York LGBT History Month 2016 and National Festival Hub

York LGBT History Month 2016 sees a record number of events take place this February in and around the city of York. The entire community has come together to put on a schedule of presentations and discussion, films and theatre, talks and activities, school and families events and much much more. All events are open to all members of the …

Stuart Milk on Continuing his Uncle’s Legacy and the Importance of Teaching LGBT History

Stuart Milk is a global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker. He’s also the nephew of the late US civil rights campaigner Harvey Milk. Stuart’s Uncle Harvey was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, and was responsible for passing a gay rights ruling for the city of San Francisco in 1978. In that …

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

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

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

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

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.