We’re hugely excited to bring you our 2018 programme, packed with over 40 fabulous events! A massive thank you to all our event organisers, donors and supporters who have made this possible.

All details of any updates or new events are in pink in the text only version below.

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Complete and updated listings FOR 2018

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

 

Wednesday 31 January
Film Screening: The Queen of Ireland | Film
20:00 pre-film drinks 21:00 film screening | City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

The Queen of Ireland is the incredible story of Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss and her creator, Rory O’Neill. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti is an accidental activist and, in her own words, ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.
Directed by Conor Horgan and produced by Blinder Films, the film follows Rory and Panti on their journey from a small town in Mayo to Irish national figureheads for equality, and all the way to global spokespersons for LGBT rights.

Organised by: York Irish Association
Tickets: £11.00 available at Our Screen website | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/queen-of-ireland
More information: Brian Rock (rockbrian1999@yahoo.com)

Accessibility: Baby changing, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

 

Friday 2 February
The History of the Transgender Rights Movement in the UK | Talk
17:00 – 18:00 | P/L/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York YO10 5DD

A presentation/talk and resulting discussion on the history of the transgender rights movement here in the UK and also touching on Europe in general. Hosted by the co-officer and transgender convenver for the University of York’s LGBTQ Network.

Organised by: University of York LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Rowen Ellis (rowensellis@gmail.com | 07498 314335) | facebook.com/yusu.lgbtq/

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

 

Friday 2 February
York LGBT History Month 2018 Launch Night | Social
18:30 – 21:00 | Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Celebrate the start of York LGBT History Month 2018 with a fun evening out. Our launch night will feature a quiz, a bar (cash-only) serving soft and alcoholic drinks, live music, films and speeches – plus an opportunity to network with local LGBT organisations and councillors. It’s free to attend, but space is limited so please register using the link below.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/launch
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

 

Friday 2 February
Queer Noise | Social
20:00 | Courtyard, Derwent College, University of York YO10 5DD

Queer Noise is bringing you the finest musical talent right to one of the most popular campus venues. LGBT representation in music has always been a progressive force in driving queer representation into the spotlight. Come along for an evening of music, dancing and cocktails. Acts to be determined.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, but £2 suggested donation to York LGBT History Month
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

 

Saturday 3 February
York LGBT Coffee Morning | Social
10:00 – 12:00 | Yorkshire Mesmac, The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ

Join us for our monthly coffee morning. This will be a history-themed coffee morning and we will be discussing the changes in the legislation for LGBT people in this country and across the world.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575)

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

 

Saturday 3 February
York LGBT History Month Day of Talks | Talk UPDATED
9:00 – 17:00 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS

York Explore Library and Archive will play host to a fascinating variety of free talks on all aspects of LGBT history. Visitors can drop in throughout the day to discover hidden stories and forgotten heroes, and to find out about the other exciting events taking place throughout the month of February. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch will be available to purchase from the café.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby or Lisa Kelly (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events

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

9:30 Welcome
10:00 Emily Roach, Tales of the City: Gay Male Authored Fiction and America’s Queer Geographies

This paper analyses place and space in a number of contemporary works of gay male authored American fiction. I take a journey from San Francisco’s Castro District to the discotheques of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and the beaches of Fire Island Pines. During that journey I explore theories on the unstable space of the closet, queer migration, rural queerness and critiques of the tendency to equate rural to urban geographical movement with coming of age and coming out.

10:45 Break
11:00 Eleanor Formby, Charting the flip-side of progress: LGBT people’s perceptions of lost spaces and experiences in the UK

In researching LGBT people’s understandings and experiences of communities in the UK, I found a significant proportion of people talking about the past with nostalgia in relation to places, events and experiences that have been ‘lost’ as a consequence of improved legislation and attitudes towards LGBT equalities. This shows that when there was more to, as one participant said, ‘be angry about’ some people had a greater sense of community, shared within particular venues and/or at certain times.

12:00 CANCELLED

AB Highley, Performing the Binary: Historical accounts of genderfluidity in English theatre and their impact on my identity’

In this talk I will cover the best drag kings you’ve never heard of, the historic gender-fluid act who changed the meaning of ‘male impersonation’ and my own experience of performing in drag and understanding my gender identity. This discussion is for everyone. It is for anyone who has ever wondered where non-binary people were in history. It is for anyone who has never even heard of gender-fluid or non-binary people and is interested in finding out about our history and identity. Please come along and have a great time learning about music hall theatres, genderfluidity and a little bit about me!

 

NEW

Maz Brown, Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma

Detailing mental health and also mentioning my mental health platform Time 2 Talk – Breaking Stigmas

12:45 Lunch Break
14:00 Steven Dryden, Gay UK: Love, Law, and Liberty

Steven Dryden, curator at the British Library, will talk about the Gay UK: Love, Law, and Liberty exhibition that took place last summer (2017) and which marked 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality in the UK. How have perceptions of homosexuality changed and what impact have they had in creating distinctive and dynamic gay identities in the UK?

14:50 Ben Vincent, ‘Non-Binary Genders: Western, Non-Western, and Contemporary British Histories’

This talk gives a broad overview of gender beyond the binary of male and female, divided roughly into three sections. The first addresses gender diversity in Western contexts, exploring the connection between gender and sexuality by looking at the English Mollies. The Italian Femminielli, and Albanian sworn virgins are also discussed. A cross-cultural consideration of eunuchs then expands the scope to non-western contexts, covering a range of historical and contemporary third (fourth, and fifth!) gender categories – particularly across Asia and the Americas. The journey finishes by returning to the UK, to take a closer look at how ‘non-binary’ has manifested as a category over the last few years.

15:40 Break
16:00 Brian Ogallon and Gerald Hayo, Defending LGBTQI Rights in Kenya

Rural Africa is believed to be the bedrock of homophobia and very tough cultural practices against persons perceived to be part of the LGBTQI community. There is a common concern that the LGBTQI agenda is foreign in origin and is ‘imposed on vulnerable Africans’ from the outside. The two speakers will explore these themes

Brian and Gerald are Kenyan LGBTQI activists working in both urban and pastoral regions of Kenya. They are currently undertaking a Protective Fellowship at the University of York

 

Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February
Navigaytor | Service
8:00 – 00:00 | York Teaching Hospital Reception, Wigginton Road, York YO31 8HE

A display mapping the services and support available to the people of North Yorkshire and beyond with regard to raising social awareness around LGBT issues such as sexual health, aging without children, and transgender and mental health.

Organised by: York Teaching Hospital
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Steven Clark (lgbtstaff@york.nhs.uk | 01904 725582)

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Monday 5 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.

Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 6 February
LGBT Representation in American and British Film/TV: Screenings and Discussion | Film and Discussion
18:00 | V/045, Vanbrugh College, University of York, York YO10 5DD

Join Lexington Lawson (MA Digital Film and Television Production) for a screening and discussion of select clips of American and British Film/TV from its inception to now.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7 February
Jewish Queeries – exploring Judaism through the experience of being LGBT | Discussion
17:00 – 19:00 | PS/C/003, Psychology Building Block C, University of York, York YO10 5DD

Explore traditional and creative Jewish texts and ideas through the experience of being LGBT. From “thou shalt not lie” to new prayers and Torah commentaries, these texts will stimulate a discussion on the challenges – and the creative contributions – arising from Jewish people grappling with sexuality. Participants can ask questions from the presenter about growing up, living and working in the Jewish community as a queer man, and may wish to develop their very own Torah Queery.

Organised by: York Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emmett Stone (es1328@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/jewish-queeries

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7 February
A Brief History of LGBT* and Mental Health | Talk
17:30 – 19:30 | Aviva Wellington Row Office, York, YO90 1WR

Join Aviva Pride and Jake Furby as we talk about the history of Mental Health from an LGBT* perspective. We will discuss everything from the maligned approach of treating homosexuality and trans as mental disorders, through to the challenges our community currently faces around well-being.
Arrival from 17:30 for a 18:00 start, light refreshments will be provided.

