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LGBT History Month Bulletin
issue 43 Jan. 2008
LGBT History Month bulletin 47
Welcome to the 47th LGBT History Month Bulletin. There are 6 sections: Get ready for LGBT HM 5: a new section with regular updates News: A selection of LGBT related news articles from the past month Events: a calendar of shows, conferences and meetings during late January Community: appeals, requests and community based ideas Coming Soon: advance notice of events occurring during the month Quotes: who said what, where and when
Get ready for LGBT History Month 5!
Next year will mark our 5th birthday. LGBT History Month UK is already the biggest LGBT History Month in the world, but now we need to build on the past 4 years by making it the biggest and best LGBT History Month ever; and we need to start now. First of all we need your help. This year we are planning a UK-wide LGBTHM5 meeting to discuss good ideas, develop new ideas and establish ways that we can help you to celebrate LGBT people and their achievements throughout LGBT History Month 2009.
If you have a new and interesting idea for an event, tell us about it. Go to http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/Fo rum/?CategoryID=3 and write to us on our Forum.
We already have the LGBT History Month 2009 badges, which resulted from a competition held among some of London’s finest students of Art and Design. These will be released for the TUC LGBT Conference, the Transfabulous Conference and London Pride; all of which will take place at the start of July.
In the meantime, our site contains a new health-pack, with issues and ideas surrounding LGBT History Month and the promotion of good health. To see this new and exciting resource, go to http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/hea lth/.
We shall be at London Pride this year, as well as Brighton, Lincoln and a host of others. Keep you eyes peeled and come and visit us and help us to sell our wares!
We are also planning to re-vamp our lesson suggestions to fit them into the new National Curriculum orders and present them to teachers in a new housestyle this year, in a new effort to bring LGBT into the classrooms. Someone who needs no help in doing this is Elly Barnes, a teacher at Stoke Newington School. To see what she has achieved with her pupils go to http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/schoo ls/SNschool.htm
We want a website full of personal histories and ground-breaking events. If there is a famous LGBT person in your area, contact us and tell us about them (if they are alive, get their permission first!) Give us an LGBT history of your town/city/village. Go to http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/hist ory/personalhistories.htm for details.
In summary: New ideas Health New Education packs Help us at Pride! Sell our wares! Write about a famous LGBT character from your area Fill our website up!
Tories trounce labour as Boris takes London As the Tories take over the nation’s local councils and Boris tries on the crown as the newly elected Mayor of London, LGBT campaigners have to prepare themselves to deal with some new faces. Is the party that brought us Section 28 a new caring party, or is there enough of the old nasty party around to set back our campaigns? Will New Labour be more biddable now that they have lost the faith of the electorate, or will they batten down the hatches in an effort to win back their support from the right? It has never been more important to make our voices heard with our MPs’ so if there is a campaign, or if your MP has been ambiguous over LGBT rights, contact him/her and let them know what you want. Remember that LGBT people vote too! Support International Day against Homophobia!
There are 77 countries in the world today where it is a criminal offence to be gay. These countries punish women, men and children because of their sexuality and in seven countries the punishment is death. An International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO) provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for the quality of life for LGBT people both overseas and here in the UK. The 17th May can be used to raise awareness of homophobic issues that are negatively impacting on people’s lives and to showcase success stories where a positive change has been achieved. Please visit www.idaho.org.uk and see how you can get involved on the 17th May 2008 Birmingham Gay Remembered
Birmingham marks its LGBT History with an exhibition throughout the month of May. The ‘Gay Birmingham Remembered’ exhibition illustrates the political, social and cultural heritage of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and the experiences of local people contributing to and living through times of great change. It will transport you through time with images and quotations from 80 interviewees documenting and describing the transition from an era when male homosexuality was both criminilised and taboo to today’s vibrant and open lesbian, gay and bisexual community in Birmingham. LGBT History Month welcomes GRT History Month The UK’s first Gypsy, Romany, Traveller Month is to be held in June this year. We welcome this initiative and invite any GRT people who are LGBT to talk to us and share their experiences, so that we might work together. Go to http://www.grthm.co.uk/ Meanwhile we are delighted to note that the GRT History Month website proudly boasts the logo of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Might we ask again that they allow our website to sport their logo? Mehdi Kazemi Latest Since the announcement by Jacqui Smith to review the decision to deport gay Iranian Mehdi Kazemi to Iran, where his boyfriend was executed in 2006, there has been no further news on his case. However, on March 22nd Middle East Workers' Solidarity  and National Union of Students staged a protest opposite Downing Street in defence of Kazemi. Several LGBT student organisations also attended in their own right, including the Manchester, Bradford, and Leeds University LGBT Societies. The demonstration
