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A Look into the Trans Archive

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Portrait of James Barry, surgeon who was known as female in childhood but lived as a man.
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11 Nov 2020 4pm

Online Event


This discussion illuminates and contextualises stories featured in the British Library's 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.

This event will be live streamed here by the British Library through the Living Knowledge Network as part of Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights, a UK-wide exhibition by the British Library and public libraries.

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  • Free Event
  • Adults only
  • Discussion
  • Online
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