This year’s theme for LGBT History Month is “Peace, Reconciliation and Activism”. To celebrate we have put on display, at our Singleton Park Library, some books, DVDs, CDs and policy documents. These have helped to promote LGBT rights and to push back the boundaries through exposure, activism and challenging existing attitudes.
We have featured some work about Alan Turing who cracked the enigma code and made great strides in the field of Computer Science. Tragically he took his own life after being chemically castrated as a punishment for his homosexuality. Campaigns to exonerate him and other men were eventually successful following an amendment in the 2017 Policing and Crime Act, which effectively pardoned 65,000 men of whom 15,000 were still alive.
Another focus is on the support the LGBT community gave to the Miners’ Strike in 1984/85. This has been well represented in the film “Pride” when the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) alliance took their donations and support directly to the Welsh Village of Onllwyn. Items related to this, usually held at the South Wales Miners’ Library, are included in the display. We also show how the popular and controversial band Bronski Beat headlined the “Pits & Perverts” benefit gig in London.
Locally, we have delved into Swansea University Student Union policy files, archived in the Richard Burton Archives here at Singleton Park Campus. We have put on display documents which demonstrate what the SU was doing to challenge the status quo, promote LGBT rights, and to fight inequalities enshrined in laws such as The Criminal Justice Act 1991, across the campus and the city. Adding to the ongoing campaign for equal rights we also show more modern stories of the break-through in equality symbolised by Civil Partnership and Same Sex Marriage Acts, and changes in adoption laws.
With a selection of works by significant authors including Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Oscar Wilde, Jeanette Winterson and Swansea’s own Russell T Davies, we have put on display a small selection of the literature available in our libraries from LGBT authors. If you would like to find out more about novels we hold on LGBT related themes you may be interested in reading our blog posts from 2017 and 2018. You will find further reading on the LGBT reading list that we have put together.
We hope you enjoy the display!
iss February 14th, 2019
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