We’re very excited to bring you our 2017 programme, packed with nearly 50 fabulous events! A huge thank you to all our event organisers, donors and supporters who have made this possible.
Please check the dedicated events page for new and updated listings.
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Supporters for 2017
You can donate to our 2017 crowdfunding campaign via our page at The Wonderful Organisation.
Since 2014, York LGBT History Month have coordinated a packed programme of events each February. Our aim is to increase the visibility of LGBT people in history (LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bi and trans, but we take it to mean any non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender identity). We want to raise awareness of the continued existence, contribution and diversity of LGBT people, reclaiming our past and working towards a better future. This year, we’re working hard to put together a programme that’s bigger and better than ever. But money is tight, and we need your help!
Our events are fun, social occasions for York’s community to get together while celebrating LGBT history and learning untold stories. But we believe there’s more to it than that. Raising awareness of LGBT history helps to foster acceptance in the present, and reminds LGBT people – however isolated they might feel – that they are part of a community across time, and they’re not alone.
We hope you’ll consider giving a donation to help us achieve that goal.
How is your school planning to celebrate LGBT History Month?
Do you currently include LGBT history in your curriculum?
How can we help?
Marking LGBT History Month can help your school to celebrate diversity, prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and combat the sense of isolation often experienced by young people who identify as LGBT. York LGBT History Month can support you to develop plans to celebrate LGBT History Month, provide speakers for assemblies or lessons, and create resources tailored to your needs.
For all enquiries, please contact Sarah Conroy (Lead Coordinator) on email@example.com.
LGBT heroes posters
This set of posters provides the perfect way to make LGBT history visible in every area of the curriculum. Each poster features an inspiring historical figure for every subject area, with details of their achievements and a mention of where they fit on the LGBT spectrum. An example is opposite (above on mobile browsers). High-resolution PDFs can be downloaded from the national LGBT History Month website. Look out for print copies available to buy soon!
LGBT History Month wallchart
Produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with the national LGBT History Month team, this wallchart highlights legal and social milestones in the UK’s LGBT history. It can be downloaded for free from the national LGBT History Month website.
Produced by the charity Schools OUT UK, the team behind LGBT History Month, this site provides lesson plans categorised by key stage and subject to help you include LGBT people in all aspects of the curriculum.
Ofsted-recognised teacher training and resource programme that gives staff, students, parents and governors the confidence and strategies to implement an LGBT+-inclusive curriculum.
A Pinterest site collecting LGBT resources for professionals working with young people, produced by York LGBT Forum.
Our list of resources is growing. If there’s something you’d like to see here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can create it for you!
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with resource creation. Working to a particular school’s brief or using your own creative skills, you will plan and develop teaching resources including (but not limited to) posters, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, assembly talks and interactive sessions. Work can be carried out from home and printing expenses are provided. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Conroy on email@example.com.
We currently have several opportunities available to be part of the York LGBT History Month committee. You’d be working with our enthusiastic team to pull together a fantastic programme of events for February, helping to celebrate LGBT history and improve the lives of LGBT people in York and the surrounding area. At the moment we’re looking for:
- Fundraising Coordinator (exploring potential funding from organisations and the community);
- Website Coordinator (managing our website including its overall structure, design and content);
If you think you’d like to fill one of these posts, or for more information, please contact our Lead Coordinator Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of ways you can help out by volunteering with York LGBT History Month. Whether you’d like to gain experience in working with young people, in event planning and coordination, or in marketing, we’d love to have you on board. We have the following volunteering opportunities:
- School outreach work: see our School Outreach section for details
- Help at an event: chair a talk or discussion; help us set up and clear away; check tickets on the door
- Copywriting and publicity: help us publicise our programme on events websites; write blog posts; design leaflets or infographics
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you’d like to help us in another way, please contact us!
York LGBT History Month is a registered charity that serves to increase public awareness of the place of LGBT people in history. (Side note: LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bi and trans, but we take it to include all non-normative/marginalised gender, romantic and sexual identities and intersex.)
We bring to light stories that might traditionally have been ignored, working to develop inclusivity, challenge stereotypes and promote understanding. Our programme of events provides a wide variety of ways for the public to learn about these stories, and our school outreach serves to promote the benefits of inclusion at a key stage in children’s social development.
Our constitution, linked below, sets our the aims (or “objects”) of the charity. These include:
- increasing public awareness of LGBT identities and the accessibility of narratives that showcase them;
- broadening public understanding of the complex nature of gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation;
- countering normative assumptions with regard to gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation;
- celebrating the individual and collective historical achievements of LGBT people.
We achieve these aims through such work as:
- the coordination of a diverse and broad programme of collaboratively-organised events during LGBT History Month (February);
- the promotion of local LGBT history events outside of LGBT History Month;
- ongoing engagement with and support of LGBT History Month initiatives in schools.
What is LGBT History Month?
LGBT History Month highlights the past struggles and achievements of LGBT people, with the aim of promoting and advancing equality and diversity. In the UK, it takes place every February.
York LGBT History Month is a completely independent organisation. The national LGBT History Month campaign is run by Schools OUT UK. You can find out more, sign up for updates and buy official badges and keyrings on the national LGBT History Month website.
