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using this presentation
Using this presentation
  • This PowerPoint was developed to show the contributions and diversity of lesbians and gay men.
  • It can be used as an assembly presentation, used to explore diversity in PSHE or to supplement the curriculum in specific subject areas i.e. History, English, Geography, Media Studies, R.E. etc.
  • The last slide includes links to two YouTube films.
mark bingham 1970 2001
Mark Bingham(1970 – 2001)
  • Bingham was one of 4 passengers who led the storming of the cockpit of Flight 93 to prevent members of Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization, from using the plane to kill hundreds or thousands of additional victims as a part of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
  • Mark Bingham was an out gay man.
  • Bingham was also a keen sportsman and had captained his university rugby team for 2-years.

Quote by Mark Bingham:

  • “We have the chance to be role models for other gay folks who wanted to play sports, but never felt good enough or strong enough. This is a great opportunity to change a lot of people’s minds. Let’s go make some new friends … and win a few games.”
james baldwin 1924 1987
James Baldwin1924 - 1987
  • James Baldwin was an internationally acclaimed writer.
  • Baldwin was a Black gay man who grew up in poverty.
  • Baldwin lived in the United States during segregation when Black people did not have even basic civil rights.
  • Baldwin's greatest achievement as a writer was his ability to address American race relations by discussing the effects of racism (unequal treatment based on race) on the mind. He suggested that all people, not just one group of people, suffer in a racist climate.
  • Baldwin novels also deal honestly with being a gay man and he also wrote about relationships between members of different races.
  • Two of his most famous novels are Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) and Giovanni's Room (1956).
  • James Baldwin believed, not just in fighting for rights for Black people, but in fighting for human rights – equal rights for all.
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James Baldwin1924 - 1987


‘I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.’

‘The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.’

‘Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality. ‘

‘To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.’

langston hughes 1902 1967

I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”



They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes1902 - 1967

''I swear to the Lord I still can't see Why Democracy means Everybody but me.''


The night is beautiful,So the faces of my people.The stars are beautiful,So the eyes of my peopleBeautiful, also, is the sun.Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people

langston hughes
Langston Hughes
  • Langston Hughes was a Black American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.
  • He was one of the earliest innovators of a new literary art form - Jazz poetry.
  • Jazz poetry is poetry that "demonstrates jazz-like rhythm or the feel of improvisation“.
  • Langston used jazz syncopations and repetition to create distinctive African-American poems that could be clearly distinguished from the work of white American poets at the time.
  • During his lifetime Hughes was not ‘out’ as a gay man.
  • However, after his death a number of unpublished poems were discovered that are thought to be to a Black male partner.
  • Langston left lots of other clues to his sexual identity hidden within his poems.

Hughes at university in 1928

alan turing 1912 1954
Alan Turing1912 - 1954
  • Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist.
  • He was highly influential in the development of computer science with the development of the Turing machine which is a model of a general purpose computer.
  • Turing developed a means of breaking the German enigma codes – a significant factor in the outcome of WWII
  • Turing is considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.
  • Turing was a gay man and he was prosecuted in 1952 when homosexual acts were still illegal.
  • He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison.
  • Following his criminal prosecution Alan Turing was no longer allowed to continue working for the British secret service.
  • Turing died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined that his death was suicide
clare balding born 1971
Clare BaldingBorn 1971
  • Clare Balding is a retired amateur flat jockey.
  • While she was a jockey she was under a lot of pressure to be thin and so became obsessed with her weight.
  • For a time Clare used to make herself sick and take laxatives to try to lose weight which she now regrets.
  • Clare Balding is a TV presenter and journalist .
  • She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4 and BBC 2 Good Morning Sunday show.
  • Clare Balding is trying to increase the profile of women’s sport.
  • At the moment about 5 per cent of sports coverage is of women’s sport.
  • Clare Balding is in a Civil Partnership with Alice Arnold who used work as a BBC news presenter.
  • As they are public figures, they have both given interviews and said that if the law changes they will get married.
pyotr ilyich tchaikovsky or peter ilyich tchaikovsky 1840 1893
PyotrIlyich TchaikovskyorPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky(1840 - 1893
  • Tchaikovsky was a composer.
  • He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally.
  • Two of his most famous compositions are the music for the ballets ‘Swan Lake’ and the ‘Nutcracker’.
  • Tchaikovsky was a gay man and was ‘out’ to some of his family and friends.
  • After his death the Soviet government tried to remove all references to Tchaikovsky being gay and even attempted to alter history and make him seem heterosexual.

