Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – Writing Festival Theatre

Writing Festival Theatre: Living Histories Cymru Jane Hoy reflects on how she and her partner, Helen Sandler, turned two local women who had become hidden from history into a ‘conversation in costume’ for OUTing the Past 2016. They have now produced a second show, about the Ladies of Llangollen, which they are offering in 2019. Since moving to mid Wales …

Happy History Month 2018!

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!   Schools OUT UK is the official founder of the initiative so this year’s official theme is Geography – Mapping Our World. This will be our 14th year! As ever, hundred, if not thousands, of events will be taking place up and down the country. To find out what’s happening near you, take a …

Autumn Festivals: Glasgay! Homotopia, Shout and Wise Thoughts

Glasgay! – Glasgow A vibrant festival of gay theatre, comedy, music, film, art, exhibitions, dance and clubbing – held in venue throughout the city of Glasgow in Scotland and organised by GALA Scotland Ltd. GlasGay! now stretches for 30 days, and is said to be the UK’s largest LGBT cultural festival. Find Out More Homotopia – Liverpool Homotopia is a …

Trade Unions Championing LGBT Equality at People’s History Museum

Peter Purton, who retired recently as the TUC’s LGBT officer, has written a book to fill a big gap in the history of how we won LGBT rights in Britain: trade unions played an enormous part in all our victories but this is invisible to most people. From the beginning of our struggle for equality, trade unionists were part of …

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

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

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 …

Peter Tatchell awarded Albert Medal 2016

Inspired by US black civil rights movement to fight for LGBT freedom Acceptance of the medal dedicated to Southall Black Sisters London, UK – 29 November 2016 source Awarded for “tireless campaigning on human rights & social equality”   The Albert Medal 2016 has been awarded to LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. …

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

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

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 …

Half of teachers ‘didn’t read’ government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education

(from Pink News) A report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign has exposed the devastating impact of homophobic bullying. As pressure mounts for LGBT issues to be taught in all Scottish schools. the TIE campaign this week launched a report highlighting high rates of bullying, attempted suicide, self-harm and mental health issues among LGBT young people.   Of the 169 LGBT pupils and former …