Transgender Day of Visibility 2017

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True Colours – Trailblazing Transgender Visibility in the British Armed Forces Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place annually, on 31st March, to celebrate the achievements of trans people across the globe, by making them visible, and heard. I first became visible in 1998, when I finally became strong enough to live my true life and transition gender. It wasn’t …

Thanks on Behalf of Schools OUT

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Schools OUT(UK) extends a BIG THANK YOU to all of the literally thousands of people that attended one or more of last month’s OUTing the Past events during February 2017’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History Month. This stunning success of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History was only made possible by the endeavour of hundreds of volunteers, museums …

Rewind Fast Forward: Sandi Hughes’ History of the Liverpool Scene

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But this year, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, I’ve been working with artist collective Re-Dock, digitising both my photograph and video archive. We’ve done a whole range of things so far as part of the project, such as presenting it at the Without Borders conference in London in July, and installing a permanent exhibition of photographs from my …

Trade Unions Championing LGBT Equality at People’s History Museum

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Peter Purton, who retired recently as the TUC’s LGBT officer, has written a book to fill a big gap in the history of how we won LGBT rights in Britain: trade unions played an enormous part in all our victories but this is invisible to most people. From the beginning of our struggle for equality, trade unionists were part of …

The Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives is OUTing the Past in the North West

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The co-founder of Lesbian Information Service (1987-1998) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (1999-2011) is giving an introduction to the ‘Jan  Bridget Collection’ held at Lancashire Archives in Preston.   “All too often,” Jan said, “the history of LGBT people, in particular lesbians, is hidden.  It is fantastic that Lancashire Archives agreed to accept my huge collection of books, papers, …

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 …

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 …

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 …