Dr Justin Bengry
Queer History Lecturer
Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Justin Bengry is Lecturer in Queer history at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the first MA in Queer History. He is a cultural historian of sexualities and the queer past focusing on twentieth-century Britain. His primary research is into relationships between homosexuality and capitalism, but is also interested in current policy surrounding ‘gay pardons’ and queer local histories. Dr Bengry’s research into the ‘pink pound’ or ‘pink economy,’ the economic power of gay men and lesbians, is the first sustained and systematic historical study of the shifting relationship between the consumer economy and the social, cultural, and political formations of homosexuality in twentieth-century Britain. He is active in public and digital histories, engaging wide audiences through blogs, crowd-sourced data collection, and digital mapping of LGBTQ histories, in particular through his work with Historic England and the Pride of Place project.