Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Sex at The National Archives

In the UK February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month.  The most recent TNA podcast features Dr Louise Chambers speaking on "Fictional Obscenities; Lesbianism and Censorship in the Early 20th Century", a talk presented last autumn. She uses case studies and documentation from TNA to investigate the societal approach to what were originally termed invert sexual tendencies.

The talk mentions genealogy and while there is no reference to sources likely to contain information on individuals in your family tree the attitudes towards people now referred to as part of the LGBT community may help throw light on the lives of your ancestors involved.

Access the talk, and a caution on language, here.

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