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LGBT History Festival

We are delighted to be hosting the Sunday programme of the First National Festival of LGBT History hosted by the city of Manchester.

Organised protest and social movements have been instrumental in building a more equal world. Sunday focusses on the impact of power, institutions, and the law, in changing rights for LGBT people.

We examine the global export of Britain’s anti-gay buggery laws from the 19th century. We ask why lesbian voices have been marginalised in the protest movement, highlighting the remarkable work of women at Greenham Common Peace Camp. Finally, we chronicle campaigns against workplace discrimination beginning in the 1960s.

Uniting for workplace equality

Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners highlights the story behind this year’s critically acclaimed film Pride. Cath Booth discusses the work of Lesbians and Gays Support the Printworkers, who assisted workers sacked by Rupert Murdoch during the Wapping dispute. TUC LGBT & Disability Officer Peter Purton will explore the history of how homophobia and transphobia have been addressed in the workplace.

Finally, All The Nice Girls explores the lives of World War I stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, using theatre, cabaret and dance. Gwen and Norah routinely performed for the entertainment of the armed forces.

Exporting homophobia

In the 1800s, the British Empire stretched across two thirds of the world, and Britain exported laws banning same-sex relations to its colonies. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Prossy Kakooza, a refugee who has rebuilt her life in the UK after experiencing abuse and torture in Uganda, discuss Britain’s colonial legacy.

Protest & lesbianism

From Votes For Women to the Greenham Common peace camps, lesbian women have been at the forefront of movements for social change. Sheila Standard and Dr Sonja Tiernan discuss the key roles played by lesbians in protest movements, including the Barmaids’ Defence League and Urania, a pioneering covert journal on gender and sexuality.

The full programme with timings and booking details can be found here.

LGBT History Festival

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