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 web listings below the programme for any updates and details of new events in pink.

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Complete and updated listings

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

 

Tuesday 31 January
Naked Acts | Performance
10:00-17:00 | York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, YO1 7EW

A community day of talks, workshops and ‘scratch’ performances on LGBT*IQ issues put on in response to the Flesh exhibition at York Art Gallery.

Organised by: Cast-Off Drama/York Art Gallery
Tickets: Set price £25 for a day ticket to attend or to book a group stall, or pay what you can afford, from ninakane@btinternet.com
More information: Nina Kane (ninakane@btinternet.com | 07590 388770) | castoffdrama.blogspot.com

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access.

 

Wednesday 1 February – NEW 
UYLC LGBT History Month: Emily Brothers | Talk
16:00-17:30 | D/056, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

To kick off LGBT History Month, UYLC is delighted to be hosting Emily Brothers, who stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate at the general election in Sutton and Cheam. Emily is the first openly transgender parliamentary candidate of a major party for parliament. A passionate campaigner for LGBTQ+ and disability rights, Emily has also worked at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the RNIB.

Organised by: University of York Labour Club
Tickets: Not required
More information: Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout (labour@yusu.org) | facebook.com/events/1427059357318447

Accessibility: contact organisers for details

 

Friday 3 February
LGBT Crafternoon: zine-making | Craft
16:00-18:00 | W/024, Wentworth College, University of York, YO10 5DD

What would inclusive sex and relationships education look like? We will be creating a special LGBT History Month zine! There will be lots of resources and plenty to cut and stick. Refreshments provided.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Not required
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access. 

 

Friday 3 February
York LGBT History Month 2017 launch night | Social
18:30-22:00 | Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Celebrate the start of York LGBT History Month 2017 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/17/launch
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

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

 

Saturday 4 February
“Pride of Place” pinning event | Personal histories
10:00-12:00 | K/111, King’s Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, YO1 7EP

Pride of Place is a Historic England project which uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today. Come along to share your stories of places around the country with hidden LGBT history, and “pin” them on the Pride of Place online interactive map.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free from equality@york.ac.uk
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing

 

Sunday 5 February
Elevenses at Barley Hall | Social
10:00-13:00 | 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: Not required
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: wheelchair access.


Sunday 5 February
Celebrating LGBT history | Service
11:00 | St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, YO1 8NQ

Everybody is welcome to a Unitarian service to celebrate LGBT History Month, conducted by Rev. Nicky Jenkins. The slogan of the General Assembly of British Unitarians is “Nurturing faith, embracing life, celebrating difference”.

Organised by: York Unitarians
Tickets: Not required, but there will be a collection
More information: Margaret Hill (mhill.york@gmail.com | 01904 693427)

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

 

Monday 6 February
Lunch Poems: reading LGBT/queer poetry | Discussion
12:30-14:00 | The Eagle and Child, 9 High Petergate, YO1 7EN

Taking its name from gay New York poet Frank O’Hara’s celebrated collection ‘Lunch Poems’ (1964), academics and poets 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 in the discussion.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/lunch-poems. Food not included.
More information: Dr Adam Stock (a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk)

Accessibility: none.

Monday 6 February – NEW
Tomboy (2011) | Film
18:00 | SLB 211, Spring Lane Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

The language team at University of York will celebrate LGBTQ History Month with a series of international films, in the original language with English subtitles.

Organised by: University of York Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Tickets: Not required
More information: Maria Muradas-Taylor (maria.muradas-taylor@york.ac.uk) | imdb.com/title/tt1847731

Accessibility: contact organiser for details

 

Tuesday 7 February
Higher education reading group: being LGBTQ in higher education | Discussion
11:00-12:00 | Department of Education Senior Common Room (D/L/104), Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

This monthly reading group for those interested in higher education issues opens its doors for LGBT History Month. There are two recommended articles for discussion: email Annis Stead or visit the GSA website for reading materials. Refreshments are provided. Sponsored by York Graduate Students’ Association.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Free from as799@york.ac.uk
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: wheelchair access.