Organised by: Aviva
Tickets: Free, but register at Eventbrite or email robert.gardner@aviva.com
More information: Rob Gardner (robert.gardner@aviva.com) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/aviva

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7 February
Homoerotics, Homonormativity and Big Gay Hogwarts: Queer Perspectives on the Internet’s Large Slash Fandoms | Talk
18:15 – 19:15 | D/L/006, Derwent College, University of York, York YO10 5DD

In the days of 1970s media fandom, fandom participation was a subversive practice. In 2018 fandom is mainstream. Terms like “shipping” are well known and interaction between fandom and its objects/creators is commonplace. This paper takes a journey from 1974 to 2018, using big slash (M/M) pairings from the Internet’s largest fandoms to interrogate the queerness of those virtual spaces. Part paper, part discussion, I consider changing platforms, toxic activism and the collapse of the fourth wall.

Organised by: Emily Roach
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emily Roach (emilyroach92@yahoo.co.uk)

Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 7 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its use to oppress LGBT+ people.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/mental-health

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 8 February
The North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group | Discussion
15:00 – 16:00 | SLB/107, Spring Lane Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD

We will be reading the article ‘”Imagine a boy who is adopted by a pair of lesbians (poor little sod)…” A membership categorisation analysis of online comments on same-gender adoption’ by Aleksandra Sokalska-Bennett from the latest issue of the Journal of Language and Sexuality (please get in touch if you need a copy of this paper).

Organised by: The North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Salina Cuddy (stc512@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/language-gender-group

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Friday 9 February
Moonlight | Film
19:00 Doors Open; 19:30 Film Starts | New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, York YO32 4AQ

This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed “Little” who is taken in by a kindhearted Cuban drug dealer and his girlfriend. In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron explores his sexuality as he falls in love. . The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties as he reconnects with faces from his past. Directed by Barry Jenkins.

Organised by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Tickets: Free, seats must be reserved from Folk Hall between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday- Friday or online at filmfolkhall.com
More information: Anna O’Connell (anna.o’connell@jrf.org.uk | 01904 735027) | newearswickfolkhall.com

Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Monday 12 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.

Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 13 February UPDATED – New event
Film Screening: A Fantastic Woman | Film
18:10 | City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman features a stellar lead performance by Daniela Vega as Marina, a transwoman dealing with grief, transphobia and cold, humiliating bureaucracy.

A vision of defiant resistance, Marina’s trials are kick-started by the death of her lover, Orlando. Having to inform Orlando’s family of the tragedy, Marina is met with suspicion and hostility due to her status as a transwoman. Instead of being comforted during her grief, Marina finds herself having to fight for her home, her rights and even custody of a beloved pet dog. Provocatively queer and female-centred, the Almodovaresque A Fantastic Woman is also deeply intelligent, sexy and tender.

Organised by: City Screen
Tickets: £8.00 (or £5 for Members) available at Picturehouse website | https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/York_Picturehouse/film/a-fantastic-woman
More information: cityscreen@picturehouses.co.uk

Accessibility: Baby changing, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
Valentine’s Day Fair | Craft and Social
12:00 – 15:00 | University of York – please see yorkgsa.org for updates

An afternoon of LGBTQ crafts, baking, information stalls and more on Valentine’s Day. All welcome! If you would like a stand at the fair please email lgbt@yorkgsa.org

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
Lunch Poems | Discussion
12:30 – 14:00 | Eagle and Child Pub (upstairs), 9 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN

Taking its name from gay New York poet Frank O’Hara’s celebrated collection ‘Lunch Poems’ (1964), academics and poets from York St John University will host a lunch time discussion and reading group of poetry on LGBT themes, over lunch. Poems will be circulated in advance to ticket holders, but you do not need any previous experience or knowledge of poetry to take part. Tickets are free, but do NOT include food. Please register to receive the poetry pack and menu in advance of the event.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free – register to receive the poems and menu
More information: Kimberly Campanello (k.campanello@yorksj.ac.uk)

Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 14 February UPDATED – VENUE CHANGE
A Brief History of Language and Sexuality | Talk
16:00 – 17:30 | D/L/002, Derwent College, V/N/123 Vanbrugh College, University of York, York YO10 5DD

This talk by Helen Sauntson from York St John University provides an overview of the development of the field of language and sexuality. The talk traces the origins of the field back to Polari and ‘gay code’ studies through to its contemporary contributions to understanding ‘queer’ identities in applied contexts such as schools.

