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Milk Presents – a Play in a Week at Derby Theatres

Performer?  Actor?  Musician?  Over 16?

Milk Presents are undertaking a ‘Play in a Week’ at Derby Theatres, the week runs from Tuesday 23rd May – Saturday 27th May and free places are open to any LGBT+ person, allies and friends, for afternoon or evening sessions.  The group will start by looking at the themes in The Well of Loneliness, and will create a new work together from this – you don’t need to have read the work beforehand!  You don’t need any previous performing experience, just a desire to explore the themes and help create a new piece of theatre which will be performed at the end.

To join in with the project, you need to apply for a place by 10th May, by writing to the e-mail contained in the link below.
You can find more details and how to apply for a place here: http://www.milkpresents.com/production/play-in-a-week-derby

Launch of Golden Rainbows Chesterfield

Derbyshire LGBT+ are proud to present a new monthly social support group that will be launching in Chesterfield on 9th May 2017.  The group is part of our Golden Rainbows Project, and is open to people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender over the age of 55.  Our Golden Rainbows survey last year showed us that there was a great need in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas for support for older LGBT people.  We would like to help build a social and supportive older LGBT community in Chesterfield.

The group will be confidential and free to attend.  The group will meet monthly at the Assembly Rooms in the Chesterfield Market Hall, which has lift access from the ground floor, and all are welcome for refreshments.  Our launch event will be on Tuesday 9th May 2-4pm, and the group members will have a say in what activities or speakers are booked for future meetings. 

If you have any queries about Golden Rainbows Chesterfield, you are welcome to contact us on 01332 207704 or by email on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk

 

 

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.

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

Golden Rainbows Project

Derbyshire LGBT+ are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’. The project is funded by Lloyds Bank and aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and/or work in rural Derbyshire.  The Project is being led by Connor, who would love to talk to anyone who self-identifies as LGBT+, is over the age of 50 and lives or works in rural Derbyshire about their needs, their experiences and what support they would like. 

Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience higher levels of isolation and loneliness in relation to their heterosexual counterparts. This isolation and loneliness is doubled if an older LGBT+ person lives in a rural area of the county.  We hope that this year long project will help overcome some of the barriers that people have found in accessing appropriate LGBT+ 50+ support. 

If you, or anyone you know would be interested in the Golden Rainbows Project, please contact Connor directly on connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or phone us on 01332 207704.

LGBT+BME? We need you!

Derbyshire LGBT+ is in the process of setting up an LGBT+ BME(Black & Minority Ethnic) social and support group, as part of that process we would like to recruit a sessional worker to develop and run the group. Salary will be £8 an hour for 5 hours a month.  We are looking for someone with skills to network, facilitate and support the group.  For more information and an application form please contact andy.brown@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk

IDAHOBIT 2016

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What a lovely afternoon to be at Derby City Council for the annual IDAHOBIT flag raising yesterday. The event arranged by Anne Webster, Lead on Equality and Diversity at Derby City Council, enabled Councillor Paul Pegg, Mayor of Derby to raise the flag to show that Derby City Council had an awareness of Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and showed their support in reducing the hate crime some people in our community experience every day. The commitment to supporting the LGBT+ community was reiterated by Gordon Stirling, the Chair of the Derby City Council LGBT Network and City Champion. Also in attendance was Hardyal Dhindsa, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, who highlighted his Pledge and Charter for the LGBT community, (see the Charter here, http://www.eastmidslabour.org.uk/labour_backs_lgbt_police_and_crime_charter). The event was attended by the Derbyshire LGBT+ team and many members of council staff and the tea and cakes were very nice!