 

Tuesday 7 February
LGBTQ+ Greats One: Alan Bennett | Social
19:30 | Café W, Waterstones York, 15 Coney St, YO1 9QL

Come along to Café W in Waterstones York for a celebration of Alan Bennett, a pillar of the LGBTQ+ community. Price includes a rainbow snack box, and further refreshments will be available to purchase from the café. Book discount offers will be available. Booking strongly encouraged.

Organised by: Waterstones York
Tickets: £3 from york@waterstones.com, 01904 620784, or in store
More information: Andrew Auton (york@waterstones.com | 01904 620784) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/waterstones | facebook.com/WaterstonesYork

Accessibility: wheelchair access.

 

Wednesday 8 February
Is Our Past Ace? How Asexual Communities See Their Own Pasts | Talk
13:30 | The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

Come and explore the pasts of a community you’d probably assume didn’t have a history, in this talk by George Norman, founding member of asexual campaign group maaple. There’ll be a brief introduction to asexual history and culture, but the main focus of the talk will be on how an LGBTQ community sees its own past.

Organised by: George Norman
Tickets: Not required
More information: George Norman (george@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.

 

Wednesday 8 February
“I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes”: queerbaiting, queer coding and queer visibility in popular culture from Sherlock to Stranger Things | Discussion
18:15-19:45 | D/L/047, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

Queerbaiting entices LGBT audiences by flirting with queer possibility, but never realising it. The paper explores tensions between queerbaiting and representing male intimacy, referencing Sherlock, Supernatural, One Direction and Harry Potter. Exploring queer coding and LGBT representation in TV, the session identifies recurring issues, such as the ‘dead lesbian’ trope and bierasure. The paper concludes by asking what challenges face creators of LGBT television in 2017 with reference to earlier LGBT shows. Part paper, part discussion: audience contribution is welcome and encouraged.

Organised by: Emily Roach/University of York
Tickets: Free from equality@york.ac.uk
More information: Emily Roach (emilyroach92@yahoo.co.uk)

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

 

Thursday 9 February CHANGE OF DATE TO FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY – SEE BELOW

Bisexuality in science fiction | Talk

18:30 | D/L/003, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk by Oli Lipski.

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.

 

Thursday 9 February – NEW 
Breaking out of the straight jacket: mental health and the LGBT community | Talk
18:30-19:30 | Ron Cooke Hub auditorium, Campus East, University of York, YO10 5GE

A talk by Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay magazine, on his novel Straight Jacket: a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be – and if not, why not?
In an attempt to find the answers to this and many other difficult questions, Matthew Todd explores why statistics show a disproportionate number of gay people suffer from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

Organised by: University of York Public Lectures
Tickets: Free from york.ac.uk/events
More information: Sue Abson (open-lectures@york.ac.uk | 01904 324778) | facebook.com/events/1427059357318447

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

 

Friday 10 February
Discursive silences: exploring the continued absence of pleasure in sex and relationships education in England | Talk
18:00-20:00 | D/L/002, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk by Dr Vanita Sundaram (Centre for Research on Education in Social Justice, University of York) and Dr Helen Sauntson (Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics, York St John University). The event is followed by a drinks reception.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Not required
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk)

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

 

Saturday 11 February – UPDATED
National Festival of LGBT history: Yorkshire hub | Talk
10:30 – 16:30 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, 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/Schools OUT/LGBT History Month
Tickets: Not required
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

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

 

10:30 Stephen Miller, ‘Maurice Dobson: a story of bravery, acceptance and love’
The unique story of Maurice Dobson (1912-1990): a gay ex-coal miner, WW2 veteran and antiques collector who lived in Darfield, South Yorkshire.
11:00 11.00: Jeff Evans, ‘Criminal prosecution of inter-male sex, 1850-1970’
How did prosecution of sex between men change over this 120-year period?
11:30 Break
12:00 Caroline Paige, ‘True Colours: trailblazing transgender service in the military’
The untold story of what it meant to be transgender in the British military before and after permissive service. From 1980 to 2014: the highs and the lows, in peacetime and in war.
12:30 Paul Amann, ‘Kop Outs: you’ll never walk alone’
The story of the development of Kop Outs, Liverpool FC’s LGBT fan club, from a time when being LGBT and a football fan appeared mutually exclusive, to the development of a club-recognised fan group helping enable LGBT fans to attend the match in confidence.
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Rainer Schulze, ‘The battle for decriminalisation of (male) homosexuality in (West) Germany, 1945-69’

