Scotland’s LGBT History Month

Scotland’s LGBT History Month runs every February and enables people to celebrate queer culture and awareness in many different capacities.

Whether it’s hosting a queer cinema night, leading a panel on issues facing the LGBT community or throwing a raging party, there are many platforms to push gay culture to the forefront. The festival allows us to celebrate queer lives by exploring our own and presenting these lives in a historical context.

Created and delivered by the vital LGBT Youth Scotland, the festival is also an “opportunity for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation,” and in the volatile political landscape of 2017, there has never been a better time in recent years to protect our civil and social status. The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

The events below are far from exhaustive: there are countless experiences going on in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as cities and towns across the country. For all information about the events and LGBT History Month, visit www.lgbthistory.org.uk.

And don’t forget that the last Friday of LGBT History Month is Purple Friday: so on Fri 24 Feb, it is your duty to wear purple to stand up against sexual and gender discrimination and support our community.

Maybe even make your own and encourage others to make a small donation to LGBT Youth Scotland to take part.


GLASGOW

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: LGBT MIGRANTS IN SCOTLAND

This exhibition at Hillhead Library collects photographs by LGBT migrants from Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union living in Scotland.

LGBT migrants were invited to produce a photo diary on the theme of home. Their photographs and their written thoughts about what home means to them will be on display at Hillhead Library from 14 to 27 February 2017 as part of LGBT History Month Scotland.

The exhibition is linked to the research project Intimate Migrations carried out by the University of Glasgow and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

LGBT HISTORY MONTH CABARET PRESENTED BY DIVE, LUMINATE AND LGBT AGE

On Thu 16 Feb at the Tron Theatre Bar, join Dive, Luminate and LGBT Age for an extra special dollop of proper entertainment as we celebrate our rich and diverse cultural history in the sumptuous surroundings of the Vic Bar.

After only 12 weeks of working together ten emerging older artists present a blossoming bouquet of performance created especially for LGBT History Month. The talented bunch worked together with the help of Dive’s Miss Annabel Sings and Philippa Clark to devise creative ways to tell personal and historical stories and create a cabaret show in the process. This is a very special event with only limited spaces so get your tickets quick!

CRUISING THE 1970S – BETWEEN THE SHEETS: RADICAL PRINT CULTURES BEFORE THE QUEER BOOKSHOP

The 1970s was a crucial time for feminist and LGBTQ activism and community-building. Between the Sheets at CCA on Thu 23 and Fri 24 Feb explores how and why reading and writing acquired such prominence and power in queer communities in Britain in this important decade, engaging with the pleasure and politics of print before the establishment of important queer bookshops like Lavender Menace and Gay’s the Word in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

With contributions from artists, activists, writers, and academics, it will stop to consider tactile encounters with the printed word, reflect on collective interactions with print in reading groups and consciousness-raising sessions, and think about the development of spaces for sharing and selling books, magazines, and pamphlets in the 1970s, from women’s centres to nightclubs.

These discussions will be punctuated by performances and screenings. Looking at reading and sharing the written word as a call to action, Between the Sheets asks what the role of print was for queer communities in the 1970s and what the significance of these radical queer print cultures is for LGBTQ activists today.

LGBTQI ROLLER DISCO

Join LGBT History Month for its first ever Glasgow roller disco!

All are welcome for a fun-filled afternoon in an inclusive family friendly space of excitement and laughs. Experienced instructors will be on hand to help out, so even if you’ve never skated before this will be a great place to try. Skates, protective equipment and refreshments will be provided.

This takes place at ARC (Glasgow Caledonian University) on Sat 4 March at 13.00.


EDINBURGH

GAY, BI AND TRANS MENS’ ANTI-VALENTINES MOVIE: PINK FLAMINGOS

I categorically adore this movie. A Valentine’s date-night for gay, bi and trans men (inclusive of non-binary people) with a difference: you don’t have to be in a relationship to attend and there won’t be any mention of hearts or roses!

Join LGBT History Month for coffee and games at 7pm followed by a screening of the queer trashy and thoroughly disgusting 1972 John Waters classic Pink Flamingos at 8pm (featuring pioneering drag/filth icon Divine). There’ll be nothing soppy about it! Optional local drinks afterwards. (Thu 16 Feb)

WOMEN’S WELL-BEING EVENTS: COMING OUT AUDACIOUSLY

This great workshop takes place on Sat 25 Feb between 13.00 and 16.00 at City Art Centre. As part of the Audacious Women Festival, a coming out workshop for any women wanting to explore coming out, no matter what your stage, age or confidence.

PROUD CITY: LGBTQI EDINBURGH

Proud City marks 10 years since the exhibition Rainbow City: Stories from Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Edinburgh opened at the City Art Centre. The exhibition provides an insight into LGBTQIA+ history and explores the lives of people living in Edinburgh today.

Proud City showcases museum collections items loaned and donated by the LGBTQIA+ community as well as a specially commissioned film exploring life in Edinburgh in 2016. The exhibition has grown from an outrea
ch project with LGBTQIA+ communities in Edinburgh with support from LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

The project and exhibition has been funded by the Museums Association’s Transformers scheme (supported in Scotland by Museums Galleries Scotland). Sunday 26 Feb, Wednesday – Saturday – 10am – 5pm; Sunday – 12pm – 5pm.

 

ART THERAPY WEEKEND: MOVING THROUGH BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

Facilitated by Art Therapists, join LGBT History Month for this in-depth whole weekend workshop where you will be guided to use art materials and gentle movement as a means of exploring the significance of beginnings and endings in our lives.

No experience or skill with art required. This takes place between Sat 12 and Sun 13 Feb at 9 Howe Street.


LGBT History Month has an exhaustive list of events designed to celebrate the diversity, community and fun of queer identity in Scotland.

The festival serves as the perfect platform to do so, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. It’s crucial to know where we’ve been to know where we’re going, and in a precarious period for LGBT+ citizens across the globe, embracing the often challenging past of queer history allows us to celebrate how far we’ve come and reminds us of the work we’ve still got left to take care of.


 

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