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Historical Event, Sat 8 Feb 2020


Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum


OUTing The Past is an annual celebration of LGBT+ history.
Throughout the year we celebrate our past, preserve our present and look towards our future. OUTing The Past has featured speakers from all over the world - showcasing the depth and breadth of our community. The cumulation of our work occurs in February: the UK’s LGBT History Month and during this time hubs host events across the country which are all free to attend. Our festival conference and gathering takes place in March and represents a chance for LGBT+ academics to showcase their research and collaborate with others.

Previous workshops include: Making and Presenting LGBT+ Films, The Future of LGBT+ History in the UK, and discussions with the CEO and Research Director of the Queer Britain museum project.

OUTing the Past event programme

09:30-09:50 Registration and coffee

09:50-10:00 Welcome and Introduction to Outing The Past – Leeds

10:00-10:30 Ray Larman

Telling stories: oral history highlights from the West Yorkshire Queer Stories collection. The talk will use a range of audio clips from the WYQS project to show the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ communities in the region alongside the significance of events such as lesbian feminist activism in the 1970s/’80s, the move to hold national Pride in Huddersfield in 1981 and the first northern Trans Pride in 2018. The focus will be on West Yorkshire having important contributions to make to LGBTIQ+ history that are not necessarily captured by the standard national narrative.

10:40-11:10 Jen Yockney MBE

25 years of Bi Space and Voice. This is a telling of the story of the UK's longest-running bi support group, which marked its 25th birthday in September 2019.

11:20-11:50 Non Binary Leeds

A Brief Encounter with Non-Binary History. Our presentation will cover artists such as Claude Cahun and Marlow Moss, Jewish Rabbinical literature as well as unknown individuals such as Thomas(ine) and personal histories and experiences. The presentation will be an expansion of the material in the zine produced by members of the local Leeds non-binary community with Non- Binary Leeds.

12:00-12:30 Sacha Coward

Space Invaders - Queer representations in videogames throughout history. Videogames are played by everyone but until very recently they have been created solely with a cis-gendered white male audience. I want to explore the history of queer representation in videogames, starting at the very beginning and working up to where we find ourselves today.

12:40-13:20 LUNCH

West Yorkshire Queer Stories marketplace throughout the day.

13:20-13:50 Peter Scott-Presland

Entertaining the Troops. This covers the story of Consenting Adults in Public (CAP), the LGBT Theatre Company which flourished 1979 to 1987. This provided the first drama workshops for LGBT people to explore identity and feeling, and put on the first play to address HIV/AIDS in this country. Based in London, it went to the Edinburgh Fringe twice and toured extensively. Mary Whitehouse commented on one of their shows 'I haven't seen it, but I'm sure I disapprove of it. This personal contribution is from the founder/director of CAIP.

14:00-14:30 Nicola Hargrave

Squats and Samosas - a short history of the UK’s only DIY queer film festival. This presentation will use archive items such as programmes, flyers and photographs to illustrate the history of Leeds Queer Film Festival. We have paraphernalia dating back to the very first event from 15 years ago. We also have access to oral history testimonies from people who have attended the festival since the start. We will speak about how we reach marginalised groups

14:40-15:10 Ian Nipper

BONA! A History of Polari. Troll along to OUTing the Past and join Ian Nipper as he tells us about Polari, the secret language of gay men. Expect a unique insight into the socio-cultural influences of this parlance, once widely used by a persecuted minority.

15:20-15:30 Close

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 8 Feb 2020 09:30 to 15:30

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Map reference: SE 299340  Lat: 53.80145 Long: -1.54749

How to find us
Leeds City Museum is located in the city centre, on Millennium Square.
By public transport: A 10 minute walk from Leeds railway station and a 15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.
By car: On street parking is available on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street. Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre, St John’s Centre and Rose Bowl car parks are all a 5 or 10 minute walk from the museum.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups