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York LGBT Events February

YorK LGBT Newsletter

January 2018

Highlights

The Month of February is LGBT History Month

York LGBT History Month 2018

Celebrate York LGBT History Month! There are over 40 events in the city running in month of February. The programme can be found here: http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events/
Hard copies are available (York Explore, Thomas of York, Bishy Road Shops and many other places).

Calendar of events

Remember to keep up to date via our calendar: https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/upcoming-events/

Friday 2 February
York LGBT History Month 2018 Launch Night | Social – SOLD OUT
18:30 – 21:00 | Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX
Celebrate the start of York LGBT History Month 2018 with a fun evening out. Our launch night will feature a quiz, a bar (cash-only) serving soft and alcoholic drinks, live music, films and speeches – plus an opportunity to network with local LGBT organisations and councillors. It’s free to attend, but space is limited so please register using the link below.
Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/launch
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)
Accessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

 

Friday 2 February
The History of the Transgender Rights Movement in the UK | Talk
17:00 – 18:00 | P/L/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York YO10 5DD
A presentation/talk and resulting discussion on the history of the transgender rights movement here in the UK and also touching on Europe in general. Hosted by the co-officer and transgender convenver for the University of York’s LGBTQ Network.
Organised by: University of York LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Rowen Ellis (rowensellis@gmail.com | 07498 314335) | facebook.com/yusu.lgbtq/
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

 

 

Friday 2 February
Queer Noise | Social
20:00 | Courtyard, Derwent College, University of York YO10 5DD
Queer Noise is bringing you the finest musical talent right to one of the most popular campus venues. LGBT representation in music has always been a progressive force in driving queer representation into the spotlight. Come along for an evening of music, dancing and cocktails. Acts to be determined.
Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, but £2 suggested donation to York LGBT History Month
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 3 February
York LGBT Coffee Morning | Social
10:00 – 12:00 | Yorkshire Mesmac, The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ
Join us for our monthly coffee morning. This will be a history-themed coffee morning and we will be discussing the changes in the legislation for LGBT people in this country and across the world.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575)
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 3 February
York LGBT History Month Day of Talks | Talk  UPDATED
9:00 – 17:00 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
York Explore Library and Archive will play host to a fascinating variety of free talks on all aspects of LGBT history. Visitors can drop in throughout the day to discover hidden stories and forgotten heroes, and to find out about the other exciting events taking place throughout the month of February. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch will be available to purchase from the café.
Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby or Lisa Kelly (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events
Accessibility: baby-changing; gender-neutral toilets; hearing loop; wheelchair access

Sunday 4th February
Selby LGBT Café:
The Riverside Bar 70 Ousegate, Selby YO8 4NJ, UK 17:30 – 20:00
A wonderful social bringing the LGBT people of Selby and surrounding areas together 🙂
Organised by: Selby LGBT Café
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More Inortmation: Maz Brown (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com)

Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February
Navigaytor | Service
8:00 – 00:00 | York Teaching Hospital Reception, Wigginton Road, York YO31 8HEA display mapping the services and support available to the people of North Yorkshire and beyond with regard to raising social awareness around LGBT issues such as sexual health, aging without children, and transgender and mental health.Organised by: York Teaching Hospital
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Steven Clark (lgbtstaff@york.nhs.uk | 01904 725582)
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Monday 5 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DTLGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 6 February
York Mental Health Peer Support Group |
Service
a LGBT friendly mental health peer support group in conjuction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Merchangate House, Merchangate, York YO1 9TU 4pm – 6pm event is free

