OUTing the Past 2017: A resounding success – National Archives

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On Saturday 11 February, we were proud to host an OUTing the Past: National LGBT History Festival event, exploring LGBTQ+ history that can be found in our collection and beyond. As one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past, and in the year that sees the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the event focused on the theme …

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 …

Presenters share their enthusiasm for SEXing the Past 2017

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Register HERE for SEXing the Past 2017!   Participants and presenters for the SEXing the Past 2017 academic conference have been voicing their enthusiasm for the event that will mark the end of this year’s phenomenal National Festival of LGBT History. The following provides a sample of the messages they’d like to share with others about joining them in Liverpool, …

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, …

Andrew Dineley Presents Three Decades of HIV/AIDS Design in Merseyside

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Andrew has worked with the health, education and charity sectors for three decades, designing many acclaimed and award winning public health campaigns, including Liverpool’s first HIV/AIDS materials during the 1980s, when he was employed by the NHS. He now writes about design for a couple of international magazines and runs his own creative studio in Liverpool where he continues to work …

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 …

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 …