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Is it Real Love?

Is it ‘Real Love’? It’s that time of year where the remarkable John Lewis have released their nostalgic romance-filled very quintessential British Christmas advert – which you can’t help but fall in love with! This year’s star is Monty the […]

LGBT History Month Every Month

LGBT History Month was created in 2005 by Sue Sanders and Schools Out in the United Kingdom and it takes place each February. The USA has had LGBT History Month since 1994 and was created by school teacher Rodney Wilson […]

Fred Jester Barnes

Frederick “Fred” Jester Barnes was born on the 21st May 1885 at 219 Great Lister Street, Saltley, Birmingham in a bedroom above his father’s butchers shop. Modest and unremarkable beginnings indeed for a man who went on to live an […]

Before Stonewall 1930s-1950s

So… LGBT people before the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement of the 1970s lived “furtive, closeted, miserable lives, while after Stonewall, gays could be free and open… out of the closet, fighting back, refusing to be mistreated any […]

1970s Gender, Race & Sexuality

The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the development of second wave feminism, the women’s movement started in the twenties with the suffragette movement. Some (Socialist/Marxist Feminists) analysed women’s issues in terms of inequalities both in economic power and between […]

1800s Charles Record

Charles was born on 7 June 1820 into a poor family and grew up in a time of increasing agitation over the rights of the working classes. In 1832 the whole population of Birmingham dramatically turned out to welcome the […]

We’ve come a long way….

As a community lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have been on an interesting journey over the past half century. In 1957 when the Wolfenden report recommended that homosexuality be decriminalised, the long march towards equality began. Ten years […]

Sexuality and Faith

It’s hard to believe a time when people of faith argued about who could eat with whom. Or that people argued fiercely that men needed to be circumcised to join churches. Or that slavery was a Christian blessing designed to […]

Schools Out!

As the city’s  lesbian and gay community prepare for Birmingham Pride Steve Ball focuses on education. He suggests that there’s still plenty to do to make our schools more inclusive and tolerant for all of our young people Every cause […]

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