CANCELLED

Rainer tells the story of the long battle for recognition and acceptance in (West) Germany following the defeat of Nazism up to the partial decriminalisation of (male) homosexuality in 1969. Given the battles for recognition and acceptance in other parts of the world right now, can we learn from history and from each other?
14:30 Juno Jones, ‘The Gay Liberation Front: how we invented direct action’
Juno draws on her personal experience of activism with the Gay Liberation Front to provide the background and origins of LGBT direct action in the UK and eyewitness accounts of protests from the Miss World Contest to the London Stock Exchange.
15:00 Break
15:30 Jane Traies, ‘The Other Consenting Adults: or, what were lesbians doing in 1967?’
In 2017 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Act of Parliament which partially decriminalised homosexuality between men. Lesbians, never having been illegal, are not officially part of this story – but the media spotlight that was trained on their gay brothers at that time sometimes illuminated their struggle, too. This presentation draws on contemporary reporting and on Jane’s own oral history research to uncover the hidden lives of lesbians in the 1960s.
16:00 Alison Child, ‘Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney: ‘our love is a thing apart’’
Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney were household names in the 1920s. They filled the London Palladium for the farewell performance of their variety act in 1932. They were lovers between 1917 to 1931 and counted Radclyffe Hall, Jo Carstairs and Tallullah Bankhead amongst their close friends. Alison will explore the reasons these remarkable women have been excluded from cultural memory.

 

Wine and nibbles reception followed by LGBTQI+ archives roundtable | Discussion
16:30 – 18:00 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS

PhD student and archivist Victoria Hoyle invites you to participate in an informal workshop about the creation of LGBT archives. What should be preserved as part of an LGBT archive? Who decides what is valuable? How can it be shared and interpreted?

*Please be aware that this session is part of an active research project and will be recorded. Victoria will explain her research and ask your consent to use anonymised transcriptions of the roundtable as part of her thesis. You may opt out if you wish.

Organised by: Victoria Hoyle
Tickets: Not required
More information: Victoria Hoyle (victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk)

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

 

Saturday 11 February – WEBSITE UPDATED
The Lydia Shaw and Tina Mammoser Exhibition | Exhibition
19:00-21:00 | John Cooper Studio Theatre, 41 Monkgate, YO31 7PB

HLGBT York Productions present The Lydia Shaw and Tina Mammoser collaboration. Lydia’s work explores the realms of gender, confidence and sexuality: she focuses predominantly on the female form while toying with the idea of “what lies beneath”. Tina’s, inspired by landscapes, creates precise drawings with a creative and changed reality in the line and pattern. Working between these contrasts of paint and pencil, the art evolves. Produced by Mei Wilshire.

Organised by: HLGBT York
Tickets: £7 from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/hlgbt-york
More information: Mei Wilshire (mei.wilshire@live.co.uk | 07871 268688) | hlgbtyork.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/lydia-shaw-tina-mammoser-exhibition | facebook.com/HLGBTYork

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

 

Sunday 12 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.

 

Sunday 12 February
Share your LGBT history at York Castle Museum | Personal histories
13:00-17:00| Kirk Room, York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY

Opening in May 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men, a new community-led exhibition at York Castle Museum will tell the story of LGBT life in York from the 1960s to the present day. Bring along your stories, objects and photographs to contribute to the exhibition and find out how you can be involved in the project. Visitors will need to sign in and collect a visitor pass at the Castle Museum entrance. The event is free, but if you wish to also visit the rest of the museum you will need to pay admission as normal.

