Category Archives: History

Beaumont as Athena

On the way home yesterday I shared a train with Jen Grove who showed me this image she had found in the archives of the British Museum. It shows one of the world’s most famous trans women as the goddess … Continue reading

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Queering the Classics

Ha! As if Greece and Rome needed any queering from us. But we did it anyway. I spent yesterday at Reading University at a conference on “LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, Activism” organized by the Women’s Classical Committee. Given that I … Continue reading

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Discoveries from the Road

For the past two days my Amazon Horde and I have been entertaining audiences in London and Bristol. But LGBT History Month is as much an opportunity to learn for me as for anyone else. The people I am on … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – LGBT History & Feminism

Yesterday’s show was given over mainly to previewing the LGBT History Day that is happening at M Shed on Saturday. Full details are available here. The first hour focused on LGBT music. I talked to Darryl Bullock about his book, … Continue reading

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A Short History of Gender at UWE

The lovely people at UWE Feminist Society filmed my talk from last night and have put it on their Facebook page. Serious video skillz there. They’ve sent me the file and I’ll get it up on YouTube or Vimeo sometime, … Continue reading

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One From the Road

It is crazy busy time around here, but just to prove I was in Cambridge here I am talking about queer Mesopotamians at Gonville & Caius College last week.

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On History Matters Again

I have a new post up on the University of Sheffield’s History Matters blog. This one is titled, How Not to Erase Trans History. It basically makes the case that trans people have always existed, albeit in culturally different forms … Continue reading

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On Roman Hairstyles

Friday’s history event at Bristol University was a lot of fun and I’ll be blogging later for them about the trans history that I learned that day. For now I want to catch up on the dinner conversation. I was … Continue reading

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February Schedule

I think my schedule is fairly firm now. There are a couple of non-public things that I’m not sure I can talk about, but there’s plenty here. Thurs. Feb. 1st — I’ll be on Shout Out Radio previewing local events. … Continue reading

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New Tour Dates, Including London

I have a few new speaking engagements for LGBT History Month to announce. And yes, I am thinking of this as like being on tour. First up, if you are in or near London, please come and see me at … Continue reading

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LGBTHM Bristol Publicity Rollout

We have some publicity up for the LGBT History Day that I am organising at M Shed in Bristol on February 10th. My apologies for the relentless stream of publicity about this that I will have going between now and … Continue reading

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History at Bath Festival

Some details about events at this year’s Bath Festival have been released. There are a couple of interesting history talks. On Monday May 21st David Olosuga will be talking about his book, Black and British: A Forgotten History. I’ve just … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Appearances

The LGBT History Month tour schedule is starting to firm up. Two more talks were announced yesterday. They are: “Trans People in Sumer and Assyria” at Cambridge University on February 2nd and, “If Your Past Isn’t Queer It’s Not Realistic” … Continue reading

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David Olusoga on Empire

For those outside of the UK, David Olusoga is a British TV historian. He’s charming, erudite and witty, which is exactly what you need for a TV presenter. He’s also black, which is a very rare thing among British historians. … Continue reading

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Of Myths & Monsters

Myths & Monsters is a 6-episode, British-produced documentary series on Netflix which looks at a variety of mythical themes and the reality behind them. Numerous historians are used as expert commentators, including Liz Gloyn whom I have chatted with on … Continue reading

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LGBT+ Classics in Reading

Here’s a bit of advance notice for an event that I am doing in February. LGBT+ Classics is taking place at Reading University on Feb. 12th. It will bring together academics and activists from around the country, including Jennifer Ingleheart, … Continue reading

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Nero’s Trans Wife on TV

Earlier this year I made the case that Sporus, or Sabina as she should be more respectfully called, could easily be viewed as a trans woman rather than as a male-identified eunuch who was a victim of Nero’s eccentricity. The … Continue reading

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A Little Gay Video

Many of you will be aware of the British Museum book, A Little Gay History, by Professor Richard Parkinson. However, I for one was unaware that Professor Parkinson gave a lecture at Oxford in which he talks about the book … Continue reading

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Queering Localities, Day 2

Friday was pretty full on, including having to deliver my own paper, but I had a really great time and learned lots. Here are some highlights from day 2 of the conference. Louise Pawley from Brighton told us about an … Continue reading

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Queering Localities, Day 1

OK, so I was late to this because I have to talk to some lovely police people. I know that many trans people have had awful interactions with the police, but each local force is a big organization full or … Continue reading

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