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Kate Charlesworth: Our Queer History in Cartoons

Saturday, Jun 22 2019
18:00 - 19:30
Kate Charlesworth
location: Lighthouse

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At the heart of our Lavender Menace Weekend is an evening with the iconic cartoonist, illustrator and writer Kate Charlesworth!

Join us for the first public peak of her new book Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide the first graphic history documenting lesbian life from 1950 to the present. It is a stunning, personal, graphic memoir and a milestone itself in LGBT history, peopled by a cast of gay icons such as Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, and featuring key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28.

In 1950, when Kate was born, male homosexuality carried a custodial sentence. But female homosexuality had never been an offence in the UK, effectively rendering lesbians even more invisible than they already were-often to themselves.

Sensible Footwear is a fascinating history of how post-war Britain transformed from a country hostile towards ‘queer’ lives to the LGBQTI+ universe of today, recording the political gains and challenges against a backdrop of personal experience: realising her own sexuality, coming out to her parents, enbracing lesbian and gay culture, losing friends to AIDS.

This event is part of our Pride celebrations in collaboration with Lavender Menace, We’re thrilled to be working with Lavender Menace founders Sigrid Nielsen & Bob Orr, for a weekend revival of their bookshop, Scotland’s first LGBT bookshop.


You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it HERE.

As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accessible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks!


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