Tuesday 6 February
LGBT Representation in American and British Film/TV: Screenings and Discussion | Film and Discussion
18:00 | V/045, Vanbrugh College, University of York, York YO10 5DD
Join Lexington Lawson (MA Digital Film and Television Production) for a screening and discussion of select clips of American and British Film/TV from its inception to now.
Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7h February Jewish Queeries – exploring Judaism through the experience of being LGBT | Discussion
17:00 – 19:00 | PS/C/003, Psychology Building Block C, University of York, York YO10 5DD
Explore traditional and creative Jewish texts and ideas through the experience of being LGBT. From “thou shalt not lie” to new prayers and Torah commentaries, these texts will stimulate a discussion on the challenges – and the creative contributions – arising from Jewish people grappling with sexuality. Participants can ask questions from the presenter about growing up, living and working in the Jewish community as a queer man, and may wish to develop their very own Torah Queery.
Organised by: York Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emmett Stone (es1328@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/jewish-queeries
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7 February
A Brief History of LGBT* and Mental Health | Talk
17:30 – 19:30 | Aviva Wellington Row Office, York, YO90 1WR
Join Aviva Pride and Jake Furby as we talk about the history of Mental Health from an LGBT* perspective. We will discuss everything from the maligned approach of treating homosexuality and trans as mental disorders, through to the challenges our community currently faces around well-being.
Arrival from 17:30 for a 18:00 start, light refreshments will be provided.
Organised by: Aviva
Tickets: Free, but register at Eventbrite or email robert.gardner@aviva.com
More information: Rob Gardner (robert.gardner@aviva.com) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/aviva
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 7 February
Homoerotics, Homonormativity and Big Gay Hogwarts: Queer Perspectives on the Internet’s Large Slash Fandoms | Talk
18:15 – 19:15 | D/L/006, Derwent College, University of York, York YO10 5DD
In the days of 1970s media fandom, fandom participation was a subversive practice. In 2018 fandom is mainstream. Terms like “shipping” are well known and interaction between fandom and its objects/creators is commonplace. This paper takes a journey from 1974 to 2018, using big slash (M/M) pairings from the Internet’s largest fandoms to interrogate the queerness of those virtual spaces. Part paper, part discussion, I consider changing platforms, toxic activism and the collapse of the fourth wall.
Organised by: Emily Roach
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Emily Roach (emilyroach92@yahoo.co.uk)
Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 7 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its use to oppress LGBT+ people.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) |
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 8 February
The North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group | Discussion
15:00 – 16:00 | SLB/107, Spring Lane Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD
We will be reading the article ‘”Imagine a boy who is adopted by a pair of lesbians (poor little sod)…” A membership categorisation analysis of online comments on same-gender adoption’ by Aleksandra Sokalska-Bennett from the latest issue of the Journal of Language and Sexuality (please get in touch if you need a copy of this paper).
Organised by: The North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Salina Cuddy (stc512@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/language-gender-group
Accessibility: Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 8 February
York LGBT Forum Members’ Meeting
19:00 – 21:00 | De Grey 109, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in DeGrey Building at York St.John Uni. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it.

Thursday 8th February
Queer Women and Gender Group
Yorkshire Mesmac, The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ
18:00 – 20:00 Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.

Friday 9 February
Moonlight | Film
19:00 Doors Open; 19:30 Film Starts | New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, York YO32 4AQ
This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed “Little” who is taken in by a kindhearted Cuban drug dealer and his girlfriend. In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron explores his sexuality as he falls in love. . The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties as he reconnects with faces from his past. Directed by Barry Jenkins.
Organised by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Tickets: Free, seats must be reserved from Folk Hall between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday- Friday or online at filmfolkhall.com
More information: Anna O’Connell (anna.o’connell@jrf.org.uk | 01904 735027) | newearswickfolkhall.com
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Monday 12 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT
LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 13 February UPDATED – New event
Film Screening: A Fantastic Woman | Film
18:10 | City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman features a stellar lead performance by Daniela Vega as Marina, a transwoman dealing with grief, transphobia and cold, humiliating bureaucracy.
A vision of defiant resistance, Marina’s trials are kick-started by the death of her lover, Orlando. Having to inform Orlando’s family of the tragedy, Marina is met with suspicion and hostility due to her status as a transwoman. Instead of being comforted during her grief, Marina finds herself having to fight for her home, her rights and even custody of a beloved pet dog. Provocatively queer and female-centred, the Almodovaresque A Fantastic Woman is also deeply intelligent, sexy and tender.
Organised by: City Screen
Tickets: £8.00 (or £5 for Members) available at Picturehouse website | https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/York_Picturehouse/film/a-fantastic-woman
More information: cityscreen@picturehouses.co.uk
Accessibility: Baby changing, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Tuesday 13 February
19:00 – 21:00 Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com

