Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85

Support groups throughout the UK were encouraged to pair with a mining community after the Thatcher administration stopped distributing the funds of the National Union of Mineworkers. The Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was formed by Mark Ashton and Michael Jackson after the pair began collecting in the 1984 Pride march in London.Continue reading “Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85”

Lili Elbe ‘The Danish Girl’

Lili Elbe, also known as Einar Wegener, was a Danish transgender woman who was one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Einar married Gerda Gottlieb in 1904 after meeting during their time at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Einar and Gerda proceeded to live together as successful professional painters. Einar’sContinue reading “Lili Elbe ‘The Danish Girl’”

How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?

Introduction In 2013, Witeck Communications estimated the buying power of the LGBT community in the USA to be around $830 billion, however the commercial viability of the ‘pink pound’ as a market segment is still being contested.[1] Business and media industries in the UK and the USA have both directly and indirectly targeted the queerContinue reading “How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?”

A Town Rife with Rumour

Introduction ‘A Town Rife with Rumour’ is an article which featured in the News of the World on the 25th July 1954 which tells of a court case against seventeen men accused of same-sex desire offences.[1] Although not directly targeting the pink pound, the existence of this article demonstrates a link between homosexuality and capitalismContinue reading “A Town Rife with Rumour”