‘OUTing the Past’ Festival of LGBT+ History
08 February 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue Leeds City Museum
Following our first and highly successful ‘OUTing the Past – Festival of LGBT History’ conference, Leeds City Museum is again hosting this prestigious event as part of a dedicated national network of host cities – showcasing hundreds of years of LGBT+ culture and communities.
This comes off the back of a string of successful projects and exhibitions at museums sites in Leeds and the city’s growing embrace of ‘LGBT History Month’ – which takes place annually in February.
We are delighted to announce that West Yorkshire Queer Stories – key partners in OUTing the Past – Leeds will also be holding their popular LGBT+ marketplace event in Brodrick Hall at Leeds City Museum on the day – with community group stalls, arts activities, time-capsule drop-in workshop and the West Yorkshire Queer Stories collection.
Tickets can be booked online with limited availability.
09:30 – 09:50 – Registration and coffee
09:50 – 10:00 – Welcome and introduction to ‘Outing the Past’ Leeds
10:00 – 10:30 – Ray Larman
Telling stories: Oral history highlights from the West Yorkshire Queer Stories (WYQS) collection: The talk will use a range of audio clips from the WYQS project to show the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ communities in the region – alongside the significance of events such as lesbian feminist activism in the 1970s/’80s; the move to hold national Pride in Huddersfield in 1981; and the first northern Trans Pride in 2018. The focus will be on West Yorkshire having important contributions to make to LGBTIQ+ history that are not necessarily captured by the standard national narrative.
10:40 – 11:10 – Jen Yockney MBE
25 years of Bi Space and Voice: This is a telling of the story of the UK’s longest-running bi support group, which marked its 25th birthday in September 2019.
11:20 – 11:50 – Non-Binary Leeds
A brief encounter with non-binary history: Our presentation will cover artists such as Claude Cahun and Marlow Moss, Jewish Rabbinical literature as well as unknown individuals such as Thomas(ine); and personal histories and experiences. The presentation will be an expansion of the material in the zine, produced by members of the local Leeds non-binary community with Non-Binary Leeds.
12:00 – 12:30 – Sacha Coward
Space Invaders: Queer representations in videogames throughout history. Videogames are played by everyone but until very recently they have been created solely with a cis-gendered white male audience. I want to explore the history of queer representation in videogames, starting at the very beginning and working up to where we find ourselves today.
12:40 – 13:20 – Lunch
West Yorkshire Queer Stories marketplace throughout the day.
13:20 – 13:50 – Peter Scott-Presland
Entertaining the Troops: This covers the story of ‘Consenting Adults in Public’ (CAIP), the LGBT theatre company which flourished 1979 to 1987. CAIP provided the first drama workshops for LGBT people to explore identity and feeling, and put on the first play to address HIV/AIDS in this country. Based in London, it went to the Edinburgh Fringe twice and toured extensively. Mary Whitehouse commented on one of their shows “I haven’t seen it, but I’m sure I disapprove of it”. This personal contribution is from the founder and director of CAIP.
14:00-14:30 – Nicola Hargrave
Squats and Samosas: A short history of the UK’s only DIY queer film festival. This presentation will use archive items such as programmes, flyers and photographs to illustrate the history of Leeds Queer Film Festival. We have paraphernalia dating back to the very first event from 15 years ago; and access to oral history testimonies from people who have attended the festival since the start. Our presentation also explains how we reached out to and engaged with marginalised groups.
14:40 – 15:10 – Ian Nipper
BONA! A History of Polari: Troll along to OUTing the Past and join Ian Nipper as he tells us about Polari, the secret language of gay men. Expect a unique insight into the socio-cultural influences of this parlance, once widely used by a persecuted minority.
15:20 – 15:30 – Close
Information on accessibility including how to find the museum, drop off points and parking is available on the Leeds City Museum Access page.
Gender neutral toilets are available on floors 2 and 3.
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