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 2020

Listings are colour-coded by type: Discussion | Film | Literature | Meeting | Music | Performance | Social | Talk

Friday 31 January
York LGBTQ+ History Month 2020 Launch Night | Social

Doors open at 18:45, 19:00 – 21:00 | Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

Celebrate the start of York LGBTQ+ History Month 2020 with a fun evening out. Our launch night will feature a bar (cash-only) serving soft and alcoholic drinks, speeches, and live music.

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

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, book from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/20/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 1 February
Coffee Morning: A History Bake Off Special | Social
10:00 – 12:00 | York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, YO30 7BJ

Come join us for a special coffee social as we explore people’s personal histories!

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 1 February – UPDATED
York LGBT History Month Day of Talks | Talk
12:00 – 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

12:00 – 12:30 Welcome
12:30 – 13:15 Emily Roach – Coming of Age: Queer Young Adult Fiction
13:15 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 14:15 Ian Holdsworth – History of Secret LGBT+ Communication
14:15 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:00 Behind the Lines – History of forgotten variety stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 15:45 Jake Furby – York’s LGBTQ History
15:45 – 16:00 Closing

Saturday 1 February
Sharing stories | Social
19:00 – 21:00 | St Luke’s Parish Church, Burton Stone Lane, YO30 6DG

outsideIN is a group of LGBT+ people and friends who have found that there are no outsiders to God’s love and that God welcomes us IN to share God’s life just as we are.
We meet monthly and this evening, our focus will be LGBT History Month. It will be informal beginning with drinks and nibbles at 7.00pm. A few members of the group will share something of their stories about being queer and Christian from the 1960s to more recent times. There will be an optional service of Compline at 9pm.

Organised by: outsideIN

Tickets: Free, book through stlukesyork.org/outside-in/
More information: Dave Pownall (outsideIN@stlukesyork.org) | stlukesyork.org/outside-in/
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Saturday 1 February
Matthew Todd – Pride : From Stonewall to the Present | Literature

19:00 – 21:30 | Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Matthew Todd, multi award-winning author of Pride and Straight Jacket and former editor of Attitude magazine, tells the story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement and talks about his own work in the LGBTQ community over the last 25 years.

Organised by: York Literature Festival
Tickets: £8 call the Theatre Royal Box Office (01904 623568) or visit the event page at yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk
More information: programming@yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk | yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Sunday 2 February
Barley Hall Coffee Morning| Social

11:00 – 14:00 | Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York YO1 8AR

Join York LGBTQ+ History Month for free coffee, cake and a chat, then have a wander round the beautiful medieval Barley Hall. Entry free only to coffee morning attendees. Sorry due to the medieval construction of this building, there is no step free access to, or inside the venue.

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

Monday 3 February
LGBTQ+ Multifaith Day | Discussion

10:30 – 15:30 | Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1

Come along to share in this LGBTQ+ Multifaith Day where you are all sure of a welcome. Whether you have a faith or not, you will find a safe space for reflection or to mindfully remember those whom you love. An exhibition of the LGBTQ+ journey by people of faith will be displayed in the foyer throughout February.

Organised by: York LGBTQ+ People of Faith
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Aryeh Phoenix (aryehphoenix81@gmail.com)
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Monday 3 February
LGBT Friendly Karaoke | Social

20:30 – 23:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Wednesday 5 February – UPDATED New event
Building Anti-Racist LGBT+ Spaces | Discussion

16:00 – 18:00 | SLB/004 Spring Lane Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

An open discussion and training event, focussing on creating welcoming LGBT+ spaces for minorities, run by Iqra Choudhry from the University of Manchester

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 5 February – UPDATED Location corrected
York Pride LGBT+ Monthly Book Club Launch | Literature

18:45 – 20:00 | Kaizen Space at Spark:York 17 – 21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

York Pride is launching a 18+ LGBT+ book club in partnership with Portal Bookshop, we will be meeting the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our first meeting is February 5th 2020, the first book is Fiona Shaw’s Tell it to the Bees, available to purchase & pre-order from Portal Bookshop. The story follows a F/F family drama set in 1950’s Scotland with the story told from different points of view including the child of one of the women. Food and drink will available from Spark’s vendors.

