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LGBT History Month 2013

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community and once more there are lots of varied activities planned in our area.

The month is committed to celebrate diversity and that of the society as a whole. Encouraging everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in all we do. Each year is focussed on a theme and in 2013, the month will be dedicated to Maths, science and engineering.

Local LGBT groups have planned a large array of events, among them are OutStories, a volunteer community history group gathering the stories of LGBT people living in or associated with Bristol and its surrounds, who are staging a month long exhibition entitled “Revealing Stories”.

Running from February 2nd to March 3rd, “Revealing Stories” is an opportunity to find out how Bristol’s LGBT communities have fought to shape and control their lives since the mid 20th century. The exhibition uses specially recorded interviews with over 40 people, loans from national collections, objects, memorabilia and works of art. Includes contributions by pupil groups at local secondary schools. The exhibition is being held at the city’s M-Shed venue, located in the Harbourside.

Meanwhile, the people behind the annual pride events in the city “We:are” are also appealing to the community to share their experiences of Coming Out.

Entitled “We are: Coming Out” , people are asked use Twitter to tweet @wearefest and tell your experiences of coming out, limited to the short and snappy 140 characters and whether happy, sad, quirky or funny these stories will be collated and put together to form a legacy piece. The team will even use some to create a special musical piece which will be showcased as part of We Are: Proud – Bristol Pride 2013. For those not on twitter the stories can be emailed to :info@wearefest.com

HighlightsBristol Launch Party
Friday 1st Feb – 5-8pm : City Hall, College Green BS1 5TJLGBT Bristol invite all residents of Bristol to join us in celebrating the launch of LGBT History Month. Come and find out about our Diversity in Schools project and meet new and existing LGBT support and social groups.

We Are: Remembering

Saturday 9th Feb 10pm til late @ Queenshilling, Frogmore St BS1 5NA

Back by popular demand our special We Are: Remembering club night takes over the Queenshilling for an LGBT Journey down memory lane. They’ll be spinning classics from the 70s, 80s, 90s & 00s as we look at the music and LGBT movements, memories and mandates that defined generations. So whether you were dropping that ghetto blaster and dancing hard to S Express when section 28 was introduced in 1988 or just slipping into some gold hot pants and ‘Spinning Around’ with Kylie when it was finally repealed in 2000 this is your chance to dance like it’s old Skool whilst finding out more about LGBT History.
Price: £4 donation towards Bristol Pride 2013 and Bristol youth work.
Facebook Event:www.facebook.com
Further Information:www.wearefest.com

Bristol Pride Pop Up Shop

Friday 15th until Thursday 28th Feb @ The Pop Up Shop, 1st Floor Cabot Circus

The “We:are” team are opening a special Pop Up shop for LGBT History Month. This is your chance to ‘pop’ in and meet the team, gather advice from LGBT service providers across the South West and find out what events and activities are taking place for LGBT History Month in Bristol. As well as the chance to stop and have a drink you can pick up information about Bristol Pride 2013 as well as the chance to get tickets in advance inc our limited VIP tickets or a specially designed tote bag and badge to show your support. This will also be home to our LGBT Bristol photo competition – visit the website for shop location and information on the photo competition and send enteries to info@wearefest.com

You can download a full program of events from LGBT Bristol here