Wednesday 14 February
Lunch Poems | Discussion
12:30 – 14:00 | Eagle and Child Pub (upstairs), 9 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN
Taking its name from gay New York poet Frank O’Hara’s celebrated collection ‘Lunch Poems’ (1964), academics and poets from York St John University will host a lunch time discussion and reading group of poetry on LGBT themes, over lunch. Poems will be circulated in advance to ticket holders, but you do not need any previous experience or knowledge of poetry to take part. Tickets are free, but do NOT include food. Please register to receive the poetry pack and menu in advance of the event.
Organised by: York St John University
Tickets: Free – register to receive the poems and menu
More information: Kimberly Campanello (k.campanello@yorksj.ac.uk)
Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 14 February UPDATED – VENUE CHANGE
A Brief History of Language and Sexuality | Talk
16:00 – 17:30 | , V/N/123 Vanbrugh College, University of York, York YO10 5DD
This talk by Helen Sauntson from York St John University provides an overview of the development of the field of language and sexuality. The talk traces the origins of the field back to Polari and ‘gay code’ studies through to its contemporary contributions to understanding ‘queer’ identities in applied contexts such as schools.
Organised by: The Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Eva Zehentner (eva.zehentner@york.ac.uk | 01904 322661)
Accessibility: Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
One nation? Sexual orientation discrimination and the geography of the UK | Talk
18:00 – 19:30 | P/T/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD
In contemporary British society, many British people now tend to think about the relationship between “sexual orientation” and “geography” in respect of the different levels of treatment of people around the world. In other words, “geography” often connotes the continuing high-levels of discrimination that lesbians and gay men experience in other countries, particularly those outside of Europe and North America. However, as Paul Johnson explores in his talk, geography has often been, and still remains, central to the discrimination that British people suffer on the grounds of sexual orientation at home in the UK. By thinking about how geography has underpinned sexual orientation discrimination historically (for example, in relation to the legal regulation of same-sex sexual acts from the 16th century onwards) and at the present time (for example, in relation to same-sex marriage), Paul demonstrates that the geography of the UK is a key aspect of the discrimination that lesbians and gay men have endured.
Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/one-nation
More information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 14 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) |
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Friday 16 February
Safe Houses Uganda
18:45 – 21:00 Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Rd, York YO23 1BW, UK
A fundraiser for LGBT People in Uganda.
Organised by: TimeOutYork
Tickets contact: dsylph55@gmail.com

Friday 16 February
LGBT Valentine’s Day Ball
22:00 – 3am: New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club Huntington Rd, Huntington, York YO32 9PX, UK
💕 Singletons, seekers and starry-eyed lovers, get yourselves down to York Pride’s Valentine’s Party!
🎧 Our live DJs will be playing a loved-up mix of pop and chart music, with the odd cheesy Valentine’s request thrown in…
🍾 Fully-Licensed Bar all night – check out these amazing prices: Vodka & mixer only £2.70, Theakston’s £3.10 a pint and Strongbow Dark Fruits £3.55 a pint!
🎟 ***Entry only £3 in advance or £4 on the door and all proceeds go towards funding York Pride 2018***
🚗 There’s free parking at the club (postcode YO32 9PX)
🚌 First York buses 5 & 5A stop outside – get times at bit.ly/FirstYork5bus
If you attended the York Pride Drag Race you should have a flyer which guarantees free entry!

Saturday 17 February
Venezuela’s queers: fighting a dictatorship or embracing a Revolution? | Talk
14:00 – 15:30 | DG/014, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EXWhy has the advancement of the state structure in the past two decades not produced any inclusion and recognition of LGBTQ rights in Venezuela? We will aim to address some of the myths portrayed by the media in the past two decades, about this South American country through the experience of a former LGBT activist, providing an approach that intends to rise above the two political factions while maintaining a critical perspective committed to the human rights struggle.
Organised by: Simón Hurtado
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Simón Hurtado (sah602@york.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Saturday 17 February
York Third Saturday (Fancy Dress) | Social
21:00 – 3:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, York YO1 6JB (until midnight) Flares, 6 Tanner Row, York YO1 6JB (from midnight)
York’s dedicated transgender & LGB social night out that welcomes friends and allies as well.
Join us for History Month’s fancy dress event. Dress as a character from history with a prize for best dressed.
We start in the Corner Pin, a quieter venue, to socialise and get to know everyone before heading across the road to Flares to dance and party the night away.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free for the Corner Pin, £4 at the door for Flares
More information: Lisa Kelly (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07734 628402) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Sunday 18 February
Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a queer dramaturgy workshop | Performance
10:00 – 15:00 | The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW
Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a day of dramaturgy on Sarah Kane’s plays offers the chance to explore the queer drama of the playwright’s work through discussion and experimental theatre practice. The day is led by Nina Kane, a trans* theatre maker and Sarah Kane specialist, and draws on her recent exchange work with Wakabacho Wharf theatre project in Japan. No experience necessary. Open to all.
Organised by: Cast-Off Drama
Tickets: Free – please book in advance from castoffdrama.blogspot.com
More information: Dr Nina Kane (castoffdrama@outlook.com | 07590 388770)
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Sunday 18 February
Lip Sync Lollapalooza | Performance
21:30 – 2:00 | Fibbers, 3-5 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT
York’s biggest queer cabaret/clubbing night will be putting on a very special event for LGBT History month as performers take on some of the most iconic songs and moments in queer pop culture of all time! Expect outrageous drag acts, legendary lip sync performances and some of the cheesiest music you will ever experience in a friendly and feel-good environment!
Organised by: Haus of Dench
Tickets: £3-£8 available at wegottickets.com/lipsync
More information: Matthew Stallworthy / Crudi Dench (hausofdench@gmail.com) | facebook.com/hausofdench
Accessibility: ASK