Organised by: York Pride & Portal Bookshop
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Sophie Wright (sophie.wright@yorkpride.org.uk)
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 6 February
York LGBT+ Community Choir | Music

18:30 – 20:30 | Music Block, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Colours of the Rainbow is York’s first LGBTQ+ community choir. We are open to all abilities and welcome LGBTQ+ people and allies. We aim to help members use their voice in a healthy manner whilst having fun! Be prepared to delve into some pop classics including tunes from Mama Mia, Whitney Housten, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Come and sing with us!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Wayne Dawson (wayneedwarddawson@hotmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Friday 7 February – UPDATED New event
Learning from HRDs: LGBT rights in Tajikistan | Discussion – Talk

13:00 – 14:00 | ARC/014, Alan Maynard Auditorium, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Human rights lawyer Dilrabo Samadova discusses the risks faced by the LGBT community in Tajikistan, and how human rights defenders can better support and engage in the protection of LGBT people.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Friday 7 February
How does public understanding of intersex matter? | Talk

14:00 – 15:30 | PS/B/020 Psychology Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Early medical intervention on intersex traits has been justified by the rationale that people with variable sex characteristics will face unbearable social stigma. Yet the psychological evidence for this assumption is lacking. During this talk, Professor Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey) will discuss historical and contemporary perceptions of intersex traits, presenting evidence for the role of conceptual framing in creating stigma, both in everyday life and in high-stakes medical encounters.

Organised by: Psychology Department, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Cade McCall (cade.mccall@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/public_understanding
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Sunday 8 February
We put poems by LGBTQ+ creators into a bot and this is what happened… | Performance

14:00 – 15:30 | Portal Book Shop, 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB

Choose 3 LGBTQ+ creators and we’ll mash their works together using AI to create the ultimate “super poem”. Will it be grammatically correct or nonsensical? Who knows, come and find out! Will it blend…?

Organised by: Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in Technology (EDIT), University of York
Tickets: Free, but donations appreciated
More information: edit@yusu.org

Accessibility: ASK

Saturday 8 February
Flora Greysteel present an evening of music and art | Performance

19:30 – 23:00 | YSJ Community Theatre at Spark:York 17 – 21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

An evening of alternative, queer & female-led music curated by local theatrical alt. pop duo Flora Greysteel, featuring music by Beccy Owen and the Refuge, art and handmade goods by local artists and plenty of glitter.

Organised by: Flora Greysteel
Tickets: £5 advance / £8 on the door, purchase at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/flora_greysteel
More information: flora@floragreysteel.co.uk | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/flora_greysteel
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Monday 10 February
Northallerton LGBT+ Social | Social

18:00 – 21:00 | The Golden Lion Hotel, 114 High Street, Northallerton DL7 8PP

Come join us at our monthly LGBT+ social in Northallerton. As it is LGBT History Month we shall be discussing about LGBT+ History and being LGBT in a rural community.

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Monday 10 February
LGBT Friendly Karaoke | Social

20:30 – 23:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Wednesday 12 February CANCELLED
LGBTQ+ History Month: A Medical School Perspective | Talk
12:30 – 13:30 | Room 105, Environment Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Hull York Medical School is dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its staff and students, and the benefits this diversity brings to the communities we serve. So, this year we will be hosting a lunchtime seminar to mark LGBTQ+ History Month. Join us to hear from students and staff as they describe their experiences from the perspectives of educator, clinician and medical student. This event is open to everyone.

Organised by: Hull York Medical School
Tickets: Free, but register by emailing communications@hyms.ac.uk
More information: communications@hyms.ac.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 12 February – UPDATED New event
Trans peer support meeting | Discussion

14:00 – 15:00 | SLB/206 Spring Lane Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

The Transgender Peer Support Group will be an open topic group run by a trained facilitator from the Gender Identity Service. Open to anyone (18 or over) who identifies as transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender variant, genderqueer or intersex, and to partners of participants.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 12 February – UPDATED New event
Queer Craftivism | Social

15:00 – 16:00 | SLB/206 Spring Lane Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Join the GSA LGBTQ Network for an afternoon of Queer Craftivism! Make a Zine, print a poster, knit some knowledge, whatever you would like to do we’ll have a selection of materials for you to use.

