Can you speak Polari?

Guest post from Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the LGBTQ Staff Network. The University is delighted to welcome Paul Baker, Professor of Linguistics at Lancaster University, to our 2016 LGBT History Month Programme on Wednesday 17 February. In his lecture ‘Polari: the lost and found gay language’, Paul will trace the origins and development of the coded …

Events for LGBT History Month 2016

February is LGBT History Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and explore LGBT culture with academic lectures, discussion, film screenings and more. Almost all events are free, and most are open to the public as well as staff and students. Get these dates in your diary and come along to one (or all!) of …

LGBT History Month 2015 round-up

February 2015 saw fantastic LGBT History Month events take place across the University, including film screenings, public talks and more. @UoNResearch had the privilege to attend and live-tweet a number of these events, which we then collected and Storified. You can read through highlights from four talks and discussions below. The full programme for the month can …

Alan Turing and me…

Guest post by Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the University LGBTQ Staff Network, discussing his thoughts on Alan Turing ahead of this week’s event. This follows Professor David Brailsford’s discussion of Turing’s work in last week’s post. I came into this world on a humid Sunday lunchtime towards the end of July 1954, nine years after …

‘An undoubted war hero’: the life and tragedy of Alan Turing

In this post, Professor David Brailsford, School of Computer Science, looks at the life and work of Alan Turing ahead of a free public lecture on Wednesday 25 February. Alan Turing graduated from Cambridge University in 1934 with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics. Even in his undergraduate years he was identified as an outstanding talent by …

Protest, Patriotism and the fight for LGBT America

Tom Bishop is a PhD student in the Department of American & Canadian Studies, where he is writing a thesis on masculinity during the Cold War. In this post, he looks forward to welcoming Dr Simon Hall, University of Leeds, and David Edgley, Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage, to the University to discuss ‘Gay rights in the US: the promise …

Evangelicalism, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and God Loves Uganda

Coral Leather is a postgraduate student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. In this guest post she gives some background to the film God Loves Uganda, which will be screened by the department on Tuesday 10 February. February is LGBT History Month, and the Department of American and Canadian Studies is putting on a number …

Tackling LGBT issues in the classroom

Lucy Wake and Bryony Harper discuss the work of Out in Education, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers workshops, lessons and assemblies about what it is to be LGBT in primary and secondary schools. Lucy is a recent graduate from The University of Nottingham, and Bryony is studying Humanistic Counselling Practice at the University. Bryony, Assistant …

Prostitution, sodomy and colonial India

Throughout February we’ll be highlighting some of the research taking place at the University which touches on LGBT history, culture, health and art. In this guest post Stephen Legg, Associate Professor in the School of Geography, introduces his research into prostitution in colonial India. Specifically, how the authorities ‘support’ of brothels was based in their attitudes …