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What effect do hormone uses have on emotions, sensations, sexual expression and desire? This video art exhibition presents the work of 15 artists and collectives who explore the immense role hormones have on our everyday life. The works raise crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity, and capture broader explorations of sexuality and gender fluidity. The featured artists take viewers on sometimes intensely personal journeys and demonstrate the liberation they have experienced through the use of hormones. Other works look at the medicalisation of women’s bodies in relation to birth control, menopause and ageing, and offer an important commentary on how we use hormones to improve and sometimes constrain our lives in ways we rarely consider.
Artists, performers, writers and activists have employed various techniques to produce these works, including 3D animation, stop motion, and infrared video, and use a range of formats such as performance for the camera, music video, documentary, TV show and online feeds.
An international jury selected participants following a world-wide open call and the exhibition features 15 established and emerging artists from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and the USA.
The artists are: Camila Levy Daniel, Leyla de la Hoz and Pedro Giacomolli; Gérard Chauvin and Lanah Shaï; Fox and Owl; Holly Slingsby; Jennie Pedley; Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork; Marianna Simnett; Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist; Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder; Nicola Mette; Orlando Myxx; Raju Rage;Sarah Homewood; SenzaFissaDimora Teatro; Zaya Barroso.
LGBT History Month begins at The Higgins Bedford with Fighting Proud – a talk by Stephen Bourne, based on his new book Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. The talk takes an engaging and informative look at wartime Britain, Stephen unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. Free event , no need to book.
To celebrate the launch of #DMUpride join us in the Campus Centre to hear about this year’s exciting programme of events and to collect your free T-shirt. Take the opportunity to view our LGBT gallery, hear from speakers focusing on a particular aspect of pride and what it means to them, and find out how DMU students are working with the Leicester LGBT Centre to reimagine their current premises.
Ten-year-old Laure moves to a new Paris neighbourhood with her family. Telling people her name is Mikael, she spends an exciting summer as a boy. Wonderfully heartfelt, uplifting and free of clichés, Celine Sciamma’s tender exploration of identity is made all the more memorable by Zoé Héran who is revelatory as Laure/Mikael, delivering an outstanding performance that made Tomboy one of the best films of 2011.
This event explores the international situation of the LGBT community.
Join Fox Fisher (artist, film maker and trans activist), Paris Lees (writer and broadcaster), Owl (Ugla Stefanía – artist and non-binary trans activist) and Rebecca Root (actress) as they discuss how the media’s representations of trans people has changed.
In 1991, the public was terrorised by the image of a supposedly trans-identifying serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. Their subsequent demise at the hands of the movie’s heroine saw the defeat of a much reviled character who was at odds with the experiences and representations of the trans community.
For many years, the media, films and culture at large were characterised by a lack of positive representations of trans women and trans men.
Yet as the 2010s began, trans people entered the mainstream media in a more positive light, especially with the launch of television series such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Boy Meets Girl.
This public discussion focuses on the representations of trans and gender diverse people in media, films and culture and will look at what has changed – and what has not – when it comes to their representation within mainstream media.
This seminar will bring together three speakers from the higher education sector:
Dave Clarke, a Professor of Nursing and Chair of the LGBTQ Action Group at the University of Leicester, will explore the experience of gay, male, undergraduate nursing students and the Stonewall Inclusive Curriculum project which he led during his time at Cardiff University.
Dr Zowie Davy, a VC2020 and Senior Lecturer in LGBTQ Research at DMU, will present on the importance of facilitating LGBT medical, health and social care content in higher education teaching.
Chris Hall, DMU’s Head of Equality and Diversity, will discuss the impact of the transgender, gender-fluid and non-binary staff and student policy implemented by the university in November 2017.
On the first Sunday of the half term week, come share sounds, spoken word and love diversity. For LGBT History Month, the Northants Rights & Equality Council (NREC) and Q Space are teaming up to bring you a night of live music and spoken word.
Artists include Yellow Blues.
Entry is £3 and with proceeds being split between NREC and Q Space this fundraiser gig will support LGBTQ+ community and other equality, support hate incident victims and tackle discrimination.
Support us, support our work, support our causes.
