Tag Archives: LGBT History Month

The Journey to Acceptance

The Other Richard

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of their community and their faith, has profound consequences. […]

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Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

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The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett  Are you shy? I ask Andrea Gibson. The American spoken word performer laughs. “Yeah – I’m sort of a hermit when I’m home.” Where they live there are plenty of llamas, pigs and bunnies, “and […]

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Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

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Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences Act regarding homosexual activity taught via the mnemonic ‘POOF’s Charter’. For such activity to be lawful it had to be in private (P), practiced by those over 21 (O), and involving only two people (O) […]

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A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

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Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new production from Kabosh that explores the events of the first National Union of Students Lesbian and Gay Conference, Queen’s University Belfast 1983.   One year after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland, and two […]

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Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

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In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the LGBT History Month patron, journalist, novelist and former editor-in-chief of Attitude takes time to chat with Sam Bennett   Firstly, very importantly, you just met Michelle Visage. [Laughs] Brilliant, I […]

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LGBT History Month

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Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, there was no mention of LGBT issues in the curriculum. In my history of art classes I think Michelangelo’s portrait drawings of Andrea Quaratesi and Tommaso dei Cavalieri were described as depicting a studio assistant […]

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Our Hidden Histories

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2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M Hornby, explains how in the years following its 2005 introduction, the initiative “bubbled along nicely as a sort of grassroots happening.” The charity spearheading things, Schools OUT, would “set a theme, tie it in with […]

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Chaune King On…

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South American-born and London-based Chaune King once identified as a masculine female or masculine lesbian, and hit the music scene in 2002 with LGBT status-confirming lyrics. “I felt if I wasn’t going to be honest about my life,” he says, “I would be lying to my fans.” In 2008, the LGBT History Month patron recalls, […]

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“If I Sound Angry…”

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Linda Bellos OBE talks racism, Thatcher and trans with Sam Bennett “My growing-up years were spent as a socialist and not-very-good musician,” Linda Bellos tells me. Though “very much into classical music”, she realised by the end of the sixties she wasn’t going to make it as a professional clarinettist. “It was a rational recognition […]

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Not Hiding: Sue Sanders

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Since 2005, February has served as LGBT History Month, an initiative (and now institution) launched by Schools OUT, the charity ultimately aimed at making educational institutions safe for LGBT people. For the past three years, LGBT HM has been celebrated by OUTing the Past, The National Festival of LGBT History. In February 2018, 11 hubs […]

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Phizzical Productions Presents: Stardust

This autumn, Amar Rajvani and Seth Truman become the first characters in a South Asian-led production to be united in […]

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service – Wholetime Firefighter Role

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service – Wholetime Firefighter Role Registration is now open! Click here to register Being a wholetime firefighter […]

Coleg y Cymoedd: Our Mission is your future success

Coleg y Cymoedd: Our Mission is your future success Serving the communities of two local authorities in South Wales central […]

“I Looked Down… It Was the Best Feeling in the Whole World”

Summer in the City, the UK’s largest and longest-running online video festival, returns to ExCel London 9-11 August. Sunday’s Gender […]

Shea Couleé Comes to DragWorld

In August DragWorld returns to Olympia London after two victorious years of glamour, glitter and big hair, where thousands of […]

Hampshire Constabulary – Call Centre Management – A Day In The Life

FIRST CONTACT    Hi, my name is Jane. I have been part of the contact management team at Hampshire Constabulary […]

Safe Spaces for LGBT+ Expats

Choosing where to set up base when you’re an LGBT+ expat can be difficult. Not only do you have the […]

Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important […]

The Wrong Kind of 80s Revival

I’ve written in these pages previously about Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; a pernicious little sinew of discriminatory law that […]

What God Says I Am

Passion, Fashion and the Plight of LGBTQ Refugees  Toby Hambly Lubega Adrac Musa, director of Lunko Haute Couture, speaks to me from a town […]