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.  …

Jon Vincent is Flicking back the pages …

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Flicking back the pages … Through using my personal ‘story’, this presentation will outline how libraries can support LGBTQ people, especially in their coming out, and will emphasise their positive role in people’s lives. John Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield library services. In 1997, he was invited to become …

Maurice Dobson- a story of bravery, acceptance and love

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Maurice Dobson- a story of bravery, acceptance and love Maurice Dobson was born in Wombwell, South Yorkshire, in 1912 and worked as miner before joining the army and serving in WW2. After the war Maurice moved back South Yorkshire with his partner Fred Halliday and they lived as an openly gay couple from the early 1950s until Fred died in …

Outing the Past: When did gay history begin?

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Outing the Past: When did gay history begin? There was this gym-teacher Who took his chance while giving A lesson to a smooth lad – He whisked him over his knee and started Doing his press-ups there right up him, hand Working his balls. At which moment the father Comes looking for his son; the gym-teacher Throws the boy on …

Kop Outs’ founder Paul Amann is giving presentations for the National Festival of LGBT History

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Kop Outs’ founder Paul Amann is giving presentations in Coventry on 4 February, York on 11 February, Liverpool and Preston both on 25 February. These will cover how You’ll Never Walk Alone, the song taken from LGBT icon Judy Garland’s performance in Carousel, to be a football anthem at Liverpool, seemed very contradictory to LGBT supporters. These supporters felt isolated, …

A History of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Sex Education

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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 …

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

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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 …

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 …