Organised by: GSA LGBTQ Network, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: GSA LGBTQ Network (facebook.com/groups/YorkGSAlgbtq/) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 13 February
York LGBT+ Community Choir | Music
18:30 – 20:30 | Music Block, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Colours of the Rainbow is York’s first LGBTQ+ community choir. We are open to all abilities and welcome LGBTQ+ people and allies. We aim to help members use their voice in a healthy manner whilst having fun! Be prepared to delve into some pop classics including tunes from Mama Mia, Whitney Housten, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Come and sing with us!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Wayne Dawson (wayneedwarddawson@hotmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Thursday 13 February
York LGBT Forum Open Meeting | Meeting
19:00 – 21:30 | York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX

Come and join us for an open meeting. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it.
It is your Forum

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Saturday 15 February
LGBT+ Coffee Social | Social
10:00 – 12:00 | York Mesmac Offices, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ

Come join us for a special coffee social as we explore people’s personal histories!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 15 February
Taste of SLAP | Performance

15:00 – 24:00 | York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

York’s pay what you can performance festival SLAP is back with a tasty assortment of theatre and performance from award winning artists.

Taste of SLAP is an alternative Valentine’s Day treat, with an entire day and evening of bite sized performances. Expect cabaret, theatre, dinner dating, tea drinking, canapé art and more in-between.

With the likes of the acclaimed Levantes Dance Theatre, ZU-UK and DRYHUMP alongside local and regional artists; Taste of SLAP is the feast of the year and not to be missed.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can at the York Theatre Royal Box Office
More information: Lydia Cottrell (lhcottrell@yahoo.co.uk) | slapyork.co.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Saturday 15 February
I Am Mixed | Performance
15:00 and 17:00, lasts 60 minutes | Keregan Room, York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

I am mixed is a ‘Cefill’. A mixture of Celtic Cèilidh and Indian Mafill. This autobiographical performance, details the experience growing up ‘mixed race’ in Bradford. Through laughter and tears Siara will take you on a journey of empowered women, intolerance, love, izzat, tradition and achievement while enjoying something guaranteed to bring a family together…FOOD.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can at the York Theatre Royal Box Office
More information: Lydia Cottrell (lhcottrell@yahoo.co.uk) | slapyork.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 15 February
Tea & Tolerance | Performance
15:00 – 18:00 | York Theatre Royal Cafe, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

Conversation is the glue that unites us. Talking and listening is right at the heart our relationships. But so often we never get to discuss things that are important to us, and we feel like we can’t be heard.

Come join us and our tea trolley at the York Theatre Royal Café.

Tea and Tolerance is an engaging, interactive activity designed to bring people together through conversation. Our roaming tea trolley delivers piping hot topics and dishes out dialogue rather than digestives.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lydia Cottrell (lhcottrell@yahoo.co.uk) | slapyork.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 15 February
Binaural Dinner Date | Social
15:00 and 18:00, last approximately 70 minutes | York Theatre Royal Cafe, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

Following a sell-out tour, Internationally acclaimed ZU-UK is bringing interactive performance Binaural Dinner Date to SLAP.

Come and #BeTheDate

Across the table, is another human being. Is this the one? How many questions need to be asked before you feel like you are getting to know each other?

Part interactive performance, part dating agency, Binaural Dinner Date invites individuals looking for love, existing couples or those who simply want a very different dating experience

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can at the York Theatre Royal Box Office
More information: Lydia Cottrell (lhcottrell@yahoo.co.uk) | slapyork.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 15 February
DRYHUMP | Performance
20:00 – 24:00 | The De Grey Rooms, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

York we hope you hungry baby.

CLAY and SLAP bring you an exquisite feast. Expect small plates of queer performance, porky party games and delicious dancing.

Dry Hump is back for a 3rd iteration for our most anarchically opulent night yet. Crash this sumptuous feast of delights! Dress to distress and win prizes.

#DryHumpYork

We gonna spit, smack, chomp and chew… This is YORK GODAMIT.

