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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.
Museum of London Salon: Queer Night Scenes
Conversations and provocations on queer space in the city, past, present and future
13 February 2018, 7pm
Advanced booking required. Tickets available via Museum of London website.
Curated by UCL Urban Laboratory, this salon will queerly reimagine the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball in New York, a famously peculiar moment in urban history.
Join us to celebrate the ways that LGBTQ+ people and communities create night-spaces in the city. We will think together about how LGBTQ people have contributed to urban change in London, as well as the specific challenges and opportunities LGBTQ communities face in queering the capital at night.
The evening will be hosted by Dr Sharon Husbands (Naked Boys Reading, Ask Dr Shaz) and will feature performances and provocations from:
Travis Alabanza, OBSTACLE
Travis will read poetry from ‘before i step outside (you love me)’, including OBSTACLE, which details of experiences of harassment on a night out.
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre maker. Known for increasingly paving much of the UK conversation around trans politics, Alabanza has become a staple part of the London queer scene and further afield. Twitter: @travisalabanza http://travisalabanza.co.uk/
Chardine Taylor-Stone, They Only Love Us When We are Not There
Chardine will speak on the experience of reviving the Shim Sham club; and on liaising with straight venues to produce a queer club night.
Chardine is an award-winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist. She is the founder of Black Girls Picnic a global movement in collective self care for Black women and girls, Stop Rainbow Racism and bangs the drums in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie. In 2017 she won the British LGBT award for contribution to LGBTQIA life. https://chardinetaylorstone.com/
Planning Out and Friends of the Joiners Arms in conversation
A discussion about the challenges and potentials of queering space in new urban developments – how well does the planning system work for LGBTQ+ spaces and communities? What spaces should be protected and how? How do London and the UK compare with other contexts?
Co-founded by Simon Brooksbank and Rob Krzyszowski, Planning Out is a network of LGBT+ urban planners. Friends of the Joiners Arms are a campaign group seeking to save and evolve The Joiners Arms https://thejoinersliveson.wordpress.com/
Stuart Feather, Political Protest and LGBTQIA+ Spaces
Stuart will speak from his book, ‘Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens’ (2016) http://www.zero-books.net/books/blowing-lid
Fabulous Façades, Ben Campkin, Laura Marshall, Zia Forrai, Gabrielle Basso Ricci, Sebastian Buser and Thomas Kendall
Queer readings of planning applications in the mode of the 1931 New York Beaux Arts Ball. This moment, when modernist architects famously masqueraded as their own buildings, will be evoked to highlight the bureaucracy and ephemera underpinning London’s LGBTQ+ night-spaces, bringing to life evidence collated as part of Urban Lab’s research project LGBTQ+ Nightlife in London.
Dress code: anything goes. We’ll be personifying our favourite queer spaces and any ball-goers who want to join us in DIY city-themed drag, or dress to evoke their favourite queer space, are more than welcome.
Entry £15 (£11 conc.) and includes a French 75 (a popular cocktail in 1930s New York and London). **Tickets available**.
Curated by Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall (UCL Urban Laboratory) in partnership with the Museum of London, City Now City Future, a season of ideas, debate and inspiration.
Twitter @lgbtqiLDN #QueerScenes
Shaun Dellenty, an award-winning education trainer who works to positively prevent LGBT+ and identity-based prejudice in the UK education system, will present a talk on his multi-award winning programme, Inclusion for All, and its aims to foster positive LGBT+ inclusion in UK schools from nursery upwards.
Inclusion for All is a programme of training and teaching strategies developed by Shaun that aims to foster positive LGBT+ inclusion in schools, homes and communities, and thus significantly reduce incidents of prejudice-related bullying and language.
Rooted in schools and training, Inclusion for All empowers schools to develop cognitive empathy from the outset, to represent the diversity of family life in the 21st century without assumption or judgement and to take great joy in celebrating heritage and diversity in authentic individuals and whole school communities from the very first day in nursery. Shaun has also worked trained teachers on the Amnesty Teacher Programme for the past five years on positive LGBT+ inclusion and activism. Please join us for this inspiring and enlightening talk on education and LGBT+ inclusion. The Human Rights Action Centre will be open for an hour after the event for further discussion, networking and to meet with Shaun.
A highly experienced ex school leader, Shaun Dellenty has trained teachers, parents, governors, school leadership teams and non-teaching staff in hundreds of primary, secondary, and faith schools around the UK in addition to lecturing at many initial teacher training faculties across the UK and abroad.
Shaun has advised on education policy at Westminster and his work has featured on television and in the national press. He was awarded the designation ‘Point of Light’ by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2016. Shaun was awarded the ‘Education Champion Award’ at Excellence in Diversity Awards in 2016 and his work was recently officially recognised by the 3 Faiths Forum.
Shaun Dellenty developed and piloted the programme Inclusion for All www.inclusionforall.co.uk