Week three

Recommended reading

Take a moment to read our profile pieces on Jackie Forster, E.M. Forster and Michael Dillon.

Consider reading Queer a Graphic history by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Watch whenever

Youtube: Stonewall in conversation: on Section 28 and Transphobia Today.

Stonewall Cymru Director  Andrew Gwyn, sits down with James Lynchanhon, a young campaigner, to discuss the devastating effects of Section 28 legislation on the LGBTQ+ Community, and also what it is like to be a trans person today.

Film: Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil is a 2016 Irish comedy-drama. Set in an all-boys boarding school, the school ‘outsider’ forms an unlikely friendship with his new roommate, the new star player on the school rugby team. Their friendship, priorities and self-acceptance is tested and questioned by those around them, as the film explores themes of homosexuality, hypocrisy and snobbery. Available on Netflix UK.

TV series: It’s a Sin

A drama mini-series depicting the lives of a group of gay men and their friends growing up in London during the HIV/AIDs crisis, from 1981-1991. Available on All4

The show has received crucial acclaim for its depiction of the AIDS crisis and impact on the lives of those affected, receiving positive reviews and being viewed more 6.5million times within a few weeks, it has become the most binge watched series on All4.

Live event

Webinar: Section 28 and its legacy, with Bethan Rees and David Lynch on Thursday 18 February 2021. Watch the recording of the event below.


Bethan Rees and David Lynch share their experiences of working as LGBTQ+ Teachers under Section 28. Their conversation will include personal and professional reflections on the impact and legacy of the Act. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and interact during the session.

Bethan Reed is the Programme Manager for Schools and Training for The Kite Trust and qualified as a teacher in the same year that Section 18 became law. She has worked in the field of equalities in education throughout her career, including at the Cambridgeshire Local Authority LGBTQ+ lead in partnership with The Kite Trust.

David Lynch is currently a Kite Trust volunteer, supporting Bethan Rees to deliver the education Rainbow Flag Award, a quality marker for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in schools and colleges. His career began in 1990 as a secondary school teacher in Wales, at the height of Section 28’s insidiously homophobic impact on lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers, the curriculum and school policies.

Charity of the week... Diamonds Transgender

Diamonds is a social and support group based in Cambridge, offering support, help, advice and friendship to “transgender, non-binary, transsexual, transvestite, cross-dresser, friend or partner”.

Throughout Covid they have offered regular meet-ups over Zoom and all are welcome to join details can be found on their facebook page or alternatively through email.

They also provide awareness of other local support groups such as Beaumont Huntingdon and Oasis Norfolk.


We are working with Encompass to welcome voices from within the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that, as with any external speakers, there may be some opinions expressed that are not necessarily held by the Council.

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