Media Mentions

November, 2016 · By Justin Bengry

Personal interviews and quotes:

‘Il linguaggio segreto usato nella comunità gay nell’Inghilterra di metà Novecento’, Il Post, 22 June 2021.

Jack King, ‘The first ever rainbow flag has just been unearthed’, British GQ, 9 June 2021.

Michael Baggs, ‘Pride month: The LGBT history you probably didn’t learn in school’, BBC Newsbeat, 3 June 2021.

Adam Bloodworth, ‘How You Can Champion LGBTQ+ Causes All Year Long’, Huffpost, 26 Feb 2021.

Laura Townsend, ‘5 Interesting Facts about Judy Garland’, American Masters, pbs.org, 23 Feb 2021.

Adam Bloodworth, ‘’La!’ The Queer Code In It’s A Sin And The Story Behind It, Huffpost, 27 Jan 2021.

Adam Bloodworth, ‘Why Promiscuity Can Inspire The Best LGBTQ+ Relationships’, Huffpost, 10 January 2021.

Adam Bloodworth, ‘Men Are Getting Real About Their Penises. That’s To Be Celebrated’, Huffpost, 2 September 2020.

Murray Clark, ‘There’s A Gay Porno Stashed In Your Wardrobe: The History Behind Pride 2020’s Best Collab,’ Esquire, 30 June 2020.

Kate Lloyd, ‘How LGBTQ+ Londoners are keeping the community together in lockdown’, TimeOut, 22 June 2020.

Louis Staples, ‘Move over twinks, we’re now in the age of the daddy’, indy100 from the Independent, 21 June 2020.

Katie Sewell, ‘Pride 2020: What were the Stonewall riots?’, Express, 12 June 2020.

James Hibberd, ‘The mad, sad, totally fab life of Paul Lynde’, Entertainment Weekly, 19 May 2020.

Veli-Pekka Lehtonen, ‘BBC ylistää laajassa jutussaan Tom of Finlandin “likaisia” töitä: “Tuntuu raaka seksuaalinen energia” [The BBC praises Tom of Finland’s “dirty” work: “Feels like raw sexual energy”], Helsinki Sanomat, 25 March 2020. https://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/art-2000006452261.html

Nick Levine, ‘The Sexed-Up Cartoon Hunks that defined Gay Culture’, BBC Culture, 24 March 2020. bbc.com/culture/story/20200323-the-sexed-up-cartoon-hunks-that-defined-gay-culture

James Grieg, ‘Transphobia is Alive and Well both in and outside the Queer Community’, i-D, 31 October 2019.

Jake Hall, ‘Inside the minds of young gay Tories’, The Face, 9 October 2019.

Louis Staples, ‘Why is Judy Garland the Ultimate Gay Icon?’, BBC Culture, 24 September 2019.

Hugh Ryan, ‘Downton Abbey‘s Thomas Barrow and the Future of the Gay Past’, Town & Country, 16 September 2019.

Nick Levine, ‘Thomas Barrow’s big night out: the true history of Downton Abbey’s underground gay bars’, The Telegraph, 13 September 2019.

Alim Kheraj, ‘Why is Iced Coffee So Gay?’, GQ, 30 April 2019.

Chris Bourn, ‘The Surprisingly Complex Legacy of Brits Saying “Bum a Fag”’, MEL Magazine, 18 April 2019.

‘Pride in London reveals special theme to mark 50 years since Stonewall Riots’, attitude, 9 April 2019. (Republished in QX Magazine)

Megan Wallace, ‘The new book written in Polari, a secret language for queer survival’, Dazed, 25 September 2018.

Thomas Ling, ‘Are straight people “stealing” RuPaul’s Drag Race?’, Radio Times, 27 May 2018.

Ella Braidwood, ‘What does queer mean?, Pink News, 19 April 2018.

Adam Smith, ‘Mapping Gay Life in Britain’, The Economist, 9 November 2017.

Alice Barraclough, ‘The Appeal of Studying Gender at Uni’, The Telegraph, 24 April 2017.

June Thomas, ‘Pols Seek to Restore Benefits, Honor to Service Members Discharged for Being Gay’, Slate, 11 November 2015.

Henry K Miller, ‘Poetry in Motion’, Sight & Sound: The International Film Magazine 24 no. 9 (September 2014).

On Goldsmiths’ MA in Queer History:

Jan Feddersen, ‘Influencer gegen Heteronormativität’, Tageszeitung, (TAZ Online), 16 January 2019. Available at: http://www.taz.de/!5563298/

‘Obituary: Alan Sinfield’, The Times, 16 January 2018. Identified as continuing Sinfield’s legacy of queer academic research.

Florian Bardou, ‘En France, les «Queer studies» au ban de la fac’, Libération, 12 October 2016.

Listings and Re-listings of Heritage Locations based on ‘Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage’ project research:

Ellie Cambridge, ‘House of Hook-ups’, The Sun [Online], 11 September 2017.

Lauren Davidson, ‘Buy a modern masterpiece that has housed politicians and prostitutes, grew the UK’s first dahlia and has a secret master bedroom’, The Telegraph, 11 September 2017.

‘Devon chapel joins “queer histories” sites’, BBC News, 26 July 2017.

