IDAHOT 2016 in Croydon – a talk by author and historian, Matt Cook on May 17

The 17th of May every year is IDAHOT (the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia). The date was chosen to commemorate the day in 1990 when homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases.


Matt Cook, leading gay historian, will be speaking in Croydon on Tuesday 17th May 2016.

The meeting, organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS), will be held at 8pm upstairs at the Spread Eagle, Katharine Street. The meeting is free and is open to all.

Matt Cook is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck University of London, and a renowned expert on gay history. He is a fascinating and entertaining speaker, and his talk promises to be one of the highlights of our year.

A Gay History of Britain

Professor Cook’s latest book, Queer Domesticities, Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth Century London, was published by Palgrave in 2014.

You can hear him speak about the book and the research process behind it.

His previous books include London and the Culture of Homosexuality (2003), A Gay History of Britain (2007) andQueer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Post-War years (2012).

This is the latest in CAGS’ series of open meetings, under the title “The Brief Encounter”. Previous speakers have included Brian Paddick, Peter Tatchell, Stella Duffy, and the Bishop of Croydon.



IDAHOT has been celebrated worldwide since 2005.  For more about IDAHOT worldwide, see

In Croydon there has been a commemoration of one sort or another every year since 2006. To find out more about past events in Croydon, see



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