After the Act: 20 Since 28
This winter marks 20 years since the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988. Section 28 prohibited the promotion of LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles in public society by local authorities, it consequentially banned all material in the British school curricula that acknowledged the existence of queerness, effectively censoring knowledge of non-heteronormative modes of living within institutional settings for those who came of age in the 1990s and 2000s. Despite its repeal in 2003, Section 28’s gravity can still be felt today, especially in light of the surge of ‘Don’t say Gay’ bills across the US and the UK government’s creation of Section 35 to block the Scottish Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

The LGBTQ+ Network in collaboration with CGIS will reflect on this anniversary and its significance for LGBTQ+ history and politics today with a discussion panel of academics and activists.

The discussion will be followed by an informal reception.
Date: 10 March 2023, 14:00 (Friday, 8th week, Hilary 2023)
Venue: Worcester College, Walton Street OX1 2HB
Venue Details: Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre
Speakers: Jack Doyle (Oxford), Emily Rutherford (Oxford)
Organising department: Faculty of History
Organiser contact email address:
Host: Lorelei Robinson (St Edmund Hall)
Part of: LGBTQ+ History Faculty Network
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Belinda Clark