LGBTQ+ Voices in Politics and the Arts – In Conversation with Mayor Robin Wood and Gregory Woods

Mayor Robin Wood and Professor Gregory Woods discuss LGBTQ+ Voices in Politics and the Arts in this talk produced by Derby Museums as part of LGBTQ+ History Month.

The talk will include conversations about growing up LGBTQ+, recent changes in law, LGBTQ+ representation in art, culture and the public eye, the roles of labels in the community, and more.

Moderated by writer and broadcaster Sophie Sparham

Gregory Woods is the author of Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (1987), A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (1998) and Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (2016), all from Yale University Press. He wrote a doctoral thesis on gay men’s poetry at the University of East Anglia in the late 1970s and began his teaching career at the University of Salerno in 1980. In 1998 he became the first Professor of Gay & Lesbian Studies in the UK, at Nottingham Trent University, where he is still Professor Emeritus. He is the author of six poetry collections from Carcanet Press, the latest being Records of an Incitement to Silence (2021).

(Image courtesy of Nottingham Trent University) 

Councillor Robin Wood is the longest-serving member of Derby City Council having been first elected in May 1979 as Councillor for Littleover. He served his first term as the Mayor of Derby in 1993-94 and was elected for a second term in May 2021.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Robin was the Civil Partner of the late Jeffery Tillett who served as Mayor of Derby from 1977-1978. He later married the Mayor’s Consort, Andy Flint, in the Council Chamber in 2014.

Robin has always championed equality of opportunity for all minorities whatever their background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability. Throughout his years spent as a councillor, Robin has been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has supported both local and national LGBTQ+ organisations.


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