When we talk about trans people from the past, we tend to talk about the easy cases: the people who we know described themselves as trans, or who at least lived full-time as a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth.
This talk isn't about those people.
It's about the difficult cases: the stories of people who undeniably disrupted norms of gendered dress or behaviour, but whose motivations remain unclear or contested. We'll meet some of the many historical gender nonconforming people who can't be homogenised or fit neatly into a box - the courtesans of sixteenth-century Venice, the servants of early America, the inmates of First World War internment camps - and discuss why their stories are not only fascinating, but essential for our liberation today.
Email City Pride, (the City of London Corporation's LGBTQ+ staff network) at COL.LGBTNetwork@cityoflondon.gov.uk to book your place for this online event and to submit any questions ahead of the day that you would like put to Dr Heyam.
Dr Kit Heyam (they/them or he/him) is a Leeds-based transgender awareness trainer, academic researcher and activist. Their research focuses on transgressive gendered and sexual behaviour in early modern England, and they work with museums and galleries to uncover LGBT histories and make them visible to the public.