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LGBT History Month – Day 23 – David Bowie

We couldn’t do a series like this without him. Day 23 celebrates the life of David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

david bowie

As a musician, actor and fashion icon, David Bowie constantly reinvented himself, developing challenging music and alter egos regularly throughout his career. His musical success began with Space Oddity in 1969 and continued up until the release of the album Blackstar just a few days before he died in January 2016.

A beloved, much-admired icon, for sure – but what puts him on our list for this month?

Bowie could be seen as something of an LGBT enigma. As with his overall performance persona, his sexual identity is a story of layers. In 1972 he declared himself gay. In 1976 he said he was actually bisexual. And years later, he explained that, in fact, he had always been a ‘closet heterosexual’, and suggested that his G and B identifications had been simply a product of the time and of his cultural environment.

This is perhaps a good illustration of the fact that people can have many aspects and elements to their identities, and regardless of how Bowie truly saw himself, his artistic work has had an enormous positive influence on the LGBT community. His alternates and stage characters were sexually ambiguous, gender-fluid, and unashamed to be who they were. These were themes he developed extensively in his portrayals of the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust.

His presentation of ‘Otherness’ as something to be embraced challenged assumptions and broke down barriers, and inspired many people who found his messages relevant to their own struggles. Musicians including Boy George, the Pet Shop Boys and Scissor Sisters have all acknowledged owing much to Bowie’s work, both personally and professionally.

As an actor, Bowie is probably best known for his portrayal of Jareth, the Goblin King, in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986). He wrote five songs for the movie, including Magic Dance (and wore those tights…) . He also appeared in 1983 vampire fantasy The Hunger, 1976 sci-fi drama The Man Who Fell To Earth in 1973, and the 2006 mystery The Prestige.

You can explore his website here: http://www.davidbowie.com/ and read his obituary here http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/11/obituary-david-bowie

LGBT History Month – Day 21 – John Maynard Keynes

Day 21, and we take a closer look at John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946):

John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was an English economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He was born in 1883, a subject of Queen Victoria. He died in 1946, having lived through the Boer War, both World Wars, and a worldwide economic depression. He is best known for his proposal that when national economies suffer a downturn, governments should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity. Part of the proceeds of the resulting economic growth should then be used to repay the debt.

In 1921, Keynes fell in love with, and thereafter married, Lidia Vasilyevna Lopukhova, a Russian ballerina. They lived happily until his death in 1946. The marriage surprised his friends, as prior to meeting Lopukhova, Keynes had been exclusively involved with men. While studying at Eton and Cambridge, Keynes engaged in many affairs, which – presumably because ‘economist’ – he documented meticulously in diaries. He was perhaps fortunate to have been involved in an academic intellectual subculture – the so-called ‘Bloomsbury Set’ – which for its time was unusually at ease with same-sex relationships

There’s an article about his economic theories and personal life here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/john-maynard-keynes-new-biography-reveals-shocking-details-about-the-economists-sex-life-10101971.html

LGBT History Month – Day 17 – Meshell Ndegeocello

For Day 17, we celebrate the music of Meshell Ndegeocello (1968 – )

Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello is a bisexual American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has had ten career Grammy Award nominations and has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.” She released 11 albums between 1993 – 2014, and contributed to the It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living book of accounts and essays, published in 2011. She married her wife, Alison Riley, in 2006.

You can read more about Meshell on her official site, here: http://www.meshell.com/

LGBT History Month 2016 – Day 10 – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) is our inspiration for Day 10. A passionate Mexican self-portrait artist, she suffered from polio as a child, and was disabled through an accident when she was 18, undergoing multiple painful operations throughout her life. Isolated and often in pain, whether physical or psychological, she turned to painting, using herself as her primary subject. Her two tempestuous marriages to Diego, another artist, did not stop either of them having additional relationships, with Frida conducting several affairs with men and women.

Her work has been celebrated by feminists for her uncompromising depiction of the female form.


You can read more about her life and works here: http://www.frida-kahlo-foundation.org/

There’s also a film about her life, Frida (2002), (which contains one of the most passionate same sex dance scenes IMHO ~ ed.).  You can see a clip of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moe3i3AycwE

LGBT History Month 2016 – Day 3 – Rabbi Debra Kolodny

Day 3’s inspirational person is the bisexual Rabbi Debra Kolodny.  Rabbi Debra Kolodny (Rabbah D’vorah) is a veteran of several social justice movements, bringing a spiritual perspective and her activist passion to worker’s rights as well as women’s, environmental, peace and LGBTQ causes since 1981.  Most recently (from 2013-2015) she served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBTQ retreat and advocacy organization committed to a more just and inclusive world. Prior to her tenure at Nehirim she served as the rabbi at Pnai Or in Portland, Oregon for three years.  Kolodny speaks about how one of the Hebrew words for soul, neshama, is a feminine-gendered word while the word for body, guf, is a masculine-gendered word. “I’m perpetually tickled by the fact that all of us are both male and female in the grammar of the totality of our being,”

LGBT History Month 2016 - 03 - Rabbi Debra Kolodny

You can read more about her here: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/194782/the-spiritual-activist

Good News from Derbyshire Friend

Dear Volunteers and Members,

We are delighted to learn that out Big Lottery bid has been successful, this gives us funding for 3 years. Derbyshire Friend has worked with the LGBT Community for over 30 years and this gives us the chance to continue this support and to develop further.

These funds will allow us to improve the lives of LGBT people by delivering our services across the City and County. We will be focussing on improving their health and wellbeing, both physically and emotionally.

With Regards

Dan Merrison

Chair of Trustees

Bi Visibility Day 2013

Did you know today is International Bi Visibility Day 2013? Sometimes called Celebrate Bisexuality Day or Bisexual Pride Day, September the 23rd is a day for the bisexual community, their friends and also supporters such as our selves to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual and otherwise non-monosexual people in their lives.

Come join us on Twitter and follow the hashtag #BiVisibilityDay

Some People Are Bi. Celebrate With Us!
Some People Are Bi. Celebrate With Us!

New LGBT Mental Health Drop-in

DF is hosting a monthly LGBT Mental Health drop-in.

Would you like support for feelings such as loneliness, low mood, stress, anxiety or self harm? Derbyshire Friend working in partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will be hosting a monthly Mental Health drop-in for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans.

A mental healthcare professional will be here for you to talk to about any concerns you may have about your Mental Health and Well-being.

Drop-in at: Derbyshire Friend, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF on
12th December 4-6pm
9th January 4-6pm
13th February 4-6pm

The drop-in offers an opportunity to have an informal chat with a qualified mental health worker about any aspects of your emotional well-being in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. For more information call 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk