LGBT HISTORY MONTH: Liverpool: OUTing the Past at Museum of Liverpool

Stuart Milk opens LGBT Festival Hub in Liverpool.

Stuart Milk, the global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker, nephew of civil rights leader Harvey Milk and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, will open OUTing the Past 2017 at Museum of Liverpool on Saturday, February 25 at 10am.

Stuart will launch the Museum’s day of talks and performances as part of Outing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History, which takes place throughout February.

As an official hub for the festival, the Museum of Liverpool has coordinated an exciting programme of speakers and performances. From a presentation from Kop Outs, about their work to enable LGBT fans to attend a football match with confidence, to an exploration of outmoded psychiatric responses to LGBT people, there is a lot to discover, much to discuss and organisers hope, reasons to feel empowered and inspired by the work being done.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “National Museums Liverpool is committed to telling diverse and hidden stories, by representing these within our collections and the work we do. We are delighted to be welcoming human rights activist Stuart Milk, as well as our brilliant panel of speakers and performers.

“It is the relationships we develop and maintain with our partners that enable us to deliver such a dynamic and important programme and help us to create a truly participative museum. We’re anticipating a day of lively discussion and thoughtful presentations. 

“We are extremely proud to be a national hub for LGBT History Month this year, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. OUTing the Past builds on the success of recent work we’ve done to tell the stories and share the histories of LGBT communities, such as our  Esmée Fairbairn-funded Pride and Prejudice research project and popular exhibitions like April Ashley: Portrait of a lady.”

Stuart Milk with President Barack Obama

Stuart Milk with President Barack Obama

Speakers will include:

♦ Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk Foundation – opening speaker.
♦ Matt Exley/Lynn Wray, National Museums Liverpool, presenting the Pride and Prejudice research project.
♦ Paul Amann, Kop Outs, sharing the work they’ve done to enable the LGBT community to feel confident supporting their football team.
♦ Val Stevenson discusses the long-running legal battle with the International Times (1969-72), for running gay personal ads which were deemed likely to “corrupt public morals”.
♦ Clare Stephens presents the history and broader consequences of psychiatric responses to LGBT people.
♦ Caroline Page explores transgender trailblazers in the military service.
♦ Jane Hoy and Helen Sander explore the relationship of 19th century sculptor Mary Charlotte Lloyd and feminist, Frances Power Cobbe.
♦ Sandi Hughes takes a personal look at Liverpool’s gay scene from 1975-2005 through her own archive material of film and photographs.
♦ Andrew Dineley gives a unique perspective of a gay man designing three decades of HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns during a hostile period of inequality.
♦ Kate Hutchinson explores trans-representation and gender expression in rock music.
♦ Jeff Evans takes a look at how victimless crime in the city’s gents’ toilets became a growing priority for Liverpool police from 1880 to 1945.
♦ Andrew Herm guides visitors through a comparative reading of early-20th century ‘gay’ literature.

More to be announced. No need to book, just turn up on the day (10-5pm).

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The event is in partnership with Schools OUT.

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