Commemorating the passing of the 1967 Act

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

A number of cultural organisations is organising events, including:

The People’s History Museum: “Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights” 25 Feb-3 Sep 2017: – “This unique exhibition is curated by members of the local LGBT+ community.  It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism.  This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.”

Arcola Queer Collective/Unfinished Histories: “To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Arcola Queer Collective is staging Queer Plays Then and Now, a series of extracts from key plays of the period, together with a new play written in response to them by Damien Hughes …

The event will include extracts from unpublished in the Unfinished Histories archive and Rose Bruford College Special Collections , as well as published work …”

“Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity”

Archives of Human Sexuality, the largest program available in support of the study sexuality and identity, enables scholars to make new connections in queer history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research. Students, educators, and researchers can now engage with a vast resource that connects them to rare and unique documentation of this history, including newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other primary sources.”

Part 1 has just been published (Feb 2016), LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940.

Further info on the Gale website.

An article in The Advocate describes the Archives as:

“For LGBTQ people, printed media like The Advocate has had an important role in creating and fostering strong community ties. Now, some of the earliest periodicals and newsletters, which shaped the perceptions of relevant issues for the LGBTQ community while providing news and information on meetings, demonstrations, events, entertainment and even LGBTQ-friendly businesses — have been digitized, preserved and made available in The Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, the largest digital archive on LGBTQ history and culture.”

Review in “Museums Journal”

Review by Tim Redfern in Museums Journal Jan 2016, p56:

“Vincent eloquently provides a social background and context to the process of organising working groups. The fact that he covers the period from the 1950s onwards makes the narrative all the more compelling. What is also striking about the book is that it feels like it won’t go out of date, which is refreshing when you are looking at policy and practice …

The book gives a rich chronology of key events and movements, supplemented with hard facts; social context precedes key examples, followed by what was learned. It concludes with a list of useful appendices, including hot topics and issues around queer terminology as well as recent events.” [Excerpt]

“Preparing for LGBT History Month – our top tips”

Blogpost by Liz Chapman and John Vincent:

LGBT History Month – which is celebrated in February in the UK – is almost upon us! If you haven’t planned anything yet, it’s not too late to pull something together! Here are our top tips, based on Liz’s PhD research and John’s experience as a trainer and writer on diversity in libraries, as well as our personal experiences as queer library users. We’ve also included some longer-term ideas so that you can plan for next year, as well as for other queer-themed events and milestones that you can celebrate in the library. These might include Pride (usually held in the summer) and the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised (male) homosexuality.” [Excerpt]

“Rewind, Fast Forward”

Sandi Hughes’s History of the Liverpool Scene 1975 – 2005

“A unique archive of Liverpool’s music, club and fashion sub-cultures and the intersections with local LGBT and BAME history will be saved, shared and made accessible to thousands across the North West thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Film Hub North West Central, part of the British Film Institute Film Audience Network and Liverpool Record Office.”

Further info in Liverpool Seen.

Library and Archive show and tell: gender identity

This show and tell will display exhibition catalogues, critical theory, photobooks, zines, and artists’ books from the library collections to examine a wide range of LGBT identities throughout art history. The items from the library collections will explore themes of gender and the body, the power of visibility through photography, and the role of art and activism.

Hosted by Holly Callaghan, Liaison Librarian and Cedric Gibaud, Library and Archive Co-ordinator.”

Tate Britain

Friday 2 October 2015, 12.3014.30

Free event – booking recommended.

Review in “School Librarian”

Review by Caroline Downie in School Librarian, 63 (2) Summer 2015

“Here [John Vincent] has written a very readable and interesting book charting not only the sector’s response to the LGBT community but also a short history of the community itself …

There have always been books by LGBT authors on the shelves; it was up to ‘out’ staff to show us that. The response from the heritage sector seems to have come later and much more quietly. As John points out, this is more to do with the problem of curating exhibits on the subject than a reluctance of the institutions. It will certainly be of use to professionals wanting to make themselves aware of the issues and ensure that their collections reflect their readership as a whole …” [Excerpt]