The young Pyotr

virginia woolf 1882 1941

‘I would venture to guess that Anon who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.’


Virginia Woolf1882 - 1941

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

‘The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.’

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.’

Virginia Woolf at age 20

virginia woolf
Virginia Woolf
  • Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost literary modernists of the twentieth century.
  • Literary modernists experimented with different styles of writing and followed the modernist rule ‘to make it new’.
  • Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929).
  • Virginia Woolf had relationships with both men and women.
  • She had a relationship with Vita Sackville-West and the book Orlando was described by Vita’s son as ‘the longest and most charming love letter in literature’.
  • Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf who was Jewish in 1912.
  • They both hated and feared fascism as they knew they were on Hitler’s hit list.
  • Virginia was affected by recurring episodes of severe depression (it is thought she was affected by bipolar disorder . She committed suicide in 1941).
rupert brooke 1887 1916
Rupert Brooke1887 - 1916

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:That there's some corner of a foreign fieldThat is for ever England. There shall beIn that rich earth a richer dust concealed;A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,A body of England's, breathing English air,Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,A pulse in the eternal mind, no lessGives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

  • Rupert Brooke is best known for his poetry.
  • Rupert Brooke fell deeply in love several times with both men and women.
wilfred owen 1893 1918
Wilfred Owen1893 - 1918
  • Wilfred Owen is considered to be the greatest WW1 poet.
  • Wilfred Owen was a gay man.

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,Till on the haunting flares we turned our backsAnd towards our distant rest began to trudge.Men marched asleep. Many had lost their bootsBut limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hootsOf disappointed shells that dropped behind.GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;But someone still was yelling out and stumblingAnd floundering like a man in fire or lime.--Dim, through the misty panes and thick green lightAs under a green sea, I saw him drowning.In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.If in some smothering dreams you too could paceBehind the wagon that we flung him in,And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;If you could hear, at every jolt, the bloodCome gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cudOf vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--My friend, you would not tell with such high zestTo children ardent for some desperate glory,The old Lie: Dulce et decorum estPro patria mori.

lionel blue born 1930
Lionel Blueborn 1930

"A gay couple arm-in-arm walk behind a young man and his girl," he said. "Suddenly the boy and girl have a flaming row and one of the gay couple remarks sadly to his partner: 'That is what comes of mixed marriage.’”

  • Lionel Blue is a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Rabbi Lionel Blue was the first British rabbi to publicly say that he was a gay man.
  • Rabbi Lionel Blue is known for his ‘jokes’ and use of Jewish humour.

If I can’t get to sleep from worry, I think up some Jewish light bulb jokes, which help - its better than counting sheep’ ‘How many Jews does it take to change a light bulb?’ Two - One to change the bulb and another to tell him how to do it better. ‘How many psycho analysts does it take to change a light bulb?’ One - provided the light bulb really wants to change How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb? None- ‘Don’t worry about me. I’ll sit alone in the dark.’

david kato 1964 2011
David Kato1964 - 2011
  • David Kato was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist.
  • He is considered a ‘father’ of Uganda’s gay rights movement and thought to be "Uganda’s first openly gay man".
  • Kato was murdered in 2011, after a magazine published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.
  • A short film: ‘They will say we are not here’ was published by the New York Times on the anniversary of this death).
  • (Please see link on last slide to the film).
vikram seth born 1952
Vikram Sethborn 1952
  • Vikram Seth is an Indian novelist and poet.
  • Seth lives near Salisbury as well as in Delhi, India.
  • Seth identifies as bisexual and in 2006, he became a leader of the campaign against India's Section 377, a law against homosexuality.

‘A Suitable Boy’

‘Two Lives’

‘The Golden Gate’

‘An Equal Music’

Some of Vikram Seth’s most famous novels.


Across these miles I wish you well.May nothing haunt your heart but sleep.May you not sense what I don't tell.May you not dream, or doubt, or weep.May what my pen this peaceless dayWrites on this page not reach your viewTill its deferred print lets you sayIt speaks to someone else than you.

Vikram Seth

wanda sykes born 1964

Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist.

  • Wanda has a successful career in film and appeared in many films including Evan Almighty.
  • She has voiced characters in Over the Hedge, Brother Bear 2, Rio, & Ice Age: Continental Drift.
  • In November 2008, she publicly came out as gay.
  • Wanda is married to Alex Sykes and they have two children.
  • Wanda is an active campaigner in America on same-sex marriage issues.
Wanda Sykesborn 1964
film clips
Film Clips
  • (Wanda Sykes: I'm a Be Me - Gay vs. Black)
  • New York Times short film about David Kato