Christine Burns MBE talks Suffragettes at special event!

Part of The East End Women’s Museum exciting Autumn roster 🍂


Trans campaigner Christine Burns


This Autumn, The East End Women’s Museum are programming an exciting roster of events to celebrate women’s suffrage – including playing host to icon Christine Burns MBE, tomorrow!



Come and see Christine talk about the historic links between trans emergence and the fight for universal suffrage spearheaded by Sylvia Pankhurst (and cronies).


Guest speaker at the penultimate event at the Women’s Hall, Christine is playing a part in the public history project created by the Women’s Museum aiming to record, share, and celebrate women’s stories and voices from east London’s history.


Born in east London, Christine has had a long and varied career with decades spent campaigning for equal rights for transgender people.


She will be speaking about this long (and ongoing) struggle, and will also be signing copies of her recent book Trans Britain.


This event is free, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Women’s Hall project, which celebrates the inclusive feminist principles of Sylvia Pankhurst’s East End suffragettes. Count us in.


Fancy it? Find all the info you need about tomorrow's event here.


A little about Trans Britain

This is a book that covers everything you ever wanted to know about trans people but never knew how to politely ask. The book's contributors include the transgender founders of early support and activist groups in the UK. Also in the mix are an actress, a priest, parents, teachers, academics, lobbyists, journalists, filmmakers, broadcasters, PLUS! Long time allies from politics, unions and medicine. 


Read an exclusive interview with Christine in our upcoming December issue


EXTRA: Rejecting The Party Line

Christine's talk was part of a project celebrating the campaigning work of the ELFS Suffragettes (East London Federation of the Suffragettes).


"Certainly women’s emancipation and trans emergence have a lot in common," adds Christine. "We both have a longer history than people give us credit for.


"I don’t know if Sylvia would have got behind the trans movement. She did reject the party line however. She saw the importance of extending the vote to working class women and because of her digs in the East End she was living among women from all sorts of backgrounds.


"I think coming across people who were bending genders at the same time wouldn’t have freaked her out."


The project continues with an exhibition of photographs by suffragette and ELFS member Norah Smyth, a force on the streets and behind the lens. Find out more here.



Only reading DIVA online? You're missing out. For more news, reviews and commentary, check out the latest issue. It's pretty badass, if we do say so ourselves. // //


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