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					                              Claiming our history
                           Celebrating our present
                              Creating our future!
LGBT History Month Bulletin                                     issue 40 Nov. 2007

           Welcome to the 40 th LGBT History Month Bulletin. There are five sections:

            News: A selection of LGBT related news articles from the past month
          Events: a calendar of shows, conferences and meetings during November
             Coming Soon: advance notice of events occurring after November
        Community and Help: a billboard for groups to make contact for research etc.
             What They Said: a new section with LGBT quotes from the news



News
LGBT History Month Forum Launched!
Looking for new ways to connect with other event planners? Want to raise the pride flag but
don‟t know who to talk to? Searching for a good place to debate the issues? LGBT History Month
presents the new LGBT History Month Forum, a place to debate, network, ask questions and
learn from your peers. The forum is up and running, simply sign in and post a comment or
question. This new and exciting opportunity is a way for organizers of LGBT History Month
events to connect locally and chat nationally about event ideas, networking and to answer simple
“how-to” questions. The new forum can be found here: www.lgbthistorymonth.org/Forum
Stay tuned to see all the other exciting changes taking place on our ever expanding website!

LGBT History Month Events Calendar Launched!
The new and improved events calendar for LGBT History Month 2008 has been launched! The
brand new calendar includes a region map, an interactive calendar for February and a simple
form for you to use to publicise your event.




Anti-Gay Firefighters Disciplined
Four Bristol firefighters came under scrutiny after engaging in what their superiors called “blatant
homophobia” by going to a gay cruising area in a fire truck, turning on the siren and scanning
the area with a searchlight. One of the men who fled the scene in fear of a police raid called the
Terrence Higgins Trust, a national HIV/AIDS organisation. The issue was than taken to the fire
officials by the Trust, which led to a three-month investigation. The disciplined firefighters have
been moved to other areas, docked £800 in pay and were ordered to participate in a two-day
diversity-training workshop.

New Equality Commission Created
The newly created Commission for Equality and Human Rights (ECHR) came into being on
Monday October 1st. The ECHR incorporates the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), the
Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. The ECHR will also be
responsible for rights equalities covering sexual orientation, age, and religion and belief.

NHS Equality and Human Rights Bulletin Created
Surinder Sharma, National Director for Equality and Human Rights at the Department of Health
welcomes new readers to the Bulletin, “We hope it will keep you in touch with events, resources
and examples of good practice in the world of health and social care. We want to hear your
success stories and about what publications and websites have helped you in your work.” To
learn more about the bulletin and to subscribe, contact jonathan.swan@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Trans Campaigner Resigns From Human Rights Campaign over ENDA debate
Donna Rose, a well-known advocate and campaigner for trans rights and awareness has resigned
from the board of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America‟s largest gay rights organisation.
In the push to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the HRC, along with other
LGBT groups and advocates became fearful that it would not pass if trans people were covered in
the legislation. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people, however, are expected to be protected under
the law. Donna Rose became critical of the HRC when it became apparent that it was betraying
previous commitments to support only fully inclusive policy. Rose writes, “A tool that could and
should be a unifying beacon… has been split. Transgender brothers and sisters again find
themselves separated, isolated, and disempowered.”


Events Calendar
                                       Ongoing Events:
Homotopia
Queer culture is truly celebrated with Liverpool‟s first ever-dedicated perspective of events by
and for the LEBT community. Homotopia is a bold and ambitious festival featuring a variety of
events including theatre, film, art, performance, photography, heritage and storytelling. The
program for the festival can be found here: www.homotopia.net and some of the events are
featured in the following calendar.




The Pansy Project
Monday October 29 th to November 19 th The Pansy Project St. Johns Gardens. Artist Paul Harfleet
revisits locations where homophobia has been experienced and plants pansies. These self-
seeding pansies act as a living memorial to this abuse and operate as an antidote to it. For
Homotopia, Harfleet will plant 2000 pansies in St. John‟s Gardens, creating a memorial to a
homophobically motivated murder.

BBC Radio Merseyside “The Queens Jewels”
Tuesday October 30 th to November 20th BBC Radio Merseyside Foyer 10am -5:30pm. Rukus
Federation presents a unique documentary archive of the Black UK lesbian and gay experience.
The Queens Jewels is an insight into what has helped define black, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans
culture.

