Claiming our Past Celebrating our Present Creating our Future LGBT History Month bulletin 58 Welcome to the 58th LGT History Month Bulletin. There are 5 sections: News: A selection of LGBT related news articles from the past month Birthdays: a list of LGBT people‟s March birthdays. Both dead and alive! Events: a calendar of shows, conferences and meetings Community: appeals, requests and community based ideas Quotes: who said what, where and when News Support A Day in Hand On Sunday 17th May, same-sex couples will take to the streets of the nation for one of the biggest organised same-sex hand holding events in the world. This is to coincide with IDAHO. The initiative is the brainchild of teacher and LGBT rights campaigner Dave Watkins. There is a facebook group and the idea is to have your photo taken while holding hands with someone of the same sex and have it put „out‟ on the web; like an electronic quilt. David, a Schools OUT and LGBT History Month Working Party member and treasurer said: “For many straight couples, holding hands in public is second nature: an honouring of commitment, a declaration of love. For same-sex couples who want to make that same (simple) declaration it can result in fear and hatred. Sometimes the fear comes from others, oftentimes it comes from within ourselves. At work, within our circles, and in our communities, LGBT people can stand proud, but in public, home and away, as visible couples, we are remain separable and distinctivly 'love-lite'. To find out more, go to http://www.idaho.org.uk/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=192&Itemid=2 8 For other IDAHO events, or to register one of your own, go to www.idaho.org.uk 3 in 10 Teenagers Get Sex Education from Internet Porn How should children learn about sex: form parents/guardians; teachers; or from internet porn sites? 3 in 10 children learn about the birds and the bees from internet porn and teenagers watch an average of 90 minutes of porn on the net every week. Those are the shocking findings of a survey carried out for Channel 4, for the Sex Education vs. Pornography programme. This in a nation that has only just legislated for Sex and Relationships education for all pupils from primary education onwards. So we are producing young adults who may not have had a scrap of sex education in schools but may have spent their formative and teenage years watching grown ups performing dangerous sex acts with multiple partners with no contraception. And we have the highest number of teenage pregnancies and STIs in Europe. Here‟s a basic numeracy and literacy issue: what does 2 + 2 add up to? It‟s as simple as ABC! Our children: Straight, L,G,B and T are being put at risk because our schools have neglected to teach them properly about sex and have left the porn peddlers to fill the information gap. Older LGB people Don’t Feel Safe using mental health Services in London According to a survey and report by Polari, older LGB people still don‟t feel safe using the mental health services in London, even though there are laws to protect them from discrimination in the provision of goods and services. Many feared other mental health services and most felt isolated and alone. Staff were generally thought of positively, although a few felt they were treated negatively because they were LGB. For the full report and executive summary go to http://www.casweb.org/polari/file-storage/index?&folder_id=939657 Milk veteran wants to know who you’re sleeping with A veteran LGBT rights campaigner and unionist who was featured in Milk came over to the UK on the first weekend in April to speak to people at the BFI lesbian and gay film Festival. Cleve Jones was the young man with curly hair and glasses who rejected Harvey‟s first approach at recruiting him but returned with a broken heart and became his best campaigner. Between dates in London he came to the TUC and told us about his latest campaign: Sleep with the Right People. The US union UNITE (nothing to do with the UK Union of the same name) was increasingly concerned that some multi-national corporate hotel companies were employing migrant labour at atrocious rates of pay and giving them ridiculous workloads, whilst some were also bank-rolling anti-LGBT rights evangelical groups. Sleep with the Right people is a campaign to boycott these hotels until their owners see the error of their ways. They are messing with the man who realised the AIDS quilt when Reagan was in denial and helped get Coors beer taken out of every gay bar in the USA! Currently the Manchester Hyatt and the Lax Hilton are under fire. Since these companies have hotels all over the