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A Homotopian Rent Party

Sam Bennett During the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, poor African Americans – paid low wages yet asked for disproportionately high rent – would host house parties and collect money from guests in order to keep a roof over their heads. These bashes, which have inspired the Darren Pritchard-directed Rent Party, would see the likes of jazz […]

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“It’s not Black and White”

Matthew Winterbottom (l) & Richard Bruce Parkinson © David Gowers / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

No Offence is a British Museum partnership touring exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) which partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales. First shown in 2017, and developed in consultation with community partners, the exhibition is on display at the Ashmolean until early December. It is inspired by A […]

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Sue Sanders and Schools OUT UK Archive Celebration

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24 October, 7pm Bishopsgate Institute, London Free, booking required Sue Sanders, Emeritus Professor of Harvey Milk Institute, is founder of LGBT History Month and chairperson of Schools OUT UK. An active LGBT rights campaigner for over 40 years, Sue has challenged oppression in the public and voluntary sectors through a variety of roles, and continues […]

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Do you have an LGBT story to share?

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Come and present at: OUTing the Past 2019 – The International Festival of LGBT History & Activism being celebrated near you in 2019 Calling all budding historians and veteran queer activists with a story to tell… Are you sitting on a hidden episode from our LGBT+ past, such as: An event that provides further insights […]

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LGBT History Month 2019

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History II: Peace, Reconciliation and Activism As we move into the summer and the Pride season starts to get into full swing, we’re looking forward to next February, and its chosen curriculum theme of History. This will be the second time we have visited this subject, and it seems appropriate as 2019 will be the […]

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Section 28: An Exercise in Flagrant Futility and Deliberate Discrimination

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Toby Hambly This May marks 30 years since a particularly damaging piece of legislation was passed. Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 reads as follows – ‘A local authority shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ or ‘promote the teaching in any maintained school of the […]

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Third Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month

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Bill Schiller of the Nordic Rainbow History and Culture Month… Plans are underway for the third LGBT History Month in the Nordic zone this coming October, featuring seminars, performance, film screenings, music, dance, drama, poetry, art and photography. The idea for a Nordic LGBT HM was long ago kindled by LGBT History Month in the UK […]

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Norena Shopland Talks Forbidden Lives

Forbidden Lives

Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales is the first book on Welsh LGBT history. Here its author Norena Shopland tells us more. What time period does Forbidden Lives cover? It stretches across the ages. It starts with Gerald of Wales, which is medieval, and goes up to the present day (it’s got Jan Morris in […]

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The Four Faces of LGBT History Month

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The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. It seeks to focus on the total global importance of LGBT equality, highlighting people from around the world who face daily challenges to their identity. This year the four faces of LGBT HM are people whose lives have laid the foundations for […]

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National Festival of LGBT History returns this month

LGBT History Month

This February, the National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History will return bringing a host of nationwide events on the topic of LGBT history and celebration – promoting equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. The theme of this year’s festival is titled Geography: Mapping the World; commemorating the 30th anniversary […]

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Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time […]

LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children […]

The Journey to Acceptance

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and […]

Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett […]

“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage […]

Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]