Britain’s Sexual Revolution – a talk by Dr Matt Cook

Galha, the LGBT section of the BHA presents a special meeting to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The period commonly associated with sexual revolution in Britain – roughly between 1965 and 1970 – saw what the historian Hera Cook calls an "astonishing pace of change". This talk will underscore the significance of this half of the decade, but will also look across the full post-1945 period and look at this sexual revolution in a wider context. The meeting will also report on activities around the world for IDAHO and particularly what is going on in London.

Galha is honoured to have Dr Matt Cook as a speaker, whose works on the history of sexuality and gender in ninetieth and twentieth century Britain is unparalleled.

Commenting on the announcement, BHA head of Education and Promotion Sara Passmore said: "Dr Matt’s talk about the sexual revolution of the late 1960s will explore just how rapid this change was. To mark this international day against homophobia and transphobia it is more than fitting that it should be marked by what promises to be a fascinating talk by Dr Matt Cook."

Details can be found at:


Notes to editors

Time and date: 19.00-21.00, Tuesday May 14th, 2013
Venue: 25 Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4RL
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For further comment or press passes contact Sara Passmore on 020 7079 3586 or by email at

About the speaker

Dr Matt Cook is a Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests include the history of sexuality and gender in ninetieth and twentieth century Britain, the history of London, and the histories of home & family. He is also the co-director of the RAPHAEL SAMUEL HISTORY CENTRE

About the British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. It promotes a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.