A lecture detailing contributions to fine art by some notable and lesser-known gay, lesbian and transgender people. This will also cover changing themes in queer art from pre-legalisation, through the culture wars of 20th century and up to the present. Finishing with a long view of the issues surrounding the definitions of “queer” and its application in the arts. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Bi Pride UK is a new organisation working to create new high-profile spaces for anyone who experiences attraction to more than one gender to celebrate their identities. Through engaging with and educating local Pride organisations across the country and creating our own dedicated annual Bi Pride event (with the first in March 2019), we address the existing exclusion often experienced by bi people in the UK in traditional Pride spaces. They’ll be giving a brief introduction to bi identities and the bi community in the UK, and you’ll get to hear more about what the Bi Pride UK team has been up to since founding the organisation in 2017, learn about the organisation’s plans, and see how you could get involved. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
This lecture explores President Donald Trump’s attempted transgender military ban via a series of tweets last year. His attempt to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military was met by bewilderment by unprepared generals and a strong backlash from other quarters. The courts have ruled against the president for now, but the next decision on the matter is due in March 2018. These events offer an insight into transgender rights and wider LGBTQ issues in the US at a time when many people feel inclusivity is under
Spend this Valentine’s evening chilling out at the Firebug for some friendly competitive fun with board games and retro video gaming. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Join Simon Fanshawe (broadcaster and writer) as he hosts a discussion about the wide-ranging impacts medicine has had on LGBTIQ people.
Throughout much of history, sexual behaviours like homosexuality were predominantly regulated by religious concerns. However, this changed in the nineteenth century when medicine took an increasing interest in what they termed ‘sexual deviancies’.
Perhaps the most famous example of a medical intervention around sexual behaviours is that of the famous World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing, who endured ‘medical treatment’ because of his homosexuality.
This public discussion will look at how science and medicine has treated homosexuals, medical views of trans people, and current debates about ‘gender dysphoria’. Finally, it will offer some thoughts on the ongoing debates about hormone treatments and surgery without consent on intersex individuals and offer some thoughts on changes for the future.
– Dr David A. Griffiths (University of Surrey)
– Dr Christina Richards (MSC DCPsychol MBACP Accred.)
– Dr Janet Weston (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
A seminal documentary on Black gay life, presented in partnership with the Institute of
Contemporary Arts’ Artists’ Film Club. Directed by Emmy award-winning Marlon T Riggs, Tongues Untied uses poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance to describe the homophobia and racism facing Black gay men.
Programme for OUTing The Past National Festival of LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford
The Higgins Bedford is proud to be joining London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Belfast as a hub venue for the National Festival of LGBT History in 2018. On Saturday 17th February the art gallery and museum will host a day of free talks and workshops. Visitors can drop in between 11.15am and 4.30pm to discover hidden histories and stories from LGBT communities in Bedfordshire and beyond.
Tony Fenwick CEO of School’s Out UK, an organisation that works towards equality for LGBT people in schools and education, will begin the day with two workshops. The first of these is aimed at teachers and educators and looks at how to make your school a safe, welcoming and inclusive space. The second takes a broader look at why equality matters and other issues facing LGBT communities in education.
The day’s talks begin at 1.30pm when Mark Hignett is presenting the story told through hundreds of love letters between two soldiers during World War Two. At 2pm Alison Child then tells the story of Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney who were popular performers and household names during the 1920s. The talk includes recordings, photographs and video footage from their unique act.
At. 2.30pm Paul Dillane, Executive Director for the Kaleidoscope Trust, and previously head of the UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group, talks about the criminalisation and persecution of LGBT people across the globe and how this relates to the Commonwealth and Britian’s colonial past.
At 3pm British filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall introduces his film ‘we have been rather invaded: 30 years since section 28’. The film looks at the moment on 23rd May 1988 when four lesbian protesters interrupted the 6 O’clock News causing Sue Lawley to say ‘we have been rather invaded’ as she continued to read the news.
At 3.30pm Janet Green, author of Rebel Without a Clue – a Memoir recalls her own experiences of lesbian clubbing in the late 1960s. To finish the day at 4pm Dan Vo, coordinator of the award-winning LGBTQ tours at the V&A introduces the work of Peter Travis AM, gay designer and ceramicist who is possibly best remembered for his 1961 design for Speedo, nicknamed the ‘budgie smuggler’.
