Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – Writing Festival Theatre

Writing Festival Theatre: Living Histories Cymru Jane Hoy reflects on how she and her partner, Helen Sandler, turned two local women who had become hidden from history into a ‘conversation in costume’ for OUTing the Past 2016. They have now produced a second show, about the Ladies of Llangollen, which they are offering in 2019. […]

Happy History Month 2018!

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!   Schools OUT UK is the official founder of the initiative so this year’s official theme is Geography – Mapping Our World. This will be our 14th year! As ever, hundred, if not thousands, of events will be taking place up and down the country. To find out what’s […]

Autumn Festivals: Glasgay! Homotopia, Shout and Wise Thoughts

Glasgay! – Glasgow A vibrant festival of gay theatre, comedy, music, film, art, exhibitions, dance and clubbing – held in venue throughout the city of Glasgow in Scotland and organised by GALA Scotland Ltd. GlasGay! now stretches for 30 days, and is said to be the UK’s largest LGBT cultural festival. Find Out More Homotopia […]

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference – 28th November 2017

The NSPCC reported that over 50,000 children were identified across the country as needing protection from abuse in 2016. In addition, with a rise in cases across the country of child sexual exploitation, now is the time to tackle this growing crisis. With this in mind, interested parties are invited to attend the Child Sexual Exploitation […]

Pride Run 2017 a runaway success!

The Pride Run 2017, organised by London Frontrunners with support from P3 was a tremendous success, with over 1,000 runners – more than ever before. Schools OUT UK were the main beneficiaries and CEO Tony Fenwick said: “We were blown away by the spirit and generosity of the organisers and participants. The final figures are […]

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

[container] [column type=”one-half” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px”] [/column] [column type=”one-half” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px”] “I’m a feminist film-maker, DJ and poet. From the 1970s I started documenting what I now see as Liverpool’s subcultures and the intersections with the local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) and BAME (black and Asian minority ethnic) history. At the time, I was […]

OUTing the Past: the Salop Assizes

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 […]

Outing the Past: When did gay history begin?

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 […]

Parliament's Speaker’s Chamber Goes Rainbow to Launch LGBT History Month 2017

The LGBT History Month Launch is a November tradition in the Diversity Calendar and it’s always held in a prestigious venue, but with 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act we took it up a notch and held it in the Speaker’s Chamber at the Houses of Parliament. As guests of […]