LGBT History Month 2012

Publish Date: 25/01/2012

This is the 8th year of the nationwide celebration of LGBT History Month. Below are just a few of the many interesting and entertaining events happening across the North West.

CHESTER

LGBT: are we living equally?

Monday 13th February 2012,10am – 4pm.Binks Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ.

This free conference event will look at Equality law, trans issues, supporting LGBT young people and homophobia in both sport and wider society. Speakers include:  Prof. Roger Kay, Prof. Stephen Whittle, The Michael Causer Foundation, Gay Youth ‘R’ Out, Lesbian & Gay Foundation, The Justin Campaign, Transforum. http://bit.ly/bF2MR1

LANCASHIRE

Pink Collection /Outing the Past

Countywide / throughout February. Lancashire County Council are holding a number of events across Lancashire throughout February which will include a mix of talks, performances, music, exhibitions, displays and information.

Museums, libraries and archives will join together to host fun and creative events, aimed at increasing awareness of LGBT culture and heritage in Burnley, Leyland, Lancaster and Preston. For more information, email: Kathryn.rooke@lancashire.gov.uk  or visit: http://bit.ly/lgbt2012

MERSEYSIDE

Alan Turing: Triumph and Tragedy

Wednesday 22nd February 2012: 4.00pm. Free lecture followed by Q&A session @ Eleanor Rathbone Lecture Theatre, Eleanor Rathbone Building, University of Liverpool. Alan Turing was one of the most influential British scientists of the 20th Century.

To commemorate the centenary of his birth, the University of Liverpool’s LGBT Staff Network and the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures host a public lecture about the life, work and tragic death of Alan Turing by the best-selling writer Paul Gannon. Please book onto this event by emailing: rekelly@liverpool.ac.uk More info at : http://www.liv.ac.uk/maps/

OLDHAM

Louise Wallwein writing workshop

As part of LGBT History Month, Oldham Library welcomes writer, film maker and poet Louise Wallwein to lead a creative writing workshop exploring the world in which we live and the human form. 9 February, 3-4.30pm. Ring Oldham Library on 0161 770 8000 for more.

GREATER MANCHESTER

Being Me

An opportunity for people who identify as black or minority ethnic and lesbian, gay and bisexual to share experiences, listen to others and find out about the support and information available FREE. Feb 4th @ The LGF contact darren.knight@lgf.org.uk to reserve your place http://bit.ly/upau4O

Queer Contact

6th-11th  February Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA. Contact brings together the best in queer culture and featuring LGBT performers from the UK and across the world, this year's highlights include a performance from Grammy-nominated The Tiger Lilies, a theatrical spectacular from cabaret collective Mother’s Ruin, and a new music project for young LGBT people from MC Envy - Beyond da Box. Search for ‘queer contact’ at: http://contactmcr.com

Pioneers & Progress

Thursday 23rd February 7pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource
Centre, Manchester, M1 3HF. Around five years ago Mike Newman began to produce a short history of freedom for gay men in Britain since the 1950’s after reading an article about the lack of awareness of early gay liberation campaigners.

Over the last few years Mike has interviewed five such campaigners: Leo Abse, Antony Grey, Allan Horsfall, Peter Tatchell and Dennis Killin. This special free event has been organised to share these unique interviews.To attend or for more info e-mail: andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk

SALFORD

Take Action: Make Schools Safer Event

Thursday February 2nd between 5pm - 6pm at The University of Salford Building, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Salford. The University of Salford and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation invite you to a special free event aimed at helping schools challenge homophobic bullying, support all their young people and promote understanding across communities. To register to attend contact: A.Pile@salford.ac.uk

Launch Event: LGBT Sport and Media

Thursday 2nd February,6.15pm-8.30pm, University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus, Plot B4, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2HE. In response to the national LGBT History Month theme of Sport, leading figures from the worlds of basketball, rugby, radio and sports journalism will discuss the representation of LGBT issues in the media from the perspective of players, fans and journalists.

Speakers include: John Amaechi, Bob Ballard, Sarah Williams, Claire Harvey, Dave Randles .To book a place at this free event contact: 0161 295 9003 or email h.morgan1@salford.ac.uk | Refreshments will be provided.

On The Fringes

Workshop led by Michelle Green, Tuesday 7th February, 12pm-2pm. Bronte Room, Faraday House, Crescent Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT. A unique opportunity to explore untold stories with a focus on the experience of being on the fringe of mainstream LGBT discourse.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Pub Quiz

Friday 17th February, 5.30pm-7pm. Bar Yours, University House, Peel Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT.

To celebrate LGBT History Month, the LGF will be touring the region to test your knowledge on all things LGBT. From sport & entertainment to politics and history, see how much you know about the achievements and contributions made by leading LGBT figures.

Transgender Equality Training delivered by TREC

Tuesday 21st February, 2pm-4pm. Derwent Room, University House, Peel Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT.

TREC’s training sessions have been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the trans diversity strand. Participants are introduced to key topics pertaining to trans people and their identities, communities and lives.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus

Wednesday 29th February, 7.30pm. Peel Hall, Peel Building, Peel Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT. Celebrate the close of our LGBT History Month celebrations with a unique performance by the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus.

University of Salford were named the 21st top employee in Stonewall's Work Equality Index 2012 and their LGBT Staff Network were also named one of their star performers.

More information about Salford events can be found at:http://www.equality.salford.ac.uk/page/lgbt_201

For up to date nationwide LGBT History Month listings visit: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/