Organised by: The Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Eva Zehentner (eva.zehentner@york.ac.uk | 01904 322661)

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
One nation? Sexual orientation discrimination and the geography of the UK | Talk
18:00 – 19:30 | P/T/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD

In contemporary British society, many British people now tend to think about the relationship between “sexual orientation” and “geography” in respect of the different levels of treatment of people around the world. In other words, “geography” often connotes the continuing high-levels of discrimination that lesbians and gay men experience in other countries, particularly those outside of Europe and North America. However, as Paul Johnson explores in his talk, geography has often been, and still remains, central to the discrimination that British people suffer on the grounds of sexual orientation at home in the UK. By thinking about how geography has underpinned sexual orientation discrimination historically (for example, in relation to the legal regulation of same-sex sexual acts from the 16th century onwards) and at the present time (for example, in relation to same-sex marriage), Paul demonstrates that the geography of the UK is a key aspect of the discrimination that lesbians and gay men have endured.

Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/one-nation
More information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/mental-health

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 17 February
Venezuela’s queers: fighting a dictatorship or embracing a Revolution? | Talk
14:00 – 15:30 | DG/014, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Why has the advancement of the state structure in the past two decades not produced any inclusion and recognition of LGBTQ rights in Venezuela? We will aim to address some of the myths portrayed by the media in the past two decades, about this South American country through the experience of a former LGBT activist, providing an approach that intends to rise above the two political factions while maintaining a critical perspective committed to the human rights struggle.

Organised by: Simón Hurtado
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Simón Hurtado (sah602@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Saturday 17 February
York Third Saturday (Fancy Dress) | Social
21:00 – 3:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, York YO1 6JB (until midnight) Flares, 6 Tanner Row, York YO1 6JB (from midnight)

York’s dedicated transgender & LGB social night out that welcomes friends and allies as well.

Join us for History Month’s fancy dress event. Dress as a character from history with a prize for best dressed.

We start in the Corner Pin, a quieter venue, to socialise and get to know everyone before heading across the road to Flares to dance and party the night away.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free for the Corner Pin, £4 at the door for Flares
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07734 628402) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Sunday 18 February
Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a queer dramaturgy workshop | Performance
10:00 – 15:00 | The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW

Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a day of dramaturgy on Sarah Kane’s plays offers the chance to explore the queer drama of the playwright’s work through discussion and experimental theatre practice. The day is led by Nina Kane, a trans* theatre maker and Sarah Kane specialist, and draws on her recent exchange work with Wakabacho Wharf theatre project in Japan. No experience necessary. Open to all.

Organised by: Cast-Off Drama
Tickets: Free – please book in advance from castoffdrama.blogspot.com
More information: Dr Nina Kane (castoffdrama@outlook.com | 07590 388770)

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Sunday 18 February
Lip Sync Lollapalooza | Performance
21:30 – 2:00 | Fibbers, 3-5 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT

York’s biggest queer cabaret/clubbing night will be putting on a very special event for LGBT History month as performers take on some of the most iconic songs and moments in queer pop culture of all time! Expect outrageous drag acts, legendary lip sync performances and some of the cheesiest music you will ever experience in a friendly and feel-good environment!

Organised by: Haus of Dench
Tickets: £3-£8 available at wegottickets.com/lipsync
More information: Matthew Stallworthy / Crudi Dench (hausofdench@gmail.com) | facebook.com/hausofdench

Accessibility: ASK

Monday 19 February
“Believe me, the end is only the beginning” – The Trial of ‘The Well of Loneliness’ | Talk
18:30 – 19:30 | DG/014, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

90 years ago, in November 1928, a magistrate ordered the destruction of Radclyffe Hall’s book, ‘The Well of Loneliness’. This session for LGBT History Month will take a light-hearted look at the book, the trial and subsequent impact – from my personal perspective. As Radclyffe Hall said, as she left the trial, “Believe me, the end is only the beginning.” How true is that?!

Organised by: Dr Fiona Thompson
Tickets: Free, book at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/believe-me
More information: Mand Towell (m.towell@yorksj.ac.uk | 01904 876913)

Accessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Monday 19 February
LGBT+ Book Group | Discussion
18:30 – 19.30 | Waterstones York, 15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

Join us for our monthly LGBT book club! Everyone is welcome to attend.

