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Fighting Proud: The untold story of the gay men who served in two world war...

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On the 50th anniversary of the day the Sexual Offences Bill gained royal assent and became an Act of Parliament, Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk followed by a Q&A about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book Fighting Proud (I B Tauris, £17.99), a history of the contribution gay men in Britain made during the World Wars. These include Lord Kitchener, Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, writer Hector Bolitho, Police Constable Harry Daley, Noel Coward and bandleader Ken "Snakehips" Johnson.

Stephen Bourne is a writer and historian. An expert on Black and LGBT British history, he has written for BBC History Magazine, History Today and has written over 40 entries on prominent black Britons for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is the author of Black Poppies (History Press, 2013), a history of the contribution of black men and women to the First World War and his forthcoming book Fighting Proud will be published in July 2017 by I. B. Tauris. He is the winner of the Southwark Arts Form Award for Literature. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University for his contribution to diversity


18:30pm Stephen Bourne talk

19:15pm Question and Answer session

19:30pm Drinks reception and book signing

20:30pm Event close


The Wolfson Theatre is based in the lower ground floor of the New Academic Buildling (NAB). The entrance to the NAB can be found on Lincoln's Inn fields near the junction of Sardina Street. See here for a campus map showing the position of the NAB. The nearest tube station is Holborn.

Photograph acknowledgement:

"Sailors dancing during WW1", image courtesy of Geoff Cunnington.

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