Organised by: York Museums Trust/York LGBT History Month/York Pride
Tickets: Not required
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

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

 

Sunday 12 February
50 years of love and pride | Talk
16:00-19:00 | Briar House CIC, Club Chambers, Museum Street, YO1 7DN

Come and join us as we explore 50 years of love and pride. The talk will document the changes in LGBT legislation since 1967 and explore the development of Pride events. The talk will also cover LGBT history in York, which has surprising stories waiting to be discovered! Jake will give a talk on being BAME and LGBT and Lisa will give a talk on being trans.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Not required
More information: Jake Furby and Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575)

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

 

Sunday 12 February
Deep in the Heart of Me | Performance
20:00 | The Basement, City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

Thirty years on from ‘Shirley Valentine’, Janet takes a holiday to Greece. She meets the girl of her dreams in a suit and tie singing Frank Sinatra songs. To a backdrop of Sinatra’s greatest hits, ‘All or Nothing at All’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, their romance unfolds and Janet realises this holiday was a departure in more ways than one. Nominated in the Best LGBT+ Show category at Brighton Fringe 2016.

Organised by: Behind the Lines
Tickets: £8/£6 (concessions) from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/deep-in-the-heart-of-me
More information: Alison Child (admin@behindthelines.info | 07908 155000) | behindthelines.info

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

 

Monday 13 February
Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger: documentary screening | Film
18:00-19:45 | Fountains Lecture Theatre, Fountains Learning Centre, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Transgender-dyke. Reluctant-polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering-Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw.
Meet Auntie Kate. Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist Kate Bornstein takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world dismantling gender and seeking answers to the age-old question: what makes life worth living?
An award-winning documentary by director Sam Feder.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/kate-bornstein
More information: Adam Stock and Kimberly Campanello (a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk) | katebornsteinthemovie.com

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

 

Monday 13 February
Queer Cabaret presents: Galentine’s Day | Social
20:00-00:00 | The Lounge (Roger Kirk Centre), James College, University of York. YO10 5DD

Queer cabaret comes to the University of York! There will be glitter, there will be drama and there will be heart (also cocktails). Recognising the need for intersectional LGBT liberation, this event showcases feminist and queer acts, including live music, spoken word, drag performances and more.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Free, but £2 suggested donation to York LGBT History Month.
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk)

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

 

Wednesday 15 February
Sexposé | Discussion
19:00 | PX001, Physics and Exhibition Centre, University of York, YO10 5DD

The yearly sex-positive panel show between the LGBTQ, Womens’ and Fetish Societies at the University of York.

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

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

 

Wednesday 15 February – NEW 
An evening with John Boyne | Talk
19:00-20:30 | Waterstones York, 15 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

John Boyne is the author of many novels for adults and children, including the international best-seller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. He joins us to discuss his work, including his brand new book, The Heart’s Invisible Furies. In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary gay man, growing up in a country where homosexuality was illegal until 1993. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

John will be signing copies of his books after the talk. Refreshments served.

Organised by: Waterstones York
Tickets: £3 from waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-john-boyne/york, 01904 620784, or in store
More information: facebook.com/events/387056808315601

Accessibility: wheelchair access; contact organisers for other accessibility details

 

Thursday 16 February
Mind Your Head discussion group | Discussion
17:30-18:30 | James Lodge, James College, University of York, YO10 5DD

University of York Students’ Union and the GSA combine with Mind Your Head to bring you a chaired discussion group around mental health in the LGBTQ community. Topics may include: coming out, loneliness, coping with harassment etc.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Not required
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk) | yorkgsa.org

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.

 

Thursday 16 February
Zine workshop | Craft
18:00-20:00 | Yorkshire MESMAC York office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), YO30 7BJ

Join York Queer Women’s and Gender Group to make zines inspired by LGBT History Month.

Organised by: York Queer Women’s and Gender Group
Tickets: Not required
More information: Jess Wynn (j.wynn@mesmac.co.uk | 07710 099028 | 01904 620400) | facebook.com/YorkQWGG

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.

 

Thursday 16 February
Going to Strasbourg: oral history accounts of sexual orientation discrimination and the European Court of Human Rights | Talk
18:15-20:15 | P/T/006, Physics and Exhibition Centre, University of York, YO10 5DD

In this talk, Paul Johnson (Professor of Sociology, University of York) draws upon oral history interviews conducted with LGBT people who have challenged discrimination in the UK by making applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Understanding the role of the ECtHR in safeguarding LGBT rights is vital at a time when the Conservative Party and other politicians advocate the UK weakening its ties with Strasbourg.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free from equality@york.ac.uk
More information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; BSL/English interpretation on request; hearing loop; wheelchair access.