Organised by: Spectrum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Andy (waterstonesyorkevents@gmail.com |01904 620784) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/spectrum

Accessibility: ASK

Monday 19 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.

Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 20 February
York Centre for Writing hosts Michael Amherst author of Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire | Talk
19:00 – 21:00 | DG/017, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

York Centre for Writing hosts a reading and Q&A with Michael Amherst from his new non-fiction book. Using bisexuality as a frame Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire. Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Amherst asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art – a mysterious, creative force.

Organised by: York Centre for Writing, York St John University
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Kimberly Campanello (k.campanello@yorksj.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 21 February
LGBT Mastermind | Performance
19:00 – 22:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6JB

Eight contestants compete in an LGBT version of television’s famous Mastermind.
Two semi-finals with the contestants answering two minutes of questions on their specialist LGBT subject, and a further two minutes of LGBT general knowledge with the two highest scorers then competing for the title of LGBT Mastermind 2018.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (lisa@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 21 February
Religious Marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales | Talk
18:30 – 19:30 | P/L/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD

This talk presents findings from research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, conducted by Paul Johnson, Robert Vanderbeck and Silvia Falcetta. Same-sex couples in England and Wales now have the same opportunities as different-sex couples to marry by way of a civil ceremony. However, same-sex couples who wish to marry by way of a religious ceremony in England and Wales are at a significant disadvantage to different-sex couples. Only a small number of religious organizations permit same-sex marriage. As a consequence, same-sex couples have very little opportunity to marry in a place of worship or by way of a religious ceremony. Religious faith and homosexuality are not antithetical: many same-sex couples who want to get married wish to do so according to the rites of their faith. This fact is recognised by those religious organisations that have taken the significant step of offering same-sex couples the opportunity to have a religious marriage ceremony. This research constitutes the first piece of empirical research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales.

Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/religious-marriage
More Information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 21 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/mental-health

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Friday 23 February CANCELLED
Life Happens | Performance
16:00-20:00 | DG/223, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Life Happens – a queer performance piece made in response to Sarah Kane’s Crave and 4.48 Psychosis performed by Nina Kane (aka Jared), a trans* theatre maker and Sarah Kane specialist. It involves site-specific images, soundscapes and stories built from recent ‘dreamings’ and wanderings in the port city of Yokohama and Wakabacho Wharf.

Organised by: Cast-Off Drama
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Nina Kane (jaredjadonkane@gmail.com | 07590 388770) | castoffdrama.blogspot.com

Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Friday 23 February
LGBT Pop Culture Quiz Night | Social
20:00 | The Lounge, James College, University of York, York YO10 5DD

Celebrate LGBT history by testing your LGBT pop culture knowledge through various fun filled, brain busting, mind melting rounds. Fabulous prizes to be won!

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, but £1 suggested donation to York LGBT History Month
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
Commemorating Anne Lister and more: make your own rainbow plaque | Discussion and Craft
13:00 – 15:00 | Holy Trinity Church, 70 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF Wheelchair access via via Hornpot Lane from Petergate (turning into the alleyway next to Poundland)

We hope that York’s first permanent explicitly LGBT plaque will mark Holy Trinity Church, where Anne Lister and Ann Walker solemnised their commitment to each other in 1834 – an event that could be described as York’s first lesbian wedding. Come along to discuss how we should commemorate Anne and Ann, to find out how to help make more permanent rainbow plaques happen, and to make your own removable cardboard plaque. If you can’t make it, please feel free to email us in advance and we’ll create your plaque!

Organised by: York LGBT History Month / York Civic Trust / York LGBT Forum / Churches Conservation Trust
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Helen Graham (h.graham@leeds.ac.uk) | Kit Heyam (kit@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
Our Footprints: a LGBT+ Archive for York & North Yorkshire | Personal Histories
14:30 – 16:30 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS

Join us to launch York’s own LGBT+ Archive. This is a chance to find out more about the project, see some archives, share your stories and memories and volunteer to get involved. Over the next year we will be collecting documents, photographs, memories and oral histories into a dedicated archive that highlights and preserves LGBT+ histories.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Victoria Hoyle (victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk/archive-project/

Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
“I was not born to live alone”: Britain’s first modern lesbian | Talk
17:00 – 19:30 | Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF

Unearthed from their hiding place behind a wall in Shibden Hall, the secret diaries of pioneering Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840) tell the story of Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’. Partly written in code, they detail her extraordinary life and several romantic relationships with women.
Join us for a talk from historian Helena Whitbread, who edited Anne’s diaries for publication, followed by a screening of the BBC drama The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, starring Maxine Peake.

