On the 50th anniversary of the day the Sexual Offences Bill gained royal assent and became an Act of Parliament, Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk followed by a Q&A about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book Fighting Proud (I B Tauris, £17.99), a history of the contribution gay men in Britain made during the World Wars. These include Lord Kitchener, Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, writer Hector Bolitho, Police Constable Harry Daley, Noel Coward and bandleader Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
Stephen Bourne is a writer and historian. An expert on Black and LGBT British history, he has written for BBC History Magazine, History Today and has written over 40 entries on prominent black Britons for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is the author of Black Poppies (History Press, 2013), a history of the contribution of black men and women to the First World War and his forthcoming book Fighting Proud will be published in July 2017 by I. B. Tauris. He is the winner of the Southwark Arts Form Award for Literature. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University for his contribution to diversity
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