January Newsletter

York LGBT Events
January 2018

Highlights

This year will be an exciting year for all 3 LGBT charities in York. York Pride will be on the 9th June. York LGBT History Month has 40+ events in February 2018 to celebrate LGBT History Month. The York LGBT Forum continues to grow and has many groups, activities and events to look forward to including a musical extravaganza at the Barbican on the 8th July. Remember to check the events page https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/upcoming-events/ and the website regularly as this is updated as new events are published. It should be noted that some of these events are not managed by the York LGBT Forum.

 York Pride Drag Race
21st January 2018
6pm – Late
The Principal York Hotel, Station Road, York

A funfilled evening where York’s finest amateur Drag Kings & Queens battle it out for the chance to perform at York Pride and to be crowned the Drag Race 2018 winner.
Following the success of Drag Race in 2017, we are back at the Principal Hotel York (formerly the Royal York Hotel)
All money raised from the evening will go towards funding York Pride 2018, so dig deep and invite friends and family to this evening of entertainment.
Tickets: £10 online (£12 on the door Subject to availability)
Tickets from http://yorkpride.org.uk/york-pride-drag-race-2018/

The Queen of Ireland
January 31st 2018
9pm – Late
City Screen
13 – 17 Coney Street York
Tickets available from here: https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/45354
This event is co-organised by the York Irish Association and York LGBT History Month.
The Queen of Ireland is the incredible story of Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss and her creator, Rory O’Neill. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti is an accidental activist and, in her own words, ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.
Directed by Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings, Deep End Dance) and produced by Blinder Films (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, One Hundred Mornings), the film follows Rory and Panti on their journey from a small town in Mayo to national figureheads for equality, and all the way to global spokespersons for LGBT rights.
Funny, powerful and timely, The Queen of Ireland is “part personal documentary, part social history… an entertaining and powerful noble call for that icon and iconoclast of 21st Century Ireland, Rory O’Neill” (RTE Guide).
Tickets are £11 and are available to purchase via https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/45354
This screening has been confirmed as the necessary minimum tickets have been reserved.
The last date for ticket purchases will be 30th January 2018.

Events Calendar

January 2nd 2018
York Mental Health Peer Support Group
The group is on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. No enrolments needed. The group is trauma informed and offers support to people with mental ill health, to share experiences and learn new skills (not LGBT specific)
Location: 
14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate
York YO1 9TU
Time: 
4pm – 6pm
Costs: Suggested Donation 50p

January 3rd 2018
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

January 6th 2018
York LGBT Coffee Morning
Join us for the first monthly coffee morning this year! We shall be celebrating the new year.
Location: 
York’s Mesmac Office,  Marygate Ln, York YO30 7BJ
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Costs: Free

January 8th 2018
LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted, and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late

January 9th 2018
Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com for venue details and time

January 10th 2018
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

January 11th 2018
York LGBT Forum Open Meeting
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St.John University. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. It is your Forum
Location: De Grey Building, Room 109, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Queer Women’s and Gender Group
Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.
Location: York’s Mesmac Office,  Marygate Ln, York YO30 7BJ
Time: 
6pm – 8pm
Costs: 
Free

January 15th 2018
Spectrum at Waterstones (LGBT Bookclub)
Come Join us at our LGBT monthly book club! Were we discuss an LGBT book a month.
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Costs: Free (have to buy/read a book a month)

 

LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late
January 16th 2018
York Mental Health Peer Support Group
The group is on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. No enrolments needed. The group is trauma informed and offers support to people with mental ill health, to share experiences and learn new skills (not LGBT specific)
Location: 
14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate
York YO1 9TU
Time: 
4pm – 6pm
Costs: Suggested Donation 50p

January 17th 2018
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

January 20th 2018
York Third Saturday
Join us for drinks and chat 9pm at The Corner Pin, followed by music and dancing at Flares from midnight. York’s regular Transgender / LGB night out where all are welcomed regardless of sexual orientation or gender. (Flares carries a door entry of £4) Come and join the fun.
Time: 9pm – Corner Pin
Midnight – Flares
Costs: £4 for Flares

January 22nd 2018
LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late
January 23rd 2018
Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com for venue details and time

January 24th 2018
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

January 25th 2018
Queer Women’s and Gender Group
Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.
Location: York’s Mesmac Office,  Marygate Ln, York YO30 7BJ
Time: 
6pm – 8pm
Costs: 
Free

January 29th 2018
LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late

 

January 31st 2018
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Committee Meeting
Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Help

Please find a link to lots information about addiction in the LGBT Community. https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/lgbtq/ (note this is american but gives good advice).

