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.

LGBT+ History 50 years series begins

LGBT+ History Month 2017 is here!  This year it’s extra important as 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.  In 1967, homosexuality was made partially legal for the first time in this country, leading to the current laws and rights that we have today.

Throughout this year, we’ll be undertaking a weekly series of short articles marking points of LGBT+ history, taking a look at law, people and places that you may not have heard about, all of which have contributed to our current freedoms.

To start us off in sobering style, we present a snippet of law from 1861:

1861 The death penalty for buggery was abolished. A total of 8921 men had been prosecuted since 1806 for sodomy with 404 sentenced to death and 56 executed.


Call out for LGBT+ Poets and Spoken Word Artists

LGB-QWERTY in association with Derbyshire LGBT+ Presents ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’.

Commemorating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, ’Looking Back, Looking Forward’ is a series of spoken word events taking place throughout the year in venues across Derby. We are looking for 18 poets and spoken word artists to produce new pieces of work on the themes of looking back, looking at life now, and to what LGBT+ life might be like in 50 years time to be showcased at three special events throughout 2017.

Each event will showcase the inaugural readings of commissioned work and also have open mic slots available for those who want to read their own work.  The first of these events is themed to look at experiences of LGBT+ life pre 1967.  The second in July looks at life now, and the last looks forward to imagine what LGBT+ life might be like in 50 years time.

LGBT+ and spoken word have always had a strong relationship, from protest chants to impassioned speeches, poetry and prose exploring personal expression and identity, spoken word has allowed LGBT+ people to express themselves, recognise themselves in another’s words, or know that they have support from those who understand.

If you would be interested in getting involved or submitting work please contact  or if you would like to learn more about the project, please join us at on our launch night at ‘LGB-QWERTY #5’ on Friday 24th February at Derby Museum, as part of Derby Museum’s LGBT History Month series of events.

‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’, is presented by LGB-QWERTY in association with Derbyshire LGBT+, supported by Furthest From The Sea CIC, Twisted Tongues and Derby Live.


Bi Book Launch – Purple Prose/ Bi consultation 12th Feb

Lovely peeps, Derbyshire LGBT+ is fortunate to be hosting a free book launch for Purple Prose, a new anthology of work written for and by bisexual people.  Two of the contributing authors and the editor will be joining us between 11-2pm on Sunday 12th February, all welcome to talk Bi’s, Books and have a little Brunch!

There’s a meet and greet planned, together with a mini-panel on Bi’s and books and the chance for our guests to talk about their favourite books, as well as opportunity to purchase a copy and get it signed..

2-3pm on the same day, we will be hosting an open consultation for all those who identify under the Bi- umbrella.  We’d love to host a thriving Bi group at our centre, so we’ll be asking you; How can we best support you and the Bi community as a whole in Derby and Derbyshire?  Come along and give us your views, let us know how we can help.

If you’d like further information about either of these events, you can contact us at or on 01332 207704


If you are unable to make it to our book launch event, Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham is hosting another on the same day:

Tickets: £3.00. Refreshments available.
Date(s) – Sunday, 12th February
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Please reserve your place for the Nottingham event at
Nottingham event details here:


Gay Holocaust Memorial Event 25th Jan 2017

Our first event of 2017 will be Gay Holocaust Memorial Event on Wednesday 25th January 2017, 2-5pm at our centre.  The free event will include a showing of the documentary film Paragraph 175 and an accompanying art exhibition, with time for discussions and light refreshments, and a candle vigil to remember those who lost their lives or were imprisoned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  All welcome, in any way that you self-identify, to meet with us and discuss the impact of the gay holocaust.

How do I find the centre?:
We’re really easy to find, the centre is a few minutes walk from the town centre, and just round the corner from Derby Central Library and Derby Museum.  We have limited off road parking available directly across the road from our main entrance.  There’s a rainbow flag hanging over the entrance, so we should be an easy spot.  The centre is disabled friendly, with a hearing loop and ramp access to a large loo with grab rails.  The event will be held downstairs at the centre.

You are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions beforehand, we look forward to seeing you then.

Volunteering Spotlight!

We’re currently looking for additional LGBT+ Youth Group Leads for our vibrant group based in Chesterfield.  If you are available on a weekly basis, and would like to work alongside LGBT+ Youth, please get in touch.

LGBT+ Youth Group Lead – Chesterfield

A volunteer vacancy has arisen for a youth group lead for our weekly Chesterfield LGBT+ youth group based in the Chesterfield centre.  The role entails supporting attendees, who age from 13-19, actively engaging in constructive discussions and supervising activities focussed around sexual orientation or gender identity.  The role requires a clean DBS check, we can apply for this on your behalf.  You would assist in running or co-running sessions, forward planning session topics and ensuring the safety of attendees.  Full training and support will be given.
This role would suit a mature individual, who has a passion for LGBT support and youth work. 

 We would like you to:

Be passionate about supporting the local and wider LGBT community and allies.
Be an excellent communicator.
Be able to constructively challenge prejudice and ignorance.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Have had experience of an LGBT journey, know someone who has, or be aware of some of the issues that LGBT people can face.

In return we can offer:

Specialist role training, including ongoing awareness training for potential issues.
Personal safety training dependent on role.
One-to-one support from our staff, support from our volunteer team and volunteer socials.
An opportunity to build confidence, gain experience, give time and life experience to your LGBT+ community, and volunteer in a supportive environment.

 For more information or an application form, please contact the Project Officer for Volunteering, Suzanne at or on 01332 207704 Tuesday to Friday.