the Camp

>On 21 and 28 June at 8pm, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a two part programme where Eddie Mair investigates the attitude and policy of the armed services towards homosexuality over the last 60 years. Part One (21 June)The laissez-faire attitude during the Second World War quickly gave way to an anti-gay crackdown, despite the liberalisation of social attitudes leading …

Out Ranks

> The GLBT Historical Society Museum in San Fransisco are launching this month the first exhibit in the US to explore the experiences of GLBT veterans. The one-year exhibition opens in June as Congress begins planning hearings on the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy in the fall. “Out Ranks” is a premier exhibit of the GLBT Historical Society, one …

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

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