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OUTing the Past Festival 2022


A recording of this year's OUTing the Past Festival will soon be available to view with a range of dynamic speakers sharing hidden histories and stories of the LGBTQ+ community, including presentations about the forgotten history of the persecution of gay men in Nazi Germany, LGBTQ+ representation in theatre, the queer perspective on life for British soldiers during the 1943-5 desert war in North Africa, and transgender activism in Whitehall and the wider workplace. 


Keep an eye on this page for updates coming soon.


'An LGBT+ Life: How it was, How it is' with LGBTQ+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson


If you missed out on our poetry evening to launch LGBTQ+ History Month 2021, then you can watch a recording of it here.


Explore the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community from the 1970s up to the present time with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson. Hear poetry and stories highlighting the political campaigns that have affected the LGBT+ community, including the emergence of C.H.E. (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and G.L.F. (Gay Liberation Front), early and ongoing Gay Pride Celebrations in the UK, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and the ongoing struggle against Hate Crime.


Trudy also invited local poets and spoken word artists to share a poem inspired by their own personal experiences of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in an Open Mic Night.



Unfortunately, one poem was not captured on the recording but you can watch another performance of the same poem by Dominic Berry here.


Many thanks to all the poets who joined us for the evening:


LGBTQ+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson  


Dino Mahoney

Alice Denny



Megan Chapman


Dominic Berry


OUTing the Past Festival 2021


The Higgins Bedford took part in the annual OUTing the Past Festival in February, inspired by the theme ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’.


2021 was the first time we hosted a Virtual OUTing the Past Festival, offering the opportunity for wider accessibility for all of the community to join in. 


You can watch a few of the presentations that were featured below. 


Courage to be: Organised Gay Youth in England 1967 – 1990 by Dr Clifford Williams


Dr Clifford Williams shares the personal accounts of the people that participated in the early Gay Youth groups and campaigns from 1967-1990. 



Dr Clifford Williams' new book 'Courage to Be: Organised Gay Youth in England 1967 - 1990: A history of the London Gay Teenage Group and other lesbian and gay youth groups' is now available.


Regard: 30 Years Campaigning for Equality by LGBTQ+ Disabled People by Ju Gosling


Ju Gosling shares the work of Regard, a national organisation that represents people with disabilities in the LGBTQ+ community, including the role of social care and the effects of hate crime.



The Boy and The Bear Film Q&A with Rose Collis


Made by critically acclaimed performer, author, playwright, singer and musician, Rose Collis, 'The Boy and The Bear', portrays the personal and political journey taken by a lesbian and her closest gay male friend against a backdrop of the early Gay Pride marches, ‘agit-prop’ gay/feminist theatre, the London gay scene of the 1970s and the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Rose answers questions about the film from the community, offering greater insight into the personal stories featured in her film. Watch 'The Boy and the Bear' here.