We look forward to welcoming you on our inaugural OUTing the Past National Festival LGBT history day and hope you enjoy the workshops, talks, displays, and activities. Please see our website for further information.
At a Stretch is part of a series of productions and events to celebrate #DMUpride, which have been curated by DMU students thanks to the university’s partnership with Curve. This wordless visual theatre production tells the story of two women who meet, get stuck
together with elastic and, despite their best efforts, fall in love.
Suitable for families and children aged six and above, the show includes sharp physical
comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre.
WINNER of the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award 2017.
Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?
‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.
In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.
Director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) made the breakout hit of last year with a
gorgeous sensual romance to make the heart ache. In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), the son of a university professor, looks forward to whiling away his holidays at his family’s villa. But the arrival of handsome and charismatic American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) throws off his plans and the two spend a sun-drenched summer of fledgling desire. The screening will be introduced by Professor Dominic Shellard,
Vice-Chancellor at DMU.
On Tuesday 21 February, as part of the LGBT+ History Month celebrations, students and staff will be going head-to-head at the Queer Quiz Night, taking place at Firebug. All students and staff are welcome to attend this free event, and should brush up on their knowledge of all things LGBT+ if they want to win the grand prize! The quiz topics will cover pop culture, politics, history and current events, so start reading now. Quiz starts at 7pm, in the upstairs room in Firebug. Free entry. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Join academics and staff in discussion about LGBT+ representation in graphic novels on Thursday 22 February. Dr Esther de Dauw will be talking about the history of gay characters in comic books, while Selina Lock and Grant Denkinson will be discussing the impact of comic books on their identity, as well as sharing their hot tips and recommendations. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Are women controlled by their hormones or do they control them? Or is it neither? Have pharmaceutical companies developed a multi-billion pound industry out of convincing women that hormones are something they can control? If there is such a thing as control, how is this gained and maintained? And what impact can and will new technologies have on these kinds of treatments?
All of these questions will be raised and addressed as we begin our discussion by presenting the works of two artists from the Transitional States exhibition. We will then welcome historians of medicine and sexuality who will offer differing perspectives on the use of hormones throughout recent history.
This discussion will address topics such as the history of the contraceptive pill, IVF and the introduction of new medical technologies, with a specific focus on whether such technologies have changed women’s sexual behaviour.
Professor Krista Cowman
– Dr Hera Cook (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Dr Alana Harris (King’s College London)
Sara Homewood (artist)
Holly Slingsby (artist)
Professor Claire Monk reflects on the journey of
British cinema through the prism of James Ivory’s
Edwardian gay male romance Maurice (1987),
which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 and
is now recognised as an LGBTQ+ film classic.
Drawing on her own insights and Ivory’s
production archives, Professor Monk’s lecture
is a behind-the-scenes of this landmark film.
With Ivory back in the media spotlight as the
screenwriter of the Oscar-tipped Call Me By Your
Name, Professor Monk explores what it was like
to make the first affirmative mainstream gay film
– and a gay classic ‘heritage’ literary adaptation –
in the 1980s.
Refreshments will be served from 6pm and
following the talk.
Free training workshop organised by the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, delivered by the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Join us for a very special performance by the sensational anti-drag queen, David Hoyle, followed by a Q & A. Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David. He appeared in several late night Channel 4 shows and later in Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley but now performs live under his own name. He is closely associated with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern but has also performed at the Soho Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum. Expect biting satire, bravura costumes and high comedy. “There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane” – Time Out. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
The Leicester LGBT Centre will be hosting Jarman in Pieces by Project Adorno, a performance collage comprising original songs, film, and interviews from people who knew the gay rights activist author Dereck Jarman.
The event will take place at the Leicester LGBT Centre on the 23rd of February 2018.After the 1 hour performance, we will be playing Jarman’s last film Blue (1993) and everyone will be more than welcome to stay for it.
Get your tickets before they get sold out!
“A multi-media experience with a good deal of entertaining and thought-provoking music” ScotsGay magazine.
