Explore trans histories in our collections.
This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time*.
This discussion illuminates and contextualises stories featured in our exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights. This includes:
- ground-breaking feminist magazine Urania which celebrated the lives of sex rebels and gender outlaws in the early 20th century
- the 1930s media fascination with people described as ‘medical curiosities’ or sexually ‘anti-typical’ who today would be likely to identify as intersex or transgender
- the legal struggles which led to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act
- the striking visual iconography of contemporary non-binary artist of colour Travis Alabanza.
Our expert panel will show that Trans people, in various forms and often with different names to those used today, have always been part of feminist history and the struggle for women’s rights, and will continue to be so in the future.
*Please note, questions may only be submitted to the speakers during the live times.
D-M Withers is currently Research Fellow on the Business of Women's Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing based at the British Library and part of the curatorial team for Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights.
Clare Tebbutt is Assistant Professor in Gender and Women's Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Nat Raha is a poet and scholar, and is co-editor of the Radical Transfeminism zine.
Ann Heilmann is Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University
Christine Burns MBE is a political activist best known for her work with Press for Change and as an internationally-recognised health adviser.
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