Organised by: SLAP
Tickets: Pay what you can at the York Theatre Royal Box Office
More information: Lydia Cottrell (lhcottrell@yahoo.co.uk) | slapyork.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Monday 17 February – UPDATED New event
Travis Alabanza open lecture | Talk

17:30 – 18:45 | Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre, Room 108, Biology Block K University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Travis Alabanza is a writer, theatre-maker and performer who for the last four years has been creating performance, writing to archive the existence and experiences of gender non conforming people of colour.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free, but register at eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-travis-alabanza-for-lgbt-history-month-tickets-89222746637
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Monday 17 February
LGBT Friendly Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 23:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Thursday 20 February
LGBT+ Coffee Social | Social
18:00 – 20:00 | York Mesmac Offices, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ

Come join us for a special coffee social as we explore people’s personal histories!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 20 February – UPDATED New Event
Drag Queen Bingo with Crudi Dench and Kate Butch! | Social
18:00 – 23:00 | Lendal Cellars, 26 Lendal, York YO1 8AA

Join the legendary, award-winning drag queens from the Haus of Dench for an evening of camp comedy, awful prizes and bingo banter!

Each ticket will get you 3 x games of bingo (including Drag Race Bingo and Musical Bingo), along with a jam-packed evening of comedy cabaret from the Haus of Dench.

Lendal Cellars will be serving a range of drinking including cocktails and beers on offer

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Tickets: £4 Students | £5 Advance | £6 on the door
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: ASK

Thursday 20 February
York LGBT+ Community Choir | Music
18:30 – 20:30 | Music Block, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Colours of the Rainbow is York’s first LGBTQ+ community choir. We are open to all abilities and welcome LGBTQ+ people and allies. We aim to help members use their voice in a healthy manner whilst having fun! Be prepared to delve into some pop classics including tunes from Mama Mia, Whitney Housten, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Come and sing with us!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Wayne Dawson (wayneedwarddawson@hotmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Monday 24 February – UPDATED New event and time corrected
The wrong sort of hat: looking for trans experience in early modern literature | Talk

12:30 – 14:00 | Room 102, Chemistry Block A, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

The LGBTI+ Matters Staff Network are delighted to welcome Dr Kit Heyam, a transgender awareness trainer, academic researcher and activist whose research focuses on transgressive gendered and sexual behaviour in early modern England.

Organised by: LGBTI+ Matters Staff Network, University of York
Tickets: Free, but register at eventbrite.com/e/the-wrong-sort-of-hat-looking-for-trans-experience-in-early-modern-literature-tickets-90757045767
More information: LGBTI+ Matters Staff Network (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/about/equality/news-events/2020/york-lgbt-history-month-february
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Monday 24 February
LGBT Friendly Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 23:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07731 852533) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Tuesday 25 February – UPDATED New event
“The Queer Art of the Manifesto”, a talk by Dr. Laura Guy & an Exhibition | Talk

17:15 – 18:30 | The Treehouse (BS/104), Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

A talk by Dr Laura Guy on the aesthetic dimensions of manifestos distributed from the early years of gay liberation to contemporary queer movements, accompanied by an exhibition.

Organised by: Women’s Studies Department, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | www.york.ac.uk/womens-studies/news-and-events/events/2019/f1/thequeerartofthemanifesto/
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Tuesday 25 February
Author Q&A with Matt Harper-Hardcastle, author of ‘An Alien Came To Stay: Living With Loss’ | Literature
19:00 – 20:30 | Portal Book Shop, 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB

Matt Harper-Hardcastle will talk abut his book, and his experience of losing his mother, mental health and life as a gay man with cerebal palsy. Matt’s story is heartfelt but very uplifting, and will comfort and inspire anyone facing their own difficulties, whether loss or discrimination.

After a short talk with readings from his book, Matt will be happy to answer questions about his writing and the experience of publishing his story.

Organised by: The Writing Tree and Portal Bookshop
Tickets: Free, register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/matt_harper-hardcastle
More information: Helen Kenwright (helen@writingtree.co.uk) | writingtree.co.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 26 February – CANCELLED due to industrial action
Department Colloquium: Trans people and language variation: Social and structural insights from sociolinguistics by Evan Hazenberg | Talk
16:00 – 17:30 | V/N/123, Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Sociolinguistics has long been interested in how gender and language interact, at both the level of the individual as well as that of the speech community and society more broadly. The field of queer linguistics aims to deconstruct the assumed naturalness of male-female differences in language use, and the relatively recent turn towards language in trans communities opens up exciting new opportunities to further interrogate these associations. This talk will draw on work carried out with queer and trans communities in Ottawa, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand, looking at variation across several dimensions of language use, each of which gives us insight into the performativity of gender and sexuality. Sociophonetic variation above and below the level of conscious awareness tells us about the micro-cues we use to present and interpret gender. Metalinguistic reflection on stereotyped expectations of gendered performance highlights the tensions that exist between the individual and their communities. Lexical variation in identity terms and self-chosen labels reveals social schema of both normative and non-normative identities, and the agency of individuals in orienting to those social categories. The integration of trans people into linguistic study not only offers a unique perspective on the constitutive relationship between language and social identities, but can also provide unexpected insights into the structural linguistic systems that operate within and across speech communities.

