Bidentity goes online!

Lovely peeps, Bidentity, our social support group for those who self-identify under the bi umbrella, is going online!  Instead of a monthly meet up in the centre, we’ll have a shiny new secret group on social media for you to join, chat with others and share posts and information.

The group won’t be visible to those looking for it, and no-one will be able to see that you belong to it, unless they are also in the group.

While one of our staff members will be online to help moderate Bidentity, we’re also looking for a couple of volunteers to help moderate and run the group, doing things like welcoming new members, posting relevant content and ensuring that the group is a safe and welcoming place for all who are in it.  If you would like to volunteer with us and help build a vibrant social support group of folks who identify as Bi or Pan, please get in touch.  You can reach us by e-mail info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone 01332 207704 or come to a drop in on Wednesdays 10-1pm or Thursdays 1-4pm.

If you would like to join the group, please also get in touch on the details above.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? screening and live Q&A at QUAD

Derby QUAD are showing a very special film, followed by a live Q&A with Julian Clary, members of the cast and the directors on Sunday 2nd April at 4pm.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now (15) + Live Q&A, Sunday 2nd April at 4pm. At the age of 21, Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his newfound freedom Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation. Now his parents are coming to visit.

WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW? celebrates the triumph of love over hate, of understanding over ignorance and the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme.  A beautifully heartfelt story of one man’s journey and the power of his forgiveness.

You can book tickets with QUAD online here:  http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/who-s-gonna-love-me-now–15—live-satellite-q-and-a.aspx

Calling all LGBT+ supporters of Derby County Football Club!

If you’re an LGBT+ fan of the Beautiful Game, specifically a supporter of Derby County Football Club, we’d like you to get in touch with us.  We’d love to see a thriving LGBT+ supporters club in our county, with LGBT+ peeps getting together to share a passion for football and Derby County.  If you’d like to help set a group up with ourselves and Derby County, or even if you’d like to be a part of the club when it’s set up, please get in touch.  You can reach us on 01332 207704 or mailto:info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk

LGBT+ History: The Beaumont Society

1966  A Trans support group is started as a UK Chapter of the secret American organisation “Full Personality Expression” (FPE).  Later this group is renamed to become the Beaumont Society, with the aims of providing information and education to the general public, the medical and legal professions on ‘transvestism’ and to encourage research aimed at fuller understanding.

In 2010 the society becomes a registered charity (No. 1135548) and still continues it’s wonderful work, you can find their website here: http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk/

With the focus being on the people who were seen as Transgender or Transvestite the society needed to be clear it also supported the wives and partners as well so a sister organisation called the Women of the Beaumont Society (WOBS) was later also formed and operates its own helplines.

WoBs

Mothers Day 2017

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

You’re awesome

We salute you 🙂

Free LGBT+ Taster Workshops for organisations

This year marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.  As part of our celebrations this year, we’re offering a series of free LGBT+ Taster workshops for organisations to book their staff on to have a taster of LGBT+ Awareness.  Our first workshop is on April 19th, if you’d like to book a free place, please get in touch with us.  We will be running another workshop on the 10th May and the 21st June, so if you can’t make the one in April, we hope to see you soon.

LGBT+ History: proposed decriminalisation

Arthur Gore, 8th Earl of Arran, by Alan Clifton, for  Camera Press: London: UK, circa 1967 - NPG x199257 - © Alan Clifton/ Camera Press: LondonLord Arran, circa 1967

1965 In the House of Lords, Lord Arran (Arthur Strange Kattendyke David Archibald Gore, 8th Earl of Arran of the Arran Islands) proposed the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts (lesbian acts had never been illegal). A UK opinion poll finds that 93% of respondents see homosexuality as a form of illness requiring medical treatment.

He does not stop here, and in 1967 sponsors Leo Abse’s Private members bill which later becomes the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

Lord Arran also sponsored a bill for the protection of badgers, and was once asked why this effort had failed whereas decriminalising homosexuality had succeeded. Arran is reported to have replied: “There are not many badgers in the House of Lords”.  It is possible however that this was a rumour started in the book “A terrible Propensity for Malice” by June Thomas although the book itself was supposed to be a history of the persecution of gay males in the 60’s.  The same book also shows that Lord Arran was driven by the memory of his gay elder brother, who had committed suicide days after succeeding to the title.

LGBT+ History: NWHLRC

1964 The North Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee (NWHLRC) is founded in Manchester by Allan Horsfall and Colin Harvey to promote legal and social equality for lesbians, gay men and bi people.  This was created as a local committee of the London based Homosexual Law Reform Society and in practise was the only one to be created.

‘In 1969 the NWHLRC was renamed the Committee for Homosexual Equality (CHE) and in 1971, keeping the same initials, it became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

Following partial decriminalisation in 1967 it was clear that there was little prospect for the time being of further law reform; meanwhile there was a clear need for “safe spaces” in which gay men and lesbians could be themselves. It was therefore decided to set up Esquire Clubs in towns around the country, on a model similar to northern working men’s clubs. CHE organised a very memorable public meeting to discuss the issue in Burnley, chaired by the broadcaster Ray Gosling, but no Esquire Clubs were ever opened.’(1)

Allan Horsfall died in 2012 and CHE organised a commemoration of his life at Manchester Town Hall.

LGBT+ History: Lord Wolfenden

1957 The Wolfenden Committee publishes a report recommending that ‘homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence’. Supporters of this recommendation included the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, and the British Medical Association.

Sir John Wolfenden (left)

Despite this, the recommendations are partially rejected by the government.  The Wolfenden report is still cited by current MP’s as an example of how showing support for ‘unfashionable and unpopular causes’ or reports could cause you to be regarded with ‘great suspicion’ as happened at the time of the reports publication.

Changes were later introduced and, looking back, Parliamentarians agreed “when we look at the changes that were introduced post-Wolfenden, we will see that Parliament did the right thing