world we need to internationalise the campaign. London Citizen and the UK Unite union are helping to challenge these companies in London and the UK. Go to www.sleepwiththerightpeople.org for the US and Canada site. For Unite UK go to www.amicustheunion.org.uk and for London Citizens go to www.londoncitizens.org.uk I SIB after Easter The long-awaited and much discussed Single Equalities Bill is set to have its first reading in the House after the Easter recess but before May. International Homosexuality a capital crime in Iraq Iraq‟s own death row has 128 prisoners awaiting execution. Denied a fair trial and name and shamed before conviction, a large number are understood to face the rope for “the crime of homosexuality”, according to Iraqi LGBT rights campaigner Ali Hilli. For the full report go to http://iraqilgbtuk.blogspot.com/2009/03/stop-executions-of-gay-iraqis.html EU Slams Europe-wide LGBT discrimination The European Union's Fundamental Right's Agency (FRA) has published the second part of the report "Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States" covering the social situation of LGBT people in EU Member States. The report noted that: Pride events are being obstructed in Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Poland; LGBT people are being denied their rights by politicians and religious leaders in Italy, Hungary, Malta, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic; and across Europe homophobic abuse is levelled at people in the workplace, in schools and when seeking medical care. "Now we have a report by an EU agency clearly showing that LGBT people are suffering severe and unacceptable levels of discrimination and harassment within the EU", said Michael Cashman, President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights. "Politicians in Member States and the European Commission have a reliable factual data as well as good recommendations by FRA to tackle the problems. I urge politicians to have the courage to end the discrimination which causes so much suffering to so many citizens of Europe." Lesbian Birthdays April 16th – Dusty Springfield (1939-99) – 6os British singer and pop-icon April 27th - Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-94)- (writer, philosopher and feminist) born in London Gay Birthdays April 2nd – Paul Gambaccini – veteran broadcaster and music pundit AKA ‘The Professor of Pop’ though he knows his classics too April 23rd (exact date uncertain) – William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Trans birthdays April 25th – April Ashley – UK’s most famous trans woman, outed as such by The Sunday People in 1961 Events Calendar LGBT Pride Calendar For all pride events this year, click on http://www.gaytoz.com/united/prides.html Welcome to Gingerbeer! The Lesbian Guide to London www.gingerbeer.co.uk We are sending out a final reminder about this story contest, ending March 31, 2009. We have received some amazing stories from all over the world, but do still need additional stories. You can get more information about the contest at www.spiralriver.com. You can submit a story at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=VajoLXgo39q9RldDk6ia0w_3d_3d. This link can be forwarded to others. Additionally you can submit more than one story at this link. You can also submit a story at the link provided below, but this link cannot be forwarded and you will only be allowed to submit one story at this link. The limitation of the vendor we are using forces us to include this link but doesn't allow it to be forwarded to others. Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=rX1E0wH_2ba7SrvbA7Qaf7WA_3d_3d Thank you Grace at Spiral River Productions Regulars Date where when what Mon Nottingham Eve PM Badminton Social(weekly) http://www.badmintonsocial.co.uk/ Croydon Town Hall 7.30pm Crocus Meeting. The Intercom 7-9pm Western Girls This group runs on the first Monday of the Community Centre in month and is a safe space for all who have had, in the Exeter process of or are considering male to female gender reassignment. This social get together for directions or more info contact email@example.com Tues Cramlington Eve LGBT Youth (13-19). Sharon on: 01670 597 865 or Steve at MESMAC on: 0191 233 1333 Hackney 5.30-9pm The Green Door LGBTQI Youth Project 07772 565 546 London Charing Cross 9-late Ruby Tuesday. Regular night out for lesbians and Road their guests Ku Bar WC2H 7BA Greenwich MetroCentre, 6-8pm Penelope‟s Pitstop. Drop in advice and testing for women who have 110 Norman Rd. sex with women 020 8305 5000 Greenwich The Marlborough Clinic, 2-4pm Over 55‟s LGBT group (last Tues