‘Learn Your History’ at SEXing the Past 2017

Participants and presenters for the SEXing the Past 2017 academic conference have been voicing their enthusiasm for the event that marks the end of LGBT History Month. The following provides a sample of the messages they’d like to share with others about the joining them in Liverpool 3rd – 5th March. You can register here!

When you look you find LGBT+ people everywhere, often doing remarkable things. Come and see the evidence. Cheryl Morgan, OutStories Bristol.

Come and explore LBGTQ+ history – it will enrich your life. Knowledge of the past struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community gives us all strength. Mark Dutton, The National Archives.

Sexuality and gender are among the most fundamental aspects of human experience, and the conference will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how official and societal approaches to non-normative sexualities and genders shifted and how this impacted lived realities and sexual and gender identity development. Julia Maclachlan, History PhD Researcher, University of Manchester.

In order to better understand the ways in which LGBTQ individuals are persecuted in various socio-cultural settings, we need to understand the historical tracts of these settings. In tracing patterns of discrimination, we can understand homo- and transphobia more broadly, and challenge it more effectively. Nick Mayhem, PhD student, Department of Slavonic Studies, Jesus College, Cambridge.

My experience from previous conferences is that it offers a supportive and constructive environment for reflecting upon various matters related to historicizing LGBT. Fia Sundevall, Department of Economic History, University of Stockholm.

The 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 is an important opportunity to reflect on progress towards sexual and gender equality in law. Neil Cobb, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Manchester.

And, to end with the simple message that began this post …

Learn your history. Kate Gleeson, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School (Australia).