Welcome to the home of OUTing The Past, an annual celebration of LGBT+ history.

Throughout the year we celebrate our past, preserve our present and look towards our future. OUTing The Past has featured speakers from all over the world - showcasing the depth and breadth of our community. The cumulation of our work occurs in February: the UK’s LGBT History Month and during this time hubs host events across the country which are all free to attend. Our festival conference and gathering takes place in March and represents a chance for LGBT+ academics to showcase their research and collaborate with others.

Previous workshops include: Making and Presenting LGBT+ Films, The Future of LGBT+ History in the UK, and discussions with the CEO and Research Director of the Queer Britain museum project.

You can read about OUTing The Past’s 2019 programmes and presentations here.


Call for submissions…

Festival Hub Invitation - 1st Sept - 30th Sept

Apply to host a hub event at OUTing The Past’s 2020 festival

Festivals Popular Presentations - 1st Sept - 30th Sept

Apply to give a presentation at one of our hub events at OUTing The Past’s 2020 festival

OUTing the Past 2020
The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History

Organizational timetable for OUTing the Past 2020
(Ireland, UK & USA):

1st September 2019
OTP’20 Festival Hub Partner Applications launched
OTP’20 Festival Presentations invited

30th September 2019
OTP’20 Festival Hub Partner Applications closed
OTP’20 Festival Presentations closed

14th October 2019
Provisional announcement of Festival Hub Partners [Ireland, UK & USA]
Release of the OUT’20 Festival Gazette [Ireland & UK]

1st Nov 2019
Festival Briefings – an overview of the project, together with important practical details,
including the opportunity for meeting members of the OTP Coordination Team, and each other

14th November 2019
Deadline for submission of provisional Festival Hub Programmes

1st December 2019
Confirmation of OTP Festival Hubs ‘line-up’

3rd January 2020
Public announcement of OTP Festival Hubs & their Festival Programmes
Commencement of the OTP Festival Comms strategy

Early Summer 2020 (TBC) OTP Academics & Activists OTP Festival Gathering /Conference


Conference Papers - 1st Oct - 7th Jan

Submit a paper to present at OUTing The Past’s 2020 Conference and Gathering.


“Very well organised, diverse range of speakers and subjects. Felt very lucky to be there”


“It was a fantastic event to attend to meet lots of different people. I had some very powerful conversations. Attending this event, speaking with other delegates and exploring queer histories made me feel very seen.”


“Fantastic conference. Highly relevant and important topics. Can't wait for next years!


“It feels important to have gatherings like this in Northern Ireland as it is vital to share what is happening here.”


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