Category Archives: History

Come Into My Parlour, Said the Mayor

This evening I was in Bath for two events. The first was in the Guildhall. There were no fairies, but there was a mayor. Will Sandry is the 788th Mayor of Bath, and as far as I know the first … Continue reading

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Notches Follow-Up

Further to yesterday’s post on lesbian erasure, my friend Catherine Baker has also weighed in on the subject. She’s an actual history lecturer, and among other things she compares the questions of sexual and gender identities with the problem of … Continue reading

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Notches on Lesbian Erasure

There is a great blog post up on Notches, the history of sexuality website, today. It is by Rachel Hope Cleves who is at the University of Victoria, BC and was one of the organizers of the conference that Kevin … Continue reading

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The Silk Road

One of my primary procrastination habits is watching history documentaries. Obviously they tend to be a bit superficial, but you can still learn stuff to follow up. Recently I have been watching Sam Willis’s BBC4 series, The Silk Road, which … Continue reading

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Juliet on the Mutability of History

Juliet McKenna has a great post up today about how the “facts” of history change depending on who is interpreting them. She talks in particular about how the existence of same-sex relationships in ancient Greece have been interpreted differently down … Continue reading

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This Week on Ujima: Cavan Scott, Suffragettes & Art

My first guest on this week’s Women’s Outlook was Cavan Scott. Cav is a very busy boy. We first talked about his Star Wars tie-in novels, one of which was chosen for World Book Day and went on to become … Continue reading

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Women, History, Comics

Last night Neil Gaiman tweeted about a Kickstarter project called She Changed Comics. Run by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, it is essentially a history of women in comics. This morning, of course, the thing has blown through its … Continue reading

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All That Other Stuff

Because I need to get it out of my system, I’m going to do a post about all of the other things that were wrong with the talk I walked out of at the trans history conference. Think of this … Continue reading

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Last Minute Hugo Recommendations

In filling in my Hugo ballot last night I was reminded of a few things that may be of interest to those of you looking for good work to fill out some of the categories. Most people will, I suspect, … Continue reading

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Launching #MTHF16

Kevin and I spent most of today playing tourist around Victoria. The weather was beautiful again, and we are both very footsore as a result. Victoria is a beautiful city, and it has loads of bookstores. Of course today is … Continue reading

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Social Constructivism and Trans History

My apologies for delving into theory here, but this is rather important and something I need to think through. Writing blog posts helps. When you do LGBT history you hear a lot about how we must never impose modern ideas … Continue reading

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Thank You, Goddess

Well that seemed to go well. I got several very kind comments about my paper on trans people in ancient Mesopotamia and Rome. For those asking, I have a bit of work to do on it, and may get some … Continue reading

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My City, My People

I am in Manchester for the final leg of this year’s LGBT History Festival. Tomorrow I am giving a talk and an academic paper, but today I had the pleasure of sitting through Susan Stryker’s film on the Compton Cafeteria … Continue reading

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LGBT History Festival – Got Programme?

With Bristol’s leg of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History happening next week, it is time for some more publicity barrage. Above is the electronic version of our flyer (designed by the incredibly talented Ceri Jenkins). Of course shrinking … Continue reading

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Before Stonewall – Compton Cafeteria

Ask most people when the gay rights movement began and they will say the Stonewall Riot in 1969. This is bollocks, of course. Things were happening in Germany in the 19th Century. But Stonewall wasn’t even the first such event … Continue reading

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Schools & Families Day – Museum of London

The final part of my weekend in London was the Schools & Families Day put on by Schools Out at the Museum of London. Whereas on Saturday I had been mainly supporting trans friends, and speaking myself, on Sunday I … Continue reading

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My February Schedule

It being LGBT History Month, I have a pile of public engagements. Most of you won’t be able to get to them, but I’m listing them here just in case, and because it will explain why I’ll be so busy. … Continue reading

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LGBT History Month Is Here

It is February. The insanity is starting. I am going to be so busy over the next four weeks. I’ll have more about my schedule in a later post, but write now I want to draw your attention to a … Continue reading

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Lesbian Nuns, in 17th Century Ethiopia

One of the things that comes up time and time again in the work I do on LGBT history is that, when source material has been translated into English, if there has been LGBT content then it has been left … Continue reading

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International Trans Studies Conference

Next September (7th-10th) the University of Arizona will be holding an international transdisciplinary conference on gender, embodiment, and sexuality in Tucson. I can’t go, of course, because it is in the USA, but it does look very interesting. I was … Continue reading

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