demanded that he should not be sent to his death in Iran, and that he should be allowed to stay in Britain if he so chooses. Thanks to them, and thanks to Wikipedia for producing this information. No thanks to Respect Revival’s George Galloway, who trotted out the old line that Kazemi’s partner was executed for raping boys on Sky News. Mother jailed in Landmark homophobic hate crime case A 44 year old mother was jailed for 3 months and her 22 year old daughter served with a 2 year supervision order after they were found guilty of a systematic campaign of homophobic abuse and harassment against a gay couple in Kent. LGBT campaigning organisations have hailed the sentence as a sign that homophobic hate crime is at last being taken seriously and Kent police have invited anyone who claims to be on the receiving end of homophobic hate crime to come forward. Full story http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kol08/article/default.asp?article_id=40641 DV8’s To Be Straight With You storms the nation Physical Theatre Company DV8 is storming the nation to terrific reviews with its latest production, Lloyd Newson’s To Be Straight with You. A multi-ethnic cast performs around the theme of religious, sexual and racial intolerance and the performance is based on a series of interviews with people from a range of backgrounds. TBSWY hits Newcastle and Coventry in May. http://www.dv8.co.uk/current.projects/current.projects.html Proud Heritage Online Museum Launched After three years of careful research and development, Proud Heritage, the national museum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and cultural ancestry, opened its doors online officially on 18 April. There was a special preview event for the public on the 14th which featured a biographic interview with Peter Tatchell. During the event, organised in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Proud Heritage set out its future plans and unveiled its first public phase - a cutting edge online museum that breaks new ground, and not just for being queer! Jack Gilbert, Executive Director commented, “Proud Heritage has already established itself as an expert agency in the heritage sector, now it is ready to go live. And now it needs public support. Find out how to give memory or memorabilia, how to volunteer and how to become a Friend! Be Proud!" No Parade for Birmingham It won’t rain on their parade at Birmingham Pride this year because there won’t be one. After failing to reach a settlement over the times and the road closures the weekend will go ahead without its traditional parade and floats.
Moscow Gay Rights Group Gets Smart After a series of bans on LGBT marches throughout Russia’s capital, Moscow Pride organisers have applied for 5 marches every day throughout the month of May. The
intention is to bombard the courts with applications and grind the whole bureaucratic process to a halt! Rainbow Flag at Belarus At a demonstration to mark the anniversary of Chernobyl, the LGBT rainbow flag has its first outing on Belarus!
17-18 May 2008 Blackpool Gay Pride Thursday 17 May 2008 International Day Against Homophobia - IDAHO 9-25 May 2008 Queer Up North - Greater Manchester 24-25 May 2008 Birmingham Gay Pride 23-25 May 2008 Bear Pride Saturday 7 June 2008 Scottish Borders LGBT Pride Barbeque Saturday 7 June 2008 Plymouth Gay Pride Saturday 7 June 2008 South Yorkshire Pride - Sheffield Saturday 5 July 2008 Pride London - Parade and rally Saturday 5 July 2008 Rainbow Fest - Aberdeen 11-13 July 2008 Bourne Free - Bournemouth Saturday 12 July 2008 Oxford Gay Pride Saturday 12 July 2008 N-Pride - Newcastle-upon-Tyne 19-20 July 2008 Lincolnshire Gay Pride 25 July - 3 August 2008 EuroPride in STOCKHOLM - Sweden 26 July - 3 August 2008 Brighton and Hove Gay Pride - Festival 26 July - 2 August 2008 Nottingham Pride Saturday 2 August 2008 Brighton and Hove Gay Pride - Parade and park party Sunday 3 August 2008 Pride in our City - Leeds 7-10 August 2008 Reykjavik Gay Pride - Iceland Saturday 9 August 2008 Gloucestershire Rainbow Day Saturday 9 August 2008 Hull Pride Sunday 10 August 2008 Wakefield Pride Saturday 16 August 2008 UK Black Pride - London Sunday 17 August 2008 Doncaster Pride 15 - 25 August 2008 Manchester Gay Pride - Festival 21-24 August 2008 - Parade on 23 August North West of Ireland LGBT Pride - Sligo Saturday 23 August 2008 Manchester Gay Pride - Parade Saturday 23 August 2008 Cornwall Gay Pride - Beach picnic Day Saturday 30 August 2008 Reading Gay Pride Saturday 30 August 2008 Pride Glasgow 11-14 September 2008 www.derbygoespink.com/ Pride Derby 26-28 September SuperGay weekender - Middlesbrough
Belfast Gay Pride Saturday 26 July 2008 Thanet Pride Saturday 26 July 2008
23-26 October 2008 York Lesbian Arts Festival
Pride Events 2008
LESBI:-GAY:-BI:-TRANS (LGBT) PHOBIA INTERNATIONAL END HOMOPHOBIA DAY SATURDAY MAY 17TH 2008
In 77 countries it is illegal to be GAY, in some the punishment is by death. Interrelated Lesbi-Gay- Bi-Trans- Phobias exists through out the world even in the UK. Verbal & Physical Bullying, driven to Suicide. 6% more LGBT persons tend to harm themselves or add onto the suicide rate. Neo Fascists attacks throughout Europe against LGBT persons. These are not a Human Right.