Monday 19 February
“Believe me, the end is only the beginning” – The Trial of ‘The Well of Loneliness’ | Talk
18:30 – 19:30 | DG/014, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
90 years ago, in November 1928, a magistrate ordered the destruction of Radclyffe Hall’s book, ‘The Well of Loneliness’. This session for LGBT History Month will take a light-hearted look at the book, the trial and subsequent impact – from my personal perspective. As Radclyffe Hall said, as she left the trial, “Believe me, the end is only the beginning.” How true is that?!
Organised by: Dr Fiona Thompson
Tickets: Free, book at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/believe-me
More information: Mand Towell (m.towell@yorksj.ac.uk | 01904 876913)
Accessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Monday 19 February
LGBT+ Book Group | Discussion
18:30 – 19.30 | Waterstones York, 15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Join us for our monthly LGBT book club! Everyone is welcome to attend.
Organised by: Spectrum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Andy (waterstonesyorkevents@gmail.com |01904 620784) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/spectrum
Accessibility: ASK

Monday 19 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT
LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 20 February
York Centre for Writing hosts Michael Amherst author of Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire | Talk
19:00 – 21:00 | DG/017, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
York Centre for Writing hosts a reading and Q&A with Michael Amherst from his new non-fiction book. Using bisexuality as a frame Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire. Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Amherst asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art – a mysterious, creative force.
Organised by: York Centre for Writing, York St John University
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Kimberly Campanello (k.campanello@yorksj.ac.uk)
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Tuesday 20 February
York Mental Health Peer Support Group |
Service
a LGBT friendly mental health peer support group in conjuction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Merchangate House, Merchangate, York YO1 9TU 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 21 February
LGBT Mastermind | Performance
19:00 – 22:00 | The Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6JB
Eight contestants compete in an LGBT version of television’s famous Mastermind.
Two semi-finals with the contestants answering two minutes of questions on their specialist LGBT subject, and a further two minutes of LGBT general knowledge with the two highest scorers then competing for the title of LGBT Mastermind 2018.
Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly (lisa@yorklgbthistory.org.uk) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Wednesday 21 February
Religious Marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales | Talk
18:30 – 19:30 | P/L/006, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD
This talk presents findings from research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, conducted by Paul Johnson, Robert Vanderbeck and Silvia Falcetta. Same-sex couples in England and Wales now have the same opportunities as different-sex couples to marry by way of a civil ceremony. However, same-sex couples who wish to marry by way of a religious ceremony in England and Wales are at a significant disadvantage to different-sex couples. Only a small number of religious organizations permit same-sex marriage. As a consequence, same-sex couples have very little opportunity to marry in a place of worship or by way of a religious ceremony. Religious faith and homosexuality are not antithetical: many same-sex couples who want to get married wish to do so according to the rites of their faith. This fact is recognised by those religious organisations that have taken the significant step of offering same-sex couples the opportunity to have a religious marriage ceremony. This research constitutes the first piece of empirical research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales.
Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/religious-marriage
More Information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Wednesday 21 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE
A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) |
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Thursday 22 February
Queer Women and Gender Group Yorkshire Mesmac, The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ
18:00 – 20:00 Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.

