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April Ashley: Portrait of a lady, OFFICIAL TRAILER (2013)

April Ashley: Portrait of a lady, OFFICIAL TRAILER (2013)

  The Official trailer for the new APRIL ASHLEY exhibition. Museum of Liverpool to open exhibition about transgender icon. The Museum of Liverpool is to host a new major exhibition this September looking at the history of transgender people in Britain over the past 70 years, focusing on the experiences of one exceptional individual. Opening 27 September 2013 — 21 September 2014, April Ashley: Portrait of a lady will — for the first time — explore the story of April Ashley MBE, one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. Find out more at…

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Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

    An extraordinary true tale of cross-dressing and gay sub-culture in 19th-century London is revealed in Neil McKenna’s new book, Fanny & Stella. His dazzling account of the arrest and sensational trial of Fanny Park and Stella Boulton — scandalously revealed to be two young men — is a meticulous evocation of the underbelly of Victorian society with a cast of peers, politicians and prostitutes, drag queens, doctors and detectives. Neil McKenna takes us into this fascinating secret world as he talks about his latest work, which returns to the period he mined so brilliantly in his acclaimed The…

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #3

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #3

  Kay Jones, Curator of Community History, tours the space in the Museum of Liverpool where the April Ashley exhibition is being constructed.

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #2

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #2

  Here’s a stop motion animation of the main sign from the exhibition being installed in the Museum of Liverpool. Find out more about the project at www.aprilashley.org.uk

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #1

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #1

  With the build up to the opening our new exhibition on April Ashley opening at the Museum of Liverpool this month, here’s the first part of our ‘making of’ features. Find out more at www.aprilashley.org.uk This year also marks our 10th birthday so we’ll be doing lots more videos towards the festival launch.    

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Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

Day 2 of our London Homotopia.tv round up and we caught up with Writer and Historian Neil McKenna who will be coming to Homotopia this year to talk about his new book Fanny & Stella. Neil explained, “Fanny and Stella were Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, two young men who used to dress up in women’s clothes and on the evening of Thursday 28th April, 1870, they were arrested as they left a theatre in drag.  They thought, and everyone else thought that it was just a casual arrest, that they had been rounded up because the police thought they were…

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Rupert Smith – Beefcake and Dripping

Rupert Smith – Beefcake and Dripping

With our first round of interviews which starts the build up to this year’s 10th birthday festival, Homotopia.tv today talked to Mr Rupert Smith, who describes himself as an ‘Author and sort of gay historian’.  Rupert will be part of our Hockney Weekend: Beefcakes and Dripping on Sunday 17th November.  “People know a lot about American physique photography”, Rupert told us, “People, like Bob Mizer and Bruce of LA, but there was a parallel movement going on in Britain, with lots of photographers, a lot of them gay, photographing body builders, service men, some of them quite legit but some of them were gay…

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Homotopia secures Dr Martens as event sponsor

Homotopia secures Dr Martens as event sponsor

Homotopia is proud to announce it has secured the iconic British footwear brand Dr. Martens as event sponsor for 2013 “As part of this year’s 10th anniversary programme we are presenting world premieres of 3 major exhibitions ‘England’s Erotic Dream’, Germ Free Adolescents’ and Boy George’s first ever public photographic exhibtion. The show is called ‘This Way Out’ and is a collaboration with long time friend TradeMark. Dr. Martens are working closely with Homotopia supporting these projects. Their input has been terrific and we are thrilled they are on board for the celebrations” Homotopia will also be creating its 10th anniversary campaign in collaboration…

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Guess Who Came To Dinner?

Guess Who Came To Dinner?

Look who popped up to Liverpool for the afternoon! Boy George and Mark Wardel (aka TradeMark) have spent the afternoon doing press interviews and making plans for their joint exhibition ‘This Way Out’ in a secret city centre location. One female shopper couldn’t place the familiar face in the furry Kangol cap and asked Boy George why she knew his face? ‘Crimewatch’ was George’s quick response! Thanks to Gary and all at 60 Hope Street for a fabulous dinner. George and Mark will become proper Homotopians on 30th October at the opening of this year’s festival and they will both…

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John Waters Money Can’t Buy Competition

John Waters Money Can’t Buy Competition

Win a John Waters prize that money can’t buy. On Saturday 9th November cult movie director, actor and author John Waters will be teaching a ‘Trash’ master class based on the 1968 Joseph Losey film, Boom! starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward. This is a private Homotopia event for just 200 film students at Liverpool John Moores University but you could be there! Just email your answer to the question below to winner@homotopia.net and win one of 5 pairs of tickets. Where was John Waters born? The master class takes place in Liverpool on Saturday 9th November – travel…

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