THE start of this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History (LGBTQ) Month was marked with a public event at the Guildhall today (Friday 1 February).
The Deputy Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, launched this year’s event, which is supported by Cambridge City Council. Following speeches, the rainbow flag was raised above the building for the month.
There will be a programme of talks, performances, social activities, films, exhibitions and more in Cambridge and beyond during February, organised by a number of local organisations in partnership with the Encompass Network.
Events taking place during LGBTQ History Month include:
- Dot Cottons – Long-running club night marks the start of LGBTQ History Month, Saturday 2 Feb, from 9pm, Q Club, Station Road.
- ‘Nothing Just Ever Disappears’ – Talk by Diarmuid Hester on innovative queer American writing in the 1980s, Monday 4 Feb, 6pm, Howard Building, Downing College, Regent Street.
- Lesbian Squatters in 1970s Hackney – Talk by Dr Chris Wall of the University of Westminster, Thursday 7 Feb, 5pm, Howard Building, Downing College, Regent Street.
- MP Panel at University of Cambridge Union – Panel discussion on political parties’ interaction with LGBTQ communities, Friday 8 Feb, 7pm, Emmanuel Church, Trumpington Street.
- Rainbow Pilgrims – Exhibition discovering the hidden history of LGBTQ migrants in the UK using film, photography and people’s own words, Saturday 9 Feb, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street.
- Trash! Waste and Excess in Queer Cultures – A day of events including a daytime symposium followed by an evening of performances, drag acts and music, Saturday 16 Feb from 10am, Faculty of English, West Road and venue TBC.
- Sing If You Are Glad – Fun and inclusive singing session open to all, Saturday 16 Feb, 2pm, Mary Allen Building, Homerton College, Hills Road
- Queers in Shorts – Monthly short films night, Thursday 21 February, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street.
- Curated by the Community – An exhibition about local LGBTQ lives and experiences, from Monday 25 Feb, Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street.
For the full programme of events in Cambridge visit http://encompassnetwork.org.uk/history-month
“I am proud that Cambridge is a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone to live in, and events like LGBTQ History Month help to celebrate our diversity as a city. I hope everyone has the chance to enjoy some of the exciting and interesting events taking place here during February.”
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I look forward to this year’s packed programme of events celebrating the lives and achievements of LGBTQ people and the role the LGBTQ community plays in our city.