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Schools OUT UK is the founding charity of LGBT History  Month, an initiative which is:

Claiming our past.
Celebrating our present.
Creating our future.

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In This Issue

  • Welcome to our first new-look edition!
  • LGBTHM18 Preview
  • Outing The Past Preview
  • The Proud Trust
  • Shrewsbury LGBT History

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Meet The Hubs:

1 The Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool are delighted to once again be hosting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference. Following on from last year’s success, their festival hub for 2018 will kick off this year's Festival on Saturday 3 February.

In the run up to the exciting day of talks and performances they will be publishing some special guest blogs from speakers to give you a flavour of the day and to find out more.

The full programme for the day can be seen on their website.

2 People's History Museum, Manchester 

People’s History Museum (PHM) is a national museum, based in Manchester – the radical city where it belongs. The museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain, celebrating the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society. The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, representation and a fair world for all.

Festival Hub Host

For the third consecutive year, PHM is thrilled to be hosting OUTing the Past, especially as it will continue the legacy of the museum’s theme for 2017 and special exhibition, Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights. Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the exhibition explored and celebrated those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people. PHM is dedicated to continue telling these stories through unique, innovative and diverse voices. OUTing the Past 2018 will give us a fantastic opportunity to carry on voicing these stories.


People’s History Museum
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For more information about People’s History Museum please visit:
Festival Programme:
Specific enquiries to:

3 The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum is an epic place of exploration containing the world’s largest collection of maritime heritage and part of Greenwich Park a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our collection represents the rich and complex story of Britain as an island nation and explores the often challenging relationship we have with environment, the Navy, trade and migration. The Museum is currently undergoing an HLF funded project to build 4 new galleries opening in 2018. This will double the amount of artefacts on display and, by working with local communities, revolutionise how we talk about and share our collections.


The Museum is located on Romney Road, the closest tube station is Cutty Sark DLR. Alternatively you can reach us via Greenwich Rail Station and Maze Hill Rail Station as well as via Thames Clipper to Greenwich Pier.

For more information about the Museum please visit:

 OUTing The Past is here.


Geography: Mapping Our World

What will


be doing to celebrate?

Welcome to our first new style bulletin - New Year, new name, new mint-green frock. We hope you like it.

Here's a couple of listed events we've selected from the History Month Calendar. There are plenty more; many of them will be free. Don't see anything you like? Then start your own event! Then advertise it with us for FREE!

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Broad St Birmingham UK

Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real!

Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family. This delightful new theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide.

The creative team includes award-winning children’s director Paul Bosco McEneaney and international choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra.

Hope Mill Theatre 113 Pollard St Manchester M4 7JA

In 1769, at the age of 41, Monsieur Chevalier D’Eon de Beaumont stepped out of the limelight as a French diplomat to England, Russian spy, Prussian war hero and international bon viveur only to step back in as the woman she truly was.

Proudly wearing the Chevalier d’Honneur medal on her flowing robes she outraged and antagonised the whole of the French aristocracy, spending astronomical amounts of English Guineas and running up huge diplomatic debts fighting for her very existence and acceptance in an unforgiving society.

This bizarre, true story is bold, challenging, provocative and painfully funny: reaching deep into our perceptions of normality, acceptability and promiscuity, setting an historical ​thumbprint on the way we live our lives in an “enlightened” ​twenty-first century.

A Straight Acting Theatre Company Production, written by Edinburgh Fringe First Winner, Renny Krupinski.

Like the LGBTQI+ community, their soundtrack is vast and diverse.  Join Centre Stage London as they present a selection of music celebrating this community and love in all its forms.

Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU 

 From dance classics from big-voiced divas to soul searching slow jams that mirror struggles with self-acceptance and social rejection. Centre Stage London is proud of our LGBTQI members and the connection we have with this vibrant community and is excited to celebrate a message of hope, acceptance, activism and love in Love Happens Here- An LGBTQI Cabaret.

Featuring songs from legends like Lou Reed, modern jams by Lady Gaga, classics songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Dancing Queen and songs from musicals like Fun Home, Kinky Boots and Taboo; Love Happens Here is a cabaret/concert mash-up of music celebrated and loved by the LGBTQ+ community and it’s Centre Stage allies.

Director Stuart James says, “At present, the world is going through an extremely turbulent time. While the LGBTQ+ community celebrates small human rights achievements, we continue to be faced with atrocious discrimination. A lot of which comes from our political leaders who are supposed to be there to protect and serve their constituents.

