Tag Archives: LGBTQ

Global Virtual Career Fair

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GLOBAL VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR RETURNS ON 17 NOVEMBER 2021 TO BOOST LGBTQ+ RECRUITMENT MyGwork, the professional networking platform for the LGBTQ+ business community, announces the return of #WorkFair on 17 November 2021. The leading free global virtual careers fair will empower LGBTQ+ candidates, professionals and graduates to find new roles at organizations that prioritize diversity […]

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Real Weddings: Glyn and Gareth

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In this Diversity Edition of Fyne Times, we hear from a couple who – despite health scares and a pandemic – chose 2020 to finally tie the knot after 44 years together. Glyn and Gareth tell us their 1,2,3 story and all about their wedding and beyond. First meeting back in 1977 in a Notting Hill gay […]

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The Senedd Commission: Supporting an inclusive Welsh parliament

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Ross Davies, Diversity and Inclusion Manager It is a truth universally acknowledged that people perform better when they can be themselves. We all know that organisations perform better when people are comfortable and safe at work, where they do not have to hide any part of their identity. Providing an inclusive environment allows individuals to […]

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Review: First Time

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“Shit!” says Nathaniel Hall as people take their seats at Oxford’s North Wall, having already seen the performer’s legs and feet poking out from under a duvet. “Talk amongst yourselves,” he suggests, hurriedly trying to tidy up last night’s party. He calls out to technical manager Joel Clements, “Can we get some music on? Loosen this […]

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Queer In Brighton

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Present…  Queer History Club(bing!) Vol #1  Sunday Oct 24th 4.30-8pm, Ironworks Studios 30 Cheapside, Brighton BN1 4GD  Queer In Brighton/Queer Heritage South are delighted to resume in-person events with the launch of Queer History Club(bing!) Vol #1 at Brighton Pride’s new Ironwork Studios on Sunday Oct 24th 4:30pm – 8pm. This event will bring together […]

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Anne Lister returns to Calderdale with Piece Hall Installation

Sunday 26th September 2021
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Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones unveils a newly-created interpretation of the remarkable person she portrays, Anne Lister, at the stunning Piece Hall in Halifax.

Anne Lister returns to Calderdale with Piece Hall Installation
On 26 September, a landmark sculpture of prominent 19th century diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, scholar, traveller, and lesbian, Anne Lister, was unveiled in The Piece Hall’s 66,000 sq ft open-air piazza. The special unveiling ceremony saw Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones, series creator Sally Wainwright OBE and sculptor Diane Lawrenson – three women who have worked hard to bring the remarkable story of Anne Lister to life for contemporary audiences – come together to celebrate Anne’s life. The installation, called ‘Contemplation’, has been made possible thanks to the work of The Piece Hall Trust and is now on permanent display at the iconic Piece Hall.
In a ceremony, watched by hundreds of invited guests and onlookers, the sculpture was unveiled from beneath a traditional piece of cloth – as once traded at The Piece Hall - rounding off a special series of events to mark the 181st anniversary of her passing. 
Anne Lister (1791-1840) often described as ‘the first modern lesbian’, had strong connections to Halifax as a successful female entrepreneur and landowner from the West Yorkshire town. She notably wrote an estimated five million words detailing her life as a landowner and businesswoman and her liaisons with other women, as well as portraying the network of relationships between women of the gentry and aristocracy in early 19th century Halifax and beyond. 
Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, commented:
“This is a story of a woman that still holds such resonance today. It felt right that we, as The Piece Hall Trust, helped enable this remarkable new piece of art, commemorating a woman who continues to have such an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. We wanted to bring Anne’s story to life, by bringing together other extraordinary women who have given their own special interpretation of her life – Diane Lawrenson and Sally Wainwright, together with Jill Liddington and Helena Whitbread. I’m proud that The Piece Hall will pay homage in this way for visitors from around the world to visit and experience. It has been wonderful to have these remarkable women involved to celebrate Anne Lister’s remarkable and brave life.”
Gentleman Jack writer and Piece Hall Patron Sally Wainwright OBE said:
“Anne Lister is a huge inspiration. She is a source of inspiration to me and the fact that Gentleman Jack has resonated with audiences around the world has been very special for me. To be involved in the unveiling today is such a privilege and my thanks go out to Nicky, Sir Roger Marsh, and everyone at The Piece Hall Trust for enabling this; Diane for creating such a beautiful piece of art, and Suranne for helping me to tell Anne Lister’s remarkable story in such a sensitive and powerful way. It’s fantastic that we’re able to honour her legacy in such a beautiful and historical venue that would have been part of her day-to-day life here in Halifax.”
Suranne Jones added:
“What an incredible day! Anne Lister’s story is one that I have been privileged to play a part in telling and the response to Gentlemen Jack from audiences around the world has been astonishing. It’s vitally important that we continue to tell the story of strong women throughout history, whether it’s through our television screens like Gentleman Jack or works like this that will encourage people to delve deeper into her life. Halifax and Calderdale have played an important role in my own life since the first series of Gentleman Jack aired on TV, and I’m delighted that this new installation has a permanent home in such a stunning venue.”
The Piece Hall – a focal point of trade and commerce in Halifax during Lister’s lifetime, which she often referred to in her diaries - was also recently used as a filming location for scenes for the new series of Gentleman Jack, made by BBC/HBO. Visitors can now admire the sculpture, which sits on a stone plinth donated by Halifax-based stone merchants, Marshalls plc, along with other sculptures and art created by Diane Lawrenson now on view in The Piece Hall’s Gallery.