Organised by: The Churches Conservation Trust
Tickets: £5 via Churches Conservation Trust website
More information: Ed van der Molen (evandermolen@thecct.org.uk) | visitchurches.org.uk/york

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Sunday 25 February
Elevenses at Barley Hall | Social
11:00 – 13:00 | Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, YO1 8AR

Drop in for light refreshments at Barley Hall, a reconstructed medieval townhouse in the centre of York. After indulging in a hot or cold drink and some LGBT-themed cake, you will be free to explore the museum, including its fantastic display of costumes. The event is free, but there will be a collection raising funds for the ongoing work of York LGBT History Month.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Monday 26 February
Queer History and Colonialism: research presentations and Q&A with Heike Bauer and Ibtisam Ahmed  | Talk UPDATED
14:30 – 16:00 | HG/147, Holgate Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

How did racism and gender violence shape the emergence of modern homosexual rights? What’s the continuing impact of Section 377, which penalised homosexuality across the British Empire in 1860? Join York St John University English Literature for a public talk and Q&A. Heike Bauer uses homosexual rights activist and transgender advocate Magnus Hirschfeld to explore the limits of early rights politics. Ibtisam Ahmed studies the history, neo-colonialism and queerphobia of a law still in effect in 36 Commonwealth countries.

Organised by: York St John University English Literature
Tickets: Free, but book at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/queer-history-colonialism
More information: Adam Stock (a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk) | blog.yorksj.ac.uk/englishlit

Accessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Monday 26 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.

Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 27 February CANCELLED due to industrial action at the University of York
Sexualities in many colours and languages: LGBT+ histories across time and space | Talk
18:15 – 19:15 | P/L/005, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD

This talk will offer an introduction and some insights into the fascinating variety of sexual relationships, sexual practices, and sexual identifications which we find when we study human history. It will look at societies in different parts of the world and at different times in the past in order to show how sexual diversity has been a persistent part of human experience, while taking quite different forms in different times and places. Far from being confined to simple alternatives like “straight” versus “gay”, or “normal” versus “alternative”, humans have understood, practised, and imagined sexual possibilities in richly complex and shifting ways. By discussing particular examples the talk will provide an opportunity to consider and discuss some key aspects of the history of human sexualities.

Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/many-colours
More information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 28 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/mental-health

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 28 February
York LGBT History Month 2018 Closing Night | 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.

Wayne Dawson is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate. (facebook.com/WayneDawsonOfficial)
Flora Greysteel are a York-based duo who officially formed in 2015, but who have collaborative roots stretching back to 2009. Basing their sound in piano, drum kit and female vocals, the band use a wide variety of other instruments including ukulele, thumb piano and assorted small percussion, not to mention the widespread use of loop pedal. (floragreysteel.co.uk)
Alice Nicholls – because she does not like being told what to do, she tries as much as possible to confuddle her audiences by never *quite* sticking to one genre. (alicenichollsmusic.com)
Waifs and Strays – since forming in early 2016 Waifs and Strays have played at a number of events at local venues in and around York. (facebook.com/waifsandstraysyork)

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £6 from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/closing-event
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access

 

Events Under Development

The Castle Prison and LGBT history | Talk
Check yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/your-visit/events for details

What is now York Castle Museum has been a site of judgement and capital punishment for hundreds of years. Join our curators for a talk on the history of the site and how LGBT people have been prosecuted, imprisoned and punished. Please see our website for further details.

Organised by: York Castle Museum
Tickets: This talk is free and will be included in your entrance ticket to the museum
More information: Philip Newton (Philip.Newton@ymt.org.uk | 01904 687687) | yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/your-visit/events/

Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access