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


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 …

Cheryl Morgan introduces us to the Chosen of the Goddess


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, …

A History of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Sex Education


Queer kids in sex education. The past, the present, the… future? A look at the history of sex education, & what it means for LGBT+ kids now Sex and relationships education (SRE) has long been a contentious subject in schools. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century, ‘hygiene’ lessons started to become part of formal education, with the …

Two Film Screenings Available for History Month Events


Spectacle is an award winning independent television production company based in London specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media. Spectacle undertakes production, documentation and community engagement commissions as well as distributing films. We have an extensive digital video archive with 1000s of hours of video from 1979-present that includes some interesting short videos that we think are relevant to the …

Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

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For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

Caroline Paige – True Colours

Photography Credit: Stephen King

True Colours is the upcoming autobiography of Caroline Paige, who, in 1999, became the first officer to transition gender within the British Armed Forces. During her subsequent sixteen years of service, as a female navigator flying Battlefield Helicopters, she completed a total of ten frontline-duty tours, flying in some of the most dangerous skies in the world, including Bosnia, Iraq, …

Manchester’s People’s History Museum is Never Going Underground for OUTing the Past 2017

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OUTing the Past: Manchester People’s History Museum Sunday 26 February 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm On the opening weekend of Never Going Underground, join us to celebrate LGBT History Month with OUTing the Past Manchester (part of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History). There will be taster tours throughout the day of the exhibition and PHM’s main galleries.  Human rights campaigner …

Peter Tatchell awarded Albert Medal 2016


Inspired by US black civil rights movement to fight for LGBT freedom Acceptance of the medal dedicated to Southall Black Sisters London, UK – 29 November 2016 source Awarded for “tireless campaigning on human rights & social equality”   The Albert Medal 2016 has been awarded to LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. …

The Victoria and Albert Museum is Blurring the Lines and OUTing the Past for 2017


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OUTing the Past: (London) @ The Victoria & Albert Museum Friday 10th February 2017 (18:00 to 21:00 hrs) The V&A is pleased to announce that on the 10th February 2017 we are taking part as 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 …

SEXing the Past ’17: The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference

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Proudly Announcing Festival Headliner: The OUTing the Past LGBT History Festival Conference:  SEXing the Past ’17: [aka The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference] @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool L1 3BX Friday (evening) 3rd to Saturday to Sunday 5th March 2017    We are proud to be part of OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian, …