As part of this year’s LGBT History Month I shall be introducing the 1961 film Victim at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 9th February. This film is a landmark in both queer film history and queer social history. We would regard it as being incredibly tame these days but, at the time, it was extremely controversial, not least because of the use of the word ‘queer’. Banned in the USA, the British Board of Film Censors gave it an ‘x’ rating – something that was usually reserved for horror or soft porn films. It’s neither of those; just an extraordinarily important insight into our history.
On Thursday, 23rd February, from 7 – 9 p.m. I have organised a special event to mark the launch of the hard copy of my book Gay in the 80s: From Fighting from Our Rights to Fighting for Our Lives . I shall be joined by Sergeant Kevin Misik from Cambridgeshire Police Service to discuss From Persecutors to Protectors? The Changing Relationship Between the Police and the LGBT Community.
This will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge. CB5 8BA. Admission is free. My book will be on sale at the special price of £10 (normal price £14.99).
On Saturday, March 11th I shall be speaking about my book, Gay in the 80s, at the States of Independence Conference at De Montfort University in Leicester. A time for my talk has yet to be set.
On Wednesday, 22nd March at 7 p.m. I shall be talking with Jimmy MacSweeney, the manager of Gay’s the Word bookshop at Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham. NG1 2DH.