While we'll never stop fighting for our basic human rights, it doesn't mean we can't do everything in our power to celebrate and enjoy our lives. The LGBTQ+ community has always had a close relationship with music and Love happens Here is a way for me to personally give back to my community, presenting my love of LGBTQ+ themed music for everyone who feels like a bit of cheering up!”

This February join us to celebrate love in all its forms and to be part of a celebration that symbolises everything rich, colourful, vibrant and courageous in our community.

For this production, Centre Stage have brought together an incredibly talented cast and creative team including a live onstage band and some of the best singers in London!

Listings Information

20 February – 22 February 2018

Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU

7.30pm | £15

Running time is 2 hrs, including interval

Stockwell Playhouse bar open 30 mins prior to performance, at interval and after show

About Centre Stage

Centre Stage is a central London-based theatre company that has been entertaining audiences with musicals and cabarets for 50 years. An amateur society and registered charity, we began as a light opera company in 1966.

Our members range in age from their 20s to their 60s and come from all walks of life - current members include teachers, lawyers, bankers, directors, web designers, nannies, librarians, managers, event organisers and retirees. But we all share one thing: a passion for musical theatre! | @centrestageldn | #cslovehappenshere

To find these and other events

near you in February 2018 

and beyond
- or to advertise your own -

take a look at our

Event Calendar!
 You can support LGBT History Month by
organising events, quizzes, exhibitions, recording histories, contributing to events; asking to be put in our OUTing the Past gazette, promoting our events; keeping an eye on our website, resources and calendar; attending events; buying our badges and books and other materials in our shop and anything else you can think of!
for more information contact

We're thrilled to bring you the LGBT History Month Resource and Education Pack for 2018, in conjunction with Schools OUT UK. We're also delighted that Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey, co-founder of Harvey Milk Foundation and international LGBT rights campaigner, has also contributed, by writing the foreword.

Our three session pack will help you bring LGBT awareness into your youth groups or classrooms, and could be delivered as part of PSHE, history or geography! This years pack has been quality assured by the PSHE Association.

Go to the Proud Trust website to download the pack.

Stephen M Hornby, playwright and LGBT History Month’s National Festival Theatre Co-ordinator, blogs about how his pioneering partnership with the festival is bringing LGBT stories back from the dead.

His latest item is a great piece with Dan Jarvis, our first director on the first production "A Very Victorian Scandal"

LGBT History


This year having had 2 fantastic Weekend Festivals in 2016 and 2017 as part of OUTing The Past, this one is a bit different. Instead of one weekend packed full of LGBT Heritage, we thought a whole month would be better!

​And - instead of doing most of the organising ourselves, for 2018 we are inviting others to put their LGBT History events into one programme, illustrating the breadth of activity and offering a wide choice for us all to engage with.

​We will be adding these to the calendar and listings (see our events listings) as well as producing a hard copy brochure which will be out and about in January.

​If you have an idea about something you would like to do which might add to the programme then click on the link below, complete the form and let's have a chat.

Faces of
2019 - 2023 

nominate your heroes and your icons!

We have now finalised the theme for 2019 and the next four Februarys:
2019: History II
peace, reconciliation & activism

2020: English
poetry, prose and plays

2021: PSHE II  
mind, body, spirit

2022: Art & Politics  
the arc is long

2023: Art II  
behind the lens

For each year we would like you, our supporters, to nominate the L,G,B and T Faces who will represent queer contributions to the various chosen art forms and topics. Our only specification is that your nominee is now dead. We are particularly keen to expand the list of BAME LGBT contributors to the UK. If possible, please also let us know the source of your evidence - hearsay and rumour are not enough.

So if you have a name who you believe has been forgotten, straightened or even deliberately misrepresented by history in one or more of the above subjects, let us know:

Contact Andrew Dobbin, Promotions Officer for Schools OUT UK here

or send a message to



Schools OUT UK is an ambitious organisastion. 
We need your help. 

For years, decades in fact, Schools OUT UK, and before that The Gay Teachers' Group has survived - and thrived - as a purely voluntary organisation, with a small income based mainly around the sale of our annual History Month badge. None of the committee receives any income for the work they do.

We have done so much and we want to do so much more. A one-off donation of £20 (less than £2 a month) would help us. A regular donation would be amazing.

Imagine more lessons posted on The Classroom, LGBT HM in every school in the UK, a Festival Hub in every county or major town in Britain, a National Museum of LGBT Heritage. 

With your continued support, those dreams can become reality.

You can either copy and fill in the above donation form and post it to us, together with a cheque to BM Schools OUT London WC1N 3XX or go here to set up a  regular donation online.
Our pioneering Classroom resource site gets bigger and better! With primary and secondary lesson plans, the site is bursting with new practical ideas and resources.
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or go to our website 
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