Friday 23 February
Life Happens | Performance
16:00-20:00 | DG/223, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
Life Happens – a queer performance piece made in response to Sarah Kane’s Crave and 4.48 Psychosis performed by Nina Kane (aka Jared), a trans* theatre maker and Sarah Kane specialist. It involves site-specific images, soundscapes and stories built from recent ‘dreamings’ and wanderings in the port city of Yokohama and Wakabacho Wharf.
Organised by: Cast-Off Drama
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Nina Kane (jaredjadonkane@gmail.com | 07590 388770) | castoffdrama.blogspot.com
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Friday 23 February
LGBT Pop Culture Quiz Night | Social
20:00 | The Lounge, James College, University of York, York YO10 5DD
Celebrate LGBT history by testing your LGBT pop culture knowledge through various fun filled, brain busting, mind melting rounds. Fabulous prizes to be won!
Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, but £1 suggested donation to York LGBT History Month
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
Commemorating Anne Lister and more: make your own rainbow plaque | Discussion and Craft
13:00 – 15:00 | Holy Trinity Church, 70 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF Wheelchair access via via Hornpot Lane from Petergate (turning into the alleyway next to Poundland)
We hope that York’s first permanent explicitly LGBT plaque will mark Holy Trinity Church, where Anne Lister and Ann Walker solemnised their commitment to each other in 1834 – an event that could be described as York’s first lesbian wedding. Come along to discuss how we should commemorate Anne and Ann, to find out how to help make more permanent rainbow plaques happen, and to make your own removable cardboard plaque. If you can’t make it, please feel free to email us in advance and we’ll create your plaque!
Organised by: York LGBT History Month / York Civic Trust / York LGBT Forum / Churches Conservation Trust
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Helen Graham (h.graham@leeds.ac.uk) | Kit Heyam (kit@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
Our Footprints: a LGBT+ Archive for York & North Yorkshire | Personal Histories
14:30 – 16:30 | Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
Join us to launch York’s own LGBT+ Archive. This is a chance to find out more about the project, see some archives, share your stories and memories and volunteer to get involved. Over the next year we will be collecting documents, photographs, memories and oral histories into a dedicated archive that highlights and preserves LGBT+ histories.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Victoria Hoyle (victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk/archive-project/
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access

Saturday 24 February
“I was not born to live alone”: Britain’s first modern lesbian | Talk
17:00 – 19:30 | Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
Unearthed from their hiding place behind a wall in Shibden Hall, the secret diaries of pioneering Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840) tell the story of Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’. Partly written in code, they detail her extraordinary life and several romantic relationships with women.
Join us for a talk from historian Helena Whitbread, who edited Anne’s diaries for publication, followed by a screening of the BBC drama The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, starring Maxine Peake.

Organised by: The Churches Conservation Trust
Tickets: £5 via Churches Conservation Trust website
More information: Ed van der Molen (evandermolen@thecct.org.uk) | visitchurches.org.uk/york
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Sunday 25 February
Elevenses at Barley Hall | Social
11:00 – 13:00 | Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, YO1 8AR
Drop in for light refreshments at Barley Hall, a reconstructed medieval townhouse in the centre of York. After indulging in a hot or cold drink and some LGBT-themed cake, you will be free to explore the museum, including its fantastic display of costumes. The event is free, but there will be a collection raising funds for the ongoing work of York LGBT History Month.
Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Monday 26 February
Queer History and Colonialism: research presentations and Q&A with Heike Bauer   | Talk – UPDATED
14:30 – 16:00 | HG/147, Holgate Building, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EXHow did racism and gender violence shape the emergence of modern homosexual rights? What’s the continuing impact of Section 377, which penalised homosexuality across the British Empire in 1860? Join York St John University English Literature for a public talk and Q&A. Heike Bauer uses homosexual rights activist and transgender advocate Magnus Hirschfeld to explore the limits of early rights politics. Organised by: York St John University English Literature
Tickets: Free, but book at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/queer-history-colonialism
More information: Adam Stock (a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk) | blog.yorksj.ac.uk/englishlitAccessibility: Baby changing, BSL/English interpretation, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Monday 26 February
LGBT Karaoke | Social
20:30 – 00:00 | Thomas’s of York, 3 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT
LGBT Karaoke with Kira Live from 8.30pm to midnight (1am when busy).
Each singer gets a free shot for each song sung.
The bar serves food until 11pm, the venue is LGBT friendly and singers of all abilities are welcomed warmly.Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Lisa Kelly or Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) | yorklgbtforum.org.uk
Accessibility: ASK

