Jan 092012
“Transgender before transgender: cross-dressers and the establishment in Victorian England”   Juliet Jacques

Thursday 9th February 2012,  7pm to 9pm

Hydra Books, 34 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EZ.  Free event

The emergence of public cross-dressing in the 19th century industrial city caused great anxiety to the Victorian legal establishment and England’s new police forces alike. In this talk, Guardian and New Statesman writer Juliet Jacques (long-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2011) explores how those who cross-dressed were criminalised, most famously in the scandalous trial of Ernest ‘Stella’ Boulton and Frederick ‘Fanny’ Park in 1871, and how contemporary transgender identities began to evolve in response.

Juliet Jacques is a journalist and author, best known for writing “A Transgender Journey” for The Guardian – the first time that the gender reassignment process has been serialised for a mainstream British publication. She has also written for the New Statesman and TimeOut, and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011.

This is a free event, but a donation to OutStories Bristol would be welcome.

You can book a place online (or just let us know you’re coming) at Eventbrite.

Download the full programme for LGBT History Month 2012 in Bristol and Bath (pdf).

LGBT History Month website