We’re hugely excited to bring you our 2019 programme, packed with around 50 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 2019

Listings are colour-coded by type: Discussion | FilmPerformance| Social |Sport | Talk | Workshop

Friday 1 February
York LGBT History Month 2019 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 2019 with a fun evening out. Our launch night will feature a quiz, a bar (cash-only) serving soft and alcoholic drinks, speeches, and live music from Jess Gardham. Jess is a York-based multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/musician.

This is also an excellent opportunity to network with local LGBT organisations and councillors.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £3 from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/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

Saturday 2 February
Coffee Morning: A History Bake Off Special | Social
10:00 – 12:00 | York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, YO30 7BJ

This will be a special themed coffee morning focusing on activism. We are doing a Bake Off themed event! So get your creative energies flowing.

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

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 2 February
York LGBT History Month Day of Talks | Talk
9:30 – 16:00 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archive, 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
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 Ann Murray, How I Came to Be Here
In this touching talk, Ann discusses how she moved to the UK with her English partner, and faced numerous hardships, such as not being allowed to work, having her passport taken away and facing deportation. Despite these struggles, Ann and her partner became one of the first couples in the UK to have a civil partnership.
10:45 Break
11:00 Speaker to be determined
11:45 Lunch Break
13:00 Jake Furby and Lisa Kelly, Stonewall 50 Years On

Join us as we explore the 50 years since Stonewall. The talk will document the changes in LGBT legislation since 1967 and explore the development of LGBT activism. The talk will also cover LGBT history in York, which has surprising stories waiting to be discovered!

13:45 Break
14:00 Ian Holdsworth, Pronto Par on Palare (Quick talk on Polari)

A short tongue in cheek talk on the history of the Polari dialect with a crash course on the basics. (Polari is a dialect of British English commonly associated with gay men in the 20th century.)

14:45 Break
15:00 Quinn Brown, I Am Quinn – The Positive Impact of Being Transgender on My Mental Health

Maz was a false persona of the real me. She was hiding so many feelings that were threatening to come to the surface. Years of bullying, battles with low self-esteem along with battles with her sexuality finally forced her to confront the demons. She became he in 2018 and Quinn as I am now known couldn’t be more different. I am happier; my mental health is for the first time balanced. This is my story.

Monday 4 February
Seditious Gender: Queering Nineteenth Century Female Reformers | Talk
18:00 – 19:30 | D/L/116, Derwent L Block, University of York, YO10 5DD

Female reformers were active political agents in the Regency reform movement. These inspiring working class women fought for suffrage across Britain. Their story of resisting gendered understandings of femininity and subverting their gender still resonates as powerful activism. My own queer identity impacts my interpretation of the past. I view female reformers in terms of having a seditious gender and female masculinity. What happens when we queer the past history, and archaeology?

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Caitlin Kitchener (caitlin.kitchener@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/kitchener

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Monday 4 February
Karaoke with Kira Live | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly karaoke. No dress code, no entry fee, just come along and sing your heart out. Non-judgmental, people of all abilities turn up and sing and get applauded in equal measure.
Free shot for every singer of every song.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com)
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 5 February
LGBTQ+ History Month Presented by NUS Delegates | Talk
13:00 – 14:30 | Students’ Union Cafe Lounge, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Eden Ladley and Rob Noon, the NUS Liberation officers, are coming to York St John Students’ Union to speak about their experiences and their aims for the rest of the year!

Organised by: York St John Students’ Union
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Olivia Bowers (01904 629816 | o.bowers@yorksj.ac.uk) | ysjsu.com

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

Thursday 7 February
Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community | Sport
08:00 – 10:00 | Foss Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community, weekly gym sessions for the LGBT community. Open to everyone.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: £3 per session, pay as you go or free for members
More information: Sarah Hawley (01904 876804 | s.hawley@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/be-you-gym

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

Thursday 7 February
Bi Visibility Social | Social
19:00 – 23:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, YO1 6JB

A relaxed social for people aged 18 or over who are attracted to more than one gender, including but not limited to bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, queer, unlabelled or questioning people. Run by the York LGBT Forum’s Bisexual Subgroup. Ask for the York LGBT Forum’s reserved area in the conservatory or look out for our mascot, a purple teddy bear called George. Drinks/food will not be provided but soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and food are available for purchase at the bar.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emily Roach (bisexual@yorklgbtforum.org) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Sunday 10 February – UPDATED | time change
LGBT+ Service – reflecting on LGBT History | Talk
Doors Open 14:30, Mass 15:00 – 17:00 | Bar Covenant, 17 Blossom Street, YO24 1AQ

Middlesbrough Diocese LGBT+ Ministry celebrates mass with an explicit welcome to members of the LGBT+ community, families, and friends. All are welcome.

