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Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted on Fri-01-2018 by Sarah Hinksman

Holocaust memorial day offers an important opportunity to remember those lost during the Holocaust, but also to further examine who those people were, the communities they represented and the reasons why Nazi Germany targeted them in their quest to establish the “final solution”. Indeed, it is far from an easy topic to discuss, but this […]

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Fred Jester Barnes

Posted on Wed-10-2013 by Sixth Story

Frederick “Fred” Jester Barnes was born on the 21st May 1885 at 219 Great Lister Street, Saltley, Birmingham in a bedroom above his father’s butchers shop. Modest and unremarkable beginnings indeed for a man who went on to live an openly gay and highly flamboyant life in an era when to do so was both […]

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1800s Charles Record

Posted on Wed-10-2013 by Sixth Story

Charles was born on 7 June 1820 into a poor family and grew up in a time of increasing agitation over the rights of the working classes. In 1832 the whole population of Birmingham dramatically turned out to welcome the great Birmingham reforming MP Thomas Attwood back from Parliament. Charles started work as a labourer […]

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1970s Gender Race and Sexuality

Posted on Wed-10-2013 by Sixth Story

The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the development of second wave feminism, the women’s movement started in the twenties with the suffragette movement. Some (Socialist/Marxist Feminists) analysed women’s issues in terms of inequalities both in economic power and between the sexes. For these women, while acknowledging that many inequalities were gender-related, there was also […]

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Before Stonewall 1930s-1950s

Posted on Mon-09-2013 by Sixth Story

So… LGBT people before the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement of the 1970s lived “furtive, closeted, miserable lives, while after Stonewall, gays could be free and open… out of the closet, fighting back, refusing to be mistreated any more”? Whilst there are elements of truth in this when considered in the most general […]

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