Tomorrow night at the University of Liverpool the official launch of LGBT History Month UK 2018 takes place. The theme for next year is “Geography: Mapping Our World”.
If you trawl through my
posts of 2015 you’ll notice that one of the running themes I had went by the
title of “Around the World in 80 Gays”. I’ve been trying to complete another
one ever since and the 2018 theme for LGBT History Month gives me the perfect
reason to complete it. So I have come up with the not-very-original series
title of “Around the World in Another 80 Gays”.
Rather than have “80 Gays”
as a running theme interspersed with articles from other continuing series,
such as “Star Gayzing”, “Queer Achievements” and “Xtremely Queer” I intend
“Another 80 Gays” to be the dominant series throughout 2018. In this way I can
expand on some information and devote one article to one individual rather than
3 or 4 as I did in 2015. This will also enable me to incorporate one of those
other themes as well. For example, one of the first “Another 80 Gays” articles
to appear (probable at the end of January or early February, I haven’t
finalised the schedule yet) will also be part of my “Queer Achievements” series
and will feature Alexander the Great. But that doesn’t mean that other articles
from other series will not appear separately.
As with my original “80
Gays” most of the links in “Another 80 Gays” have been made well in advance and
have been allocated provisional dates for publication. Most of my time next
month will be devoted to writing drafts for the first 20 articles and
finalising the schedule.
As before, the list of
people included in the new series will be as varied as I can manage, both in time
and, bearing in mind the LGBT History Month’s theme is geography, location.
Each of the 80 people I will feature are connected personally or directly to
the next one. To give you a taste of what is to come I can reveal that the
starting point will be Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973). Taking one aspect of his
life I link together another 79 lgbt individuals, the final one having a direct
link to another aspect of his life (no spoilers, you’ll have to wait till the
end of December 2018 to find out who person 79 is).
What I can reveal today is
that as well as the above mentioned Alexander the Great “Around the World in Another
80 Gays” will also include the Emperor Nero, the first ever International Ms
Leather, and Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister. Subjects covered will
include diamonds, the American War of Independence, and comic books.
It is also my intention to
bring this blog to end at the end in December 2018. Seven years is a long time
to be doing anything and I’d like to expand other avenues in lgbt heritage.
But that is still over a
year in the future. In the meantime I have a lot more research and writing to
do in order to bring you some of the least expected, more unusual, not well
known and (hopefully) inspiring stories from lgbt and world history.