Organised by: Middlesbrough Diocese
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Father Tony Lester (frtony@lgbtmiddlesbroughcatholic.org.uk) | lgbtmiddlesbroughcatholic.org.uk/contact.html

Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Monday 11 February
Lunch Poems | Discussion
12:30 – 14:00 | 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), Dr Adam Stock and Dr Rebecca Tamás from York St John University will host a 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; York Centre for Writing
Tickets: Free, but register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/lunch-poems
More information: Adam Stock (a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/lunch-poems

Accessibility: ASK

Monday 11 February
LGBT Hour | Performance

14:00 – 15:00 | tworiversradio.stream

LGBT Hour is an online community radio show. Listen in to February’s LGBT Hour, presented by Lisa Kelly.

A magazine style show with news on LGBT topics, reviews of the past month, previews of the coming month, topic of the day discussion with a special guest and lots of music, all with an LGBT link.

This radio show goes out online only, so you can listen in while at home or work via your laptop or smartphone. Tune in at tworiversradio.stream

Organised by: Two Rivers Radio
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (lisa@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | tworiversradio.stream

Wednesday 13 February – CANCELLED
Hidden Stories of LGBT+ Scientists | Talk
13:00 – 14:00 | C/A/122, Chemistry Buildings, University of York, YO10 5DD

Diverse scientists are ideally placed to use their unique experiences to ‘imagine the impossible’ and solve challenging problems. It is perhaps surprising that LGBT+ scientists are often invisible. This lecture by David K. Smith, Department of Chemistry, will explore difficulties faced by LGBT+ scientists, highlight their ongoing work, and uncover hidden stories. We will discuss cutting-edge science and the politics of identity, to show that diversity is a strength.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, but register by emailing equality@york.ac.uk
More information: Chris Brunt (01904 324680 | equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/index.htm

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

Wednesday 13 February
Trans and Non-Binary History and Acceptance | Talk
13:00 – 14:00 | Room to be Determined, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

A talk with Kit Heyam. Former co-ordinator of the York LGBT History Month, and experienced trans-awareness trainer, Kit will return to York St John to share stories of trans and non-binary history and acceptance. Kit identifies as a non-binary transgender man and co-ordinates the Rainbow Plagues project. For more about Kit, see kitheyam.com This event is free and is open to all. The talk will be 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free, but booking required at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/history-and-acceptance
More information: Esther McIntosh (E.McIntosh@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorksj.ac.uk/news

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 14 February
Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community | Sport
08:00 – 10:00 | Foss Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community, weekly gym sessions for the LGBT community. Open to everyone.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: £3 per session, pay as you go or free for members
More information: Sarah Hawley (01904 876804 | s.hawley@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/be-you-gym

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

Saturday 16 February
Transgender Workshop| Workshop
13:00 – 16:00 | York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, YO30 7BJ

This event is strictly for transgender people.

Anyone under the transgender umbrella is welcome to attend this workshop, which is designed to help make everyday life a little easier. We offer help, advice, hints, and tips – we’ll help you keep your confidence levels up and your self esteem high, and arm you with the knowledge you need to tackle the gender clinics, GPs, workplace, family and any awkward situations.
We supply tea, coffee and cake all for free.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com)

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Saturday 16 February
Proud | Social
23:00 – late | Mansion, 55 Micklegate, YO1 6LJ

Fundraising LGBT club night. The money raised goes to fund York Pride 2019.