OXFORD MARCH AND RALLY
MARCH START :-12pm Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford RALLY IN BROAD STREET, OXFORD CITY CENTRE UNTIL 3pm
Speakers:Peter Tatchell:- Human rights campaigner Dennis Hambridge:-Amnesty International LGBT group member Richard Lohman:-UNISON National LGBT Committee BI-Caucus male representative. Additional speakers to be announced.
Amnesty International UK:-www.amnesty.org.uk “Protecting individuals wherever Justice, Fairness, Freedom and Truth are denied” Supported by:UNISON and the KYOSEI SYSTEMS End Homophobia Campaign
email@example.com Contact:-Dennis Hambridge, Amnesty International LGBT group member firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting- IDAHO UK 2008:-www.idaho.org.uk
May 6th Tues
A work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson
CSI (Cramlington Sexual Identity) A group for gay, lesbian and bisexual young people aged between 13-19. contact Sharon on: 01670 597 865 or Steve at MESMAC on: 0191 233 1333. Under 25 LGBTQ drama workshop Free! Contact Alice on email@example.com or Jay on firstname.lastname@example.org Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Rd, King's Cross, London N1
Evening (every Tuesday) Cramlington Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youth Group 5.30-9.30 Central Schools of Speech and Drama Nr. Swiss Cottage Every Tuesday evening. Stage opens 9pm Bar Wotever
May 7th Wed
7pm CAMRA LGBT Pub Crawl NTA Southwark
May 8th Thurs
We will meet at 7.00 pm in The Ship, 116 Wardour Street, London, W1 Southwark LGBT Workers Forum. Dax Ashworth 020 7525 5659 Donation not Discrimination Day. Protest against the Blood Donation service’s ban on active homosexuals giving blood. Organised by the NUS QUB http://qublgbt.wordpress.com/ A conference hosted by North East Funders Forum to explore making Equality and Diversity happen in strategy and practice. Keynote speaker: Patrick Diamond, Strategy Group Director at The Equality and Human Rights Commission. Thursday 8 May at Durham Cricket Club, Riverside, Chester-le-Street. More information Booking Form Under 25 LGBTQ drama workshop Free! Contact Alice on email@example.com or Jay on firstname.lastname@example.org DV8 To Be Straight with You https://www.northernstage.co.uk/bookonline/show_events_list.asp Southwark LGBT Forum Queer Up North http://www.queerupnorth.com/index2.php Queer Up North http://www.queerupnorth.com/index2.php Under 25 LGBTQ drama workshop Free! Contact Alice on email@example.com or Jay on
All Day Queens University Belfast
5.30-9.30 Central Schools of Speech and Drama Nr. Swiss Cottage
7.30 till Sat. 10th Northern Stage Newcastle 6pm Southwark Town Hall th
May 9 Fri
All day till 25th
All day till 25th
May 11 Sun
2-6pm Central Schools of Speech
and Drama Nr. Swiss Cottage firstname.lastname@example.org 1pm Mansfield http://oitc.wordpress.com/ The Gay Football Supporters Network's National League Cup at Rainworth Miners GFSN National League Cup Final Welfare FC, Mansfield. This is the second year of the tournament with Village Manchester FC playing Leicester Wildecats. GFSN hopes to offer a parallel women's tournament in the future. For more information go to www.gfsn.org.uk 8pm Nightingales Birmingham Laughing Cows Comedy Night. To book; Kerry Downing – 07956576865 8pm Gay Night Out in Herts The Candlestick, Essendon
May 12th Mon
All day (?) Ten Pin Bowling London
Canada Quays http://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/surreyquays.php Under 25 LGBTQ drama workshop Free! Contact Alice on email@example.com or Jay on firstname.lastname@example.org Polari with Paul Burston. Green Carnation, 5 Greek Street. Free Homotopia and Glasgay present ‘Rock’ Book Tickets £10 - £12 Unity Theatre Box Office: 0151 709 4988 unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk The House of Homosexual Culture £5
May 13 Tues