Organised by: Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: George Bailey (george.bailey@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/language/news/events/talks/colloquia/2020-spring-week8/
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Thursday 27 February – UPDATED New event
LGBTHM Student Panel and Lunch | Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 | V/N/045, Vanbrugh, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

To mark the end of LGBT History Month, join the GSA for a celebratory lunch and discussion panel formed of postgraduate students discussing current LGBT communities.

Organised by: University of York GSA
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: University of York Equality and Diversity team (equality@york.ac.uk) | www.york.ac.uk/womens-studies/news-and-events/events/2019/f1/thequeerartofthemanifesto/
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Thursday 27 February
York LGBT+ Community Choir | Music
18:30 – 20:30 | Music Block, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Colours of the Rainbow is York’s first LGBTQ+ community choir. We are open to all abilities and welcome LGBTQ+ people and allies. We aim to help members use their voice in a healthy manner whilst having fun! Be prepared to delve into some pop classics including tunes from Mama Mia, Whitney Housten, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Come and sing with us!

Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Wayne Dawson (wayneedwarddawson@hotmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets

Saturday 29 February
Wear Your Crown | Performance
14:00 – 15:00 AND 16:00 – 17:00 | YSJ Community Theatre at Spark:York 17 – 21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

CHIN UP OR YOUR CROWN WILL SLIP…

How far have we come in supporting the LGBTQ+ community to hold their heads high?
In a creative attempt to answer this question, York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre’s Project M are using real life stories to look back, understand where we are and proudly march into the future…heads held high!

Created by the cast and directed by Matt Harper-Hardcastle and Lydia Crosland.

Organised by: York Theatre Royal
Tickets: Free, book at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/wear-your-crown
More information: Kate Veysey (kate.veysey@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk) | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/wear-your-crown
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

MARCH 2020

Wednesday 4 March
Special screening: “Tell It To The Bees” plus Q&A session with Fiona Shaw | Film
18:30 – 21:00 | York City Screen Picturehouse, Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

A one-off screening of “Tell It To The Bees” the film adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s acclaimed novel. The film, which tells the bitter-sweet story of love between two women in repressive 1950s Scotland, has received worldwide praise and rave reviews. Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star in this captivating film (Cert. 15.) Even better, there’s a Q&A session and book-signing with local author Fiona Shaw, post screening. If you missed the film premiere, don’t hesitate to book now.

Organised by: York City Screen Picturehouse
Tickets: £12.20 Adult; £11.20 Student. Book via yorklgbthistory.org.uk/tell_it_to_the_bees
More information: 0871902 5747 | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/tell_it_to_the_bees
Accessibility: Wheelchair Access

Friday 6 March
O’Hooley & Tidow #GentlemanJack tour | Music
Doors Open 19:15, Music Starts 20:00 | Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, YO1 7LF

Much loved Yorkshire folk duo Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow have suddenly been propelled into newfound fame for penning the theme tune for Sally Wainwright’s hit BBC1 drama ‘Gentleman Jack’, earning them global admiration, appearances on TV, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour & concerts that sell out months in advance.
A special candlelit concert is at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church where Anne Lister and Ann Walker took the sacrament together in 1834. Bring rugs and cosy up for an enchanting evening.

Organised by: Anne Boyens
Tickets: £25 from wegottickets.com/event/483118
More information: Anne Boyen (Thorganbyfolk@gmail.com)
Accessibility: ASK

Thursday 26 March
Polari Literary Salon | Performance
19:45 – 22:00 | The Studio, York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD

London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to York Literature Festival. Founded in 2007 by author Paul Burston, Polari showcases the best in emerging and established LGBT+ literary talent. The event is programmed and hosted by Burston with guest performers including award-winning author and comedian VG Lee and poet Andrew McMillan.

“Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out.” Sarah Waters.

Organised by: York Literature Festival
Tickets: £8 call the Theatre Royal Box Office (01904 623568) or visit the event page at yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk
More information: programming@yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk | yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access