The Global Peace and Unity Event
A family oriented extravaganza which is entertaining, educational and full of activities. This event
includes high profile international speakers and celebrity guests and features an array of
entertainment from live performance to the grand exhibition of the two holy mosques. 24 th and
25th November, Excel London.
Gaywise LGBT Arts Festival.
The Gaywise LGBT Arts Festival aims to provide a unique platform for queer arts principally
created by LGBT artists from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The festival will present the work
in a creative, safe, stimulating and artistically challenging manner. To download the program for
the festival, go to the main website here: www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

Nov. 10th Saturday:
12pm Homotopia             Homotopia: Window Dance. Window Dance fuses the complexities of physical
6pm BBC Radio              movement and choreographic freedom with the evocation of artistic vision and the
8:30pm Lavender Club       beauty of glamour that today‟s fashion industry demands. See the Homotopia
                           program for details. Liverpool‟s John Lewis Department Store, 12pm onwards, free.
                           BBC Radio Merseyside “Talking Histories: Black Gay Scousers” Rukus! and
                           Homotopia queerly present an entertaining and informative event. Ajamu, co-
                           founder of Rukus! LGBT Archive facilitates a fascinating discussion on what it means
                           to be Black, Gay and Scouse. See the Homotopia program for details.
                           Lavender Club. MC Terry Titer hosts an electric night of comedy, music and
                           cabaret as Lavender Club returns to unity featuring Jonathon Meyor, La Gateaux
                           Chocolat, Madame Galina and Rosie Wibly. See the Homotopia program for details.
                           8:30pm Unity Theatre, Liverpool, £9/£7 concessions.


Nov. 11th Sunday:          HarinGAY. Local support and social networking for LGBT people. The White Hart
HarinGAY                   Pub in Tottenham Hale.
11am History Rewritten     History Rewritten. This friendly supportive workshop will offer you a range of
4pm Nextep                 ways to trace your progress through life. See the Homotopia program for details.
4:30pm Off the Cuff
                           Unity Theatre, Liverpool 11am to 4pm. Free. Limited spaces.
                           Nextep. A safe, informal and supportive space aimed at lesbian and bisexual
                           women of all cultural backgrounds and all ages to socialise and make contact with
                           other women. 4pm to 6pm 86 Caledonain Road Kings Cross London N19DN.
                           Off the Cuff. Four women perform a series of hilarious “who‟s line is it anyway”
                           improvised scenes using audience suggestions. Doors open at 4:00pm, show from
                           4:30pm to 6:30pm. Screening Room, Greenwich Picturehouse 180 Greenwich High
                           Road SE10 8NN, £8.50/£5 concessions.


Nov. 12th Monday:
5:30pm NRG Central         NRG Central. For LGB young people who live, study, work and play in Central
6:30pm Girl Diva           London. A time to relax and make new friends, to be out, proud and happy about
                           who you are. 5:30pm to 8:30pm Vauxhall, Central London.
                           Girl Diva. Under 25 lesbian, bisexual or questioning group with information, advice
                           and one-to-one support from lesbian youth workers and other lesbian and bisexual
                           young women. 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Archway, North London.


Nov. 13th Tuesday:
2pm PACE workshops
6pm Beau Belles
8pm Liverpool is Burning
9:15pm Dare to Love        PACE workshops for women. Weekly group for lesbian and bisexual women
                           living with disability and chronic physical illness. Provides a facilitated, safe and
                           supportive environment to explore the difficult and painful areas of our experience.
                           2pm to 4:30pm PACE 34 Hartham Road, London N7 9LJ, women only.
                           Beau Belles. A safe place for young LGBT people to meet, make friends and get
                           support. Runs workshops and trips out as well as providing advice and information.
                           6pm to 8:30pm Leyton, East London.
                           Liverpool is Burning. Post-show discussion following the initial presentation of
                           Liverpool Is Burning in 2006. This year will set the foundations for a large site-
                           specific installation for 2008. Part of Homotopia. See the Homotopia program for
                           details. 8pm Unity Theatre Liverpool. £6/£5 concessions.
                           Dare to Love. See the Homotopia program for details. 9:15pm Rehearsed Play
                           Reading, Unity Theatre Liverpool, £3.

