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LGBT+ History Month: Short Reads for Reading Week - Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rae Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) was an American bisexual and transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With her close friend, Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color.

You can read more about her on Wikipedia.

LGBT+ History Month: Short Reads for Reading Week - The Sacred Band of Thebes

The Sacred Band of Thebes

After watching the film 300 you may think that the Spartans were the best fighters in ancient Greece but there was one group of warriors who were arguably even more effective fighters. The Sacred Band of Thebes was an elite unit within the Theban army and was composed entirely of male lovers. 

Statement on Hate Crime at UCL

*** Content note: References to hate crime and holocaust ***

We are sorry to report that within 3 hours of our LGBT+ History Month vinyl banners being put up on the front of the UCL Quad, one of them has been graffitied with an image of a swastika in permanent marker.
The swastika as a symbol is indelibly tainted by its use by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, an atrocity resulting in the murder of many millions of people, among them tens of thousands of LGBT+ people. Its use as graffiti constitutes a hate crime.

LGBT+ History Month: Short Reads for Reading Week - Matthew Shepard

*** Trigger warning for Homophobia and extreme violence ***

LGBT+ History Month: Short Read for Reading Week - The Petrie Museum

Written by @JohnJJohnston

LGBT+ History Month: Short Reads for Reading Week

Lesbian activists protesting against section 28 (the clause that made it illegal to intentionally promote homosexuality) invade the BBC news during a live broadcast. 

LGBT+ History Month: Short Reads for Reading Week - Wolfenden Report

For hundreds of years homosexuality between men (same sex interactions between women were not recognised in law) were illegal in the UK. The Buggery Act of 1533 meant many gay and bisexual men were incarcerated and some hanged for their ‘crimes’. 

LGBT+ History Month 2017: Schedule of Events!

Events Schedule for LGBT+ History Month 2017