An introduction to National LGBT History Festival – Sue Sanders’ introduction

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In February of 2015 we held the first National Festival of LGBT History and the second What is LGBT History and How to Do It conference in Manchester. There were many highlights as we had over 80 presentations in the People’s National History Museum and the new Manchester Central Library. The academic conference had 100 participants from across Europe, North …

Proud trust Makes Links with Black History Month

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The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT Youth NW) have produced a new youth work and education resource pack: “In the UK we dedicate October to exploring and learning about the rich history of Black peoples and communities; a section of history that is often overlooked, mis-represented and poorly documented, much like February where we dedicate the month to exploring and uncovering lost …

RIP Lord Montagu 20 October 1926 – 31 August 2015

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Lord Montagu has died aged 88. Founder of the National Motor Museum and past Chair of English Heritage, Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu was arrested in 1954 for allegedly inciting “certain male persons to commit serious offences with male persons” following a gathering with his cousin Michael Pitt-Rivers and his friend Peter Wildeblood.  Although convicted, Montagu and his co-defendants received a round of …

AMIABLE WARRIORS: THE HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY

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Over the festival weekend, I’m launching Amiable Warriors, the history of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). Founded in 1964 as the North West local committee of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, CHE mutated over the next few years into the largest LGBT organisation this country has ever known.

LGBT COLLECTIONS AT PEOPLE’S HISTORY MUSEUM

At the People’s History Museum we have a number of collections of LGBT material, including banners, badges, posters and archives of organisations such as Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

FROM THE CASTRO TO SECTION 28: HARVEY MILK, SCHOOLS OUT UK, AND FORTY YEARS OF EDUCATING OUT PREJUDICE

How can we all make the world more equal for LGBT people? “Hope will never be silent”, said iconic American politician Harvey Milk, who was assassinated alongside colleague George Moscone in 1978. When faced with tragedy, or oppression everywhere, it’s easy to feel powerless and insignificant – both natural responses to seemingly insurmountable problems. Both Harvey himself, and Harvey’s nephew …

A VERY VICTORIAN PUB QUIZ

Do you know what a ‘pose plastique’ is?  It’s got nothing to do with rubber.The First National Festival of LGBT History invites you to a pub quiz like no other: a historical sex quiz. LGBT Historian Jeff Evans will be delving into the steamy history of sex to find questions that both challenge and offend.Quiz master supremo, and award-winning actor …

RUSSELL T DAVIES ANNOUNCED AS PATRON OF ‘A VERY VICTORIAN SCANDAL’

Man of the moment, Russell T Davies, writer of Cucumber, Queer as Folk and Doctor Who has been announced as a patron of A Very Victorian Scandal. Russell said: It’s a delight and an honour to support these wonderful shows. Three new gay dramas about Manchester and they’re not mine. Hurrah! You lucky people. A Very Victorian Scandal (#AVVS) is …