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, […]

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library LSE Library has been home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives since 1988. It’s an extensive collection of archives, ephemera and printed material documenting the development of gay activism in the UK since the 1950s. But how did it come to LSE and what does it […]

Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde

Dominic Janes (Keele University) – Cartooning queers from the Georgian dandies to Oscar Wilde This will be a lecture and discussion of a series of cartoons of effeminates and queer characters from the eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. The aim is explore the degree to which Oscar Wilde was the first camp ‘proto-gay man’ […]

Cheryl Morgan introduces us to the Chosen of the Goddess

Media coverage of trans people often states that we are a recent invention, perhaps dating only from 1930s Germany. The reality is much more complicated. People have been living lives outside of the gender binary for all of human history. Indeed, in the past societies were often more open to different genders than they are […]

Maurice Dobson- a story of bravery, acceptance and love

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 […]

Two Film Screenings Available for History Month Events

Spectacle is an award winning independent television production company based in London specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media. Spectacle undertakes production, documentation and community engagement commissions as well as distributing films. We have an extensive digital video archive with 1000s of hours of video from 1979-present that includes some interesting short videos that we […]

Speaker Offered on Famous Victorian Writer John Addington Symonds

I’ve recently finished editing a new and complete edition of John Addington Symonds’s Memoirs, and this should be published in late January 2017 http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137291233 Symonds was a famous Victorian writer, and his remarkable autobiography (which survives in manuscript form, locked away in the London Library) tells the story of his struggles to understand, express and […]

SEXing the Past '17: The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference

Proudly Announcing Festival Headliner: The OUTing the Past LGBT History Festival Conference:  SEXing the Past ’17: [aka The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference] @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool L1 3BX Friday (evening) 3rd to Saturday to Sunday 5th March 2017    We are proud to be part of OUTing the Past: […]

Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

OUTing the Past: (London) @ The British Museum Sunday 19th February 2017 (11.00 – 16.00) Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum Great Court and Clore Centre for Education Come and find out about objects with LGBTQ histories from across the British Museum’s collection. Listen to a series of specialist talks giving insight into specific […]

Campaigners Call for a Queer Museum in London

Campaigners in London are to place pink filing cabinets at iconic venues around the capital to call for the city’s first LGBT museum. The calls come as England and Wales mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality next year and organisers believe it’s an opportunity to unearth the city’s battle for equality. The […]