Tuesday 27 February
Sexualities in many colours and languages: LGBT+ histories across time and space | Talk
18:15 – 19:15 | P/L/005, Physics/Electronics Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD
This talk will offer an introduction and some insights into the fascinating variety of sexual relationships, sexual practices, and sexual identifications which we find when we study human history. It will look at societies in different parts of the world and at different times in the past in order to show how sexual diversity has been a persistent part of human experience, while taking quite different forms in different times and places. Far from being confined to simple alternatives like “straight” versus “gay”, or “normal” versus “alternative”, humans have understood, practised, and imagined sexual possibilities in richly complex and shifting ways. By discussing particular examples the talk will provide an opportunity to consider and discuss some key aspects of the history of human sexualities.
Organised by: The University of York
Tickets: Free but must register at yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/many-colours
More information: Chris Brunt (equality@york.ac.uk) | york.ac.uk/admin/eo/
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Tuesday 27 February
19:00 – 21:00 Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com

Wednesday 28 February
LGBT Mental Health Group | Service
19:00 – 21:00 | 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

A weekly group dedicated to LGBTQ people with mental ill health. During History Month we will be exploring the historical nature of mental health and its uses to oppress LGBT+ people.
Organised by: York LGBT Forum and York Mind
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Jake Furby (yorklgbtforum@gmail.com | 07935 200575) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/mental-health
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Wednesday 28 February
York LGBT History Month 2018 Closing Night | Performance
20:00-23:00 | The Basement, City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

Celebrate LGBT History Month with an evening of music and spoken word from a fantastic lineup of local performers.

  • Wayne Dawsonis a singer/songwriter from Harrogate. (facebook.com/WayneDawsonOfficial)
    • Flora Greysteel are a York-based duo who officially formed in 2015, but who have collaborative roots stretching back to 2009. Basing their sound in piano, drum kit and female vocals, the band use a wide variety of other instruments including ukulele, thumb piano and assorted small percussion, not to mention the widespread use of loop pedal. (floragreysteel.co.uk)
    • Alice Nicholls – because she does not like being told what to do, she tries as much as possible to confuddle her audiences by never *quite* sticking to one genre. (alicenichollsmusic.com)
     Waifs and Strays – since forming in early 2016 Waifs and Strays have played at a number of events at local venues in and around York. (facebook.com/waifsandstraysyork)

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £6 from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/18/closing-event
More information: York LGBT History Month team (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; wheelchair access

 

 

 

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

 

November Events Newsletter

November LGBT Events
An accesible version is available here 

Highlights

Friday 10th November: The York LGBT Forum AGM 
Location: York NHS Hospital Sports and Social Club, Recreation Hall City Hospital, White Cross Rd, York YO31 7LR, UK. Join us for our AGM Our Guest Speaker Jonathan Blake a founder of LGSM and . There will be a buffet and a raffle. The following positions are vacant:
7.1 Co-Chair (male) – Kevin is standing down

7.2 Older person subgroup coordinator – Sue is standing for re-election

7.3. Health & Wellbeing subgroup coordinator – Jake is standing for re-election

7.4 International subgroup coordinator – Sinead is standing down. Katie B is standing for election.

The following posts are not being contested.

Co-Chair (female), Secretary, Treasurer, Schools subgroup, Bi subgroup, Hate Crime subgroup, Events subgroup, Transgender subgroup

A reminder that the York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is weekly on a Wednesday 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below 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. Please share this group with your networks

Aesthetica Film Festival

LGBTQ+ films at the BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) held annually in York is screening a selection of LGBTQ+ short films to promote and advocate the LGBTQ+ community. The films cover a range of topics affecting the LGBTQ+ community and we are promoting equality and diversity throughout the entire festival.

ASFF is a hotbed for new talent and the festival is a cinematic playground taking place across 18 venues in the beautiful city of York. Films come from over 40 countries with some of them being shortlisted for the 2018 Oscars. It’s an important event to discover new talent and see the next generation of filmmaking.

The screenings are on the following days:
Thursday 9th November 7:30pm – 8:45pm: The best of LGBTQ shorts at York Theatre Royal Studios

Friday 10th November 11:45am- 1pm: The best of LGBTQ shorts at Yorkshire Museum

Saturday 11th November 2:30pm – 3:45pm: The best of LGBTQ shorts at Kings Manor

We also marking the 50th Anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967 and as an introduction to this year’s festival, we’re offering 25% off Passes & Tickets until 31 October. Enter ASFF2017X into the checkout. To book tickets visit: www.asff.co.uk/tickets

 

 

Events Calendar 

Saturday 4th November: LGBT+ Coffee Morning – Why not wake up on Saturday and attend the Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on 07935200575 or yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Monday 6th November LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 7th November
Mental Health Peer Support Group
Mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 8th November LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/

