LGBT History Month Schedule 2017

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LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK. The theme for 2017 is Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

LGBT History Month Launch Event: 3:00pm, Weds 1st Feb, Broadway Theatre.
Speakers from 3:30pm —
Mayor for Lewisham, Steve Bullock
Susan Hailes, Lewisham Met Police LGBT Liaison Officer
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Founder of UK Black Pride
Natacha Kennedy, ‎Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and transgender human rights campaigner

It’s Not Okay: Mon 6th Feb, 10am-4pm, Lewisham Library
Launch of Sexual Abuse/Sexual Violence Awareness Week, #itsnotok, with information and advice from Met Police and sexual health providers. http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org
Twitter handle: @itsnotok2017

NB: not being promoted directly as part of LGBT History Month as it is of wider interest.

LGBT Community Day: Sat 11 Feb, Talent Factory, Catford
Fun and informative social day with crafts and drop in chats with Stonewall Diversity Role Models, Equality and Law specialists and taster session of Strictly Queer Dancing. See poster here.

10th and 11th February at 7:30pm at the Broadway Theatre
Action To The Word’s all male production of A Clockwork Orange:
This production has a big following and last time sold out very quickly, it’s particularly hard hitting and the only version to have permission for an all male cast so features some disturbing scenes including a male rape but it is thought provoking, brilliant and sensitively staged.

Gender Identity & Sexuality: Tues 14 Feb, 4.30-6pm, Somerville Youth & Play Provision
A reading/drama/creative group for 13-17 year olds responding to Shelf Help collections in Lewisham libraries. Theme will be exploring gender identity and sexuality. Part of Reading Well Reading Hack.

VG Lee: Thurs 23 Feb, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Lewisham Library
The ever funny VG Lee will showcase her unique blend of humour and read from her new novel, Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire. Followed by a book signing.

Paradise Press: Sat 25 Feb, 6.30pm for 7pm start, New Cross Learning
Lively poetry and prose readings by a variety of authors from LGBT publisher Paradise Press.

All month:

Book of the Month: Hide by Matthew Griffin
Wendell Wilson and Frank Clifton meet after the Second World War but their love holds real danger. Severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town until Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three and their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. Copies available at your local library and the ELibrary.

LGBT Film showings at Deptford Lounge, Downham and New Cross Libraries. See branch for more details.

Upload your story or memories of growing up in the LGBT community of Lewisham and how it has changed in your lifetime on the Lewisham Voices website.

Stock displays and information in all libraries

Partnership with Historic England Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage research that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, including an interactive map of the UK where visitors can ‘pin’ locations that form part of their LGBTQ history (be it the first gay pub they went to, the location of their first kiss or where they met their first girlfriend or boyfriend)
http://www.historicengland.org.uk/research/inclusive-heritage/lgbtq-heritage-project

Possibility of a talk at a library by Dr Jerzy J. Kierkuc-Bielinski, to be confirmed.

There are more events here and more being created all the time. For more information and how to get involved please go to the Lewisham Council website and for more on what is happening nationally go to the  LGBT History Month website 

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