5.30-9.30 Central Schools of Speech and Drama Nr. Swiss Cottage 7-11 7.30 till Saturday 17th UnityTheatre Liverpool 9pm Bistrtheque, Wadeson Street London
May 14th Wed
6pm Unity Theatre Liverpool
Now We Know He Was Gay. Film Historian and Professor Richard Dyer appraises Rock Hudson 0151 709 4988 Out in the City. For LGBT people 50+ http://oitc.wordpress.com/ Join us on a guided tour. 15 places available To reserve your free place contact email@example.com 020 7525 5659/ 07958 301324 Venue: The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University Old Castle Street, E1 7NT More info @ http://www.southwark-lgbt.org/page6.htm Homotopia and Glasgay present ‘Rock’ Book Tickets £10 - £12 Unity Theatre Box Office: 0151 709 4988 unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk Dragon Hall, 17, Stukeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5LT There will be an exhibition of press material from the period, covering the tabloid backlash against the lesbian and gay policies (actual and apocryphal) of a number of local authorities, the social impact of HIV and AIDS, and the routine and recurrent homophobia of Fleet Street's finest (George Gale, Jean Rook, 'Mills the Angry Voice' et al). Drinks (wine, or fruit juice for members of the Temperance League) and nibbles will be provided. Attendance is free, although places need to be pre-booked. Please provide names of attendees to Robert Thompson via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 020 8411 4933. http://www.lagna.org.uk/news#story5 REF:-LESBI-GAY-BI-Trans- (LGBT)Phobias. INTERNATIONAL END HOMPHOBIA DAY Please find a downloadable poster for the above event and if possible display on your students notice boards and pass forward to others. This is the first International call to support end to Homophobia. All people should enjoy the FREEDOMS of the Universal Decleration of Human Rights and following Covenant of Rights (1948-2008).Yet there are millions of people across the globe face Execution,Torture, Violence, Imprisonment and Discrimination because of thier Sexual Orientatation and /or Gender Identity. The range of abuses are limitless. *Women raped to "cure" thier Lesbianism, sometimes at the behest of thier families. * Individuals persecuted because thier private and consensual relationship is deemed a social disorder. * Loss of custody of thier children. * Individuals beaton by police. *Indivduals beaton by Neo-Facists. *Attacked and sometimes killed on the streets, a victim of hate crime. *LGBT events banned and /or attacked. *Regualr subjection to verbal and/or physical attacks. *Bullying at school. *Denial of employment, housing or health services. *Denial of Asylum when they flee abuse. *Raped and otherwise tortured in detention. *Threatened for campaigning for thier rights. *Driven to suicide. *Executed by the state.
May 15th Thurs
2pm every Thursday Taurus Bar Manchester 6.30-8pm The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University
May 16th Fri
7.30 till Saturday 17th UnityTheatre Liverpool
May 17th Sat
Section 28: Hiding Homosexuality, Covent Garden
All day Oxford march and rally
1-2pm Rochester Cathedral th
For all IDAHO events go to http://www.idaho.org.uk/ Demonstration against notorious homophobe, Bishop Nazir-Ali
May 18 Sun May19 Mon
5pm Catholic Mass (Fortnightly) PM Badminton Social Nottingham (weekly)
The Church Of The Assumption & St Gregory, Warwick Street Street, Soho http://www.badmintonsocial.co.uk/
May 20th Tues May 21st Wed
6.30 London Gay & Bi men’s book group Evening: Greenwich gay and Lesbian Writers’ Group 7.30 till Sat. 24th Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
Upstairs at Comptons, Soho
Waterstones. Contact store for details DV8 To be Straight with You http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/theatre
May 22nd Thurs
All Day Beat Bullying
6-8pm GLA (29th if it rains!)
