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.


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

LGBT+ History: Michael Dillon

1945 Sir Harold Gillies and his colleague Ralph Millard carried out female-to-male confirmation surgery on Michael Dillon. Sir Harold Gillies developed his pioneering pedicle flap surgery with injured soldiers from World War II. Initially developed as reconstructive surgery, phalloplasty is now offered as a genital surgery option for trans men. Dillon underwent at least 13 surgeries between 1946 and 1949 and was elected for surgery on the pretext of treating a malformation of the Urethra  (hypospadias), in order to conceal the exact nature of the surgery.

His case is still used by Parliament today to highlight issues faced by members of the Trans communities.

LGBT+ History: Order of Chaeronea

1897 George Cecil Ives (above) organizes the first homosexual rights group in England, the Order of Chaeronea. Dr Helen Boyle and her partner, Mabel Jones, set up the first women-run General Practice in Brighton, including offering free therapy for poor women. Helen Boyle also founded the National Council for Mental Hygiene (which subsequently becomes MIND) in 1922. British sexologist Havelock Ellis publishes Sexual Inversion, the first volume in an intended series called Studies in the Psychology of Sex. He argues that homosexuality is not a disease but a natural anomaly occurring throughout human and animal history, and should be accepted, not treated. The book is banned in England for being obscene; the subsequent volumes in the series are published in the US and not sold in England until 1936.

LGBT QWERTY returns!

Lovely folks, we are pleased to announce that LGB-QWERTY is back for 2017, with a fab night of variety entertainment and spoken word performances planned from members of Derbyshire’s LGBT+ community.

In the very special venue of the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, and as part of LGBT+ History Month, the evening promises to be a unique space for the LGBT+ voices and stories to be heard, in the forms of poems, cabaret and variety acts, hosted by the irrepressible Dan Webber.

For more details, you can check out the Derby Museums page here:

LGB-QWERTY is presented by Derbyshire LGBT+, in association with Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts, Twisted Tongues and Derby Museums

Interested in performing? Contact

“One of the most creative, funny and meaningful nights of variety entertainment I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending” – Serena Dowley, Derby University

Feb Bidentity

Lovely folks,

Just to let you know that February’s Bidentity meeting next Tuesday evening is cancelled.  We will be rescheduling the group in March/April with a relaunch event.

If you would like further information about the support we can provide, please get in touch.