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Hosted by Jeremy Miles AM. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Wales.
A day of historical talks, discussions and entertainment about LGBT+ history. Come and
hear stories of coming out in the Valleys, the first lesbian newsletter, fighting the Spanish
Civil War, transitioning in the 60s, Britain’s anti-gay colonial legacy and how Section 28
(the last anti-gay law passed in Britain) affected Wales.Also featuring the Icons & Allies exhibition of Welsh LGBT+ trailblazers across history.
This event is free and open to all. Priority ticketing for seats available January. For details of talks and further information about the day, follow Pride Cymru on Facebook
All talks are 20 minutes long with extra time for questions/changeovers. Where talks are labelled 1 & 2, they are in breakout rooms. All other talks are in the Neuadd (main foyer)
10:30 Open for welcome and viewing of Icons & Allies Exhibition
10:45 Opening remarks – Jeremy Miles AM
11:00 Prof. Jeffrey Weeks: Queer Boy From The Valleys; the 1950s and 60s life of a gay man born in the Rhondda who became a Gay Liberation Front activist, LGBT historian and writer.
1. Lauren Davies – The Use of Sodomy As A Political Smear in Medieval Times
2. Caroline Paige – Trans’ Atlantic Militaries – compares battles for trans people to serve in the UK & US military, divergent decisions and their impact on LGBTQ rights in general.
1. Helen Graham – Fighting the War, Breaking the Mould: a life of Bill Aalto, a gay writer who fought in Spain’s International Brigades
2. Kate Hutchinson – Sound and Vision: a look at the history of media portrayal and representation of the trans community, examining the power of positive role models but also the effect of negative stereotypes on public perceptions
12:45 Lunch break, exhibition, stalls
13:30 Keynote speech – Paul Dillane: Rainbow Refugees & Britain’s Anti-Gay Legacy
1. Jane Traies – How Arena 3 saved my life; the stories of women in the 1960s who met each other through the first lesbian newsletter in the UK
2. Carole Steele – Being Transgender in the early 1970s; the beginnings of activism and group support
1. Norena Shopland – The Welsh Sappho: an exploration of the life and relationships of Katherine Phillips, the 17th century Welsh poet and playwright
2. Rainer Schulze – From Auschwitz to the Cabaret Stages: the forgotten life of a Roma Holocaust survivor and transgender cabaret artist in post-war West Germany
15:20 Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – ‘An Extraordinary Female Affection’ – The Life and Love of the Ladies of Llangollen: An intriguing pair of women brought back to life through letters, diaries, music – and sensational headlines.
16:00 Closing remarks.
Programme for OUTing The Past National Festival of LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford
The Higgins Bedford is proud to be joining London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Belfast as a hub venue for the National Festival of LGBT History in 2018. On Saturday 17th February the art gallery and museum will host a day of free talks and workshops. Visitors can drop in between 11.15am and 4.30pm to discover hidden histories and stories from LGBT communities in Bedfordshire and beyond.
Tony Fenwick CEO of School’s Out UK, an organisation that works towards equality for LGBT people in schools and education, will begin the day with two workshops. The first of these is aimed at teachers and educators and looks at how to make your school a safe, welcoming and inclusive space. The second takes a broader look at why equality matters and other issues facing LGBT communities in education.
The day’s talks begin at 1.30pm when Mark Hignett is presenting the story told through hundreds of love letters between two soldiers during World War Two. At 2pm Alison Child then tells the story of Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney who were popular performers and household names during the 1920s. The talk includes recordings, photographs and video footage from their unique act.
At. 2.30pm Paul Dillane, Executive Director for the Kaleidoscope Trust, and previously head of the UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group, talks about the criminalisation and persecution of LGBT people across the globe and how this relates to the Commonwealth and Britian’s colonial past.
At 3pm British filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall introduces his film ‘we have been rather invaded: 30 years since section 28’. The film looks at the moment on 23rd May 1988 when four lesbian protesters interrupted the 6 O’clock News causing Sue Lawley to say ‘we have been rather invaded’ as she continued to read the news.
At 3.30pm Janet Green, author of Rebel Without a Clue – a Memoir recalls her own experiences of lesbian clubbing in the late 1960s. To finish the day at 4pm Dan Vo, coordinator of the award-winning LGBTQ tours at the V&A introduces the work of Peter Travis AM, gay designer and ceramicist who is possibly best remembered for his 1961 design for Speedo, nicknamed the ‘budgie smuggler’.
We look forward to welcoming you on our inaugural OUTing the Past National Festival LGBT history day and hope you enjoy the workshops, talks, displays, and activities. Please see our website for further information.