Organised by: York Pride
Tickets: £5 entry or £3 with 2018 York Pride wristband or valid student ID
More information: yorkpride.org.uk

Accessibility: ASK

Sunday 17 February
Elevenses at Barley Hall | Social
11:00 – 14:00 | 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 18 February
LGBTQ Level 2: Opening Event | Talk
13:00 – 15:00 | P/L/006, Physics and Electronic Engineering Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

LGBTQ Level 2 is our LGBTQ education campaign, which will run for two weeks. The opening event will involve an introduction from the network and an opening speaker.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Monday 18 February
Karaoke with Kira Live| Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly karaoke. No dress code, no entry fee, just come along and sing your heart out. Non-judgmental, people of all abilities turn up and sing and get applauded in equal measure.
Free shot for every singer of every song.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com)

Accessibility:ASK

Tuesday 19 February
LGBTQ Level 2: LGBTQ Intersectionality | Talk
14:30 – 15:30 | P/T/006, Physics and Electronic Engineering Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

The second event of LGBTQ Level 2 will focus on intersectionality, in collaboration with the BAME, Working Class and the Women’s Networks. It will involve a mixture of talks, discussions and presentations. A third year history student from York St John University will be giving a presentation on Millicent Price and her diary.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Tuesday 19 February
Re-writing Connie Converse, Chapter and Verse: Queer Folk, Queer Quietude, and the 1950s Lesbian Bar Scene of Greenwich Village, New York | Talk
18:00 – 20:30 | Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

An exploratory paper recuperating the lost or undiscovered queer folk of songwriter, polymath, and peace academic-activist Connie Converse, who disappeared in her VW camper van in 1974 never to be heard from again. Part queer musicology, part performance, this event will offer a glimpse into Connie Converse’s acoustic music mapped out onto the lesbian bar scene of late 1950s and early 60s Greenwich Village, New York. With acoustic music by Izzy Isgate accompanied by Paul Sparks.

Organised by: Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York
Tickets: Free, but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/connie-converse-registration
More information: Boriana Alexandrova (boriana.alexandrova@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/connie-converse

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 20 February
Ten Reasons to Read Radclyffe Hall – a talk by Dr Hannah Roche | Talk
17:15 – 18:45 | Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

While some might disagree with her claim that Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928) is “quite possibly the worst novel ever written,” Terry Castle is right that legions of lesbian readers have felt ashamed and frustrated by The Well’s bleak outlook and apparently even bleaker author. Over 90 years since The Well was banned for obscenity, Dr Hannah Roche tells us why Hall was a wonderful writer, a progressive queer thinker, and a whole lot more besides.

Organised by: The Department of English and Related Literature, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Deborah Russell (deborah.russell@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 20 February
Jewish/Queer Intersections: What Happens After Equality? | Talk
18:30 – 19:30 | D/L/116, Derwent L Block, University of York, YO10 5DD

Discrimination against LGBT+ people in the UK has declined and we have received some equal rights over the last decade. Should we fully embrace our newfound rights/privileges? Is there a way for us to hold on to some of the lessons of discrimination? The Jewish community, who received equal rights in this country in the nineteenth century and have intermittently faced antisemitism ever since, have much experience with this question. Come hear a queer rabbi reflect on this question.

Organised by: YUSU Jewish Society
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emmett Stone (jewish@yusu.org) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/jewish-queer-intersections

Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Thursday 21 February
Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community | Sport
08:00 – 10:00 | Foss Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community, weekly gym sessions for the LGBT community. Open to everyone.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: £3 per session, pay as you go or free for members
More information: Sarah Hawley (01904 876804 | s.hawley@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/be-you-gym

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

Thursday 21 February
Spoken Word Workshop | Workshop
14:00 – 16:00 | York St John Spark Community Theatre, 17-21 Piccadilly, YO1 9PB

The mutant child of theatre, stand-up, story-telling and performance poetry, the spoken word genre is shunting its way into scenes. Open to anyone, this workshop will explore playing with writing, words and performance to create something unique and relevant to platforming ideas, identity and individual passions.