every month) Jackie 020 8305 5000 Royal Free Hospital Pond St, Hampstead, 8.30-11.30 Sexual Health MOTs for 50+ gay and bi men 020 7830 2847 NW3 2PF (monthly: every last Tuesday) Central Station, 37 7pm-12 Bar Wotever Wharfdale Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9SE The Castle, Camberwell 7.30pm Camberwell Gay Book Group. Every third Tuesday Church St Free S London N/A 6pm (last Tuesday of the month) Out in South London - local LGBT radio show with Rosie Wilby and guests Listen online at www.southcityradio.org Wed The Glass Bar 7.30-9.30 London Lesbian and Bi Women‟s Group Social & Discussion 190 Euston Road NW1 2EF Grand Hall, Battersea 7pm Wandsworth Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Forum Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 Thurs Fri The Oak Bar, 79 Green 9pm-3am Club Wotever Lanes, N16 9BU Sat Leicester Pink Pedallers For more information on this event or on the Pink Pedallers Cycling Group Cycling Group, contact Elizabeth Barner, CTC Cycling Development Officer on 0116 229 2582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun and Doves, 8pm Coldharbour Lane Performances from 9pm (every Saturday) Camberwell Queer Complex: queer cabaret and music from Club Wotever S London and Gay Camberwell.Free Sun 5pm The Church Of The Assumption & LGBT Catholic Mass (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month) St Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho The Candlestick, 8pm Gay Night Out in Herts Essendon London: East Dulwich 3-5pm South London Lesbian Mums Group email@example.com for details. Every third Sunday of the month The Castle, 65 4pm Free film screening with free popcorn Camberwell Church Street April and May Date where when What BFI London From 1.50 Lesbian and Gay Film Festival http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/ 5 Su The Drill Hall, 4pm The Drill Hall Darlings: Take me Back to Lesbos by Giselle Chenies Street, Johnson London WC1E 7EX http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl302.html BFI London From 1.50 Lesbian and Gay Film Festival http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/ 6M London Gay’s The 7pm Jim Grimsley, the multi-award-winning best-selling American 7T Word bookshop author of the brilliant 'Dream Boy,' 'Comfort & Joy' and the new collection of stories 'Jesus is Sending You a Message' reads at Gay's the Word and discusses the film adaptation of 'Dream Boy' which screens at the LLG Film Festival the previous evening and the afternoon of the 7th at the NFT BFI London From 1.40 Lesbian and Gay Film Festival http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/ BFI London From 2pm Lesbian and Gay Film Festival http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/ 8W 9 Th 10 F 11 Sa 12 Su 13 M Henderson Court 6-9pm Older Gay men‟s Group Meeting. Guest Speaker Brian Paddick 14 T 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, Hampstead, NW3 6NS (entrance on Prince Arthur Rd) ANDAZ Hotel 6.30pm BEATING THE RECESSION 15 W (Formerly the Great The Gay Business Association is planning a major workshop Eastern Hotel) 40 on how gay and lesbian-owned businesses, and gay and Liverpool Street, lesbian employees in organisations, can work together London, EC2M 7QN through the economic crisis. Southwark Town 7 – 9 pm LGBT Network Exec. Open meeting: everyone welcome 16 Th Hall, 35 Peckham If you are interested, please contact Dax on: Rd, SE5 8UB. Room firstname.lastname@example.org A3 020 7525 5659/ 07958 301324 www.southwark-lgbt.org 7pm Aurora meeting to discuss the Kellie Telesford trans murder Croydon (go to case. Croydon‟s lesbian, gay, bi and transgender police website for venue consultation group www.aurora-croydon.org.uk details) For up-to-date information: www. aurora-croydon.org.uk click on Kellie Telesford 7pm Author Event - Elizabeth Wilson, author of 'The Twilight Hour' Gay’s the Word, reads from her excellent new novel, 'War Damage' set in London 1940s London; will appeal to both men and women. 7.30 pm Pink Sou’westers offers out-of-town‟, non-scene, social, South West support and activities. (full disabled access, no. 18 bus stops Birmingham: outside) It will be a general social evening but will include Holloway Hall discussion on ideas for future events, activities and trips, Community Centre, indoor and outdoor. So whether you fancy beetle drives or Holloway, bowling, cycling or cinema, come and tell us your ideas. We‟ll Northfield, B31 1TT aim to ensure that all venues are accessible, that events are as inclusive as possible and that there is a good proportion of free or low cost activities included 17 F 18 Sa 19 Su 20 M Bournemouth 6-8pm Trustee recruitment and group networking 21 T Fusion Youth In association with Dorset & Cornwall Standing Council Building Lead Officers. If you are part of an LGBT group then this event is an opportunity for you to show case your group or service to new people, to attract new members or people who are considering acting as Trustee‟s and get information out to people who may not have come into contact with your LGBT group or activity before. If you are not part of a group or not sure about what‟s going on in your area then this event is also definitely for you. With new groups and activities starting up all the time this will be your opportunity to get involved and try something new. There will be refreshments and cake as well as lots of new and exciting things to find out! Call us on 01392 201012 or email on email@example.com to find out more. St Sidwells Centre, 6pm LGBT History Pride 2010 meeting. 22 W Sidwell Street, We will be taking a look at what has been achieved and what Exeter. we can achieve for the 2010 event. It would great to see some new faces as well as familiar ones– if you want to find out more about how you can get involved – come along or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01392 201012 Vernon Hall, 6-8pm Hackney Older Lesbians Group Meeting Florfield Road, Hackney E8 1DT The Soho Medical 6-8.30pm Westminster LGBT Community 23 Th Centre. 1 Frith Focus Group Street (off Billie and Leslie from the Westminster police are setting up Soho Square), a new community led LGBT forum. The forum is made up of London W1 local residents and professionals and they meet up to discuss a range of issues relevant to the whole LGBT community. Please give Billie a call on 07766471903 if you would like more information and to confirm your attendance. Food and refreshments provided!! 24 F Women's Library. 12-2 Between the Covers: history of women‟s magazines. Free tour 25 Sa London Metropolitan University. 25 Old Castle Street. E1 7NT 26 Su North East Wales N/A Drop-in Coffee Club email@example.com 27 M Henderson Court 6-9 Older Gay Men‟s Group Film Night: And the band Played on 28 T 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, Hampstead, NW3 6NS (entrance on Prince Arthur Rd) 29 W Play, Torbay Eve Pride not Prejudice are holding a fundraising party at Play in 30 Th Torbay to raise funds for Torbay Pride. The party is fancy dress with the theme of P (i.e. dress up as anything that begins with P!) £5 entrance and a £50 cash prize for the best costume Gay’s The Word, 7pm Author Event - the greatly talented poet Mark Walton slams London his stanzas Notting Hill Extra 2-4pm 50+ Lesbian and Bi Women in Westminster Group Care Facility. Upstairs Activity Room., 60 Penfold St, Westminster, NW8 8PG 1F The Drill Hall, 2.30pm http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html 2 Sa Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX Birmingham Village 4pm Quest AGM social: at Village Inn. Possibility of meal later on. Inn 07868844776 The Drill Hall, 2.30pm http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html 3 Su Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX 4M Hall for Cornwall, 6-8pm Trustee recruitment and group networking 5T Truro In association with Dorset & Cornwall Standing Council Lead Officers. If you are part of an LGBT group then this event is an opportunity for you to show case your group or service to new people, to attract new members or people who are considering acting as Trustee‟s and get information out to people who may not have come into contact with your LGBT group or activity before. If you are not part of a group or not sure about what‟s going on in your area then this event is also definitely for you. With new groups and activities starting up all the time this will be your opportunity to get involved and try something new. There will be refreshments and cake as well as lots of new and exciting things to find out! Call us on 01392 201012 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. 