Thursday 9th November: Aesthetica Film Festival

The best of LGBTQ shorts Films at York Theatre Royal Studios 7:30pm – 8:45pm
to get tickets please refer to the information above

Friday 10th November:

Aesthetica Film Festival  11:45am- 1pm: The best of LGBTQ shorts at Yorkshire Museum to get tickets please refer to information above

The York LGBT Forum AGM 
Location: York NHS Hospital Sports and Social Club, Recreation Hall City Hospital, White Cross Rd, York YO31 7LR, UK. Join us for our AGM Our Guest Speaker Jonathan Blake a founder of LGSM and . There will be a buffet and a raffle. The following positions are vacant:
7.1 Co-Chair (male) – Kevin is standing down

7.2 Older person subgroup coordinator – Sue is standing for re-election

7.3. Health & Wellbeing subgroup coordinator – Jake is standing for re-election

7.4 International subgroup coordinator – Sinead is standing down. Katie B is standing for election.

The following posts are not being contested.

Co-Chair (female), Secretary, Treasurer, Schools subgroup, Bi subgroup, Hate Crime subgroup, Events subgroup, Transgender subgroup

Saturday 11th November: Aesthetica Film Festival 2:30pm – 3:45pm: The best of LGBTQ shorts at Kings Manor to get tickets please refer to information above

Monday 13th November LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 14th November Generate

A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 15th November LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/

Saturday 18th November

York Third Saturday YTS returns for more fun and shenanegans 🙂
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.

Queer Women’s Group –  Queer Space, at Dusk, 8 New St, York YO1 8RA, UK. On Saturday 18th of November we are running a queer mental health performance night at Dusk in York. It’s called ‘Queer Space’ and is being organised by QWGG (York Queer Women & Gender Group – QWGG). If any queer people (this includes anyone from the lgbtqia+ community!) want to perform or know anyone who might want to (poetry, spoken word, music, comedy or anything you have in mind) please message Elion Allen, or the QWGG facebook page (or email yorkqwgg@gmail.com)! We have a great DJ (Cicy Reay) after the performances too. Performers so far: Kit Rayne – spoken word Jessica Wynn- spoken word Elion Allen – spoken word Eleanor Mason – stand up Charlotte Davies- surrealist comedy Maria Munir-singing Nathan Brandon-Thackerr – acoustic set James Lythgoe – Poem or short story Casee Wilson – singing Shevek Imogen Fodor- stand up Waifs and Strays (Dotty Dotty )- band Amanda Borg -poetry Lily Luty – spoken word Caitlin Powell- comedy Emily Mckee- singing, ukulele Nicole- essay reading Foxhunt ( Won’t tag but: http://facebook.com/Flynn.Sommerfield2) – electro dj- pre made tracks and live synth solos Cicy Reay – DJ We also have a little committee group full of amazing people organising the day so if anyone wants to be involved behind the scenes that can also be arranged. We will be running craft workshops during the day (at MESMAC building) and selling crafts for charity on the night too 🙂 Keep checking back here for more details 🙂

Sunday 19th November Scratch: Poetry Workshop

After the success of the first Scratch, we thought we’d better get another one in the diary!

Working on a new poem? In a safe and nurturing environment, come and share your work with peers, learn useful tips and hone your craft to perfect your poem with mentorship from the Say Owt crew.

Plus it’s free! Plus there’s free biscuits!

Quotes from our past event:

“Loved the scratch, so helpful to receive friendly feedback”

“Wonderful, friendly, warm, valuable, detailed feedback”

“I was being pushed in the right direction!”

12.30-3.30 at York Explore Library.

Say Owt is supported by funding from Arts Council England

After the success of the first Scratch, we thought we’d better get another one in the diary!

Working on a new poem? In a safe and nurturing environment, come and share your work with peers, learn useful tips and hone your craft to perfect your poem with mentorship from the Say Owt crew.

Plus it’s free! Plus there’s free biscuits!

Quotes from our past event:

“Loved the scratch, so helpful to receive friendly feedback”

“Wonderful, friendly, warm, valuable, detailed feedback”

“I was being pushed in the right direction!”

12.30-3.30 at York Explore Library.

Say Owt is supported by funding from Arts Council England

Monday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Join us for this years Transgender Day Of Remembrance on Monday 20th November.
Everey year we remember those who have been unlawfully killed, and those who are no longer with us.
Every 3 days a transgender person is murdered somewhere in the world, most of those needless deaths are down to gender identity.

