West Yorkshire Queer Stories

Yorkshire MESMAC is developing this LGBTQ+ social history project with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Leeds Museums and Galleries and West Yorkshire Archive Service.

From 2018 WY Queer Stories will involve volunteers in collecting, celebrating and preserving this vibrant heritage for future generations… Read more and take the survey.

LGBTQ+ Symposium

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Monday 9 October 2017 10am – 4pm

On the occasion of the opening of the David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford and the 50th year anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Britain we are hosting a one-day event that will provide an introduction to LGBTQ+ culture.

This is our first event of this kind and is an opportunity to start a conversation with people across the LGBTQ+ communities who we hope will contribute to our future plans.

No previous knowledge is required just an enthusiasm to learn, discuss and be inspired!

David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall

Speakers

Jude Woods, West Yorkshire Queer Stories

Charlotte Keenan, British Art Curator, National Museums Liverpool

Kashif Nadim Chaudry, Artist

Phil Sayers, Artist

Jez Dolan, Artist

Debbie Sharp, Artist & Co-Founder of Penthouse

Tickets

Tickets (includes a vegetarian & vegan lunch):

Waged £10/unwaged £5

Pay on the day but places must be booked in advance by emailing cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk or phoning 01274 431212.

Easier Access

Equity will be having an information stall at the Easier Access event on Wed 13th September. Why not come along and see us!

Interested in a men’s group trip to Blackpool on 30th Sep? Contact Ahmed on 07940 771907 to register your interest.

Volunteer Walk Leader Training

A free walking course for people to learn how to lead a safe, fun walk.

Wednesday 13th September 9:30 – 4:30

Course content:

  • About walking for health
  • How to lead a walk
  • How to plan a route
  • Leaders responsibilities

Lunch Provided!

Please register your interest by contacting Helen Speight on 01274 666649 or email hspeight@thornburycentre.com.

Unity

Would you like to take part in an innovative project, which aims to improve cooperation and communication between the Police and the communities they serve?

 

‘Unity’ is a 3 year Community Policing project which aims to help community police officers and other partners of the police keep your community a safe place to live.

The project aims to improve co-operation and communication between the citizens, partners and police, especially within communities who for various reasons, often find it difficult to engage with the police and other support networks. Unity will also provide new training to police officers to help them deal with your concerns and issues. Read more…

Saturday Cafe

The next Saturday cafe will be held on Sat 12th August, 1-4pm at the Equity Centre.

Come along and meet old friends or even make new ones.

All LGBT people welcome.

BBC Gay Britannia Season

Gay Britannia is a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21. The shows are available on to be watched on BBC iPlayer here.

PP Hartnett: three men, in tears

25th August, 2pm
People’s History Museum, Manchester

PP Hartnett is an internationally-published writer of novels such as Call Me Sixteen, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide. Following the successful publication of Hartnett’s first collection of poetry entitled date of birth, time of death, this PRIDE event sees the launch of the writer’s second limited edition hardback, three men, in tears.

PP Hartnett will discuss themes of online safety, anonymity plus predation, as well as censorship and hook-up culture at this paper/cuts event hosted by Adam Lowe, editor of VADA.

Entry is free, but tickets are available to reserve from threemenintears.eventbrite.co.uk.

Picnic in the Park

Sunday 27th August
1-3pm, Lister Park

Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon picnic in the park. Bring your own picnic or bring food and drink to share.

Weather permitting: please check on the day.

Contact Wendy for more information on 01274 727759 or wendy@equitypartnership.org.uk.

LGBT Death Café

Saturday 30th September 2–4pm facilitated by Nick & Janice.

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Death Cafe is not a bereavement support or grief counselling setting. Death Cafes aren’t an opportunity to give people information about death and dying regardless of how good or important it is. Rather we create time to discuss death without expectations.

You don’t have to book a place…just turn up…but if ‘d be nice to know how much cake to bake. Contact Rachel on 01274 727759 and for more information on the death cafes contact Janice on 07954 574767 or visit deathcafe.com.

Recipes for the cakes from the last cafe can be found  at:

https://veggiedesserts.co.uk/best-vegan-chocolate-cake/

http://www.rhiansrecipes.com/2017/05/31/gluten-free-vegan-lemon-blueberry-cake/

Equity Women’s Group Trip to the People’s Museum, Manchester

Taking place on Sunday 13th August, this trip will visit the Never Going Underground Exhibition at the People’s Museum Manchester.

The coach will leave Bradford Interchange at 10.30am and head to the People’s Museum. A shared picnic will follow the visit, and then free time in Manchester City Centre until the coach back to Bradford at 4.30pm

The trip will cost £7 and payment on booking will be required.

There are limited places available so booking is essential. Please contact Helen on 07977 927920 for more info/booking.

Victim at The Picture House

There will be a film showing of Victim at the Picture House on Tuesday 15th August at 6pm  as part of their Criminal Acts: A Charged Past; the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales series.   The 1961 film was the first British language film to mention the word homosexuality and starred Dirk Bogarde,  as Basil Dearden,  prominent lawyer  who goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure.

After the film will be a discussion with two of our members, Gordon and Nick, so a treat not to be missed! There are two sets of tickets to be won for the film showing that night; just answer the following question and send the answer with  your name and  telephone  number to rachel@equitypartnerhip.org.uk  or text to 07914 921610 by Friday 14th July.

The 1967 Sexual Offences Act saw the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in private between two men over the the age of 21.  In what year was the age of consent equalised in the UK?