Meet the team…


Dr Jeff Evans, Research Fellow, John Moores University, Liverpool

Dr Jeff Evans has been an active campaigner for LGBT+ and human rights for the past 40 years. As a member of the NUT's LGBT Advisory Committee he co-wrote “The Prevalence of Homophobia Survey”, which was published in 2013. As a result of the report, he was forced out of school teaching. He returned to higher education and since then he has continued to study LGBT+ history, based at Liverpool John Moores University where is a Research Fellow. He started Outing The Past in 2015 and has been its figurehead since then.

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Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute

Sue Sanders is Emeritus Professor Harvey Milk Institute, an “out and proud” lesbian, and LGBT rights activist for over 50 years. She became chair of Schools OUT UK in 2000. She was a founder member of the LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police and worked closely with the criminal justice system, after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. In 2004 she instituted the UK's first LGBT History Month an annual event which happens every February in the UK. In 2007 she was responsible for the website The Classroom which has over 80 lesson plans that ‘usualise’ LGBT people in all their diversity for all ages across the curriculum. She co runs OUTing the Past an annual international festival of LGBT history. She is a member of the IAG on hate crime to the government. She often appears in the media and has written short stories and several chapters in books on LGBT issues and equality and Diversity.

In these troubling times since Brexit when we have seen hate crime rise, it is even more important to Educate OUT prejudice by making LGBT people in all their diversity visible and safe.


Emma Vickers, Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool John Moores University, England

Emma Vickers is a senior lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to this, she was a senior teaching fellow at Lancaster University and a lecturer in History at the University of Reading. Her first monograph, Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (MUP 2013) explores the intersection between same-sex desire and service in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. Emma has published articles in the Lesbian Studies Journal (2009) and Feminist Review (2010). Her most recent work (with Corinna Peniston-Bird) is Lessons of War (Palgrave, 2017) which takes up the invitation offered by the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War to evaluate how gender history contributes, nuances and challenges existing understandings of the Second World War. She is also working on outputs arising from Dry Your Eyes Princess, a project which uses oral testimony to uncover the experiences of trans* personnel in the British Armed Forces before 2000. Following an award from the Arts Council, Emma worked with the photographer Stephen King on a series of photographs of her interviewees which were exhibited as part of Homotopia in Liverpool and Outburst in Belfast. Finally, she is also part of the AHRC network, Passions of War, a researcher on the European Union funded project 'Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe' and a member of the Oral History Society LGBTQ special interest group.

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K G Valente, Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies, Colgate University, USA

Ken Valente holds a joint appointment as Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies at Colgate University. He has also held a number of key administrative posts, including Director of the Division of University (Interdisciplinary) Studies. His scholarship in the history of mathematics, science, and ideas has engaged both feminist and queer perspectives. Other work has been dedicated to documenting and disseminating the curricular history of LGBTQ Studies programs in higher education as well as examining the future development of these and related programs. He recently served as guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality entitled “25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs.”

Stephen Hornby, Playwright, Researcher, Lecturer, University of Salford, England

Stephen is an award-winning playwright and film-maker. He lectures on playwriting, theatre history and drama and is the Northern Theatre Correspondent for Attitude and playwright in residence to LGBT History Month and the Peoples History Museum.

Among his many achievements, Stephen won the ‘WINGS’ award for his short film ‘Unchechen’ and for his work with LGBT History Month as their writer in residence since 2014, and completed a five-star sell-out regional tour of his Arts Council funded play “The Burnley Buggers’ Ball”.

Other recent ACE funded projects include:

  • ‘To Russia With Love’, Queer Contact 2014;

  • ‘A Very Victorian Scandal’ (patron Russel T Davies), Manchester 2015;

  • ‘The Box of Tricks’ (nominated for the Vicky Allen and 24:7 Audience Appreciated awards), Northern Area tour 2015;

  • ‘Mister Strokes: the Man-Woman of Manchester’ (producer), Manchester 2016.

Head over to the OUTing The Past Theatre page to find out more about Stephen’s work.


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Maisie Barker, Journalist and writer, Manchester, England

Maisie is a freelance writer based in Manchester and London. She completed her BA in English with Creative Writing at Goldsmiths and is now writing for online independent news platform The Common Sense Network. She has been part of Young Enigma - an LGBT writing and performance group - for a number of years, has written for VADA Magazine and has been published in Diva Magazine and Gay Times as part of her work for Schools Out UK and LGBT History Month.