Outing The Past – online event Saturday 12th February

Part of LBGTQ+ history month, Leeds City Museum are hosting a full day live and free event.

OUTing the Past 2022

OUTing the Past is an international celebration of LGBT+ history and includes an excellent programme of speakers covering a wide range of LGBT+ topics.

The event is free to join via Zoom, you need to register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outing-the-past-2022-tickets-244338772847

You can also find other events going on this month https://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/collection/lgbt-history-month-leeds

OUTing the Past: Leeds Event Programme

Saturday 12 February 2022

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

Councillor Hannah Bithell

10:00-10:30 Alex Holmes (she/her)

The Secret Lives of Scientists. LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion in the sciences has historically been erased or kept separate from the work and knowledge. This continues now with calls to keep science away from politics and topical conversation, but identity- either those doing the science or those having science done unto them – is key in the scientific process, interpretation of results and how they are fed into the wider community.


10:40-11:10 Luna Morgana (she/her)

The Gallus of Catterick. The Gallus of Catterick was an ancient roman trans woman whose remains were discovered in 1982. Join us for a journey through how she would have lived in 4th Century AD Britain.


11:20-11:50 Tilen Kolar (he/him)

Queer Memorials: disrupted space-time. Queer memorials bring past, present and future together – they disrupt heteronormative public spaces. This presentation will reveal some of the reflections from the fieldwork in Amsterdam – how activists and everyday users experience the Homomonument and how they interact with it. I will also share my personal feelings from the fieldwork.

12:00-12:30 Henry Kyem (he/him)

Growing up gay in Ghana. A personal story about growing up gay in an African country (Ghana). Having to come to terms with contracting HIV later in life and fleeing to the UK to avoid persecution from family and society for my sexuality.

12:40-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-13:30 Freya Stancliffe (she/they)

LGBTQ+ Archives. How can we move towards a more inclusive community history? I’ll be presenting my findings so far on a project looking to increase the visibility and accessibility of LGBTQ+ voices in the internal archives of the University of Leeds. The archives cover reports, correspondence, meeting minute notes and society materials. The presentation will also discuss the next phase of my work, which will be focused on outreach and community engagement, attempting to fill some of the gaps that we found in the archives and change the framing so that there is a more present narrative voice from communities themselves.


13:40-14:10 Aleks Fagelman (they/them)

Presentations of gender in the ancient world: A discussion of the Dresden Satyr and the Hermaphrodite statue. I shall discuss the Dresden Satyr and Hermaphrodite statue, as well as comparing it with other examples of hermaphroditic statues in the ancient world. I shall use this to highlight how the history of intersex and transgender identity is something that is not a modern invention but exists for several thousand years.

14:15-14:20 Final comments and end of the event