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

Our Drug and Alcohol dependency support in York  are Changing Lives.

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Our dedicated addiction and recovery services offer a number of tailor-made solutions for people who are living with addiction and recovery. We work with adults who are thinking about abstinence from drugs, alcohol, or substitute medications, and those who are taking active steps towards it.

Changing Lives offers a number of dedicated addiction and recovery services across the North East, York and North Yorkshire. We don’t provide clinical treatment (such as detox programmes), but we can help you contact other agencies that do.

Our recovery services can help:

  • Anyone over 18 years old
  • People at any stage of their recovery journey who are considering their options
  • Women and their children, living in Newcastle and Gateshead, who want to remain together as a family

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Our 12-week abstinence-based programmes provide structured, day treatment support for people moving on from addiction. These programmes follow the principles of the international 12 step approach to recovery, and include one-to-one counselling, group therapy, meetings and workshops. Our 12-step programmes currently run across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and York.

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Changing Lives also provide a range of day centres where people in recovery, or considering their options, can meet others, and get on-going support. Volunteers in recovery themselves play a vital role in the running of these services, as well as others in their journey. These services also offer remote support such as our telephone recovery service and text message support service, and peer and family support.

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In recognition of the specific needs of women and children, Changing Lives offers a specialist accommodation project for mothers at various stages of addiction, helping them maintain or rebuild relationships with their children. We focus on recovery-orientated activities, building family links and eventual movement towards independent living in recovery from addiction. We can support women from an initial child protection conference onwards, and before and after detox, providing their aim is to keep or rebuild a relationship with their children.

For the first time in years I had structure and routine and I was shown the skills I could use to change and re-build my life. I met many wonderful people, from the staff to the clients, people like me who had similar experiences and problems. With their help and determination I started to find myself and learn the skills to live my life without alcohol.

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December Events

York LGBT Forum December Newsletter
Please check here for regular updates

Highlights

On Monday 4th December we are raising awareness about HIV and having a fundraiser for Yorkshire Mesmac and North Yorkshire Aids Action see information below:

Location: 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW
Time: 7pm-9pm

In celebration, resistance and acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, we are doing a fundraiser for Yorkshire Mesmac (www.mesmac.co.uk) and North Yorkshire Aids Action (nyaa.org.uk).

For the event, we shall be screening two episodes of the documentary series America in Transition. After the screening we will have a Q&A with special guest André Pérez, Director of America in Transition.

It is a pay as you feel event.

America in Transition (AIT) is a documentary series and community engagement campaign that explores community, family, and social issues for trans people of color across the United States.

Episodes featured at this event:

LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF AGAIN
Arkansas: The threat of violence is an everyday experience for trans people. When Tiommi Luckett’s worst fears come true, she struggles to reconnect with the bold, adventurous woman she’s always been against a backdrop of self-imposed isolation. Episode addresses HIV criminalization, sexual violence, and healing from trauma.

CALLED TO SERVE
North Carolina: After his family and church rejected him, Z becomes the marine he always wanted to be. His life is upended when he’s kicked out under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and he becomes an unlikely activist. Join Z as he searches for love and belonging amidst rising political tensions. Episode addresses civil rights, faith, and LGBTQ history.

Special Guest André Pérez, Director of America in Transition:
André is a mixed race oral historian, educator, filmmaker, and community organizer. Since 2015, André’s been working on America in Transition, a documentary web series and community engagement campaign looking at social justice from the perspective of trans people from marginalized communities.

To learn more www.americaintransition.org

Selby has opened a monthly LGBT Café on the 1st Sunday of the month
Do you live in or near Selby? An LGBT Cafe has just opened it’s a safe haven for the LGBT community to come together and relax and have a laugh. Straight allies are very much welcome! Location: The Riverside, 70 Ousegate, Selby YO8 4NJ. Time: 5pm – late

Sue Lister and her MBE

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Our very own Sue Lister has received her MBE. We are very proud of Sue and it is well deserved after years of campaigning. She got to meet Prince William!