On 26 September, a landmark sculpture of prominent 19th century diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, scholar, traveller, and lesbian, Anne Lister, was unveiled in The Piece Hall’s 66,000 sq ft open-air piazza. The special unveiling ceremony saw Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones, series creator Sally Wainwright OBE and sculptor Diane Lawrenson – three women who have worked hard to […]

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Altitude Set Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY SPECIAL EVENT IN UK & IRISH CINEMAS ON 29TH SEPTEMBER! Directed by: Ric Burns  ‘A multi-layered portrait of a brilliant but complex man’ – READER’S DIGEST  ‘Tender and thrilling’ – VARIETY Oliver Sacks was a man of extremes. In his youth, he was a self-destructive rebel who fled London for San Francisco […]

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SWEETHEART

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Peccadillo Pictures Announces 24th September UK & Irish Theatrical Date For: Sweetheart A Film by: Marley Morrison  Film London, BFI, BBC Films, Hazey Jane Films  ‘Sweetheart is a feel-good story that leaves everyone on a high’ – VOGUE ‘A real sense of warmth flows through the film, buoyed by some very British comedic moments, adding a soothing […]

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PALAVER Festival

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A pioneering new LGBTQ+ arts festival specifically for children and families comes to Cambridge Junction 10am-5pm, Thursday 28th October, 2021.    Fatt Projects and Cambridge Junction present PALAVER Festival, celebrating the radical potential of LGBTQ+ inclusive performance work specifically created for children aged 3-8 and family audiences. PALAVER Festival offers a joyful, messy and delightfully unruly programme of high-quality entertainment providing essential representation, space and dialogue.   Over the course of one day in October half-term, Cambridge Junction gets a dazzling PALAVER makeover, transforming this […]

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Illustrating LGBTQ+ Lives

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Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre have been working with illustrator Jess Bolam to shine a light on the experiences of Oxfordshire’s LGBTQ+ community. Following a series of friendly, conversational interviews, various queer stories have been translated into beautiful illustrations by Jess for a gorgeous keepsake book, as part of a project (funded by Arts Council emergency funding) entitled Invisible: Visible. The artist has tried to reflect Oxfordshire’s LGBTQ+ community as a whole, she tells us, all the while […]

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Review: Somewhere to Belong

4 STARS  Somewhere to belong was a brilliantly witty and clever exploration of societal views on bisexuality and the implications […]

Review: The Mountaintop

Boni Adeliyi stands at the front of The Theatre Chipping Norton stage, reeling off a plethora of names from Black […]

Songs of Queer Women

When banks and sandwich shops have more pride than we do, where can we go to be with our tribe? It’s […]

Understanding The Conversion Therapy Ban

What is Conversion Therapy?   Conversion therapy tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ‘therapy’ itself can look […]

Pride and Kink at Battersea

Having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, queer, Crip (disabled) artist Dan Daw is finally seizing the moment […]

Trixie Mattel: “GROWN UP” Re-scheduled Tour

She’s back, Drag Queen, musician, stand up comedian, entertainer, entrepreneur. After a successful UK tour in 2018, All Stars 3 winner Trixie […]

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

It’s 2022. There’s a rainbow flag in every high street window – and no lesbian bar.   Enter The Ministry […]

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Comes to New Theatre Cardiff

PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON TUESDAY 3RD MAY  Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are delighted to announce that direct from […]

Tropicana Queer Comedy Cabaret makes its Oxford Debut

Join queer cabaret icon and performance tour-de-force Aidan Sadler as they take you on the award winning journey to Tropicana!   […]

Finding Somewhere to Belong

Somewhere To Belong, a funny and gloriously unsubtle theatre show about bisexuality that amplifies the voices of those who are […]