Speaker spotlight: Stephen Bourne

Fighting Proud – Gay Men’s Lives in the Two World Wars

Stephen Bourne Black Poppies

“Stephen Bourne will present an illustrated talk about some of the gay men he is featuring in his forthcoming book Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars which will be published by I. B. Tauris in 2017. ‘Fighting Proud’ will be an informative and accessible book with a British focus. Lives covered will include well known figures such as Lord Kitchener, Ivor Novello, Edward Brittain, Ian Gleed (Battle of Britain RAF pilot), Noel Coward, Quentin Crisp, the black jazz composer Reginald Foresythe (who joined the RAF in WW2), Police Constable Harry Daley and POW and activist Dudley Cave. ‘Fighting Proud’ will also include the less well known stories of ‘ordinary’ gay men who joined the armed services.”

Stephen Bourne


Stephen Bourne’s gay history books include the acclaimed ‘Brief Encounters – Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930-1971’ (Cassell, 1996) which is being reissued by Bloomsbury in 2016. In 2006 he graduated from De Montfort University with a Masters degree, his thesis focussed on the representation of gay men in British television drama. In 2015 Stephen received the Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature for ‘Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community and the Great War’ (The History Press, 2014).

Stephen’s website: www.stephenbourne.co.uk

Stephen will be speaking on day 2 of the conference

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