Leading gay historian to speak in Croydon


By - Wednesday 20th April, 2016

Matt Cook, professor of Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London, will speak in Croydon on IDAHOT day, Tuesday 17th May, at the Spreadeagle pub theatre.


Photo by Matt Cook, used with permission.

Release begins: Matt Cook, a leading gay historian, will be speaking in Croydon on Tuesday 17th May. 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, 8pm upstairs at the Spread Eagle, Katharine Street, is organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) and is open to all (no charge).

Matt 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 our 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).

Photo by Matt Cook, used with permission.

The meeting is being held on IDAHOT day, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, marked every year worldwide on 17th May. 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.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Area Gay Society.

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