54 Chalton 6.30-8pm street, London Older Lesbian Social Group in Camden. NW 1 1HS Please give Debbie a call for more information on 0207121 3331 6W 7 Th 8F The Drill Hall, 2.30pm http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html 9 Sa Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX The Drill Hall, 2.30pm http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html 10 Su Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX 11 M 12 T 13 W 14 Th 15 F The Drill Hall, 2.30pm http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html 16 Sa Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX Blackpool All day Pride Birmingham 9.30am Quest day trip to Worcester, meeting at Birmingham New St. 07868844776 Worldwide All Day IDAHO. Includes a Day in Hand www.idaho.org.uk 17 Su The Drill Hall, 11.30am http://www.drillhall.co.uk/pl321.html Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX Pride Blackpool All day 18 M 19 T 20 W 21 Th 22 F Birmingham All day Pride 23 Sa Birmingham afternoon Quest: Meet-up at Birmingham Pride, in the afternoon, for those interested. There will hopefully be a multi-faith stall arranged, with Quest, MCC, LGCM, Quakers, Pagans and other gay religious groups involved. This is being planned at the moment. 07868844776 Birmingham All day Pride 24 Su North East Wales N/A Drop-in Coffee Club email@example.com 25 M Birmingham All day Pride 26 T 27 W 28 Th 29 F Harbertonford 7.30- 8.45- Darn your drainpipes, launder your leg warmers, and get 30 Sa Village Hall, near workshop. ready for sisters‟ stomp to go retro with Totnes 8.45 - a relaxed, friendly, funky and fun dance night for lesbians and midnight- bisexual women. There will also be a Stomp fabulous strictly sisters workshop. Dressing up is positively encouraged. £8/£7 Workshop and Stomp, £7/£6 Stomp only. BYO drinks. More information from firstname.lastname@example.org 31 Su 1M 2T Community Women at Pride Survey How do you feel about Pride London? Can we make Pride more attractive for women? What would you do differently? What is already being done just right? Let us know by filling out the following survey. Click Here to take the survey Those who complete the survey by 12noon Tuesday 31st March 2009 can be entered into a competition to win a pair of tickets to the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Centrepiece Screening of "Ghosted" on Wednesday 1st April at 18:15. Those who complete the survey by 5pm Thursday 2nd April 2009 can be entered into a competition to win a pair of tickets to Gingerbeer's screening of "To Each Her Own" on Saturday 4th April at 4pm. And everyone can be entered into a competition to win a couple of DVDs! Birmingham LGBT Community Trust and LGBT Consortium will be running ongoing fundraising surgeries for voluntary groups with either no funding or funding of less than £10,000 pa Please contact by reply to book places Regards David Viney Development Worker Birmingham LGBT Community Trust http://www.blgbt.org Tel : 0121 773 0633 Broken Rainbow and The White Ribbon Campaign need artists! We're working in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign and are holding an art exhibition as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, entitled 'The Art of Respect'. To support White Ribbon's campaign to end violence against women through a continual process of education and awareness raising and to contribute towards our work to provide support for those experiencing domestic violence in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, we are looking for artists to submit work using the theme of domestic violence. This could be anything from using graphic design to produce promotional images or posters, to pieces in any media interpreting emotions or issues surrounding this subject. Work will be displayed at b@rplace, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge for the duration of the festival, with a fundraising auction on Tuesday 7th July - a percentage of monies raised will go to the artist. White Ribbon will also be hosting a number of talks on the importance of raising the subject of domestic violence and the work of both charities; literature and merchandise will be available throughout. Anyone wishing to take part in this event should contact the White Ribbon office on 01422 844675 or email us at email@example.com Further information can also be found at www.broken-rainbow.org.uk or www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk. Recruitment of Panel members in East Yorkshire The Community Panel brings community voices to the heart of this strategic regional programme. The regional programme is part of a national initiative aiming to bring about clear improvement in the quality of community empowerment across England. It is based around the themes of: Active citizens Strengthened communities Partnership with public bodies The Community Panel comprises people who are active at neighbourhood / community level around the issues of local and community voice and democracy. Some may be paid workers, but most will be residents who are active in an unpaid capacity. The Panel draws on this knowledge, skills and experience in order to improve community empowerment and engagement across the