OUTING THE PAST LGBT+ History Online Conference Saturday 6 Feb 2021

OUTing the Past: LGBT+ History Online Conference


06 February 2021

9:50 am - 3:40 pm

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Adult, Community, Event, Talk, Young People,

Join us for this year’s OUTing the Past event as we host the conference online to a live audience. Hosted by Leeds Art Gallery, OUTing the Past is an international celebration of LGBT+ history and includes an excellent programme of speakers covering a wide range of LGBT+ topics.

The event is free to join but places are limited via Zoom, please visit the OUTing the Past Eventbrite page to book your free place.

Programme Details

9.50 – 10am Welcome and Introduction to Outing The Past – Leeds

10 – 10.30am Beth Rees

Yes, Asexuality Does Exist: A look at asexuality then and now. Asexuality is often overlooked in LGBT+ history. This presentation would look at asexual history through time, tell the story of William Pitt The Younger (through an asexual and homoromantic lens), and talk about my experiences as an asexual/aromantic person today.


10.40 – 11.10am Abtin Sadeghi

LGBT+ Health & the NHS. The presentation will include an overview of the health issues that have been particularly important to the LGBT+ community throughout the history of the NHS. This would include the role of the NHS (both positive and negative) in LGBT+ Health over the past 70 years. This will follow on to draw parallels with the current COVID-19 pandemic and the mental and physical health issues affecting the LGBT and BAME communities.


11.20 – 11.50am Katie Robinson

Being transgender. A personal story about growing up Trans in Yorkshire.


12 – 12.30pm Rebecca Hale and Jasmine Moore

Queer Nature: The Powerful Message of LGBTQ+ in the Natural World. LGBT History predominantly focuses on people and with this the natural aspect of diversity in sexuality and gender often remains hidden. To tackle this we created a series of tours at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse that focused on LGBTQ+ links in nature. The power of these tours showed how natural diversity is and how unnatural prejudice against it is.

12.40 – 1pm LUNCH

1 – 1.30pm Ibtisam Ahmed

Negotiating queerness as a Commonwealth Immigrant. I specifically talk about the legacies of colonial history, which is often overlooked in the mainstream anyway, and highlight it from the perspective of being an immigrant.


1.40 – 2.10pm Brian Crowley

Queering Kilmainham Gaol. By focusing on the queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, this presentation explores the criminalisation of homosexuality in the 19th and early 20th century. It focuses in particular on the prison’s role in the biggest gay scandal in Ireland in the 19th century, the Dublin Castle Scandal of 1884 which saw a fascinating intersection of politics and the judicial system.


2.20 – 2.50pm David Ikpo

Queer participatory visibility in Nigerian nations. Based on my own research, I show that indigenous non-heterosexuality from an African nation is important to tackle the flawed argument that queerness is not authentically Africa and authentically human.


3 – 3.30pm Cheryl Morgan

Michael Dillon in Bristol. Dillon was a key figure in trans history and once described his time in Bristol as the “Darkest of Days”. While that is a little disappointing for locals, it is entirely understandable. The process of gender transition is hugely stressful for most trans people. To do it before there were support groups, or any civil rights for trans people, and to do it with World War Two raging around you, must have been incredibly difficult.

3.30 – 3.40pm Final comments and end of the event

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