Creative writing workshop – last call!


This is your last call for our creative writing workshop on Wednesday 28th June.  Remember to book your free place by this Friday! If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.

LGBT+ History: Mark Rees

Mark Rees, Transman

In 1987, Mark Rees, a trans-man, brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights, stating that UK law prevented him from gaining legal status recognising him as male. The case was lost but the court noted the seriousness of the issues facing trans people.  His campaigning work eventually led to the formation of Press for Change, an organisation seeking rights and equality for all Trans* people in the UK.

You can read the full case notes here: http://www.pfc.org.uk/caselaw/Rees%20vs%20The%20United%20Kingdom.pdf.  He did a podcast where he talks about his life here and you can read an article about him taking the case to court here although the first part gives more of an insight into his early life.

His story revolves around the church refusing him ordination as his baptism certificate stated he was female which the church disallowed ordination to.  This prompted him to launch a legal challenge as one had previously been heard by the European Court of Human Rights on the same issue.  Although the case was denied the courts admitted that their was a case to be had.  This was one of the catalysts to later lead to the implementation of the Gender Recognition Act.

Fathers Day 2017

This is for all the fathers
Fathers who identify themselves as GBT+
Fathers of LGBT+ children
Fathers who deal with an ill child at four in the morning
And say ‘It’s ok, I’m here.’
Fathers who help make school play costumes
Fathers who run netball practice
Fathers who work on finding a cure for cancer
Fathers who look after aging relatives
Fathers who design buildings, and fly planes
And are there for their children no matter what.
Fathers who love, fathers who help keep children safe,
Fathers who are equal voices in their family,
Fathers who adopt, fathers who foster,
Fathers who cry just a little bit when they graduate University.
Fathers who look after disabled children, fathers who are disabled
For first-time dads, and second-time dads, and third, fourth and fifth-time dads,
In deep respect of all you accomplish and all that you do
We just wanted you to know

You’re awesome

We salute you 😀

Angels in America live broadcast

QUAD are hosting a live screening of Angels in America from the National Theatre in July:

America in the mid-80s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places And Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliot (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and War Horse).

NT Live: Angels in America (15) – Parts 1 & 2
Part 1 – Millennium Approaches Thursday 20th July at 7pm (Encores – Thursday 27th July at 1pm and Monday 7th August at 7pm)
Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017. 

Please contact QUAD to book tickets for this very special performance.  Book online http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/ or phone them on 01332 290 606

Creative Writing Workshop 28th June – places still available!

Don’t forget places on our creative writing workshop are still available! If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.

LGBT+ History: Supporting the miners

1986: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) campaign is launched in support of striking workers during the miners’ strikes of 1984 and 1985.  These events were recreated in the film PRIDE (2014)

The LGSM group did not cease to have a purpose after the strike ended as to an extent is still going albeit as a Facebook group(link) and with just seven of the original members left.  It is important to not forget that the miners groups themselves were also playing a major part and with the reforming of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners’ Support Group (1) both groups have been very close in supporting each other 30 years on.

The LGSM sister group, Lesbians Against Pit Closures, did not reform but is instead honoured as still being a part of the LGSM history according to the LGSM website.

LGBT+ History: Chris Smith

Maureen Colquhoun (left), Chris Smith (right)

In 1984 Chris Smith, Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, speaks about his sexual orientation and becomes the first openly gay MP.  His announcement at a rally in Rugby was met by a standing ovation.

He was not, the first MP to out themselves as 10 years earlier Maureen Colquhoun came out as the first lesbian MP.  She was notorious for being very outspoken, and as a result of her “obsession with women’s rights” was deselected losing her seat in 1979.

Creative Writing Workshop 28th June: places still available!

Don’t forget places on our creative writing workshop are still available! If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.

LGBT+ History: events of 1982 into 1983

1982 Following laws in England, Wales and Scotland.  The Homosexual Offences Order decriminalises sex between two men over the age of 21 ‘in private’ in Northern Ireland.


 

Terry Higgins died of AIDS in St. Thomas’ Hospital, one of the first people to be identified as having AIDS in the UK, which had only been formerly identified as a disease the previous year.  His bereaved friends and partner set up the Terry Higgins Trust (which changed name to the Terrence Higgins Trust to sound more formal), which became the UK’s first charity focussing on AIDS, HIV and safer sex.

1983 Amid the hysteria of the AIDS crisis the CDC highlighted which groups were affected, including Men who have sex with men, amongst others, and resulted in being persecuted as fear of the disease spreads.  The following extract from a New York government report sums up the reactions of the time.

1983 By January 7, 1983, all of the major routes of transmission had been identified and reported by the CDC.1-5, 8-11 Transfusion-associated infections, and infections among children, led to heightened public concern. As the epidemic advanced, fear, ignorance, prejudice, homophobia, cultural stereotypes and racism were pervasive and stigmatized not only those who were infected
but also those who were believed to be infected, most specifically members of groups identified by the CDC as being at highest risk: homosexual men, Haitians, intravenous drug users and
hemophiliacs. Among the consequences were: social isolation; discrimination; loss of employment; prohibitions against blood donation; denial of medical care; and lack of access to services.

Creative Writing Workshop – 28th June

Good folks, if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.