Led by punk poet Henry Raby, who is Artistic Director of Say Owt and has performed across the country from front rooms to festivals, pubs to protests. He is published by Burning Eye Books.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Free at York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Thursday 21 February
LGBTQ Level 2: Bisexuality Q&A | Discussion
17:00 – 19:00 | P/L/005 Physics and Electronic Engineering Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

A discussion about bisexuality, which will be open to questions. Topics will include history, misconceptions and bisexuality as an individual identity.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Thursday 21 February
Professor Helen Sauntson Inaugural Lecture | Talk
18:00 – 19:15 | De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

In this lecture, Helen Sauntson explores how language and linguistic analysis is central to the project of social justice with a focus on LGBT+ perspectives. Linking to the ‘peace, reconciliation and activism’ theme of History Month, the lecture examines how and why there have been peculiarly marked discursive silences around ‘love’, and other affectual processes, in relation to LGBT+ justice research.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free but register online at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/inaugural-lecture
More information: events@yorksj.ac.uk | 01904 876654 | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/inaugural-lecture

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

Thursday 21 February
Coffee Evening Social | Social
18:00 – 20:00 | York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, YO30 7BJ

A special coffee evening social focused on local LGBT history.

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

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 21 February
Fat Girl Singing | Performance
19:00 – 20:00 | York Theatre Royal Studio, St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD

Armed with a guitar, original songs and a fridge full of drinks, Fat Girl Singing is a funny, uplifting and compelling anthem for those who have ever felt that their body is up for debate. A call to arms to those who don’t fit the model.

Emma Geraghty is a director and writer whose solo practice focuses on body and sexual identity. In 2017 she was shortlisted for Penguin Random House’s Write Now Live with her novel The Matinee Dog, which looks at gender and sexuality in Industrial Revolution Manchester.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Thursday 21 February
LGBT Mastermind | Social
19:00 – 21:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, YO1 6JB

Based on the TV show Mastermind, LGBT Mastermind will see eight contenders answer LGBT related general knowledge questions in two semi-finals of four contenders each.

The top two contenders in each semi-final then go head to head in the final for the top prize of £50 and to be crowned LGBT Mastermind champion 2019.

Two Rivers Radio will be covering the event, and their PA system will be in use to ensure everyone in the audience can hear every word.
Do come along and get behind the contenders.

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

Accessibility: ASK

Thursday 21 February
SOFTCORE BOUNDRIES| Performance
20:30 – 21:30 | John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, YO31 7PB

SOFTCORE BOUNDARIES is a performance exploring the voyeuristic qualities of safe spaces. There is an inherent queer energy attached to our existence, and that even naked and in stillness we are ‘clockable’ somehow. This performance opens a conversation about queer bodies and their agency.

Antonio Branco and Riccardo T. are a performance art duo based in London. Their research explores themes of contemporary sexuality, gender norms, porn consumption, and fetishisation of actions and bodies.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal Box Office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Friday 22 February
Pink Suits Workshop | Workshop
14:00 – 16:00 | York St John Spark Community Theatre, 17-21 Piccadilly, YO1 9PB

Pink Suits Workshop is a resistance to gender roles in partner dance.

Together we will develop a non-gendered improvisational language which will inform how we dance with one another. Drawing on the partnering and group improvisation elements of contact improvisation and traditional social dances we try to reimagine the rules of partner dancing to create a new and non-gendered form of social dance.

As a band, Pink Suits create political rock music as well as dance, physical theatre and film.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Free at York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Friday 22 February
Queer Friendly Dance Class – Learn to Lindy Hop! | Workshop
18:30 -19:45 | The Belfrey Hall, 52A Stonegate, York YO1 8AS

Hop like they did back at the Stonewall Inn in the 60s!

This class is suitable for absolute beginners and open to everyone, even if you have two left feet!

Whilst this is a free event, space is limited so please email to reserve a spot. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to inquire by email or phone.

Organised by: Aviva Pride
Tickets: Free, but booking required by contacting Rob Gardner
More information: Rob Gardner (07821 062174 | robert.gardner@aviva.com)

Accessibility: ASK

Friday 22 February
The Faun Project | Performance
19:00 – 20:00 | York Theatre Royal Studio, St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD

A club in the afternoon, after a long night out, and the fauns are still going. This new dance work is a conversation between millennials and their predecessors. Using the ‘faun’ as a creature of becomings, transformations and halves this project explores youth subcultural politics, aesthetics and bodies.

