Outing the past

The third national festival of LGBT history

logo: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month 2017

Saturday 25 February 2017

Join us at the Museum of Liverpool for a day of talks, films, performances and fun for Outing the past: the third national festival of LGBT history, part of our celebrations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month.

Highlights include a range of short talks exploring a diverse range of LGBT histories, culture, activism and personal experiences; many with a Liverpool focus. Along with some special performances there is something for everyone.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.


All events are free, no need to book.

Opening address by Stuart Milk

10.10am Education area 3 
Stuart Milk is a global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker, nephew of civil rights leader Harvey Milk and the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. 

Our Pride and Prejudice project 

10.30am Education area 2 - Matt Exley and Lynn Wray 
The Pride and Prejudice project showcases items with an LGBT connection from National Museums Liverpool's urban history and art collections. Explore our LGBT collections.

Kop Outs – YNWA

11am Education area 3 - Paul Amann
The development of Kop Outs from a time when being LGBT and a football fan appeared mutually exclusive to the development of a club recognised fan group helping enable LGBT fans to attend the match in confidence.

Antiquated legalities: the International Times prosecution, 1969

11.15am Education area 2 - Val Stevenson 
Although homosexuality was partially decriminalised in 1967, the International Times was prosecuted in a long-running legal battle from 1969-72. Charges were brought against IT for running gay personal ads which, the prosecution alleged, were likely to "corrupt public morals". This presentation will use the original copies of IT and the editorial files held at LJMU to examine the impact of this case on the public/private morality debate.

True colours: trailblazing transgender service in the military

12.15pm Education area 2 - Caroline Paige

Queer in the head

12.30pm Education area 3 - Meryl Cuzak and Chris Porter 
Meryl Cuzak and Chris Porter will consider the history/historiography of psychiatric responses to LGBT people and the ways in which mental distress experienced by LGBT people constitutes a ‘double indemnity oppression’. Their talk will also consider alternative, ‘queer-centric’, approaches to LGBT mental health support needs and liberation.

"The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend" 

1.15pm Education area 2 - Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler
A lively conversation in costume between Frances Power Cobbe, an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and her partner of 35 years, Mary Charlotte Lloyd, a Welsh artist. They met in Rome and in the mid 19th century they lived in London campaigning for votes for women and animal rights. They retired to Wales and ended their years in Llanelltyd, near Dolgellau, where they are buried together in a local churchyard. 

Rewind Fast Forward 

2pm Education area 3 - Tim Brunsden and Helena Smart
Tim Brunsden and Helena Smart present Sandi Hughes’ history of the Liverpool scene (1975-2005)

Three decades of HIV/AIDS design

2.15pm Education area 2 - Andrew Dineley
The perspective of a gay man designing national public health campaigns during a hostile period of inequality in Liverpool over 20+ years.

Liverpool's growing police priority

3.15pm Education area 2 - Jeff Evans 
Arresting victimless crime in the city's gents toilets 1880 to 1945.

Blurring the lines

3.30pm  Education area 3 - Kate Hutchinson
Trans representation and gender expression in rock music.

But where I’m from it’s illegal

4.15pm Education area 2 - Andrew Herm
A comparative reading of early-20th century ‘gay’ literature.

Liverpool's LGBT Choir

4.45pm Atrium
A special performance to close the conference.