Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places


Prejudice and Pride The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites. “Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with …

Trans: A British History – help crowdfund Christine Burns’ new book


The Synopsis ‘A comprehensive account of the milestone events which shaped the transgender community over the last five decades…’ That is what’s called an ‘elevator pitch’. It describes in a nutshell what this unique book is about. But is that enough to tell you why this is a book you not only want to support, but give to all your friends? …

LGBT History Month event booted out of venue for far-right EDL rally

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Members of the English Defence League chant as they prepare to march through Bristol on July 14, 2012 in Bristol, England. A large police presence was used to keep supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) - who marched to Queen Square for a rally - from a counter demonstration that was taking place at the same time by We are Bristol started in Castle Park.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

from Pink News An LGBT history month event in Yorkshire has been booted out of its venue after a far-right group announced a rally outside. The LGBT History Month event had been set to be held in Rotherham town hall on February 25, with contributors from the local LGBT community. However, organisers from Rotherham’s Rainbow Project group have now been told that they will …

Hackney launches borough wide LGBTQI+ festival and history drive

Donated LGBTQI History Hackney Museum

Where was your first kiss, defining moment or personal victory? Hackney Council has launched a drive to unearth these local stories and experiences as part of a drive to build, understand and immortalise LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex plus) history in Hackney. The crowdsourcing project using online citizen-historian site Historypin, is just one of a host of …

Stop Press: Burnley Buggers and Lesbian Liberators to be featured on the BBC

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Theatre producers Abi Hynes and Stephen Hornby (pictured below)are going out live on Radio 5 Live at around 8.50pm on Sunday 12th Feb for a ten minute piece on the Jane Garvey and Peter Allen show on the LGBT HM 2017 Festival Theatre commissions for The Burnley Bugger’s Ball and Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator. This is the link to the schedule: Listen to …

Coventry Successfully Kicks Off the National Festival of LGBT History


Congratulations to OUTing the Past Coventry! What an excellent start to the National Festival for LGBT History; congratulations to Paul and the team at Coventry Pride. As a first-time attendee and participant, I was impressed with the depth and range of the presentations delivered: everything from first-hand accounts of activism and reportage, the lives and roles of LGBT members in …

Retrospect Opera Seeks Funding for Recording More of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Works


Retrospect Opera is a UK charity with a particular interest in the work of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Britain’s most important female composer as well as a suffragette, notable author, feminist and of course lesbian. They have already recorded Ethel’s hilarious First World War comedy, The Boatswain’s Mate (1916). They are now raising funds to record her next opera, the …

Sue’s Schools OUT UK LGBT History Month Appeal


I am helping to make LGBT History Month 2017 happen this February to make LGBT people in all their diversity visible and safe. Over 1,000 events happening all around the country. The overall aim of LGBT History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, …

The Burnley Buggers’ Ball and Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator – two new plays for February 2017


Two new plays about Burnley, the forgotten battleground for gay and lesbian rights In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights, with two ground-breaking public struggles at either end of the decade.  To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas from Inkbrew Productions …

Wembley Shows its Colours


Wembley Stadium lit its arch with the Rainbow Colours on the 1st of February to celebrate the beginning of LGBT History Month 2017