Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) and Friends of Edward Carpenter (FOEC) would like to welcome you to a weekend of events to celebrate Sheffield’s LGBT+ History Month, beginning with a grand opening at the Millennium Gallery at 12.00 noon on Saturday 25 February. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on LGBT+ history, as well as, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The Woodhouse Prize Band will be there to entertain you as well as a tea and cake welcome.
The opening will then be followed by a number of free events:
- Sally Goldsmith (Sheffield poet, author and song-maker) will be shining a light on razor grinder George Hukin – lover and comrade of the gay radical Victorian writer and political activist Edward Carpenter.
- Mike Jackson (original member of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)) will consider the role of LGBT+ politics by examining the history of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners, the LGBT+ activists that inspired the award-winning film Pride.
- Claire Summerskill (writer, alternative stand-up, actor and performer) will consider the importance of LGBT+ Oral History, looking at a range of subjects relating to personal, social and political history.
- Also there is an opportunity to delve in to past history, looking for clues, unearthing hidden meaning allowing a unique opportunity to consider your own LGBT+ history with local historian Suzanne Bingham.
A ticketed event on Saturday night has performances from a double bill of exceptional talent Grace Petrie and Claire Summerskill. This is a unique and unrepeatable concert and is sure to sell-out fast. Tickets can be purchased from www.cliffordevents.co.uk.
Sunday 26 February begins at 2.30pm with a red-carpet event, arrive in style and strut your stuff. Out Aloud! Sheffield’s LGBT+ choir will be there to entertain you. This is a prelude to the film premier of Out of the Shadows produced by E.D.E.N Films.
The weekend finale is a Tea Dance. At the Tea Dance, the highly acclaimed DJ Wendy all the way from Lesvos, Greece will be playing her unmistakable mix of upbeat music, this will be an unapologetic and chilled-out celebration of our LGBT+ identities! Wear your glad-rags, celebrate and, above all, be yourself!
In addition to the events a, there will be numerous stalls from local and national LGBT+ groups. We look forward to welcoming you.