In The South

Leading gay historian to speak in Croydon

Gary Hart April 22, 2016


Matt Cook, leading gay historian, will be speaking in Croydon on Tuesday May 17 at a meeting of the Croydon Area Gay Society.

Matt Cook
Matt Cook

His talk, entitled “From ‘evil men’ to ‘frenetic faggots’,” is a history of London gay life “from the 1950s to the 1970s and back again”.

The meeting will be upstairs at the Spread Eagle, Katharine Street at 8pm, is organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) and is open to everyone (no charge).

WEB.200Matt Cook is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck University of London, and a renowned expert on gay history. He is a fascinating and entertaining speaker, and his talk promises to be one of the highlights of CAGS year.

Professor Cook’s latest book, Queer Domesticities, Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth Century London, was published by Palgrave in 2014.

His previous books include London and the Culture of Homosexuality (2003), A Gay History of Britain (2007) and Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Post-War years (2012).

The meeting is being held on IDAHOT day, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, marked every year worldwide May 17. Other events are being planned in Croydon during IDAHOT week.

This is the latest in CAGS’ series of open meetings, under the title The Brief Encounter. Previous speakers have included Brian Paddick, Peter Tatchell, Stella Duffy, and the Bishop of Croydon.

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