Holiday Season

We know that the Holiday season can be difficult for LGBT people if you need support please contact the Samaritans on: 116 123

Thank you all for a great year and we are looking forward to next year!

Events Calendar

It should be noted that not all these events are organised by the York LGBT Forum

Saturday 2nd December
York LGBT Coffee Morning
Join us for our last monthly coffee morning for this year! We are having mince pies. We also shall be doing an event for 16 Days of Activism.
Location:
York’s Mesmac Office,  Marygate Ln, York YO30 7BJ
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Costs: Free

Film at City Screen: Call Me By Your Name
Director: Luca Guadagnino.
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg. Italy/France/Brazil/USA 2017. 132 mins. English and Italian/French with English subtitles.

Nominated for best feature at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino’s latest film is a sublime, sun-kissed romance based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. During the shimmering summer of 1983, precocious Italian-American teenager Elio (a revelatory Chalamet) spends his days at his family’s 17th-century Lombardy villa studying music and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). When the much older Oliver (Hammer) arrives to study with his historian father (Stuhlbarg), however, Elio’s romantic ambitions develop in a very different direction. Reining in the ostentatious style that characterised his earlier work, Guadagnino (I Am LoveA Bigger Splash) immerses the viewer in the stunning, seductive setting of the Italian Riviera, and allows Call Me By Your Name to flourish as an evocation of the universal joys and pains of first love.

Location: City Screen, York, YO1 9QL
Time: 9pm

Sunday 3rd December
Selby LGBT Café
Selby LGBT Cafe is a safe haven for the LGBT community to come together and relax and have a laugh. Straight allies are very much welcome!
Location: The Riverside,  70 Ousegate, Selby YO8 4NJ
Time: 5:30pm

Monday 4th December
HIV Awarness and Fundraising Event
See information above
Location:
8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Pay as you feel

LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late

Tuesday 5th December
York Mental Health Peer Support Group
The group is on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. No enrolments needed. The group is trauma informed and offers support to people with mental ill health, to share experiences and learn new skills (not LGBT specific)
Location:
14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate
York YO1 9TU
Time:
4pm – 6pm
Costs: Suggested Donation 50p

Wednesday 6th December
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Thursday 7th December
Queer Women’s and Gender Group
Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.
Location: York’s Mesmac Office,  Marygate Ln, York YO30 7BJ
Time:
6pm – 8pm
Costs:
Free

Sunday 10th December
LGBT Catholic mass
Mass to inaugurate this new service, which gives an explicit welcome to LGBT+ Catholics, their families, and friends.
Location: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
Time: 4pm

For more information contact Tony Lester at:
frtony@lgbtmiddlesbroughcatholic.org.uk
or visit lgbtmiddlesbroughcatholic.org.uk

Monday 11th December
LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late

Tuesday 12th December
Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com for venue details and time

Wednesday 13th December
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Thursday 14th December
York LGBT Forum Open Meeting
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St.John University. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. It is your Forum
Location: De Grey Building, Room 109, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Saturday 16th December
York Third Saturday
Join us for drinks and chat 9pm at The Corner Pin, followed by music and dancing at Flares from midnight. York’s regular Transgender / LGB night out where all are welcomed regardless of sexual orientation or gender. (Flares carries a door entry of £4) Come and join the fun.
Time: 9pm – Corner Pin
Midnight – Flares
Costs: £4 for Flares

Monday 18th December
Spectrum at Waterstones (LGBT Bookclub)

Come Join us at our LGBT monthly book club! Were we discuss an LGBT book a month.
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Costs: Free (have to buy/read a book a month)

LGBT Karaoke
Every Monday is LGBT friendly karaoke. It is light hearted and you don’t have to be a good singer. Free shot for every song.
Location
: Thomas’s of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
Time: 9pm to late

Wednesday 20th December
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free

Wednesday 27th December
York Mind LGBT Group
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is a weekly group for people with mental ill health. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information on our website https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
Location: 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Costs: Free