Call for presentations: 3rd National Festival of LGBT History

Kit Heyam2017, National Festival1 Comment

We are very excited to announce that York has once again been selected as a hub for the National Festival of LGBT History!

On Saturday 11th February 2017, a day of free public talks on LGBT history will take place in York city centre. In order to make this event a success, we need your help! Do you have a story you would like to tell, or some exciting research to share? Is there a part of our LGBT past that you can help uncover? We’re looking for presenters to give 20-minute talks about their research, their personal experiences, or anything in between. Talks last year ranged from “The history of the pink triangle” to “The herstory of drag”, from “Being transgender” to “The birth and growth of the online asexual community”.

If you’re interested, you can download an application form here. Forms are submitted directly to the National Festival team, who will then send them on to us, as well as to any other hubs you would like to present at. So don’t feel you have to limit yourself to York: you could also deliver your presentation in Bournemouth, Coventry, Exeter, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Preston or Shrewsbury!

The deadline for submissions to the National Festival of LGBT History is 15th August 2016. But don’t forget, this is just the call for presentations for the day of public talks on Saturday 11th February 2017. There will still be plenty of chances to get involved in our wider local programme, which will take place throughout the whole of February. We’ll be sending out a call for local submissions later in the summer, so watch this space!

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Kit Heyam

Kit is the lead coordinator of York LGBT History Month. He is a postgraduate teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, working on a thesis entitled ‘Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700’. Over the period 2014-16 he developed and coordinated York LGBT History Month’s school outreach programme, as well as delivering talks on his academic research. Kit is also a Library Services Assistant at Leeds Beckett University, where he campaigns as part of the Rainbow Rose Forum and has delivered trans awareness training to a number of university departments.

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