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Come join PLUS, Stockport Libraries and Nexus for the launch of Stockport’s LGBT+ History Month which starts with a fun and friendly tea party.. There will be a lovely choice of food with Aba’s famous Afro-Caribbean Dumplings and dip, Scones and cakes. A chance to grab a book from a fabulous LGBT+ selection will be optional too.
Creating posters and postcards with inspirational LGBT+ quotes and chatting about the books you grabbed at the tea party (2nd February). Everyone is welcome and refreshments are available.
Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family fun, hands-on creative activities and bitesize talks.
Join us to celebrate hidden LGBTQ histories at this interactive day for all the family, with storytelling, art workshops and a whole heap of surprises.
In collaboration with OUTing the Past, the festival of LGBT History presented by Schools Out UK.
Programme (please note the following times are subject to change):
Transformation Station – 11am-1.30pm
Foyer, ground floor
Queer Looks Young Project Team members Li and Zoe transform faces with make up and facepaint.
Not suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies.
The Marketplace – 11am-4pm
20th Century Gallery, ground floor
Help youth organisation Allsorts create an LGBT icons montage, find out more about LGBT events coming up at Charleston Farmhouse and meet representatives from The Rainbow Hub and The Alzheimer’s Society at this open-access showcase from local service providers.
Molly Spoons workshop, photograph Ranulph Redlin
Make & Do Cabaret – Molly Spoons 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30-1.15pm, 2.30-3.15pm and 3.30-4.15pm
Art Room, ground floor
Meet some colourful characters, create your own Molly Spoon and take it on a fashion parade in this unique hybrid of history, performance and vigorous ‘Make & Do’.
Best for over fives
Rainbow Stories – 11-11.30am, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm
Archaeology Gallery, ground floor
Get cosy around the fire with storyteller in residence Karen, who will be sharing short stories for little ones celebrating love and difference.
Make & Take – Pride Flags – 11am-4pm
North Balcony, first floor
Join artist in residence Nadya to learn more about the history of the Pride flag and make your own to take away.
OUTing the Past Talk Series – 11.15am-4.45pm
Museum Lab, first floor
A series of illuminating 20 minute talks exploring a variety of LGBTQ histories from Brighton and beyond.
To register for tickets (FREE) visit Eventbrite
Download the OUTing The Past Festival of LGBT History 2019 timetable
DJ Jumeau from Gal Pals, Brighton’s queer dance party for women & non-binary folks, provides music to bring the museum to life.
Please note the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities run 11am-4pm
A day of illuminating talks and performances exploring a variety of LGBTQ histories from Brighton and beyond.
Section 28: Promoting Prejudice
Melita Dennett, local radio broadcaster, provides an insight into life as a former member of the Brighton Area Action against Section 28. Looking at the context leading up to the introduction of the legislation in 1988 including AIDS, media homophobia and the Tories’ attacks on progressive Labour policies; Melita gives an insider’s perspective of how Brighton’s LGBTQ community came together to fight the clause with some audacious actions and plenty of wit and humour. This presentation reflects on the urgency of remembering the campaign which made Brighton the place it is today. She reminds us that we need to be vigilant in a world shifting to the Right to ensure that legal and social protections for LGBTQ people are not undermined.
Dr Sharon Webb & Prof Kate O’ Riordan
GaySoc and Campus Life: Activism, Politics and Experience
A look at the fragmented, and often incoherent histories of Sussex University’s LGBTQ+ Society that shares events and insights drawn from oral history testimonies and archives. Since the late 1960s the Society has acted as powerful lobbying group for a litany of gay rights and broader civil rights issues. This presentation will describe the political rallies and forms of protest used, including the Society’s involvement with Brighton Gay Pride, and consider the Society’s impact on campus life and their presence in Brighton more broadly.
Susan Eskdale & Neil Bartlett
PEDAGOGUE, Clause 28 and the 1980s
Neil Bartlett is an author, playwright and civil rights campaigner. In 1988 Neil was an out gay man working as artist in residence on the BA Fine Art Course at what was then Newcastle Polytechnic. Susan, who now works for Brighton Museum, was an art student keen to explore all creative options. PEDAGOGUE a short film, features performances by Susan and her fellow students, exploring in comic style the possible implications of Clause 28. This presentation, exploring how and why the film was made, will be followed by a screening of the piece.
Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – Living Histories Cymru
“The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”: Miss Frances Power Cobbe and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd in conversation.
The history of women’s suffrage often ignores the mid Victorian campaigners who blazed a trail for 20th century feminists. This performance throws light on the contribution of ‘women loving women’ to the early women’s suffrage cause. It follows a lively conversation in costume with Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, theologian, journalist and political activist, and her partner Mary Charlotte Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist and sculptor. From beyond the grave, the couple reminisce about how they met in Rome through ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (a group of women loving women), and a lifetime of campaigning for women’s suffrage and animal rights.
Decolonising the Legacy of Local Regency & (Black Indigenous People of Colour) Gender Narratives
Ven Paldano, Local Architectural Assistant and community organiser within QTIPoC Narratives Collective, unravels the heritage of 162 East Sussex slave owners. This visual essay looks at Georgian wealth and extravagance from the perspective of the people who paid for it. It examines the impact of British colonial laws on Queer people of colour, laws that wrote indigenous non-binary gender identities out of history. The talk examines how these past injustices still cause shame and hardship for many Queer people of colour today and how this relates to current LGBTQ immigration struggles.
Transgender Pioneers of the Fifties: a secret history
In December 1952, Christine Jorgensen, a former GI from New York, caused a media sensation by undergoing sex reassignment surgery in Denmark. This marked a time when many transgender people started searching for medical help to transition.
Sex reassignment surgery was officially prohibited in most countries and the Danish government quickly banned helping foreigners. However, through an international network of doctors, the Netherlands temporarily became a secret place of refuge for American and European trans women.
Alex Bakker, an expert in Dutch transgender history, looks at the difficulties faced by these trans pioneers of the fifties. He uncovers how the relationships between transgender persons and doctors developed and the ethical issues raised by this new medical approach to what many regarded as mental illness.
Dr Kit Heyam
Gender nonconformity and trans possibility at Knockaloe First World War internment camp
From the outbreak of the First World War, and particularly following the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915, Britain imprisoned nationals of enemy countries who were on British soil. These vast camps have frequently been written about as ‘all-male environments’ as only those of military age, who were assigned male at birth were sent there. However, investigation reveals some people lived full-time as females within them. How should we interpret evidence of historical gender nonconformity when we lack first-person accounts of how it related to identity?
This talk discusses Knockaloe, a camp on the Isle of Man which at its peak held 24,000 people. Using photographs and diaries from the camp alongside the testimony of early 20th century trans people, it argues for the importance of acknowledging the possibility of trans identity in history.
Free but ticketed
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.
Come join us for our closing ceremony of LGBT+ History Month 2019 with the Amazing Taylor Giacoma singing a selection of originals and covers.