Fresh from a sell-out run, Polaris is a free trip around the world. It’s the kind of dark humour that comes from being thwacked in the face by everything and everyone possible. Self-aware, self-deprecating, and absolutely no selfies, this coming-of-age story is full of sex, sexuality, and some sad stuff.
The true story of growing up everywhere and fitting in nowhere, with added queer just for fun. (haha. fun.) Performed as part of a series of productions and events to celebrate #DMUpride, which have been curated by DMU students thanks to the university’s partnership with Curve.
This performance includes an after-show discussion by the writer and performer, Hannah
Captivating, bracingly open-hearted and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country was a standout film of 2017. Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works on his family’s isolated farm, numbing his loneliness with binge-drinking and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to help on the farm, Johnny must face up to new emotions which could change his life forever.
Leicester Secular Society present:
Bisexuality Is Magic
with Marcus Morgan
Bisexuality makes people invisible but is it really a magical power?
Activist and magician Marcus Morgan explains and explores. He’s a member of The Magic Circle so expect some surprises and a little audience participation
Free entry with tea and biscuits
Kate Harrad, bisexual activist and writer and the editor of recently published book Purple Prose, reads extracts from the book and discusses the issues around publishing a book on bisexuality. Topics covered by the book include definitions, dating, how to be a bi ally, and the identities that intersect with bisexuality. This is an informal session with discussion encouraged. Copies of Purple Prose will be available to buy. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Being able to see ourselves reflected in the culture around us can be a source of comfort and self-confidence. It makes us feel accepted, valued, normal. Yet, the representation of bisexual people in popular culture has historically been lacking, and bi representation continues to be plagued by terrible tropes and stereotypes… This session will explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of bisexual representation in popular culture and look at the empowering potential of varied and nuanced bisexual characters. Milena Popova has recently completed their PhD in Digital Cultures at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE Bristol. They are a freelance writer, researcher and activist, and have authored blog posts, book chapters, and academic papers on a range of bisexual issues. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Don your comfy clothes, bring your popcorn and snacks and settle in for a laid back screening and conversation on Laurence Anyways. The 2012 romantic drama written, edited and directed by Xavier Dolan and winner of the Queer Palm Award at 2012 Cannes Film Festival explores an impossible love story spanning across a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and tribulations that they face. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
On Tuesday 27 February, the University of Leicester invites of our LGBT+ staff to a social lunch in Charles Wilson Building, where you can get to know your fellow queer peers. There’ll be a free buffet provided, as well as drinks and a chance for attendees to speak to the group should they wish. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Professor Jaspal will discuss how societal norms and stereotypes in relation to sexuality, religion and ethnicity can shape British South Asian gay men’s identities and experiences, as well as their strategies for coping. He will also outline their impact on physical health outcomes and the importance of campaigns and interventions for
reducing stigma on the basis of ethnicity and sexuality..
Dr Bradshaw will then look at the provisions of the Equality Act and organisational approaches to it, as well as the conflicts between religion and LGBT rights such as same-sex marriages.
A reading by one of the country’s most influential LGBT voices, Professor Gregory Woods, offering a snapshot of his diverse body of work which spans 12 books since the 1980s, including Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World, A History of Gay Literature, Quidnunc and An Ordinary Dog.
Organised by the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing for #DMUpride as part of Cultural
Exchanges, an annual festival of ideas, insight and inspiration coordinated by DMU students.
This critical introduction to Blue is the Warmest Colour will delineate the relationship between contemporary queer cinema and the politics of representing explicit sex on-screen. The talk will also discuss the controversies Blue is the Warmest Color faced (and still does face), and why the male gaze debate is still so pertinent to the analysis of lesbian sex in cinema. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.
Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) is a non-binary YouTuber and LGBTQ+ advocate living in London, with a passion for body modification and self-expression which he shares with his 100,000 plus subscribers online. He joins Jack Wilkin, Vice Chair of DMU’s LGBTQ+ Society, in conversation about how he uses his channel to help others accept themselves and their identities.
Organised for #DMUpride as part of Cultural Exchanges, an annual festival of ideas, insight and inspiration coordinated by DMU students.