The Faun Project is a collaboration between Beth Cassani and Joseph Mercier. The work is supported by Duckie, a homo-social performance club based at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Friday 22 February
LOOKS LIKE GOD | Performance
20:30 – 22:00 | John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, YO31 7PB

Have you ever been in the same room as a zombie? Have you ever tried spice? Have you ever shared oxygen with a zombie? Have you ever wanted to sleep with a zombie? Or looked at your colleagues and wanted to eat their faces off?

Looks Like God is a new visceral performance installation by artist Samuel Kennedy. It appropriates the zombie body in all of its grotesque glory, to seek out where revulsion and attraction coexist in a putrefied wasteland of displaced desire and hypersexual sexiness.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 23 February
The Ballad of Isosceles| Performance
Shows at: 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30 (D/deaf audiences 16:00 and 16:30) | John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, YO31 7PB

The Ballad of Isosceles is a performance for eight people at a time. Through songs delivered from a distance and text spoken up close, a single performer delivers an origin myth about the birth of Envy, the forgotten tenth Muse. She casts and recasts audience members as figures in her tale, a Lynchian love story to voyeurism unfolds.

Ali Matthews is an artist and researcher; she creates participatory experiences with text and song that are designed to play with intimacy, distance, desire and alienation.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Free at the York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Saturday 23 February
Gods Own Country (Albion)| Performance
12:00 – 13:30, 14:30 – 17:00 (book a 10 minute time slot) | De Grey Rooms, St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD

Gods Own Country (Albion) is a flailing mess of misdirected rage with its ankle firmly caught in the cattle grid of political jeopardy. Masculine intimacy and insecurity collide with an urge to “just do” regardless of consequence. This performance lasts around 10 minutes and is for one person at a time. You have the option of a pint of ale, a glass of Pimms or cup of tea to drink.

Ben Mills is a dyslexic baker from Yorkshire. His performances explore the themes of masculinity and the politics of work.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Free at the York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 23 February
Gen Silent: Film Screening followed by Q&A | Film
14:00 – 17:00 | P/T/005, Department of Physics, University of York, YO10 5DD

Older LGBT people face new challenges as they age, particularly in relation to older age health and social care inequalities. Many are fearful of care, which at best takes a ‘we treat them all the same’ approach and at worst is a source of prejudice and discrimination. Gen Silent is the award-winning documentary that follows the lives of six older LGBT people. There will be a film showing, then a panel discussion and Q&A with members of the LGBT community, and local health and social care providers.

Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free from equality@york.ac.uk
More information: Chris Brunt (01904 324680 | equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/index.htm

Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Saturday 23 February
Theseus Beefcake | Performance
19:00 – 20:00 | York Theatre Royal Studio, St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD

A hero and minotaur are locked in the ultimate death match. Theseus Beefcake journeys into the dark labyrinth of masculinity, colliding mixed martial arts, death metal, American frat culture and Greek mythology along the way. Joseph Mercier and Lennie push against their personal thresholds of pain and pleasure in this unforgettable duet exploring masculine excess, fantasy, friendship and competition.

PanicLab create contemporary theatre and dance that is raw, honest, extraordinary and humble.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Saturday 23 February
DRYHUMP | Performance
20:00 – late | The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, YO24 1AW

Live Art Bistro is back again… gyrating its way to York for one night only.

DRYHUMP is the perfect blend of amusement, carnage and cabaret. A cabaret with glitter boots and tweed jackets, topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and dancing shamelessly. Your bodies are welcome and your spirits will be raised!

LAB is an artist-led, independent curatorial team and venue. Its mission is to support the development of Live Art practice, providing space and opportunities for LGBT+ artists.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can, York Theatre Royal box office
More information: info@slapyork.co.uk | slapyork.co.uk

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

Monday 25 February
Normativity and the Discourse of ‘Normal’ in an LGBT Youth Group | Talk
16:00 – 17:30 | C/B/101, Chemistry Buildings, University of York, YO10 5DD

In this talk, Lucy Jones will present data emerging from research carried out with an LGBT youth group in the north of England. She will use discourse analysis to show how this group of young people construct and make use of the notion of ‘being normal’ in their identity work. She will show that they draw on homonormative ideologies in their identity construction, but also that this happens in response to the homophobia and ‘othering’ they have experienced from those in their local community. She will also argue that their discourse must be understood via an intersectional framework; the ways that the young people talk about being LGBT reveal the relevance of their socioeconomic class, and they also draw on racist ideologies in their identity construction as LGBT people.

