OUTing The Past Festival hub Invitation

OTP Festival Invitation For Hubs

Applications Open: 1st September 2019

Applications Close: 30th September 2019

The form to apply will be available below from 1st Sept 2019.

If you would prefer to complete it offline Click here to download a copy. When completed and signed off please send to:

Sue Sanders [Email:salsanders2003@gmail.com] if your hub is in England/Wales

Jeff Evans [Email: jgm.evans@btinterent.com] for other locations.

Dear Colleague,

Many thanks for your kind interest in hosting the OUTing the Past Festival Hub. The questions below provide key advice to you on what is required to host a Festival hub, and provides us with information to allow us to assess the application. The OUTing the Past project is part of Schools OUT an UK educational charity that has worked with teachers and the wider educational sector within Europe and beyond for over forty years. We are a non-core funded organisation relying completely on voluntary endeavours and donations (i.e. we have no paid staff). However, we trust that our longevity and decades of educational campaigning speak for itself. We do appreciate that form-filling can be a pain, but in this case –– it is important. Should you have any queries just shout OUT! Please find our contact details below.


The theme for Schools OUT UK LGBT History Month 2020 is Poetry, Plays and Prose.

This means we can connect to the English curriculum of schools and the four people we have chosen to link to them are detailed below:

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E.M. Forster (1879 – 1970)

Gay author, widely regarded as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century. ‘A Passage To India’ brought him his first success, and he has had several other books adapted as Merchant Ivory films – ‘A Room With A View’, ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ and most significantly ‘Maurice’, a gay love story. Forster wrote the novel in 1913, but left instructions that it was not to be published until after his death. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Edward’s death, and we anticipate there will be much in the media about him.

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Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965)

Lesbian playwright; author of ‘A Raisin In The Sun’, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. The title comes from the poem “Harlem” (also known as “A Dream Deferred”) by Langston Hughes. For some time the play was part of the O Level and GCSE syllabuses. Hansberry inspired the song by Nina Simone “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”.

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Dawn Langley Simmons (c.1922 – 2000)

Our trans Face is probably the least well-known but undoubtedly had a fascinating story. The child of Vita Sackville West, before transitioning Dawn wrote an acclaimed biography of Princess Margaret. After transition she wrote a biography of eccentric actress Dame Margaret Rutherford, and was ‘semi-adopted’ by her. But probably most interesting is the fact that Dawn’s marriage to John-Paul Simmons, on 21 January 1969, was the first legal inter racial marriage in South Carolina!


William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

Quintessentially British, we have chosen Shakespeare as our bisexual reference, as his work is very much at the heart of the English curriculum. This is important given the ongoing difficulties over inclusive teaching. Sonnet 20 is widely quoted as being written about a man.


The entire year is dedicated to Lyra Mckee

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