Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer history of South West proudly celebrated

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer history of South West proudly celebrated Oscar Wilde, Grindr, Chinese underground queer cinema, and the experiences of homosexual sailors in the WWI Royal Navy will feature as part of Exeter’s first LGBT history festival. The National Festival of LGBT History: Exeter hub will feature talks from activists, academics, historians, campaigners, authors and curators discussing …

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

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Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library LSE Library has been home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives since 1988. It’s an extensive collection of archives, ephemera and printed material documenting the development of gay activism in the UK since the 1950s. But how did it come to LSE and what does it hold? The origins The Hall-Carpenter …

Coventry Successfully Kicks Off the National Festival of LGBT History

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Congratulations to OUTing the Past Coventry! What an excellent start to the National Festival for LGBT History; congratulations to Paul and the team at Coventry Pride. As a first-time attendee and participant, I was impressed with the depth and range of the presentations delivered: everything from first-hand accounts of activism and reportage, the lives and roles of LGBT members in …

Sue’s Schools OUT UK LGBT History Month Appeal

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I am helping to make LGBT History Month 2017 happen this February to make LGBT people in all their diversity visible and safe. Over 1,000 events happening all around the country. The overall aim of LGBT History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, …

But Where I’m From it’s Illegal: A Comparative Reading of Early-20th Century ‘Gay’ Literature

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A presentation that compares themes and depictions of LGBT characters and lives during the early-to-mid 20th century.’ This presentation advocates for the viability of literature as a tool for historical enquiry. That is, ‘LGBT literature’ can offer insight regarding the norms, practices, and experiences of LGBT characters and authors in their particular historical and cultural context. In order to do …

(Post)Colonial Legacies to Feature at SEXing the Past 2017

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Bisi Alimi, Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, will speak at the launch event for this year’s SEXing the Past conference on Friday 3rd March. The theme of this year’s conference focuses particular attention on the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. His comments on LGBT advocacy and acceptance in Nigeria will serve to highlight the …

Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde

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Dominic Janes (Keele University) – Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde This will be a lecture and discussion of a series of cartoons of effeminates and queer characters from the eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. The aim is explore the degree to which Oscar Wilde was the first camp ‘proto-gay man’ or whether we have lost …

Cheryl Morgan introduces us to the Chosen of the Goddess

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Media coverage of trans people often states that we are a recent invention, perhaps dating only from 1930s Germany. The reality is much more complicated. People have been living lives outside of the gender binary for all of human history. Indeed, in the past societies were often more open to different genders than they are now. In the ancient world, …

Opening the public sphere to LGBT+ issues in the Bristol region 1970-2000

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Opening the public sphere to LGBT+ issues in the Bristol region, 1970-2000 / Robert Howes The presentation,  to be given at the Exeter Festival, is based mainly on the history of the Gay West group (1982 to present) and its two predecessors, CHE Bristol (1970-1983) and Bath Gay Awareness Group (1971-1982), which form one of Britain’s longest running LGBT+ institutions.  …

Wood Green Arts Charity Wise Thoughts Receives Waltham Forest LGBT History Month Commission

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Wood Green Arts Charity Wise Thoughts Receives Waltham Forest LGBT History Month commission. London Borough of Waltham Forest is proud to announce that Wise Thoughts will be delivery an exciting programme of events for LGBT History Month 2017. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) History Month is celebrated annually each February in the UK and presents an opportunity for Waltham …