Sarah Conroy: Lead Coordinator
Sarah completed her BA in history at York St John University where she became more actively involved in the LGBTQ community. She currently works for York Museums Trust and also volunteered in many other areas of the heritage sector due to her passion for history and heritage. She has also contributed to several heritage community based projects including an LGBTQ project in Leeds called Queer Stories which was exhibited at Leeds City Museum between 2015 and 2016 and also the Heritage Lottery funded project African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Jake Furby: Assistant Lead Coordinator
Jake is the Health and Wellbeing Officer for and a founding trustee of York LGBT Forum. They’re passionate about history – especially local LGBTIQA+ history – and look forward to expanding work in this area further.
Lisa Kelly: Assistant Lead Coordinator
Lisa works full time in retail and transitioned to female whilst at work. She is Co-chair of York LGBT Forum and is very passionate about LGBT rights and the history behind the path to equality. Lisa speaks in public raising awareness of LGBT issues and on subjects from diversity, equality and stereotypes to role models and is hoping to have her biography published in late 2017.
Adrian Lee: Secretary
Adrian works at the University of York where he previously completed a BA with a dissertation on secondary school homophobia and heterosexism and a PhD on the identities and welfare needs of gay men in later life. He is part of the university’s LGBTI Matters staff forum and joined the team in 2015 after helping organise talks for the 2014 and 2015 programmes. Adrian also actively volunteers for a health charity across York, North Yorkshire and Teesside.
Colin McNichol: Treasurer
Colin is a self-employed electrician working in property maintenance. He has been actively involved in York’s best-known LGBT organisations since 2012 and joined the York LGBT History Month team in 2015. He has previously served as Events Officer for York Pride, coordinating regular club nights to raise funds, and currently manages the charity’s finances as Treasurer (he’s York’s LGBT treasurer!). Colin is also a member of York LGBT Forum.
Aidan Newman: Outreach Coordinator (shared)
Aidan is a science teacher at Rossett School. After completing an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Leeds he decided to pursue teacher training. During his training he hosted an equality committee at a local York school where he learned that LGBT pupils were feeling underrepresented in their school community. As a result, he organised a range of activities to promote LGBT History Month 2016, which then lead to him joining the team as one of two Outreach Coordinators so that he can extend the representation of LGBT pupils in schools even further.
Helen Dowson: Outreach Coordinator (shared)
Helen is currently the Student Living Officer at York St John University, where she previously gained a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Film and Television Studies. A trained actress and writer, she splits her ‘free’ time between working at the Grand Opera House theatre, acting in local and national productions and being a homestay host for international students. She is very passionate about educating others on understanding LGBT matters and looking forward to developing the schools outreach programme for 2017.
Salina Cuddy: Programme Coordinator
Salina is a postgraduate student at the University of York, studying for a PhD in linguistics. Her research focuses primarily on the relationship between language, gender and sexuality. She seeks to include groups of speakers that are underrepresented in the field of linguistics, such as gay women. Salina is passionate about diversity in education and hopes to inspire her students to embrace other viewpoints in their own studies.
Peter Hodgson: Publicity Coordinator
Peter was born and raised in North Yorkshire, then moved to London at 18 to to attend City University and pursue a career in event management. He has worked for some of the biggest names in London’s event industry, planning and managing royal and government events, experimental pop-ups, high-profile corporate parties, fashion and luxury brand launches, press days, charity galas, award shows, private fine dining, weddings and other family and social occasions. He was also a volunteer for London Friend and Amnesty International. Having returned to York in 2017, Peter is now a freelance event and hospitality manager and runs a guesthouse in the city. He is also an equality and human rights warrior and enjoys working with like-minded people to create and develop exciting and innovative concepts.
Ellie Terry: Social Media Coordinator
Ellie is a postgraduate teacher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York. Her thesis is called ‘Sexy girls: investigating hypersexualisation and raunch culture’ and she is particularly interested in the views and experiences of women and non-binary folk in relation to how our bodies are represented in mainstream culture. Other academic interests include modern and social history, political theory, pedagogic practice, autoethnography, media/cultural studies and mental health in the academy. Outside of academia Ellie is involved in local political activism and is a founding member of York Feminist Collective – a new, inclusive feminist activist space for York. Her other interests include crafting, science fiction and general geekiness and her dog Lola. She also blogs.
Andy Law: Assistant Coordinator/Founder
Andy is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Andy also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They are also involved in the Everyday Cissexism campaign and write occasionally about trans, poly and other queer matters on their website/blog.
Emily Roach: Assistant Coordinator
For eleven years Emily worked as a lawyer in London. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature and her thesis focused on fanfiction and fan communities. She is a freelance writer and academic, studying Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (MA) at the University of York where she begins her PhD in October 2017. Her doctoral thesis will focus on trans performance poetry. Together with performance poetry, her research interests include queering popular culture, Harry Potter, LGBTQ+ visibility in contemporary media and post-Stonewall LGBTQ+ fiction, in particular young adult fiction. She is a Stonewall Bisexuality Role Model and Schools Coordinator and Bisexuality Coordinator for the York LGBT Forum.
Kit Heyam: Assistant Coordinator
Kit is a PhD student at the University of Leeds and freelance trans awareness trainer. His research focuses on sex between men in medieval and early modern England, and his PhD thesis is entitled ‘Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700’. Over the period 2014-16 Kit developed and coordinated York LGBT History Month’s school outreach programme, as well as delivering talks on his academic research, and he was Lead Coordinator from 2016-17.
Our blog features news and updates on upcoming events and opportunities, including relating to our programme in February, our ongoing school outreach work and occasional events falling outside of LGBT History Month.
The latest two posts are linked below; visit the blog for more!