May 23rd Fri
Anti-Bullying Alliance: Beat Bullying; the Big Stand http://www.beatbullying.org/thebigstand/ Photo Shoot Aim: to take some images to be used for future Southwark LGBT resources, (Pride/History Month/ exhibitions) the Southwark Network website etc. All welcome to take part would be great to have a good mix of ages/ genders etc The photographer will be Allison Livingstone-Whitton Venue: Meet at the GLA building, City Building, Queens Walk, SE1 2AA. Photos will be taken at and near Tower Bridge and the river. After the photo shoot people are invited to a near by pizza/ pasta place. The cost of the pizza/ pasta to be subsidised for those that take part in the shoot. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Dax on 020 7525 5659 email@example.com Or text ‘photo’ with your name to 07958 301324 Queer Up North http://www.queerupnorth.com/index2.php Birmingham Pride Queer Up North http://www.queerupnorth.com/index2.php Queer Up North http://www.queerupnorth.com/index2.php
All day till 25th All weekend Birmingham
All day till 25th
May 25 Sun
All day till 25th
May 26 BH Mon May 27th Tues May 28 Wed
Evening: Wycombe Book Group
Dykes Enjoy Books and socialising (DEBS) www.freewebs.com/debsgroup East Coast Sailing Club, Ipswich. Meeting for LGBT sailors/yachters Load of Hay Celebrating Walt Whitman. See letter below. Equality without Borders. www.equality-network.org
May 29th Thurs
8pm Karaoke in Watford
May 30 Fri
All Day till Sunday Bolton Socialist Club
May 31 Sat
10am Stirling Highland Hotel
June 1 Mon
The Edward Carpenter Forum is delighted to announce
‘Celebrating Walt Whitman’
an event, in partnership with Bolton Socialist Club, at Bolton May 30th - June 1st 2008. Walt Whitman, America’s great gay poet, was championed in England by his friend and lover, the gay pioneer Edward Carpenter, & further by ‘the Bolton Whitmanites’ a Socialist group at Bolton. Edward Carpenter, friendly with the Bolton group, attended their annual celebration of Whitman’s birthday. The comrade love which bound the Whitmanites together, having within in it a degree of homophile affection, lasted to end of their lives. On May 31st 2008 (Walt Whitman’s birthday) a Conference, with an international group of Whitman experts, will be followed by ‘the Whitman Birthday Walk’ into nearby hills, complete with lilacs, poetry readings, a loving-cup and afternoon tea, in a tradition dating back to 1887. Dear Friend I am writing to you on behalf of the Edward Carpenter Forum, a new group for people with an interest in Carpenter (www.edwardcarpenterforum.org), to advertise ‘Celebrating Walt Whitman’ at Bolton May 30th -June 1st. Knowing of your own interest in Carpenter, we hope that you may be able to attend this unique event. To give you a little more information: Friday afternoon activities will begin at 2.30pm - to include a talk on the Bolton Whitmanites at the Museum building, a reception and viewing of the Whitman items within the Museum’s collection, the civic unveiling of a plaque to the Whitmanites, and a tour of Whitmanite sites around the town. Saturday morning will include talks at the Bolton Library Lecture Hall. We are fortunate to have the following to present during the weekend; Dr. Paul Salveson - Paul’s original research into the Bolton Whitmanites, published in his ‘Loving Comrades’, led to the revival of the annual Whitman birthday celebrations 25 years ago this year. Sheila Rowbotham - professor at Manchester University, Sheila has had a lifelong interest in Carpenter. Her forthcoming book, to be published later this year by Verso, promises to be the definitive biography of Carpenter’s life. Michael Robertson - professor of English at the College of New Jersey, Michael’s book ‘Worshipping Walt - the Whitman Disciples’ published this month by Princeton Press, includes chapters on both Carpenter and Bolton. Joey Cain - based in San Francisco, Joey has had a long standing research interest in both Edward Carpenter and Walt Whitman, and has made a particular study of the relationship between the two men.
