LGBT+ History: Stonewall

Sir Ian McKellen comes out as gay on the UK’s BBC Radio in response to the government’s Section 28 in the British Parliament.  Stonewall UK is formed in response to Section 28 and other barriers to equality.  Founding members include Sir Ian McKellen and (The Rt. Hon.) Michael Cashman.

Stonewall is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying. Some major successes include helping achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGB people serving in the military, securing legislation which allowed same-sex couples to adopt and the repeal of Section 28. More recently Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships and then same-sex marriage, and ensured that the recent Equality Act protected lesbian, gay and bi people in terms of goods and services.

In their later lives Sir Ian McKellen has been given awards of Companion of Honour, a CBE, was knighted and is a freeman of the city of London.  (The Rt. Hon.) Michael Cashman was awarded a CBE and was made a life peer with the title of Baron Cashman.  As a life peer Baron Cashman went on to get involved in, and invest In, the LGBT social network Suitlink.

Announcing a very special night of LGBT+ entertainment!

This year marks #50years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.  You probably already know that, but what you might not know is that we’ve teamed up with some very special folks to bring you a night of LGBT+ celebration.  The Sexual Offences Act came into force on 27th July 1967, and so on Friday 28th July, we’re proud to present a very special night of LGBT+ goodness as part of our year-long celebrations.


 

First up, starting at 7pm sharp is LGB-QWERTY, hosted at the QUAD, and partnership with Twisted Tounges and Furthest from the Sea, it promises to be a veritable vocal banquet of six poets and spoken word artists who have been commissioned to write new works on what LGBT+ life is like now.  Come join the fabulous compere Dan Webber, volunteers and staff from Derbyshire LGBT+ in reflecting on the aspects and experiences of LGBT+ life.

 

 

Following our spoken word feast, QUAD are showing Victim (1961) a film seminal in changing the UK law.  QUAD are offering a discount on your tickets, just quote ‘LGBTPLUS’ when booking in person or over the phone.  The film starts at 8.30pm, and will be introduced beforehand by Ian Robson, CEO of Derbyshire LGBT+.  To book tickets, just call 01332 290606

 

LGBT+ History: Section 28

Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the 1987 Conservative Party Conference, issued the statement “Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay”. Backbench Conservative MPs and Peers had already begun a backlash against the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality and, in December 1987, Clause 28 is introduced into the local government bill by Dame Jill Knight, Conservative MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 is passed. The Act states that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.

While the law was overturned by a successive government it was still being reported in 2013 that some Academy schools had been adopting policy statements which echo the bill caused outrage amongst MP’s and activists alike.  This prompted OFSTED to include the following supplementary advice into school guidelines into Sex Relationship Education curriculum in 2014:

  • is inclusive of difference: gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, faith or belief, or other life experience*

*Education Guidance DfEE (0116/2000)

 

Creative writing workshop – last call!


This is your last call for our creative writing workshop on Wednesday 28th June.  Remember to book your free place by this Friday! If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.

LGBT+ History: Mark Rees

Mark Rees, Transman

In 1987, Mark Rees, a trans-man, brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights, stating that UK law prevented him from gaining legal status recognising him as male. The case was lost but the court noted the seriousness of the issues facing trans people.  His campaigning work eventually led to the formation of Press for Change, an organisation seeking rights and equality for all Trans* people in the UK.

You can read the full case notes here: http://www.pfc.org.uk/caselaw/Rees%20vs%20The%20United%20Kingdom.pdf.  He did a podcast where he talks about his life here and you can read an article about him taking the case to court here although the first part gives more of an insight into his early life.

His story revolves around the church refusing him ordination as his baptism certificate stated he was female which the church disallowed ordination to.  This prompted him to launch a legal challenge as one had previously been heard by the European Court of Human Rights on the same issue.  Although the case was denied the courts admitted that their was a case to be had.  This was one of the catalysts to later lead to the implementation of the Gender Recognition Act.

Fathers Day 2017

This is for all the fathers
Fathers who identify themselves as GBT+
Fathers of LGBT+ children
Fathers who deal with an ill child at four in the morning
And say ‘It’s ok, I’m here.’
Fathers who help make school play costumes
Fathers who run netball practice
Fathers who work on finding a cure for cancer
Fathers who look after aging relatives
Fathers who design buildings, and fly planes
And are there for their children no matter what.
Fathers who love, fathers who help keep children safe,
Fathers who are equal voices in their family,
Fathers who adopt, fathers who foster,
Fathers who cry just a little bit when they graduate University.
Fathers who look after disabled children, fathers who are disabled
For first-time dads, and second-time dads, and third, fourth and fifth-time dads,
In deep respect of all you accomplish and all that you do
We just wanted you to know

You’re awesome

We salute you 😀

Angels in America live broadcast

QUAD are hosting a live screening of Angels in America from the National Theatre in July:

America in the mid-80s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places And Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliot (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and War Horse).

NT Live: Angels in America (15) – Parts 1 & 2
Part 1 – Millennium Approaches Thursday 20th July at 7pm (Encores – Thursday 27th July at 1pm and Monday 7th August at 7pm)
Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017. 

Please contact QUAD to book tickets for this very special performance.  Book online http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/ or phone them on 01332 290 606

Creative Writing Workshop 28th June – places still available!

Don’t forget places on our creative writing workshop are still available! If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at creative writing, why not come and join us for a workshop on Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm at our centre.  A published writer will offer some fun exercises to get everyone writing, and be on hand afterwards to answer any questions that you have about getting started or improving your skills.

Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU
When Wednesday 28th June 6-8pm

Limited off-road parking is available directly opposite the centre.

Place are free, but limited, so please contact us to book your free place beforehand.  All welcome, but we ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult. You can contact us on info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by phone on 01332 207704.  Please book your place by Friday 23rd June.

LGBT+ History: Supporting the miners

1986: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) campaign is launched in support of striking workers during the miners’ strikes of 1984 and 1985.  These events were recreated in the film PRIDE (2014)

The LGSM group did not cease to have a purpose after the strike ended as to an extent is still going albeit as a Facebook group(link) and with just seven of the original members left.  It is important to not forget that the miners groups themselves were also playing a major part and with the reforming of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners’ Support Group (1) both groups have been very close in supporting each other 30 years on.

The LGSM sister group, Lesbians Against Pit Closures, did not reform but is instead honoured as still being a part of the LGSM history according to the LGSM website.

LGBT+ History: Chris Smith

Maureen Colquhoun (left), Chris Smith (right)

In 1984 Chris Smith, Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, speaks about his sexual orientation and becomes the first openly gay MP.  His announcement at a rally in Rugby was met by a standing ovation.

He was not, the first MP to out themselves as 10 years earlier Maureen Colquhoun came out as the first lesbian MP.  She was notorious for being very outspoken, and as a result of her “obsession with women’s rights” was deselected losing her seat in 1979.