This year, the Festival Comms Team has reached out to all those Gazetted presented from past OUTing the Past celebrations. In order to provide a platform for their invaluable work, presenters were asked a series a questions to acquaint you with their previous and current projects.
Cheryl Morgan had this to say about her previous experiences with OUTing the Past:
“I ran a hub in Bristol in 2016, and gave a paper about the life of the pioneering Irish trans man, Michael Dillon, who began his transition in Bristol. [Last year] my presentation looked at the history of trans people’s involvement in religion in the ancient world. It focused mainly on Mesopotamia and Rome, where we have good evidence for the existence of trans people.”
“I do trans history as a form of activism. Far too often the media
narrative about trans people is that we are a recent phenomenon who did
not exist before the 20th century. Sadly this error is sometimes
repeated by people claiming to study trans history. Doing trans history
is an important part of gaining respect for trans people as an ordinary
part of the human race.”
To find more about her work:
“I am co-chair of OutStories Bristol <http://outstoriesbristol.org.uk/>,
an organisation dedicated to researching and preserving the LGBT+
history of Bristol and the surrounding area.
I have also written for some web-based history journals: http://tinyurl.com/ybxwxbqv. [This] post is directly relevant to my 2017 presentation and includes some useful imagery. The History Matters post also touches on the subject of my 2017 presentation.”
Stay tuned for more Festival Spotlight posts! And look to hear more about the upcoming OUTing the Past 2018 celebrations @http://www.outingthepast.org.uk/?p=172.