region. Members of the Panel will already be active in their community and will bring direct experience of how policies on community empowerment and engagement work on the ground. They will contribute community perceptions of what works and what are the barriers, lodging issues and starting the development of a community auditing mechanism. An application form and further details can be downloaded from www.yhep.org.uk Closing date: 9am on 13th April 2009 For further information contact COGS – 0114 2687070, firstname.lastname@example.org Coming Soon Get ready for Copenhagen 2009! Brief Encounters Brief Encounters isa thought-provoking, educative piece of drama about the lives of a group of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) and straight people at school. Accompanying the play is a workshop and a teacher‟s pack.Gendered Intelligence also delivers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and ongoing support for teaching staff. Gendered Intelligence is an organisation working with young people, delivering creative workshops and arts programmes in schools, colleges and other settings to generate discussion and debate around gender and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives. This play and workshop is aimed at Year 10 – 13 students and designed to fit into the PSHE national curriculum as it looks at personal issues such as identity and relationships. The play and the workshop aim to: · Demonstrate respect for differences between people with regard to gender identity and sexual orientation. · Recognise difference and diversity (for example in culture, lifestyles, gender identity, sexuality or relationships), and demonstrate understanding and empathy towards others who live their lives in different ways. They can assertively challenge prejudice and discrimination (for example that related to gender, race, disability, etc). · Ensure pupils can discuss relationships, feelings and emotions. Gendered Intelligence understands the barriers and problems that schools face when trying to tackle homophobia and transphobia. We know it takes time for teachers and pupils to feel confident enough to confront LGBTQ issues. Brief Encounters offers a space to encourage discussion about gender and sexual orientation in a safe and controlled environment. The play will be available from Monday 29th June until Friday 9th July 2009. We are provisionally offering 10 free places to interested schools. These places however are dependent on funding and the cost of the entire package is £300 to schools who do not gain a free place. For more information or to book the play and workshop, please contact Jay Stewart on Jay.Stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk or call 07841 291 277. In addition, we are working in collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama allowing us to offer pupils further information regarding possible future careers in the arts. Homophobic and Transphobic Quotes Even long-term foreign residents aren't likely to have heard about, for example, a bisexual woman who was burned alive in 2006, and the rape, murder and burning of a lesbian last year. Both cases were reported only in the Thai dailies. Rarely will they pick up stories on constant harassment and discrimination against katoeys, whose life options are severely limited. These "non-issues" are often brushed aside by Thais. Report from Thailand’s The Nation (03-04-09) “Racism and homophobia have absolutely no place in rugby union.” RU Disciplinary panel chairman Chris Quinlan after fining a Cornwall club for producing a cup programme with racist and homophobic jokes in it (Sun 02-04-09) This is old news, but I found the ad so offensive that i felt compelled to post it anyway. Apparently the creators of the ad find excessive drinking to be extremely repulsive, but of course only for women. Why? Because drinking excessively is drinking “like a man.” And the ad relies on attempting to provoke disgust by displaying a masculine-looking face with makeup and female attire. A trans woman in the town where the ad was distributed has filed a complaint about the ad, and asked for its removal. However, NHS claimed that the posters had been effective in reducing excess drinking in women, and saw no reason to remove the ads. The creators of the ad insist that they made the ad in conjunction with the “national lead for the transgender community,” and that the ad is not transphobic or problematic. The Gender Bender Blog 03-04-09 See you next Month! LGBT History Month Patrons: Cyril Nri, actor, director and writer, Sir Ian McKellen, actor, Labi Siffre, poet, songwriter and singer.