'Gay sex kits': Lessons in British sex education history

Glyn Davis

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This essay is a contribution to a special issue of Third Text entitled 'Imagining Queer Europe' (of which I am one of the three guest editors). The essay focuses on a tape-slide kit that was made by the Tyneside branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE); it is based on original archival research and interviews with one of the kit's makers. The tape-slide was controversial and ended up being banned by Newcastle Council. The essay situates the kit in relation to the history of sex education in schools in Britain, and in relation to other controversial intersections of schooling and queer sexualities: the 'Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin' incident of 1986 and the 2019 'No Outsiders' controversy in Birmingham. It also located this controversy within an international context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-160
JournalThird Text
Early online date18 Jan 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • tape-slide
  • LGBTQ history
  • LGBTQ politics
  • Campaign for Homosexual Equality
  • sex education
  • Section 28
  • schooling
  • No Outsiders
  • Homosexuality: A Fact of Life

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