The traditional Whitman Birthday Walk begins at 2pm. It may be that some people, unable to commit for the full three days, will choose to come just to these Saturday events. For those able to stay on, Sunday will include the lovely walk to Rivington, another Whitmanite spot nearby, and a Unitarian service at Rivington Chapel, with a Whitman theme, at which the Bolton Clarion Choir will be singing. We are grateful to the Bolton Socialist Club for inviting us to be their guests. The event promises a diverse group of people - with the chance to share our varied responses to Whitman adding to the richness of the weekend. Costs for this event should be reasonable. They will chiefly comprise: 1. your travel costs - those arriving by train are advised to book early. (N.B. Bolton is a short journey by train from Manchester Piccadilly and is served by a regular commuter service.) 2. your accommodation expenses. (It may be that some people will have friends in Manchester or nearby with whom they can stay, otherwise we are asking you to arrange your own B&B accommodation near to Bolton - a list of possible places can be supplied if requested.) 3. Payment for your meals as need be - this may include a contribution for a buffet supper on Friday evening, afternoon tea on Saturday, a group meal out on Saturday evening, a pub lunch on Sunday. If you would like to attend this event please confirm by e mail to this address. Along with your full contact details, please also kindly indicate whether you plan to attend for the full three day event or just for Saturday May 31st itself. With good wishes, John Baker on behalf of the Edward Carpenter Forum.
New LGBT group in North Tyneside
There's a new group getting together - its called 'Fruit Salad' - anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) can join. The group aims to be a social opportunity and also to help educate organisations about LGBT issues. ( I believe you can just take part in the bits you want you could just use it as a 'social' if you didn't want to be part of the 'educating'!) Anyone who is interested should contact Fruit Salad direct via Jamie on 07716 775102
Virtual Group for Transgender People HIV 1-Hour Test
I have started an msn group for local transgender men an women, covering Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham. It is hoped in the long run we will meet as a group, but that is driven by the needs of members as some are out than others. The group's address is http://groups.msn.com/TyneWearTransgender It started as Tyne and Wear and has spread a little further. Stephanie Butterfield A new free one-hour HIV testing service open to gay and bisexual men in the North East is now available in MESMAC offices in both Newcastle & Middlesbrough. The test is a simple finger prick test with pre and post test counselling and results within the hour. The Newcastle sessions are available every Tuesday between 5-7pm, for more details please contact MESMAC on 0191 233 1333. The Middlesbrough sessions are available for drop-in between 12 noon and 6pm on Tuesday's and appointments can be made for other days and times if required. To make an appointment call MESMAC Teesside on: 01642 804400.
Lesbian counselling service in Middlesbrough
The LBW Network has worked in partnership with Mind to develop a confidential support service for lesbian and bisexual women, or women questioning their sexuality. The service will offer one-to-one listening support, either face to face or through a telephone support line. They can provide support for a variety of difficulties, including stress, anxiety, depression, relationships and anger. For support or more information about this free service, contact Caroline at Middlesbrough Mind on 01642 248809, Middlesbrough Mind, 1st Floor, Grange Road, Middlesbrough TS1 5AU or contact Lesley.
Calling all Newcastle based footballers!
In the last 5 years the national gay football league has grown from strength to strength, but The Yorkshire Terriers are the most northern team for gay men and women to play in... I think it’s about time Newcastle have a time of their own. If you are aged between 16 to 116, love playing football whatever your ability and have the desire to become the best team in the league, then email Rob your name, contact number and location to firstname.lastname@example.org If you are not interested in playing then there are other ways you can support the team:- Side line support, sponsorship, admin help and half team orange provider(not a real job)
Research: women’s body satisfaction physical appearance and sexuality
My name is Caroline Huxley and I am a PhD student in the Centre for Appearance Research, which is based at the University of the West of England. My research focuses on women’s body satisfaction, physical appearance, and sexuality. This is an important area to research as body satisfaction and appearance concerns are linked with psychological well being and health behaviours. Most research, however, assumes that women are straight. Little is known about how lesbian and bisexual women feel about their appearance, and how this has affected their well being. In order to explore this I am conducting one to one interviews with women who identify as lesbian or bisexual to talk about their feelings towards their body and appearance. Interviews last about an hour and can be done at a time and place that suit you. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information about the project then please contact me on: email@example.com Centre for Appearance Research, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY, Telephone Number: 0117 328 3947
