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LGBT+ History Month Trail

February is LGBT+ History Month and it's an opportunity to celebrate the rich history of the LGBTQ+ community.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing (1912-1954)

An English mathematician and computer scientist who profoundly shaped the course of history through theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. He played a pivotal role in breaking the Enigma code and helping the Allies during World War II.

He faced unjust persecution due to his homosexuality. Subjected to degrading treatments, his life took a devastating turn. His death after eating a poisoned apple remains a poignant symbol of the personal and societal costs of prejudice.

Anne Lister

Anne Lister (1791-1840)

A 19th-century diarist and landowner who defied societal norms with her unapologetic approach to life and love. Her extensive diaries detail her daily life, travels, and, notably, her romantic relationships with a number of women.

In an era when LGBTQ+ visibility was virtually non-existent, her openness about her sexuality was revolutionary. Often referred to as the "first modern lesbian," she left behind a remarkable record of her pursuit of love and self-discovery.

April Ashley

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April Ashley (1935-2021)

A pioneering British model and transgender activist who played a crucial role in challenging societal perceptions of gender and identity. She became one of the first individuals in the UK to undergo gender confirmation surgery in the 1960s.

Her modelling career reached prominence in the 1950s, but it was her openness about her identity that truly marked her as a pioneer. In an era when transgender issues were overlooked, she helped pave the way for greater acceptance.

Derek Jarman

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Derek Jarman (1942-1994)

A visionary English filmmaker and artist who left an indelible mark on the creative landscape with his avant-garde films. His work, such as Sebastiane and Caravaggio, explored themes of sexuality and identity with a unique and provocative perspective.

Beyond his cinematic contributions, his life was a courageous exploration of his own identity as a gay man. He fearlessly brought queer narratives to the forefront, challenging stereotypes and advocating for acceptance.

Nathaniel J Hall

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Nathaniel J Hall (1986-)

This talented actor has not only graced the stage and screen with his performances but has also become a powerful advocate for destigmatising HIV. Born in Stockport, his career took off with roles in TV dramas such as "It's a Sin."

He publicly shared his experiences of living with HIV through his plays "First Time" and "Toxic" - challenging misconceptions and nurturing a more informed and compassionate dialogue. His community-led creative activism has been covered extensively by the UK media.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

This Irish playwright and poet became a prominent figure in the Victorian literary scene. His work includes The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest - which challenged societal norms and provided a glimpse into human nature.

In an era marked by stringent moral codes, he faced persecution for homosexuality resulting in imprisonment and scandal. His unapologetic embrace of his identity has become a symbol of resistance, freedom and expression.

Owen Jones

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Owen Jones (1984-)

Having grown up in Stockport, he has gone on made a significant mark as a political commentator and LGBTQ+ advocate. He is an openly gay man who is known for his sharp analyses and unwavering commitment to progressive values.

His candid discussions about his own experiences have contributed to a broader dialogue on inclusivity and equality. He encourages individuals to think critically, challenge established norms and help shape a fairer society.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

A renowned British writer who made an enduring impact on literature with her innovative narrative techniques and exploration of the human psyche. She was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a circle of intellectuals and artists.

In a time when discussions about sexuality were constrained, her openness and complex relationships challenged societal norms, leaving an indelible mark on both her literary legacy and the broader cultural landscape.

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