Neil Johnston, ‘Suffragette’s chapel in Historic England’s queer histories’, The Sunday Times, 25 July 2017.

Mark Brown, ‘Secret transgender Victorian surgeon feted by Historic England’, Guardian, 25 July 2017.

Ella Braidwood, ‘Historic England lists more buildings to recognise queer history’, The Architects’ Journal, 24 July 2017.

Articles also appeared in Jewish News, The National Student and various local media.

The national launch of ‘Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage’ on 23 September 2016 was covered by international media outlets including:

Mark Brown, ‘Historic England to relist Oscar Wilde’s home and others with gay heritage’, Guardian, 23 September 2016.

David Sanderson, ‘Grand designs: secret bedroom that let gay couple stay in the closet’, The Times, 23 September 2016.

Guy Kelly, ‘Pride of place: Reclaiming England’s LGBTQ heritage’, The Telegraph, 23 Sept. 2016.

Sewell Chan, ‘6 Sites Recognized by Britain for Significance to Gay History’, New York Times, 23 September 2016.

‘ “Queer history” landmarks celebrated by Historic England’, BBC News.

Coverage also appeared in:

National print and online press: Daily Mail, Guardian Online, Daily Mail Online, Daily Mirror Online, Daily Express Online, Reuters UK, The Architects’ Journal

LGBTQ press: Outfront, Gay Times, Pink News Attitude,

Local media: Bristol Post, Get West London, Newmarket Journal, Bedford Today, Fenland Citizen, Artlyst, Spenborough Guardian, Malton and Pickering Mercury, Brighouse Echo, Halifax Courier

Radio: BBC World Service, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, London Live

Pride of Place has been noted across newspapers, online media, radio and independent publications:

Sarah Waters, ‘On my radar: Sarah Waters’s cultural highlights’ The Guardian, 22 May 2016.

Interviewed by Emily Carlton, ‘Pride of Place’, Orlando 1 (April 2016): pp. 27-29.

Mike Stevens, ‘Lancashire’s LGBT history mapped out on interactive website’, BBC Online, 29 February 2016.

‘Women’s Hour’, BBC Radio 4, 22 January 2016.

The launch of the Pride of Place interactive map was reported in major UK and US newspapers as well as the LGBTQ press:

‘UK Historians Map Out Hidden, Undocumented Sites of LGBT History’, New York Times, 30 June 2015.

Nick Clark, ‘Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK’, The Independent, 30 June 2015.

Emily Howard, ‘Pride of Place in our Historic Queer Buildings’, DIVA, 30 June 2015.

‘New project maps hidden gay stories of British buildings’, Attitude Magazine, 29 June 2015.

Blogging and Social Media

July, 2014 · By Justin Bengry

I am active on social media and digital platforms blogging on the themes of higher education, history and sexuality.

I have written guest blogs for organisations including the School of Advanced Study, University of London; the Bishopsgate Institute, London; the History News Network at George Mason University and others. My own research blogs have been republished at the Huffington Post, The Politics and Policy Blog at the London School of Economics, and Slate. I have also been featured at the BBC Radio 4’s You’re Dead to Me and interviewed about my work in for Podcast Episode 49 at ActiveHistory.ca, an initiative that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events.


Launched in January 2014, NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality soon became a leading global voice in the history of sexuality on both sides of the Atlantic. An international, collaborative, open-access blog, NOTCHES’ more than 300 posts have been achieved over a million views. NOTCHES is at the centre of international conversations about the history of sexuality in the academy and beyond.



Having been an Editorial Fellow, I am now on the Advisory Board of History Workshop Online (HWO), the online magazine for History Workshop Journal, which seeks to continue the spirit of the History Workshop movement. As Editorial Fellow I was responsible for commissioning and editing content, social media and promotion, and contributing to planning and strategy for HWO. This has included overhauling the online presence of of one of the most important historical movements of the twentieth century.

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In 2009 I was invited to participate in the Blackwell-Wiley sponsored ‘History Compass Exchanges’ blog. Contributions ran the gamut from interviews with scholars and questions of method and practice for professional historians to personal anecdotes and updates as I navigated my way through postdoctoral life. With a large and active readership, the History Compass site offered an opportunity to engage with academics and an engaged public on questions of teaching methods, writing strategies and professional development. History Compass no longer exists, but I have archived my past blogs on this site.

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I was an early contributor to the Canadian youth and careers website TalentEgg as a writer throughout 2010 for their Career Incubator series. I wrote about young professionals and higher education, but most of my blogs comprised advice to students on transitioning into and thriving at graduate school.

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In addition to my own personal @JustinBengry twitter profile, which has over 10,000 followers, I manage and contribute to the @NotchesBlog account, which supports the activities of NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.  I am also the Social Media Coordinator for the History of Sexuality Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and operate its @IHR_Sexuality twitter account and Facebook presence, which together promote activities of the seminar and act as a notice board for activities and events in the field. I have also managed social media for several historical projects including  the AHRC-funded project Queer Beyond London tweeting from @QueerBeyondLDN and also Historic England’s initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage from @LGBTQPlaces and our own hashtag #PrideofPlace.

Other Social Media:

My full academic profile can be viewed at Academia.edu.

I have compiled my online writings into a blog archive.