Celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Coming Out’ with Professor Jeffrey Weeks

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This year marks 40 years since the publication of the groundbreaking work ‘Coming Out: The Emergence of LGBT Identities in Britain from the 19th Century to the Present’, by Jeffrey Weeks. SEXing the Past 2017 will commemorate this important anniversary by devoting a special session to a conversation with Jeffrey Weeks, which will provide an opportunity for reflections and questions …

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

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Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay From BBC News available here Secondary school teacher Daniel Gray has always kept his sexuality to himself at work. But to mark LGBT History Month, the 32-year-old from Brighton made the nerve-wracking decision to come out to more than 1,000 students. He tells his story to the BBC’s Jennifer …

Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places

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Prejudice and Pride The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites. “Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with …

Giving voice to LGBT lives using oral history

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This contribution comes from Molly Merryman, who will be presenting a ‘how to do LGBT history’ workshop on oral history as part of the SEXing the Past 2017 academic conference taking place in Liverpool 3rd – 5th March. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the recently established Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at Kent …

But What Can They Do in Bed Anyway? Lesbian Sexuality and the Law

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Female same sex acts have never been outlawed in the UK (at least in civilian society). It’s sometimes suggested that this was because Queen Victoria didn’t believe such a thing existed. But how true is this theory? Join Jenny White of Warp & Weft to explore historical beliefs about female biology and sexual desire, and to examine how lesbian lives …

Call out for LGBT+ Poets and Spoken Word Artists

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  LGB-QWERTY in association with Derbyshire LGBT+ Presents ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’. Commemorating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, ’Looking Back, Looking Forward’ is a series of spoken word events taking place throughout the year in venues across Derby. We are looking for 18 poets and spoken word artists to produce new pieces of work …

OUTing the Past: the Salop Assizes

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Salop Assizes 1949 In the Spring of 1949, a Shrewsbury man, Geoffrey, sought assistance from the police, after his friend, Percy, was assaulted. What followed was not what they  expected. Their call for help led, instead, to the arrest of many gay men from the town; suspected of ‘gross indecency’. By mid-Summer, Geoffrey and another man, William, had been sent …

A Warrior With Some Marker Pens, Glue and a Photocopier!

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Our second blog post from one of our excellent speakers from OUTing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of LGBT History, which is coming to the Museum of Liverpool on 25 February, is Andrew Dineley. Andrew is the Creative Director of Soft Octopus Design Studio and will be discussing his activism and work designing, amongst many other things, Liverpool’s influential …

Victoria and Albert Museum Gears Up for OUTing the Past on the 10th February

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We are pleased to announce that on the 10th February 2017 we will again be one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Law, Citizenship and PSHE*’ (*Personal, Social and Health Education). This year we are holding …

The Oldest New Woman and her Incorrigible Welsh Friend

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A lively conversation in costume with Miss Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist. They met in  Italy and were partners for 35 years. In the mid 19th century, they lived in London campaigning for votes for women and animal rights. Miss Cobbe was also instrumental …