The Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives is OUTing the Past in the North West

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The co-founder of Lesbian Information Service (1987-1998) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (1999-2011) is giving an introduction to the ‘Jan  Bridget Collection’ held at Lancashire Archives in Preston.   “All too often,” Jan said, “the history of LGBT people, in particular lesbians, is hidden.  It is fantastic that Lancashire Archives agreed to accept my huge collection of books, papers, …

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

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Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay From BBC News available here Secondary school teacher Daniel Gray has always kept his sexuality to himself at work. But to mark LGBT History Month, the 32-year-old from Brighton made the nerve-wracking decision to come out to more than 1,000 students. He tells his story to the BBC’s Jennifer …

Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places

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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 …

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer history of South West proudly celebrated

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer history of South West proudly celebrated Oscar Wilde, Grindr, Chinese underground queer cinema, and the experiences of homosexual sailors in the WWI Royal Navy will feature as part of Exeter’s first LGBT history festival. The National Festival of LGBT History: Exeter hub will feature talks from activists, academics, historians, campaigners, authors and curators discussing …

Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde

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Dominic Janes (Keele University) – Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde This will be a lecture and discussion of a series of cartoons of effeminates and queer characters from the eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. The aim is explore the degree to which Oscar Wilde was the first camp ‘proto-gay man’ or whether we have lost …

Cheryl Morgan introduces us to the Chosen of the Goddess

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Media coverage of trans people often states that we are a recent invention, perhaps dating only from 1930s Germany. The reality is much more complicated. People have been living lives outside of the gender binary for all of human history. Indeed, in the past societies were often more open to different genders than they are now. In the ancient world, …

A History of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Sex Education

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Queer kids in sex education. The past, the present, the… future? A look at the history of sex education, & what it means for LGBT+ kids now Sex and relationships education (SRE) has long been a contentious subject in schools. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century, ‘hygiene’ lessons started to become part of formal education, with the …

Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

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For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

Parliament’s Speaker’s Chamber Goes Rainbow to Launch LGBT History Month 2017

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The LGBT History Month Launch is a November tradition in the Diversity Calendar and it’s always held in a prestigious venue, but with 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act we took it up a notch and held it in the Speaker’s Chamber at the Houses of Parliament. As guests of the Speaker John Bercow, a …

Campaigners Call for a Queer Museum in London

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Campaigners in London are to place pink filing cabinets at iconic venues around the capital to call for the city’s first LGBT museum. The calls come as England and Wales mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality next year and organisers believe it’s an opportunity to unearth the city’s battle for equality. The cabinets are designed to symbolise …