OUTing the Past 2019 Hub Programme: Leeds


Here in Leeds, we’re delighted to announce the programme of our very first OUTing the Past: Festival of LGBT History conference – organised and hosted by Leeds City Museum and taking place on Thursday 7 February 2019

We have a line-up of seven wonderfully varied presentations including a musical history of how artists from the 70s onwards – Lou Reed, The Kinks, Bowie and others, ‘blurred the lines’ of gender stereotypes, opening awareness of and giving insight into alternate attitudes.      

Angela Clare – collections manager for Calderdale Museums will discuss Anne Lister’s remarkable life and legacy at Shibden Hall and questions “what would Anne make of how she has been portrayed and how she would identify her own gender and sexuality in today’s world?”

Lesbian motherhood; AIDS activism; LGBT Poet Laureate and more! Don’t miss viewing our full programme at www.leeds.gov.uk/OutingThePast2019

Displayed in the museum’s prominent window space, will be a new installation entitled ‘LGBTHM – VISIBLE – 36point7’ – which aims to create visibility for the 36.7million people living globally with HIV and AIDS.

Rarely seen ‘special collection’ items from the eminent Leeds-based Feminist Archive North will be on display under the banner
‘Lesbians in protest and activism’ and members of the archive will be there to share more information.

West Yorkshire Queer Stories will have a stall and be present to talk to people about their celebrated Heritage Lottery-funded project.

Members of the renowned Leeds Gay Community – descendant of gay groups meeting since 1971 – will be attendance with a fascinating selection of historical gay-related texts, publications and paraphernalia.

Replica banners and placards – created as part of the Outing the Past arts project will be on display.

And an uplifting lunchtime programme of performance by local artists is in planning.


We look forward to meeting you!

This conference is a key event in Leeds, as part of LGBT History Month – an annual event that celebrates the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- people every February in the United Kingdom and beyond. For more information about events in Leeds, visit www.leedsinspired.co.uk/LGBTHistoryMonth2019

The theme for LGBT History Month 2019 is ‘Peace, reconciliation and activism’

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