- On February 21, 2019
Cara-Friend are delighted to announce the return of Outing the Past to Belfast. The LGBTQ+ History Festival will take place over the weekend of March 8th and 9th 2019. Last year the history festival was a roaring success with hundreds of people in attendance across the two days.
This year the festival will launch on International Women’s Day, March 8th at an event from 5pm in the Harbour Commissioner’s, Corporation Square with guest speakers including the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr. Deirdre Hargey and internationally renowned LGBTQ+ historian Prof Rainer Schulze.
The paper presentations will take place from 10am-5pm in the Ulster Museum on Saturday, March 9th. This will feature twelve popular presentations of papers from professional and amateur historians from across the world. There will be diverse range of topics and presenters on offer this year at the Ulster Museum, ranging from a WW1 Belfast gay love story to the private lives of lesbians in the 1920s to the history of trans activism in the UK.
“There is something for everyone at this year’s festival and we are delighted to have so many fantastic people from across the world coming to Belfast to contribute to what’s shaping up to be a very exciting weekend” said Declan Meehan, Deputy Director of Cara-Friend. “Hosting an LGBTQ+ History Festival is an important part of what we offer the LGBTQ+ community, and our allies, as it is crucial we reclaim our own history, and celebrate our heritage of struggle, solidarity and civil rights progress.”
The full line-up of paper presentations, taking place in the Ulster Museum on March 9th, is below:
“Through Science Toward Justice”: Magnus Hirschfeld, pioneering advocate of LGBTIQ rights in the early 20th century
|10.45am||Hillary Mc Collum||Public and private lesbian worlds in the 1920s|
Community Centres as the Foundation Blocks of LGBT Liberation
Irish LGBT+ History in the National Gallery of Ireland
The Soldier, the Constable, his Prisoner and his Lover: Queer Belfast During the First World War
|12.45pm||Nadine Gilmore||The Gay Liberation Society, c.1971-1974|
|LUNCH (1.15pm)||Break for Lunch||LUNCH|
|2.00pm||Sacha Coward||Mermaids: A Powerful Queer Symbol|
Are We Nearly There Yet? A History of Trans Rights Activism in the UK
|3.00pm||Cathal Kerrigan||The Politics of AIDS|
History of Schools OUT UK; Section 28 as I Experienced It
The Faithful Underground: Gay Christian Activism in Northern Ireland 1976-2016
LGBT Rights as a Trade Union Issue – NIPSA’s Journey