To all our trans friends and friends of trans… We are the 2008 Trans at Pride Committee, acting as a communication link between Pride London and the trans community. We want to make this year's Pride Fortnight and March bigger and better than ever for trans people and grassroots trans groups like yours and our own. Read on and you will see that we are planning lots of exciting things for Pride, including, a conference, a decorated float for the March, a high-profile trans presence on the Rally Stage in Trafalgar Square and our very own magazine! So, if you want to get involved in the best Pride celebration ever, just read on and then send us an email with your details. Or, if you don't want to get involved but have a great idea, please let us know! Rally in Trafalgar Square Last year, a young trans musician Cedric Kavanagh performed his own song on the rally stage in Trafalgar Square. This year we would like to increase the presence of trans people on the stage and we would like suggestions from you as to who you would like to see. We would welcome nominations of speakers and performers who are well-known and have cross-over appeal to the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities as well. At this stage, please could you nominate one person who could speak about trans issues and one trans person or group to perform. Please send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 5 April Travel Bursaries For the last two years, we have offered travel bursaries so that trans people from outside London can join the trans marching group at London Pride. Travel bursaries are available again this year. We can pay a maximum of £30 per person, payable on the day of the parade when you provide a receipt. If you would like to apply for one, please email email@example.com with Travel Bursary in the Subject Line. Tell us your name and the journey you are making with the cost of the return ticket. (Hopefully you will be able to obtain a discounted ticket.) Stall in at the Rally at Trafalgar Square. Trans @ Pride are having a stall in Trafalgar Square this year during and after the Pride London march on Saturday 5 July. We will display information about the various trans groups making up Trans @ Pride and the stall will also act as a meeting place. If you would like to promote your group by displaying leaflets on the stall, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Stall in the Subject line. If you are coming to London Pride, you can bring your leaflets on the day. If you can't make it this year, you will need to send them in advance. Funding for new Banners for London Pride 2008 Has your group always wanted a banner but never been able to afford one? Would you like to march with the trans group at London Pride this year? We hope to be able to fund the production of some new banners this year. We can also help with information about where to get the banners made and some suggestions of help with design. If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com with Banner in the Subject Line and we give you more information. Volunteers for Saturday 5 July How about coming to London Pride this year and getting involved on the day. There will be several roles for volunteers including stewards in the parade, stall minders and leaflet distributors. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with Volunteer in the Subject Line and let us know what you would like to do. Come and help us make this Pride the best one yet for the visibility of the trans community. We also need volunteers to make decorations for the float and costumes for people on the float. This year's Pride theme is Fairytales, Myths and Legends, so we would love to hear from people who are creative with fabrics and a sewing machine!
London Pride Saturday 5 July 2008
Trans With Pride Conference 2008 The second conference will take place at: The Empress State Building, Lillie Road London SW6 1TR (Nearest tube: West Brompton) Registration 1.30pm 2pm – 6pm. More information and registration forms will be made available from 1st May 2008 on the Gendered Intelligence website. We are looking for a group of approximately 15 people from the Trans Community to help us plan and facilitate the Trans with Pride Conference 2008, which will take part on Friday 4th July. Based on last year's feedback we want this year's workshops to centre mostly on group discussion in order to offer delegates an opportunity to talk more constructively in a space. In conjunction with Central School of Speech and Drama, facilitation trainer Richard Fallon and Jay Stewart from Gendered Intelligence are planning a series of 10 sessions that will allow us to explore what we feel are important aspects and topics within the Trans community and what models we can use to discuss these effectively. If you would like to sign up to these sessions or have any questions get in touch with Gendered Intelligence: email@example.com check out www.genderedintelligence.co.uk for more information Trans at Pride Magazine 2008 This year the trans community will have its very own Trans at Pride Magazine! It will celebrate our beautiful, talented and diverse community, showcasing creative talent as well as raising awareness of our struggles, hopes and achievements. We would welcome suggestions for content by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 5 April. If you want to submit any articles, poems, stories or artwork, then pick up your pen, paintbrush or mouse and start creating! We will be asking for submissions during April. Trans at Pride Website We have our very own website to keep you informed of plans, preparations and progress. http://www.transatpride.org We welcome submissions and will update the site regularly
Imaan LGBT Conference
This year’s IMAAN LGBT Conference is set to take place on the weekend starting October 19th. Watch here for further details.
INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
I am Lucy Walton, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the London 2008 IGLFA World Championship, which due to our successful bid, and to our delight is being held in August 24th-30th 2008. It is an opportunity for all Gay, Lesbian, and Gay friendly teams and individuals to enter an international tournament that has been running for the past 10 years, and is more about enjoyment than competition. Our ethos is that of unity, sport free from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and to make the event accessible to people of all backgrounds and all sporting abilities. During the week, additionally to the football played at the fantastic location of Regents Park will be many social events at different venues, and I can vouch for the fact that this event is extremely fun and has great opportunities for all involved, having just got back from Beunos Aires ,Argentina for the Gay World Cup 2007( which was a dream come true, as a volunteer sports masseuse for one of the London teams). I can also say that it is a great opportunity to meet people from a range of different countries and areas, and to celebrate and embrace our sexualitywith a common theme, love of sport. We have a number of affiliated partners for London 2008 to include The Mayor of London, Stonewall and the Football Association.(FA). IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER A TEAM FOR THIS EVENT, SEE THE ‘REGISTRATION’SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE- www.londonwc2008.co.uk ( PLEASE ALSO EMAIL MYSELF TO LET ME KNOW YOU ARE REGISTERING) TAKE NOTE OF THE ‘OUTREACH’ PROGRAMME- FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT. What we are looking for is people who are as passionate as us about Gay rights, and developing our presense within the sporting world to join us as volunteers for the week. We are currently divising our training programme and will start out recruitment process in the new year for the following positions: - Stewards. - Stage set-up. - Security checkers for lockers. - Sports Massage Therapists. - Sign Language Interpreters. There will be a number of benefits to the volunteers during the week, to include:
- Free entry to opening and closing ceremonies. - Free training. - Free access to grounds. ( We are also talking on club and bar discounts for volunteers, perhaps free entry to certain venues throughout the week and discounts on accommodation). I am sure you will agree that this is a great opportunity to be involved in a very positive sports event, and what I would like is for you to forward details to email@example.com of those individuals or groups within your organisation who would like to be a volunteer with usto include the following details: -Name. -Email. -Contact Telephone number. -Location. -The area you would like to work in. -Any Skills or Experience you may have. -Any languages you may speak (and to what level). -Availability throughout the week. (24.08.08 - 30.08.08.) Do also have a look at our website www.londonwc2008.co.uk which gives a deeper insight into the games, which will kickstart the 'Cultural Olympiad', a period in the run up to The London 2012 Olympics. It is going to be HOT, the beer is going to flow and real excitment and achievement is going to be felt. Be part of it. Lets make London 2008 a representation of Gay unity, ability and spirit- and show the world what the LGBT in London can really do. It is an international tournament which is being designed to be enjoyable for all- and you may even get your pic in a newpaper or on the TV!
Homophobic and Transphobic Quotes
Look nuh, there are complex issues underpinning Jamaican homophobia that ultimatums, sanctions and international condemnations will not address. Banning dancehall artists or boycotting Jamaican tourism won't help people to examine their intolerance and change their prejudices. It will merely prevent more poor people from 'eating a food', alienate allies, and breed bigger bangarang. Blakka’s Box Jamaican Star on line 30-04-08 Yow, violence is reprehensible. And no matter how righteously opposed we may be to their lifestyle, violence against people because of their sexuality is a dangerous kind of backwardness. So there's a problem. But some people are responding to it with strategies that are reactionary and counter-productive. Shouldn't anti-homophobia activists be trying more culturally sensitive methods of facilitating education and critical thinking among Jamaicans at all levels around sexuality and human rights? Same
“We have never asked those who disagree with us to leave the Church” The Reverend Richard Kirker sums up the difference between LGBT clergy and homophobic clergy (Episcopal News online 30-04-08)
“makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.” North Carolina Governor Mike Easley’s stunning endorsement of Hillary Clinton (BeyondChron 04-05-08)
As long as the church insists that we're "objectively disordered," they will not be able to sort out the pedophiles from their truly holy homosexual clergy. Until the Pope decides to heal the rifts caused by institutional homophobia, the church will continue to destroy and alienate families who are harmed by their archaic and hurtful attitudes about sexuality. But, like Galileo, I guess good and moral homosexuals have to wait another 500 years to hear an apology. TERRI LUKACKO (Times Union.com 30-04-08)
See you next month!
BM LGBT History Month, London WC1N 3XX firstname.lastname@example.org www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk patrons: Cyril Nri: actor, director, writer; Sarah Weir: Executive Director of the Arts Council, Sir Ian McKellen