Tag: gay rights movement

Rainbow Plaques: Mapping York’s LGBT History

Kit Heyam There are over 70 plaques in York, marking historically significant places from a Roman fortress (Bootham) to a minuscule street (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate). While the original “blue plaque” scheme was started by English Heritage, any group may erect a plaque, marking spaces linked to people or events they consider worthy […]

Sexuality, Family Planning, and the British Left: An Interview with Stephen Brooke

Interview by David Minto A sweeping account of sexuality and socialism in twentieth century Britain, Stephen Brooke’s Sexual Politics has the feel of a traditional political history even as it foregrounds a subject still too often ignored in the analysis of political modernity. Demonstrating how leftist organizing shaped national battles over abortion, […]

Organized Labor, Gay Liberation and the Battle Against the Religious Right, 1977-1994

Miriam Frank What common cause could bring organized labor together with gay liberation in the United States? When gay rights became a referendum question in municipal or statewide elections, unions’ strategic and direct participation or their indifference mattered profoundly for the fortunes of gay rights. Beginning in 1972, dozens of cities […]

Scale – Spectacle – Spectatorship: Space as a Category of Queer Analysis

Andrea Rottmann “Making an Exhibition of Ourselves: Desiring Bodies, Practices and Histories” was the title of a panel sponsored by the Committee for LGBT History at this year’s American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in New York. One of thirteen panels dedicated to “Promiscuous Interdisciplinarity,” the issues that participants debated ranged […]

Jeffrey Weeks reflects on "Sexual Politics in the Era of Reagan and Thatcher"

Jeffrey Weeks Editor’s note: In this special guest post, Jeffrey Weeks reflects on his 1988 interview with Marc Stein, which appeared in its entirety for the first time on NOTCHES as “Sexual Politics in the Era of Reagan and Thatcher.”  Framing this 1988 interview were two important political contexts:  Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government had passed Section […]