A Look into the Trans Archive

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A Look into the Trans Archive

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This event took place on Tuesday 10th November 2020

This discussion illuminates and contextualises stories featured in the 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 celebrates Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights, a UK-wide exhibition by the British Library and public libraries.