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

Monday 25 February
Karaoke with Kira Live | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly karaoke. No dress code, no entry fee, just come along and sing your heart out. Non-judgmental, people of all abilities turn up and sing and get applauded in equal measure.
Free shot for every singer of every song.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com)
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 26 February
LGBTQ Level 2: Transgender Talk | Talk
15:30 – 17:30 | D/L/002, Derwent L Block, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk on the history of transgender and non-binary people, misconceptions, medical transition and being respectful.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 27 February
LGBT History Month Poetry Reading by Sophie Robinson | Talk
18:30 – 20:30 | DG/019, De Grey Court Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

A reading and Q and A with the brilliant queer poet Sophie Robinson, to celebrate LBGT poetry, literature and creativity!

Sophie Robinson lives in Norwich, where she is a Lecturer in Poetry at the University of East Anglia. Sophie is the author of A (Les Figues, 2009) and The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair (Bad Press, 2012). Her new book, Rabbit, came out in 2018 with Boiler House Press, as was a Poetry Book Society Winter Choice. It addresses love, friendship, addiction and intimacy.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free, but must book at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/sophie-robinson
More information: Rebecca Tamás (r.tamas@yorksj.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 28 February
Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community | Sport
08:00 – 10:00 | Foss Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Be You Gym: LGBTQ+ Community, weekly gym sessions for the LGBT community. Open to everyone.

Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: £3 per session, pay as you go or free for members
More information: Sarah Hawley (01904 876804 | s.hawley@yorksj.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/19/be-you-gym
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 28 February
LGBTQ Level 2: Culture and Religion Panel Discussion | Discussion
13:30 – 16:30 | LMB/044, Law and Management Building, University of York, Freboys Lane, YO10 5GD

An open discussion about the experiences and difficulties of being LGBTQ in various cultural and religious backgrounds, past and present.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Thursday 28 February
Anne Lister Rainbow Plaque Grand Unveiling | Talk
13:00 – 15:30 | Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, YO1 7LF

After public consultation and agreeing new wording for the Anne Lister rainbow plaque, we are proud to announce the official unveiling of the new plaque.

Please join us for the unveiling ceremony and then a short talk inside the church by Helena Whitbread about Anne Lister, starting around 13:15. Following the talk at Holy Trinity Church, there will be a short Anne Lister tour of York between 14:00 and 15:00, finishing at a pub to raise a glass in honour of Anne Lister. The times are for reference and may differ slightly on the day.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month, York LGBT Forum, Churches Conservation Trust, York Civic Trust
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Friday 1 March
LGBTQ Level 2: Closing Event | Talk
17:00 – 19:00 | D/L/036, Derwent L Block, University of York, YO10 5DD

This will be the closing event for LGBTQ level 2 and will consist of a round up of the event series and hopefully a speaker from the university. Please check the website for updates

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Friday 1 March
LGBTQ Level 2: Queer Cabaret After Party | Social
20:00 – Late | The Lounge, James College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A queer themed open mic night with music until late to celebrate the end of the LGBTQ Level 2 campaign.

Organised by: YUSU LGBTQ Network, LGBTQ Social, YUSU Bars
Tickets: Small donation on the door
More information: Gemma Card (07393 557184 | gc986@york.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Friday 1 March
York LGBT History Month Official Closing Event Disco | Social
19:00 – 23:30 | Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, YO23 1BW

Join us as we officially bring the curtain down on LGBT History Month 2019.

Two Rivers Radio presenter and DJ Lisa will be providing music from the charts and through the decades back to the 60s.

There is a cash only bar, with last orders at 23:00.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Pay what you can at the door, £2 suggested donation
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | www.yorklgbthistory.org.uk
Accessibility: Wheelchair access