We are meeting for a drink first at Thomas Of York pub, at 7pm.
Feel free to join us there, or meet up with us outside the Minster near Duncombe place for speeches and a candle lit vigil.

Afterwards we will be returning to Thomas Of York pub for drinks, and Karaoke for those wishing to lift the sombre mood with some singing.

If you’d like to say a few words before the candle lit vigil, please let us know beforehand so that we can arrange the speakers in an orderly manner.

LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.
Spectrum at York Waterstones come join us at our LGBT monthly book club! 18:30-19:30

Tuesday 21st November
Mental Health Peer Support Group
Mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 22nd November LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below 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.

Saturday 25th November – Say Owt (spoken word and poetry) 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM: The Basement, 13 – 17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

 Say Owt kicked off in 2014 with a sizzling slam. Our first ever guest was Rogue Teacher Mark Grist, so we thought we’d bring him back for 2017 to once again prove why The Guardian called him “Britain’s Eminem.”

In a Slam, each poet gets 3 minutes for the chance to win a cash prize and become a Say Owt Champion, as judged by the audience. It’s fast and frantic and fun. Fancy a slot? Email info@sayowt.co.uk or visit our websitewww.sayowt.co.uk.

Mark went viral in 2012 when he beat a teenager in a rap battle. But long before this, Mark had quit his job as an English teacher to pursue performance poetry. Mark is a dedicated educator, his writing accessible and fun but also not afraid to tackle important subjects. He’s featured in numerous Don’t Flop rap battles. His commissions have included work for The Royal Institute, BBC Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Channel 4, Film 4, Red Bull, The National Maritime Museum and Google.

Mark will be joined by loveable chum Tim Clare, one of the funniest and most frantic poets in the world. Tim’s stand-up poetry is a raw mixture of manic energy, surreal imagery and wonderous world-play.

Mark will also be leading a writing workshop 26th November at York Explore Library, 1-3pm.

Say Owt is supported by Arts Council England

Tickets from here: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/York_Picturehouse/film/say-owt-slam-18-featuring-mark-grist

Sunday 26th November

After blasting back into the York clubbing scene with Party on Uranus, Haus of Dench are hurtling back to the times of old with a fairytale fantasy themed, lipsyncing, dancing, and laugh out loud extravaganza!

Expect everything from Disney mashups to Harry Potter power ballards. Remember to dress up in your finest fantasy wear, whether that’s as a pretty princess, creepy creature or standard swamp witch.

Expect brand new audience games, amazing lip sync battles between York’s best comedians and drag acts, magical drinks deals and DJs serving you the best queer pop anthems and remixes all of middle earth!

NEW FOR D&D: Dench Dollar Bundles! You will be able to purchase Dench Dollars to tip acts at the same time as buying your tickets for the show online, then pick them up on the night as you enter!

TICKETS: £3 – £8 (available soon)

🎊🎊🎊 DOORS 🎊🎊🎊
Open – 9:30pm
Performances start – 10:00pm
Last entry – 11:30pm

♫♫♫ MUSIC ♫♫♫
We play loads of anything and everything from Lady Gaga to the Tracey Beaker theme tune, Eurovision rejects to tasty pop mash-ups. What ever we play however we guarantee will get you moving, shaking and generally making dirty, sexy shapes on the dancefloor.

❔❔❔ WHAT HAPPENS AT THIS EVENT ANYWAY❔❔❔

COMEDIANS, DRAG ACTS AND CONTESTANTS battle it out on stage with props, costumes, and mash-ups in a series of entertaining rounds all to be crowned York’s Lip-Sync Champion!
It’s a night for anyone and everyone, come dressed fancy or just as you, we pride ourselves on having a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and ensure everyone has a good time. No shade, just love ♥

🌈🌈🌈 YORK PRIDE 🌈🌈🌈
We’ll be fundrasing for York Pride at this event, please give generously at the bar!

GET READY, HERE WE GO!

#LipsyncYork
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Doors: 9:30pm
Performances: 10:00pm
Music playing till late!
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🍻 DRINKS DEALS ON ALL NIGHT! 🍻
SHOTS // SPIRITS // STEINS
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👄 LIP SYNC LOLLAPALOOZA 👄
Fibbers, Toft Green, York
Like us on FB.com/hausofdench
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CONTACT: For any queries, please send an email to hausofdench@gmail.com

R.O.A.R / STROBE

Tuesday 28th November

Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 29th November 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

LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below 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.

Thursday 30th November Queer Women’s 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. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm