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January 2019

Mary McIntosh 1936-2013 indisputably Britain’s leading feminist talk

My subject for LGBT History Month 2019 is Mary McIntosh 1936-2013 who was indisputably Britain’s leading feminist. McIntosh was educated at High Wycombe School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After graduating in 1958 she moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked as a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Sociology Department, out of which grew her interest in criminology.

Hidden from History? The psychiatric (mis) treatment of lesbians since the 1950s in England.

We know a fair bit about what happened to gay men in the English mental health system. For example, the fact that some men received ‘aversion therapy’ (see, for example, Curing Queers by Tommy Dickenson). But what happened to Lesbians?  We have been exploring LGBT; women’s; and mental health archives to find out what happened to same-sex attracted women in the mental health system in England.  As a result of our research, we could offer talks on the following topics: