Marking the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War, SHOUT is delighted to bring this fascinating talk and panel discussion historians to the festival exploring this histories of two gay Soldiers from the Second World War 'Gilbert and Gordon', and reflecting on the contemporary experiences of LGBT people in the forces.
Exploring archive records and personal testimony, this event will explore the secret lives of these men and reflect on their roles in the armed services. We are delighted to welcome Mark Highnett from the Oswestry Town Museum. Mark will share his research on an unexpected discovery of an important archive of love letters shared betweem two gay soldiers during the Second World War and the way that their story has impacted on everyone who learns about them and the ongoing, spreading worldwide interest in their love, lives and lessons.
This informative talk will be followed by an informal panel discussion reflecting on this history and the situation for LGBT people in the armed forces today with Caroline Paige (author of True Colours: My Life as the First Openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces) and James Wharton (author of 'Out in the Army').