York LGBT History Month: Week Four!

Kit Heyam2017, Events0 Comments

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This week, as well as our unmissable closing event at The Basement – showcasing music and poetry from local LGBT performers – why not attend a book group, hear a talk by Stonewall head Ruth Hunt, or learn whether a person can talk like a lesbian?

For a full list of all the events taking place throughout the month, see our programme.

Listings are colour-coded by type: Craft | Discussion | Exhibition | FilmPerformance | Personal histories | Service | Social | Talk

Monday 20-Sunday 26 February
Values, identity and participation: ‘VIP’ Event! | Exhibition
All day | Main reception, York Hospital, Wigginton Road, YO31 8HE

The constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities, which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. Visit our display in the main reception at York Hospital to see more.

Organised by: York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tickets: Not required
More information: Margaret Milburn (margaret.milburn@york.nhs.uk | 01904 726633)

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access.

Monday 20 February
Tackling heteronormative archaeology | Discussion
18:30 | D/L/116, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A discussion hosted by the University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network.

Organised by: University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free from lgbtq@yusu.org
More information: Jaz Millar (lgbtq@yusu.org)

Accessibility: baby-changing; gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access

Monday 20 February
Trans law and workplace best practice | Talk
17:30-19:30 | Aviva, Wellington Row, YO90 1WR

Emma Cusdin, People Director at Aviva Investors and co-founder of Trans*formation, discusses current legislation impacting trans people and shares her views on best practice for employers. Emma joined Aviva in 2016 and, on her advice, Aviva have already added the honorific of “Mx” to their job application process and are training the pre-employment screening team on supporting trans job applicants. Registration opens from 17:30, with talk and Q&A from 18:00-19:00, followed by refreshments and networking.

Organised by: Aviva
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/trans-law
More information: Robert Gardner (robert.gardner@aviva.com) | twitter.com/AvivaPride

Accessibility: BSL/English interpretation available on request; gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access

Monday 20 February
Spectrum LGBTQ+ book group | Discussion
18:30-20:30 | Café W, Waterstones York, 15 Coney St, YO1 9QL

Books come in many colours. Contact Andrew or check the website to find out which book the Spectrum book group have chosen for LGBT History Month. All welcome.

Organised by: Waterstones York
Tickets: Not required
More information: Andrew Auton (york@waterstones.com | 01904 620784) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/waterstones | facebook.com/WaterstonesYork

Accessibility: wheelchair access

Tuesday 21 February
LGBT issues in schools | Talk
11:30-12:30 | D/L/047, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk by Aidan Newman: NQT at Rossett School, University of York PGCE graduate, and York LGBT History Month Outreach Coordinator. An opportunity to look at the challenges that LGBT youth face across the country and gain a wider insight into their experiences at school, followed by a discussion of research-backed best practice in schools that can help make a positive impact on students and start to improve the current national picture.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free from info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk
More information: Aidan Newman (aidan@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access

Wednesday 22 February
Can a person talk like a lesbian? | Talk
16:00-17:30 | DG/017, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

The Language and Identities in InterAction Research Unit (School of Languages and Linguistics) present a colloquium by University of York PhD candidate Salina Cuddy. Salina will give an overview of previous linguistic research within the field of language and sexuality and, in particular, research focusing on lesbian speakers. She will then introduce her current project and outline some of the goals she hopes to achieve with this work.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Not required
More information: Professor Chris Hall (c.hall@yorksj.ac.uk | 01904 876507) | yorksj.ac.uk/schools/languages–linguistics/lidia/events

Accessibility: baby-changing; BSL/English interpretation; gender-neutral toilets; hearing loop; wheelchair access.

Wednesday 22 February
“Here I am Lord”: The place for LGBT people in a modern Christian movement | Talk
19:00-20:15 | York Minster, Deangate, YO1 7HH

A talk by Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall. The question as to whether LGBT people can have faith has often led to polarised arguments, with some people losing sight of God. In this lecture, Ruth will explore the range of views on the issue and will discuss some productive ways forward towards creating an inclusive, modern Christian movement.

Organised by: The Ebor Lectures
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/ebor-lectures
More information: Hannah Bernstein (events@yorksj.ac.uk | 01904 876654)

Accessibility: hearing loop; wheelchair access.

