JFK: 1917 – 1963

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.”

History Resource – The Women of Greenham Common

The Women of Greenham Common

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast:Monday 05 September 2011

At the height of the Cold War, an announcement was made that the UK would host American nuclear missiles. One of the anti-war marches that followed ended at the airbase at Greenham Common in Berkshire and a permanent camp of nuclear protestors was established. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp endured for nearly 20 years. Helen John, who took part in the march and founded the camp in September 1981, speaks to Witness.

RIP Amber Maxwell, a Rebel and a Fighter

The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.

Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights

LASS Remembers

‘In 1987 a virulent new disease was killing people in Leicester. A grassroots organisation was created to provide care and support for the dying, the sick and their loved ones. Now, 25 years later, the situation has in some ways changed dramatically, but Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) continues to provide essential services to all those affected by HIV.This book …

40th Anniversary of the New Orleans Massacre

The 24th of June marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most appalling events in the USA’s history; the massacre of 29 gay men in a New Orleans bar. While the Stonewall riots are celebrated every year, the arson attack on gay Christian group in The Upstairs Lounge that left a total of 32 dead remains largely forgotten. According …

A New Year Message

Retired Derbyshire teacher and novelist Narvel Annable has a new Year Message. I’m shocked by immoderate language from senior clerics, Bishop Mark Davies and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.  Eyes blazing, they hijacked Christmas to spit fire at the gay community.  The Bishop used deeply offensive twisted logic invoking the spectres of Hitler and Stalin.  Nichols accused the Prime Minister of ‘Orwellian’ practices with regard …

What is LGBT History?

Decades have passed since the first published histories examining aspects of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer life, or analysing social movements made up by LGBTIQ people. Historical work on LGBT or queer “issues” is now more accepted in the academy than ever before, and has enriched our knowledge enormously. However, postgraduate historians working on LGBT research topics – at least in …

Head of GCHQ Attacks Treatment of Turing

The head of GCHQ has spoken with regret of the treatment of Alan Turing, the second world war codebreaker and mathematical genius, who killed himself in 1954, two years after being convicted of homosexuality, which was then a criminal offence. In a rare speech to mark the centenary of Turing’s birth, Iain Lobban said the unique people the country needed were …

Get ready for the UK's First History Postgraduates' LGBT Conference

A long sought Conference with workshops for History postgraduates who want to look into LGBT people’s histories is to take place at the University of London on November the 7th. LGBT co-chair Sue Sanders will be one of the speakers. Historical work on LGBT or queer “issues” is now more accepted in the academy than ever before, and has enriched …

Same Sex Marriage? So What's New

There’s nothing new about same-sex marriage, according to The LGBT Excellence Centre in Wales. Egyptians, Mesopotanians, Greeks and Romans all has some kind of same-sex ceremonies, barren woman in African tribes married other women, North American native men were accepted as brides as well as a host of other arrangements in other parts of the world. And while the Christian …