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January 30, 2005

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual History Month.

As you may or may not know, February is Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual History Month in British schools. Nick Cohen doesn’t think it’s a very good idea, and as always with his writing, there are phrases to relish:

If you knew a little history, I suspect you would be as unimpressed by the campaign's decision to present Florence Nightingale as a lesbian and suggest that William Shakespeare was bisexual. It's true that Nightingale never married and wore sensible shoes in the Crimea. That's enough proof that she was a lesbian for some, but most historians need a bit more evidence.

So, as my contribution to this extravaganza of real history, ’istory fer real peepul, a painting from the archives:


Lord Cornbury, a former Governor of New York and New Jersey. Well, maybe.
I am aware that transvetism is not the same as transgender, gay, lesbian or bisexual, but the story is so much more fun than the one about a latter day Governor of New Jersey, is it not?

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What's wrong with simply "history". You know taking people on their own individual merits.

Posted by: Mark Holland | Jan 30, 2005 1:05:19 PM