Wednesday 22 February – NEW
Girls Lost | Film
21:00 | City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

In this gender-bending thriller, three bullied teenage girls are faced with a seismic shift when they discover a curious planet. It is home to a mysterious, magical plant that, when consumed, temporarily transforms them into boys. Not only does their gender change, but the world around them, and their response to it, is also profoundly altered. Ultimately, a tangle of confused sexuality asks us who loves whom and why – and whether gender identity really matters when it comes to love.

Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Stars: Tuva Jagell, Emrik Öhlander, Louise Nyvall, Alexander Gustavsson, Wilma Holmén, Vilgot Ostwald Vesterlund, Mandus Berg, Adam Dahlgren

Organised by: City Screen
Tickets: £11/£10 (concessions) from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/girls-lost
More information: picturehouses.com/cinema/York_Picturehouse/film/girls-lost

Accessibility: baby-changing; hearing loop; wheelchair access.

Thursday 23 February
Liberal Democrats host Baroness Lynne Featherstone | Talk
18:30-20:00 | P/L/001, Exhibition Centre, University of York, YO10 5DD

University of York Liberal Democrats host a talk and Q&A with Baroness Lynne Featherstone, former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Equalities. Now a Peer in the House of Lords, Baroness Featherstone tells her unique inside story of recent LGBTQ political activism – as a champion of equality, an advocate of LGBTQ rights, and a fundamental agent in bringing about same-sex marriage.

Organised by: University of York Liberal Democrats
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/baroness-featherstone-1
More information: Huw James (libdems@yusu.org) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/baroness-featherstone-2

Accessibility: baby-changing; gender-neutral toilets; hearing loop; wheelchair access

Thursday 23 February
York LGBT History Month presents: Do Us Proud | Performance
20:00-23:00 | The Basement, City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

Celebrate LGBT History Month with an evening of music and spoken word from a fantastic lineup of local performers.
• JJ Langley: York-based queer singer/songwriter performing a medley of covers and heartfelt originals.
• Waifs and Strays: York-based musical trio with guests give a home to songs they like to perform.
• Jaime Bolzern: Self-penned songs and spoken word, as featured at 2015’s “Do Us Proud”, York International Women’s Week and York Literature Festival.
• Izzy Isgate: Queer polyvalent acoustic project. A genre-crossing exploration of song-writing through a myriad of stringed instruments – Appalachian dulcimer, Bulgarian tamboura, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, lute, guitar, and vocals – and anything else with strings attached. Live EP “Making Ground As We Go” out now.
• Jess Gardham: York-based multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/musician. Pop, soul, acoustic fusion. EP “Rise Not Fall” out now.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £6 from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/do-us-proud
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access

Friday 24 February
Lavender Linguistics | Talks
13:00-16:00 | DG/125, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Lavender linguistics gives a unique narrative on sexuality, romanticity, gender identity and their interaction with our everyday language practices. This one day event will include 6 slots for speakers on language, sexuality, and gender identities. Come along to learn about and rethink your language and that of society, at present and across time.
Want to share your knowledge on LGBTQ language practices and lavender linguistics? Submit a proposal to the organisers.

Organised by: University of York and York St John University Linguistics Departments
Tickets: Not required
More information: Huw James (hj756@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/lavender-linguistics

Accessibility: baby-changing; hearing loop

Sunday 26 February
Queer Sundays | Craft
11:00-16:00 | York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, YO1 7EW

Drop in to make performance art at York Art Gallery in this unique and exciting community project. An opportunity for participants to come and explore the artworks from a queer perspective and make their own work from them. Come and have fun with masks, drapes, storytelling, drama, singing, drag, materials, contact improvisation, clowning, percussion, paints, food and anything else you are inspired to play with! Participation includes use of materials.

Organised by: Cast-Off Drama/York Art Gallery
Tickets: Not required
More information: Nina Kane (ninakane@btinternet.com | 07590 388770) | castoffdrama.blogspot.com

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access.

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Kit Heyam

Kit is the lead coordinator of York LGBT History Month. He is a postgraduate teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, working on a thesis entitled ‘Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700’. Over the period 2014-16 he developed and coordinated York LGBT History Month’s school outreach programme, as well as delivering talks on his academic research. Kit is also a Library Services Assistant at Leeds Beckett University, where he campaigns as part of the Rainbow Rose Forum and has delivered trans awareness training to a number of university departments.

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