 

Friday 17 February – CHANGE OF DATE FROM THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY; CHANGE OF ROOM
Bisexuality in 1970s science fiction | Talk
18:30 | D/L/037, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk by Oli Lipski.

Organised by: University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Not required
More information: Jaz Millar (lgbtq@yusu.org)

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

 

Friday 17 February
What does LGBT community mean today? | Talk
18:15-19:45 | The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

Eleanor Formby of Sheffield Hallam University will draw on her research to discuss what LGBT community means to people. This will include examining: ‘ownership’ of community; ‘difference’ and diversity; relationships to, within and beyond physical space; imagined communities and belongings; the importance of ‘ritual’ events and symbols, such as Pride and the rainbow flag. Within this, the impact of history and current social contexts will be explored. Overall, the talk will highlight what connects ‘people like us’ across time and space.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Not required
More information: Eleanor Formby (e.formby@shu.ac.uk)

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.

 

Saturday 18 February
York’s LGBT history: make your own rainbow plaque | Personal histories
13:00-16:30 | Garden Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS

There are over seventy blue plaques around York commemorating famous people or events. To celebrate York LGBT History Month 2017, we invite you to create your own rainbow plaques to mark places of personal and/or political significance to LGBT history. Drop into Explore York between 13:00 and 15:00 to make your own removeable cardboard plaque. After 15:00, we’ll distribute them around the city. If you arrive after 15:00, we’ll leave contact details at Explore so you can find out how to join us en route. If you can’t make it, please feel free to email us in advance and we’ll create your plaque!

Organised by: York’s Alternative History
Tickets: Not required
More information: Helen Graham (yorkalternativehistory@gmail.com)

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

 

Sunday 19 February– SPELLING UPDATED
T-shirt workshop | Craft
14:00-17:00 | Yorkshire MESMAC York office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), YO30 7BJ

Throughout history, queer activists have spread their messages and shown their pride through slogan t-shirts. This workshop, led by Riah Holm, will give you the chance to create your own. Bring a t-shirt or anything else you’d like to decorate. We’ll have art materials and some pictures of historical t-shirts for inspiration. There is a small charge for this event to cover the cost of materials. No need to book, just pay on the door.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £2 on the door. No booking required.
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.

 

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 – NEW
Tintenfischalarm/Octopusalarm (2006) | Film
18:00 | SLB 211, Spring Lane Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

The language team at University of York will celebrate LGBTQ History Month with a series of international films, in the original language with English subtitles.

Organised by: University of York Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Tickets: Not required
More information: Maria Muradas-Taylor (maria.muradas-taylor@york.ac.uk) | berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2006/02_programm_2006/02_Filmdatenblatt_2006_20060735.php

Accessibility: contact organiser for details

 

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.

 

Monday 20 February – NEW
La Otra Familia/The Other Family (2011) | Film
18:00 | SLB 211, Spring Lane Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

The language team at University of York will celebrate LGBTQ History Month with a series of international films, in the original language with English subtitles.

Organised by: University of York Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Tickets: Not required
More information: Maria Muradas-Taylor (maria.muradas-taylor@york.ac.uk) | imdb.com/title/tt1695136

Accessibility: contact organiser for details

 

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 – UPDATED
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.
• We’re sorry to announce that Izzy Isgate has had to withdraw from this event due to unforeseen circumstances. 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.

 

Monday 27 February
LGBT history quiz | Social
20:00-23:00 | The Lounge (Roger Kirk Centre), James College, University of York, YO10 5DD

Test your knowledge of LGBT history with this fun pub quiz, including Disco Bingo! Prizes to be won!

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association
Tickets: Free, but suggested donation to York LGBT History Month.
More information: Annis Stead (as799@york.ac.uk)

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

 

Tuesday 28 February
LGBTQ and International | Discussion
All day | Ask for location

A day of events, workshops, seminars and screenings hosted by the University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network and International Students Association’s Global Week.

Organised by: University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network and University of York Students’ Union International Student Association
Tickets: lgbtq@yusu.org
More information: Jaz Millar (lgbtq@yusu.org)

Accessibility: ask for details