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 …

DOCUMENTING TRANS HISTORY

It was George Santayana who first coined the phrase that “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. As a successful campaigner I have always taken those words to heart. At the very beginning of my campaigning career I saw it as a responsibility of mine to learn about the history carved by my predecessors. How, …

THE FIRST NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LGBT HISTORY IS NOW JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Our schedule is nearly completed, venues are booked, and volunteers primed to present three centuries of history for adults and children of all ages. For a full infomation pack on all our fantastic speakers and events, see the right sidebar. Trailblazing campaigners speaking at the event include Christine Burns MBE (Press For Change), Peter Tatchell (Gay Liberation Front), Mike Jackson …

LONDON REBEL DYKES OF THE 1980S

The LGBT History Festival spurred me into starting a project I’ve been interested in for years. Although I am neither a historian nor a film-maker, the callout for submissions made me decide to record some archive material and to make a short film. I lived in London in the 1980s in a lesbian feminist community rarely mentioned in feminist history …

‘QUEER NOISE’ — THE HISTORY OF LGBT MUSIC AND CLUB CULTURE IN MANCHESTER

In late 2009 I acquired a small amount of funding to develop ‘Queer Noise’ – an online exhibition for Manchester District Music Archive that aimed to lift the lid on LGBT music-making and club life in Greater Manchester from the sixties to the present day. The exhibition harnessed and contextualised scanned ephemera, such as posters, flyers, photos and press articles …

Manchester Celebrates 50 Years of Homosexual History

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) are organising a tribute and celebration in honour of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern gay rights movement in   October 7th 2014 The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) are organising a tribute and celebration in honour of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern gay rights movement in …

Cambridge Talks

Cambridge is the latest city to start an oral history project; thanks to SexYOUality. The LGBT support and social group used the opportunity on its 20th birthday to help young Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex and queer people learn about what life was like 20 years ago and beyond for their community in Cambridge. Like the Manchester LGBT Youth Project, …

2014 edition of Past2Present

The 2014 edition of Past2Present is the 7th! And the biggest so far at 64 pages. (The downside is that the file is big, slightly over 9Mb). This year they look at the LGBT influence on pop music in the 70s and 80s, Music Hall, the beginnings of gender affirmation surgery and Russia – among lots of other stuff.