2014 edition of Past2Present

The 2014 edition of Past2Present is the 7th! And the biggest so far at 64 pages. (The downside is that the file is big, slightly over 9Mb). This year they look at the LGBT influence on pop music in the 70s and 80s, Music Hall, the beginnings of gender affirmation surgery and Russia – among lots of other stuff.

Letter from London Director of the National Trust signals new interest in the roles of LGBT lives in UK Heritage

Letter from London Director of the National Trust signals new interest in the roles of LGBT lives in UK Heritage – “Dozens of brilliant staff through our 119 year history have come and will continue to come from the LGBT community – we would be lost without them. It is perhaps time that all this and all of them were better acknowledged.”

Petition calls for Bank Holiday to be named after Alan Turing after ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’ controversy

Petition calls for Bank Holiday to be named after Alan Turing after ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’ controversy – A petition has been started to push the Government to rename the August Bank Holiday after late gay computer genius and codebreaker Alan Turing, rather than after Margaret Thatcher.

We’re Going! Are You? Camden LGBT Forum announces WORLD’s largest program for LGBT History Month 2014.

We’re Going! Are You? Camden LGBT Forum announces WORLD’s largest program for LGBT History Month 2014: The London Boroughs of Camden and Islington are to host the world’s largest program for LGBT History Month throughout February 2014. The program is put together by Camden LGBT Forum with the support of Camden and Islington Councils and a team of highly dedicated volunteers. This month is about celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans histories. The theme is music but events cross genres of film, poetry, science, biography and art.

History Resource – The Women of Greenham Common

The Women of Greenham Common
Duration: 10 minutes
First broadcast:Monday 05 September 2011
At the height of the Cold War, an announcement was made that the UK would host American nuclear missiles. One of the anti-war marches that followed ended at the airbase at Greenham Common in Berkshire and a permanent camp of nuclear protestors was established. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp endured for nearly 20 years. Helen John, who took part in the march and founded the camp in September 1981, speaks to Witness.

RIP Amber Maxwell, a Rebel and a Fighter

The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.
Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights

LASS Remembers

‘In 1987 a virulent new disease was killing people in Leicester. A grassroots organisation was created to provide care and support for the dying, the sick and their loved ones. Now, 25 years later, the situation has in some ways changed dramatically, but Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) continues to provide essential services to all […]

40th Anniversary of the New Orleans Massacre

The 24th of June marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most appalling events in the USA’s history; the massacre of 29 gay men in a New Orleans bar. While the Stonewall riots are celebrated every year, the arson attack on gay Christian group in The Upstairs Lounge that left a total of 32 […]

A New Year Message

Retired Derbyshire teacher and novelist Narvel Annable has a new Year Message. I’m shocked by immoderate language from senior clerics, Bishop Mark Davies and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.  Eyes blazing, they hijacked Christmas to spit fire at the gay community.  The Bishop used deeply offensive twisted logic invoking the spectres of Hitler and Stalin.  Nichols accused the Prime Minister […]