Friday, 6 February 2015

LGBT Titbits - The Presentation

Sutton LGBT Forum logo
Last night (5th February), I gave a public presentation at Sutton Central Library (, based on the exhibition posters I created for Sutton LGBT Forum.
(For the posters, see

During the presentation, I promised to make the slides and my presentation notes available. Please feel free to make use of them, if you wish. (NB: I have linked to PDF versions of the material, if you would prefer the original PowerPoint/Word files, just contact me at the email address given in the blog's header.)

LGBT Titbits - Presentation slides

LGBT Titbits - Presenter's notes

We also marked the recent Royal Pardon for Alan Turing with an extra poster:
The BBC article linked at the foot of the poster itself includes a link to the petition demanding a pardon for the estimated 49,000 gay men convicted under the same legislation as Turing.


Sutton LGBT Forum has a 12 day guest pass for a local Nuffield Health gym (worth over £100) to give to the person who can answer five questions based on the exhibition posters. The questions are here:
You can email your answers to the forum at

See also

LGBT History Month logo for 2015

LGBT Titbits

Sutton LGBT Forum logo
In celebration of LGBT History Month, Sutton LGBT Forum asked me to prepare some exhibition posters for display in all the libraries of the London Borough of Sutton.

For details of the location and opening times of Sutton#s libraries:

Doing my best to cover the LGBT range of interests, and with the help of Sutton LGBT Forum board member Louise Kelly, I produced these five sets of posters:

L - Behind Secret Doors

G - The Pink Triangle

G - The Lost Language of Polari

B - Bi Screen Goddesses

T - Roberta Cowell

Please feel free to use them (or not), if you wish.

These posters will be exhibited in Sutton's libraries throughout February, accompanied by a selection of books either by LGBT authors or on LGBT subjects.

I have heard that Farnham Library has put on a small exhibition too.

See also

LGBT History Month logo for 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

LGBT History Month 2015

LGBT History Month starts in a few days, so you should visit the LGBT History Month website to see what events are happening near you.

As part of their celebration of LGBT History Month, Sutton LGBT Forum has arranged a presentation from 6.30pm on the evening of 5th February at Sutton's Central Library.

The presentation is based on material we have created for display in the London Borough of Sutton's libraries throughout LGBT History Month.

Sutton Central Library is on St Nicholas Way, a short walk from Sutton Station (postcode: SM1 1EA). See the map here:,-0.183592,14z/data=!3m1!4b1?sa=X&ei=6-zIVKWyDsOvaYHegfAD&ved=0CJQBEMgT

If you plan to join us, you will be most welcome. It would be helpful if you let us know ahead of time at

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, a time to reflect on the horror of the mass murder of not only the Jews, but a range of other groups that have been considered undesirable.

The Independent has published an article by Roisin O'Connor, which puts the nightmare into context with some detailed figures from the Nazi atrocities.

A piece by Keely Lockhart in The Telegraph includes film of the liberation of Auschwitz plus footage taken from a drone that gives an idea of the scale of the camp.

Links: - The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which includes details of other atrocities worldwide. - includes links to many other sites with articles on Holocaust Memorial Day.


We have referred to the Nazi persecution of gay men in a previous posts


And we marked the death of Gad Beck, the last known gay Jewish survivor of the holocaust:

We have been unable to find much information about how lesbians were treated by the Nazis. However, the website of US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC has an article here:

And Richard Plant's book, The Pink Triangle, includes a few details:

  • No laws outlawing lesbianism were ever passed in Weimar or Nazi Germany. P 41.
  • Lesbians *generally* appear to have survived unscathed, but there were  cases of severe mistreatment of lesbians, including imprisonment for behaviour that was not, in fact, illegal and examples of male POWs being rewarded for raping lesbians. P 114-6
Certainly women as a group were considered the 'mothers of the Master Race' and considered expected to help build the Aryan population. To quote the US Holocaust Memorial Museum website, "Every woman, regardless of her sexuality, could serve the Nazi state as wife and mother."

Monday, 29 September 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014

That Gets My Goat!

This evening I'm giving a presentation on behalf of the Sutton LGBT Forum. Entitled That Gets My Goat!, it looks at scapegoating of minorities, and helps the group to consider not only why this happens, but what they can do to counteract it.

I've provided links to the presentation slides, the handouts and my presentation notes:
You may have noticed that all the files are in PDF format. If you would prefer the original PowerPoint/Word files, just contact me at, or via the email address in the blog's header.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Alan Turing Institute

In the Budget on 19 March, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced funding for the Alan Turing Institute, which is intended to ensure that Britain leads the way in big data and algorithm research.

Universities will be able to bid to host the national facility, which will receive £42 million of Government support over five years.

In his Budget speech, Mr Osborne said the institute was being founded in honour of a man "who was persecuted for his sexuality by the country he helped to save".


You can see a video click of this part of the Budget speech here:

Previous posts about Alan Turing: