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 …

Out of the Blocks Takes us to the Future

A new sports history timeline, Out of the Blocks, takes us on a tour of LGBT history in sport – from 14 AD to 2018 (yes – that’s 6 years in the future!) Thanks to Tony Bilton, we can now see how LGBT participation has always been a part of sport. The timeline includes some of the excesses of the ancients, which …

Famous Disabled LGBT People

Here is a list of famous LGBT people who have a disability. Disability History Month takes place every year from November 22 – December 21. To add to this list, contact us at website@lgbthistorymonth.org.uk Lord Byron Poet and bisexual.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron He was born with a deformity of his foot which affected him all his life. Edith Cooper The  aestheticist poet and writer, who …

Tatchell Interviewed on US TV

Peter Tatchell’s hour-long interview with the New York-based TV programme, Gay USA, conducted by Andy Humm and Ann Northrop. Watch here: http://tinyurl.com/3pu45bl Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, writes: Ranging over my 44 years of LGBT and human rights activism, this Gay USA interview includes discussions about my involvement in the gay liberation movement four decades ago, the attempted …

Rory's Boys, by Alan Clark

Rory’s Boys by Alan Clark- Published by Arcadia Books- ISBN 978-1-906413-88-0   An excellent novel that humorously explores the implications of age for gay men. Basically, a rich gay orphan gets told he looks old by a would-be one night stand,  inherits his fascist granny’s mansion and turns it into an old people’s home for gay men. Lots of tales, …