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Transgender actor Elijah W Harris will be visiting his home city of Leicester this LGBT+ History Month. After successes in his field, playing the lead in critically acclaimed film Bleach which premiered at the BFI and soon to be performing at the Shepard’s Bush Theatre. He will be joining in our celebrations by conducting a reading and taking part in an “in conversation” session with childhood friend and now Co-Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Forum, Hannah Congrave. This will be followed by a Q&A session about growing up as LGBT+ in Leicester and what it means to be a transgender actor in theatre, film and TV.
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Following the 2019 theme “peace, reconciliation and activism” Grant Denkinson (David Wilson Library) will be joined by three guests who have been working for peace in various ways: Hannah Brock, Symon Hill and Zina Zelter. This will be a question and answer style session. We’ll start with some questions about how our guests have experienced how peace building and LGBT+ life have interacted and we’ll welcome more questions from the room.
Meet at the Charles Wilson Steps for the start of our LGBT+ History March. The march will begin at 2.30pm, but please arrive from 2.00pm onwards. The Student Experience team will be on hand to give out multi-coloured hats! Bring your flags, wear something multi-coloured and join us! All staff and students are welcome.
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Are you interested in gender and freedom? Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community? For the launch of LGBTQ+ season at The Place Bedford, join Post Workers Theatre for the launch of their new project, Tomorrow’s Great Pageant. This re-imagining of the iconic Suffrage play A Pageant for Great Women is being re-written for a 21st-century non-binary context. Post Workers Theatre in collaboration with The Place Bedford and Bedford Creative Arts, will be joined by a panel of guest writers, critics, practitioners and community activists to collectively discuss and consider a new cast of iconic great people who can begin to represent the values and ideals of a diverse 21st Century LGBTQ+ community.
The original play, written by the dramatist and actor Ciceley Hamilton in 1909, was a popular allegorical work of political agitation, which featured the embodiment of ‘Justice’, ‘Woman’ and ‘Prejudice’. The play served, in part, to recover knowledge of great women of the past, with a cast of 45 historic women, and to promote a feminist perspective on emancipation. Over one hundred years later the struggle for gender equality continues and to revisit the structure and values of A Pageant of Great Women, will offer a new platform for collective understanding, awareness and celebration.
A reading of the original script will be followed by discussions and collective brainstorming, working with actors, activists and designers to creatively engage with hopes, fears and ideas of alternative narratives. Join us for the conversation.
Richard Sandell and E-J Scott (dress historian and curator) will discuss the Museum of Transology – the first major exhibition in the UK (if not the world) to explore trans lives using the material culture surrounding them; an iconic museum project that has attracted enormous public interest and evoked extraordinarily powerful responses amongst visitors.
In recent years, Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador, Jessica Lynn, has gained notoriety for her activism on behalf of the transgender community. Her experience, exuberance, and extraordinary life produce a presentation that has put her on over 700 stages in 22 different countries. After a prejudiced Texas judge stripped her of all parental rights to her youngest son, Ms. Lynn dedicated her life to combating the intolerance and ignorance of the public toward peoples who share her plight. Addressing audiences unabashedly and answering any-and-all questions has earned Ms. Lynn worldwide renown, the prestige of a Stonewall School Role Model, and a position advising the medical community by request of the National Health Service England.
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This panel discussion will focus on the personal histories of individuals identifying with any strand of LGBT+. The conversation will be led by the Chairs of the LGBT+ Staff Forum who, by sharing their own backgrounds, can draw out personal and shared experiences from the panel and the audience. Come along to this event to be moved, humoured, educated and enlightened. Speakers on the panel include creator of LGBT+ History Month Sue Sanders, Ian Cameron (UNITE), Prof. Dave Clarke and others.
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This talk will trace a brief genealogy of queer filmmaking in the contemporary PRC context by introducing key titles and filmmakers. It will also consider how queer films in China critically engage with issues of gender, sexuality, identity and postsocialist politics. Dr Hongwei Bao is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham. His research primarily focuses on queer film, community media, and political activism in contemporary China. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (NIAS Press, 2018).