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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 7 – James Barry

For our Day 7, we honour the life of Dr James Barry:

LGBT History Month 2016 - 07 - James Barry

James Barry ((1789-1799) – 1865) was a military surgeon in the British Army. After graduation from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Barry served in India and Cape Town, South Africa. By the end of his career, he had risen to the rank of Inspector General in charge of military hospitals. In his travels he not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, but also the conditions of the native inhabitants. He performed the first successful Caesarian section, with mother and child both surviving the operation, in 1826. Although Barry lived his adult life as a man, he was assigned female at birth, and chose to live as a man so that he might be accepted as a university student and able to pursue a career as a surgeon, with his biological sex only being discovered by the public and his colleagues after his death.

We cannot, of course, be clear on the question of how Dr Barry self-identified. His story is confusing and the subject of much rumour and myth, but his own exact feelings on the matter were never recorded. If alive today, with the relative freedom of modern gender expression, would he declare himself a trans-man? Or would she consider herself a woman who simply adopted a male persona in order to pursue her desired career? We will never know, and must respect this uncertainty. But he is interred at the Kensal Green Cemetery under the name of James Barry, and whatever the answer to this question may have been, it is certain that his life and career helped weaken society’s established gender restrictions.

You can read more about him here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3334909/Revealed-Army-surgeon-actually-a-woman.html

LGBT Health & Wellbeing Survey

Health and Wellbeing Survey for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Communities in Derby City and Derbyshire County

Derbyshire Friend has been commissioned by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County to carry out a survey of LGBT health and well-being. The aim of the survey is to gather reliable information about the health needs and experiences of LGBT people in Derby City and Derbyshire County to shape future healthcare provision and planning. For too long services have relied on assumptions and national data to try and guess the needs of local LGBT people, so now is your opportunity to say what it is you need and your thoughts and feelings in relation to healthcare services. This is the first time this has been done on this scale locally and is your key opportunity to effect change.

Please forward this message to your networks, groups, friends, family and colleagues as we hope to get as many responses as possible from a diverse range of people.

To complete the survey click on the link here

 By completing the survey you are eligible to enter the prize draw for an Asus Nexus 7 tablet PC!


Reconciling Religion, Gender & Sexuality – Case Studies Needed

Eileen Fry from the University of Derby’s Multi-Faith Centre has been involved in a European Project on Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Training for the last five years and is currently helping to develop a module on “Reconciling Religion, Gender and Sexuality” (To date, this is just a working title.)

Eileen is currently trying to gather case studies which would help her to facilitate activities on reconciliation (or not as the case maybe) and exploring personal spirituality.

If you are happy to be interviewed, all anonymous of course, please get in touch with her on eileenfry@yahoo.co.uk