Nov. 14th Wednesday:
8pm Film Wotever           Film Wotever. Queer films from around the world with open decks for aspiring
8pm Liverpool is Burning   DJ‟s. 8pm Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross N1.
                           Liverpool is Burning. Post-show discussion following the initial presentation of
                           Liverpool Is Burning in 2006. This year will set the foundations for a large site-
                           specific installation for 2008. Part of Homotopia. See the Homotopia program for
                           details. 8pm Unity Theatre Liverpool. £6/£5 concessions.


Nov. 15th Thursday:
8pm Venus as a Boy         Venus as a Boy. Adaptation of Luke Sutherland‟s acclaimed novel performed by
                           award-winning actor Tam Dean Burn. Performance for Homotopia. See the
                           Homotopia program for description. 8pm Unity Theatre Liverpool, £8.50/£6.50
                           concessions.


Nov. 16th Friday:
11am Salon Adrienne        Salon Adrienne. Performance art and drama production for Homotopia. See the
6pm Drama Queen            Homotopia program for description. 11am to 6pm Voodou Hair Salon, 98 Bold St. L1
7:30pm LCG                 Liverpool. Free.
9:30pm Mama Cass           Drama Queen. Play at the Unity Theatre for Homotopia. See the Homotopia
                           program for description. 6pm Unity Theatre, Liverpool, £3.
                           Lesbian Christian Group. Meetings are open to any lesbian who has a Christian
                           faith and would like to meet with other women. Evenings provide opportunities for
                           discussion, sharing of information and informal worship. 7:30pm to 9pm Green
                           Room, Dragon Hall Trust 17 Sturkeley St. Central London, £5 donation.
                           Amy Lame’s Mama Cass Family Singers. Tragi-comic misremembered memoir,
                           play. See the Homotopia program for details. Unity 2 Liverpool, £10/£8 concs.


Nov. 17th Saturday:
12:30pm Older Lesbian      Older Lesbian Network. Provides a safe space for women to meet socially for
9:30am Southwark Vision    discussion, support and fun and is open to those aged 40. “Many of us have a
10pm Evegoes Lavender      feminist perspective and women of all backgrounds, religions, cultures and physical
                           abilities welcome. We are not an appropriate organisation for transsexuals.”
                           12:30pm onwards, 293-299 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ.
                           Southwark Vision for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. The
                           Southwark Anti-Homophobic Forum will join the Southwark LGBT Network on a
                           vision exercise to look at and plan services and leisure opportunities for the LGBT
                           community in Southwark. 9:30am to 4:30pm Hilton Hotel, at the Tower, 5 More
                           London Place, Tooley St. SE1 2BY, Free.
                           Evegoes… Lavender! Celebration of music, comedy and cabaret. See the
                           Homotopia program for details. Unity 2, Liverpool, £7/£5 concessions.
Nov. 18th Sunday: International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Lesbian Mums Group    South London Lesbian Mums Group. Support and social group for lesbian
12pm Pansy Project    parents and their children. Welcomes children of all ages. Just turn up! East Dulwich
2:30pm ITDR           Community Centre 46-64 Darrell Road, London SE22 9NL.
8pm Jay Aston Night   Pansy Project Giveaway. Armistead Centre and Merseyside Police will present at
                      a stall of pansies in Church Street. Paul will be on hand to distribute the flowers and
                      chat about the project. See the Homotopia program for details. 12pm to 4pm
                      Church Street, free.
                      International Transgender Day of Remembrance. This event will be held in
                      the secular Chapel Space and will consist of readings, music and an opportunity to
                      honour and remember our trans brothers and sisters killed violently every
                      year.2:30pm Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London.
                      A Night of a Thousand Jay Astons. A drag lip synch musical about the alleged
                      slutty one from Buck‟s Fizz. See the Homotopia program for details. 8pm The Barfly,
                      Seel Street, Liverpool.

Nov. 19th Monday:
5:30pm NRG Central    NRG Central. For LGB young people who live, study, work and play in Central
6:30pm Girl Diva      London. A time to relax and make new friends, to be out, proud and happy about
                      who you are. 5:30pm to 8:30pm Vauxhall, Central London.
                      Girl Diva. Under 25 lesbian, bisexual or questioning group with information, advice
                      and one-to-one support from lesbian youth workers and other lesbian and bisexual
                      young women. 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Archway, North London.


Nov. 20th Tuesday:
6pm PACE              PACE The Other Side of Forty. Workshop will offer a space to share the choices
6pm Beau Belles       and challenges of live beyond forty, in a safe, sociable and creative space. 6pm to
                      8:30pm PACE 34 Hartham Road, London N7 9JL.
                      Beau Belles. A safe place for young LGBT people to meet, make friends and get
                      support. Runs workshops and trips out as well as providing advice and information.
                      6pm to 8:30pm Leyton, East London.


Nov. 21st Wednesday:
7pm Fundraiser        Comedy Fundraiser for Homeless Women at London’s Café de Paris.
                      Charity comedy night for Eaves, London‟s largest womenonly accommodation
                      provider. 7pm to 1am, Eaves Lincoln House 1-3 Brixton Road, SW9 6DE, tickets are
                      £100 and must be pre-booked.



Nov. 22nd Thursday:
7pm Southwark Exec    Southwark LGBT Network Exec Meeting. 7pm to 9pm Southwark Town Hall,
                      Room A8.


Nov. 26th Monday:
6:15pm Pre Launch     LGBT History Month Pre-Launch. Our prestigious annual Pre-Launch brings
5:30pm NRG Central    together people working in education, the arts and equalities to explore the
6pm Beau Belles       possibilities for their own LGBT History Month events in February 2008. Invitations
                      have been sent out and an rsvp is required for attendance. 6:15pm, The Royal
                      Courts of Justice, Strand, Westminster, London.
                      NRG Central. For LGB young people who live, study, work and play in Central
                      London. A time to relax and make new friends, to be out, proud and happy about
                      who you are. 5:30pm to 8:30pm Vauxhall, Central London.
                           Beau Belles. A safe place for young LGBT people to meet, make friends and get
                           support. Runs workshops and trips out as well as providing advice and information.
                           6pm to 8:30pm Leyton, East London.


November 27th Tuesday:
2pm Metro Centre           Metro Centre. Offers a mental health service including counseling, coming out and
6:30pm Girl Diva           sexuality support groups, outreach support and a drop-in. 2pm to 4 pm The Metro
                           Centre Unit 401, 49 Greenwich High Road London SE10 8JL.
                           Girl Diva. Under 25 lesbian, bisexual or questioning group with information, advice
                           and one-to-one support from lesbian youth workers and other lesbian and bisexual
                           young women. 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Archway, North London.


Nov. 28th Wednesday:
8pm Film Wotever           Film Wotever. Queer films from around the world with open decks for aspiring
                           DJ‟s. 8pm Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross N1.


Nov. 29th Thursday:
10am LGBT Convention      West London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Convention. Brent,
6pm W. London Social      Ealing, Hammersmith, Harrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Richmond. Key national
                          speaker: Peter Tatchell (gay rights campaigner). Workshops on LGBT community
                          safety, health, housing, human rights and equalities legislation. 10am to 4 pm Ealing
                          Town Hall, London.
                          West London Social Event. West London Network. At West 5, 6pm to late.




Coming Soon
Race on the Agenda Think Tank’s Conference
London‟s social policy think tank focusing exclusively on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
issues will be hosting the „BAME Hidden Dimensions of Homelessness‟ conference on Tuesday,
11th December. Speakers include Liz Meek, Regional Director Government Office for London, Alex
Bax Senior Policy Adviser Greater London Authority and Linda Butcher CEO Off the Streets and
Into Work.


What They Said



                          BM LGBT History Month, London WC1N 3XX
                                listmgr@lgbthistorymonth.org.uk
                                  www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk
                                              patrons:
                          Cyril Nri: actor, director, writer; Sarah Weir:
                     Executive Director of the Arts Council, Sir Ian McKellen

				
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