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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.