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

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 diverse topics including how lives of LGBTQ+ people in Exeter have been transformed by community action, trans women in the ancient world and whether Oscar Wilde would have used the gay dating app, Grindr. We are pleased to welcome to Exeter Caroline Paige, the first officer to transition gender in the British Armed Forces and award-winning author and biographer Diana Souhami who will talk about her work on women’s and lesbian history, focusing specifically on the British painter, Gluck.

Dr Jen Grove, from the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter who is part of the festival organising team said: “We are delighted Exeter has been chosen as the location to celebrate the LGBT history in the South West. We’ve worked with the LGBT community around the region, as well as academics, campaigners and authors to put together a really exciting programme of talks and events.”

Fellow organiser Dr Jana Funke, from the English Department at the University of Exeter, said: “The festival is a wonderful opportunity to bring different people together, learn more about LGBT history, engage in dialogue and celebrate diversity within our communities. We would like to invite everyone to come and join us!”