Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Trans Vegas (Boys Don’t Cry – Boys Create!) @ Royal Northern College of Music
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Trans Vegas (Boys Don’t Cry – Boys Create!) @ Royal Northern College of Music | England | United Kingdom

18 years after the watershed cinema moment of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, Hotpencil Press and Trans Creative present ‘Boys Don’t Cry – Boys Create’, an evening of Trans Masculinity, reclaimed and re-spun.

For the last 18 years trans and gender nonconforming artists have been telling our own stories, performing our own narratives, demanding to be seen. This new show explores ways to show our bodies and our worlds as they are lived. Not through a mainstream lens! Not with fetishisation! Not with death and destruction! All hail the new 21st Century Boys!

Artists include Husk, Elijah W Harris with Tallulah Rose Haddon, Jamie Hale, Krishna Istha and more tba.

Following the performance event Zorian Clayton of BFI Flare will host a panel to discuss the legacy of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and the trans masculine experience on stage and screen over the past two decades.

Event curated by Dr B. and Serge of Hotpencil Press (‘There Is No Word For It’, ‘The (Trans) Mangina Monologues‘, ‘The Butch Monologues’).

Supported by Arts Council England and Superbia at Manchester Pride.

Glyn Salton-Cox talk, ‘Queer Communism’ @ Working Class Movement Library
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Glyn Salton-Cox talk, 'Queer Communism' @ Working Class Movement Library

For this year’s LGBT History Month we welcome Glyn Salton-Cox, Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Glyn states: ‘It is well known that many of the best-known queer writers of the 1930s were involved with Communist politics. Why, then, has there been no extended examination of this striking juncture of dissident sex and socialism?’ His talk to us explores this question, among others, aiming to transform current narratives of 20th century literary, cultural, and intellectual history from a queer Marxist perspective. It will also explore the contemporary problem of populism, arguing we can learn important lessons from the queer radicalism of the 1930s that can help formulate strategies of resistance to today’s multi-layered oppressions in both Britain and the US.
Admission free; light refreshments available; all welcome.

Queering the whitworth Tour @ The Whitworth
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Queering the whitworth Tour @ The Whitworth

In celebration of LGBT History Month, we will be starting a series of tours that explore the history of diversity and same sex desire in our collection.

These tours are free

Our initial weekly tours in February will start at 6 pm and last 45 minutes, taking in works that are on display and from our stores.

Please meet us at the Parkside entrance to begin the tour.

A MATTER OF URGENCY: LGBTQ Oral History Skills Sharing Event. @ Liverpool John Moores University. John Foster Building
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A MATTER OF URGENCY: LGBTQ Oral History Skills Sharing Event. @ Liverpool John Moores University. John Foster Building

A MATTER OF URGENCY: LGBTQ Oral History Skills Sharing Event. Presented by the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group. Entrance Fee: £10 (plus booking charge). Booking essential. Open to all.

Following the success of the Oral History Society’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group’s all day workshop in 2018 that addressed LGBTQ oral history practice and theory, the SIG will be holding a follow-up workshop in Liverpool on 22nd February 2019.
Members of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group have observed that, in many ways, LGBTQ oral history presents different challenges and involves different methods from other forms of oral history. In this workshop, we will interrogate why this may be the case.
One of the main aims of the oral history movement was to uncover stories from marginalised communities in an attempt to create a broader historical record from the bottom up. As members of one of those groups whose voices have been previously marginalised, LGBTQ oral historians are now exploring their past and retrieving stories which have never been told. Moreover, LGBTQ oral history has moved beyond being merely recovery history, and into rigorous theoretical and methodological frameworks that allow us to also take a critical and cutting edge approach to oral histories of LGBTQ people. But how do we collect a hidden heritage, and how can we document it before it is lost? We believe this to be A Matter of Urgency, and invite you to join us in this important and exciting discussion.
Topics being addressed at the LGBTQ Skills Sharing Event include:
Identifying the positioning of the interviewer in regard to the narrator – Perceived advantages of an ‘insider’ perspective when working with LGBTQ oral histories.
Ethical approaches and considerations – Consent and ‘Shared Authority’. How close we are to our past oppression, and how do we share what we learn?
The interview process itself – The formation of a narrative between two, or more, people. Assumptions we make. Coming out in that space.
Narrators who speak about HIV/AIDS – An interviewer’s experience. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Clare Summerskill, Chair of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group at admin@claresummerskill.co.uk
There will be an Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting in the morning (11am-1pm) also at the university. Members and non-members welcome. Please contact us if you need further details about this meeting

The Eventbrite link for booking is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-matter-of-urgency-lgbtq-oral-history-skills-sharing-event-tickets-53748200314

LGBT Fest @ The Oracle
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
LGBT Fest @ The Oracle

URPotential LGB&T FEST 2019
URPotential are proud to announce that for the Third year running the national LGB&T Youth Fest will be once again delivered by URPotential in Blackpool. The event is for all 12- 18 year old, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Non-binary young people, living in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre & across the UK .
The theme for 2018 LGB&T Fest is ‘Make a Difference ’.
The event is to be held at the Oracle, Blackpool, to celebrate, and support diversity amongst young people. Young people will be able to attend workshops to build confidence, express themselves creatively, learn new skills, meet new people, and have a voice. Local young people are taking on leadership roles as they did over the previous years by planning, organising, and delivering this event to their peers.
The event is funded through Children In Need, Blackpool CCG and Fylde and Wyre CCG
The event will be happening at the end of February to be incorporated with ‘LGB&T History Month’ Celebrations, there will be guest speakers, a question time slot, live music and entertainment and lots of information stalls. Last year the event brought together over a hundred young people and some professionals to share their experiences, knowledge, and their hopes for the future.
URPotential also facilitate weekly support groups in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people under the age 25. URPotential also run a Family Support Group for family members, friends and partners. They offer a relaxed, safe and confidential environment for people to come and be themselves to share their stories and seek advice and information.
Support in Fylde and Blackpool call Louise on 01253 344398 or email louise@urpotential.co.uk
Support in Wyre and Blackpool call Nina on 01253 344398 or email lgbt@urpotential.co.uk
To book a place or a stall at our LGB&T Fest please contact Louise or Nina on 01253 344398 or email Events@urpotential.co.uk

LGBT Info Day @ Rhyl Library
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Information about activities and support available in north Wales and the surrounding area, with stands from Viva LGBT, Unique Transgender Network, the North Wales Adoption Service, North Wales Police and more.

“The Adhesion of Love” @ Bolton Socialist Club
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
"The Adhesion of Love" @ Bolton Socialist Club

The extraordinary true story of how an architect’s assistant from Bolton crossed the Atlantic in 1891 to meet visionary queer American poet, Walt Whitman. This new play offers a startling new insight into Whitman in his bicentennial year, and this performance take place on the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth. The writer, Stephen M Hornby, is a multi-award winner. His last play, The Burnley Bugger’s Ball, gained 5 star reviews. Stephen was awarded the 2018 WINGS by the Swedish International Lesbian & Gay Culture Network for his short film Unchechen.