LGBT History Month
This event will be a presentation by two researchers (Ben Vincent University of Leeds and Louis Bailey - HYMS) working in the field of trans health and well-being.
Ben Vincent will summarise medical sexology of the late 19th century, through the earliest pioneers of gender affirming treatments to the development of trans communities from the 1960s onwards. He will explain how trans representation has changed over time in film/TV and how this discourse relates to his research considering non-binary gender identities and their interactions with queer communities and medical practice.
Louis Bailey will discuss the findings of the Trans Mental Health and Well-Being Study (2012) – the largest such survey in Europe and the first exploring mental health and well-being within the UK trans population. The talk will highlight the price of societal and medical ignorance of gender variance in terms of minority stress and the impact of this on the daily experiences of trans people in Britain. The talk will also show the importance of gender transition (both social and medical) for reducing suicidal ideation within this population.
Lastly, Louis will draw on the work of a range of contemporary artists who identify as trans in order to argue for a more nuanced understanding of embodiment and resilience.
Other LGBT History Month events include:
- “Hence, old Sodom”: a reading and discussion of selected literary texts of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
- Travelling bodies, travelling minds: Re-negotiating fluidity in a categorised society
A full schedule of events taking place throughout LGBT History Month can be found on the web at - www.york.ac.uk/admin/eo/.