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Schools OUT UK Updates

 
Check out our team member updates from the official LGBT History Month Hubs:

News:

 
  • A Pride Season Message from Sue
  • OTP 2020 Is Coming!
  • Norwich Pride
  • Klub Kiki
  • Mr Dobbin Goes To Downing Street

Check out our upcoming events:

 
Who Are We?

Schools OUT UK is the founding charity of LGBT History  Month, an initiative which is:

Claiming our past.
Celebrating our present.
Creating our future.

Please continue to give us your support. Don't forget you can buy this year's badge (below) for only £3 from our online shop.


A Pride Season Message

From Sue



The past few weeks have been busy with the usual Pride events and dealing with the backlash from the No Outsiders project.

Andrew Moffat is a friend and colleague and we have had a couple of chats. We are in awe of his ability to carry on in the face of such animosity. It has been good to see the support he has received, and his books and scheme are proving popular. We obviously have no idea how the new government and Education Secretary will deal with the issue, so we will continue to put pressure on the DFE to support the very welcome RSE Act and produce guidelines that are clearer and better support schools.

Sue spoke on a panel about inclusive education at the LGBT+ TUC Conference alongside, Jennifer Moses from the NASUWT, Julia Neal from NEU and Khakan Qureshi, founder of Birmingham South Asian LGBT+ Finding A Voice.  Sue’s speech can be heard here. The conference itself was a very successful beginning to our year, as we use it to start the selling the new LGBT+ History Month badges, announce our next theme and the four faces who will be remembered. This year we added rainbow lanyards to our shop. You can see them all and buy them here. The theme and Faces posters can be downloaded here.

Sue talking to the TUC General Secretary

‘Are You Proud?’ is a new documentary looking at why we have Pride, with a historical perspective. We can really recommend it, it will connect you to so many who have gone before and explain why we have Pride, if you get a chance to see it grab it. More information here.

Sue was lucky enough over the Pride weekend to go to the Norwegian Embassy for their Pride Reception, deputising for Stuart Milk. It was a useful event for us to talk about the OUTing the Past events we held this year in Norway and Sweden. Look elsewhere in this edition and on Outngthepast.org.uk for news of next year.

Sue was invited to go the Diva/Independent reception for the 100 LGBT Power List. She was placed at 83. The list is as ever, missing so many people who spend their time to supporting our community. Those who are on it are a diverse mixture of LGBT celebrities and activists.

London Pride on 6th July was blessed with great weather and was as you have heard very long. It did have many voluntary organisations however the prominence given to the commercial firms continues to cause controversy.

Black Pride on 7th July was in its new venue, Haggerston Park in Hackney,  and a truly inclusive joyous occasion. Lots of stalls from LGBT+ groups and organisations such as trades unions that want to share how they support LGBT+ people.

Schools OUT UK will be at the Norwich and Margate Prides giving out leaflets letting people know about our work educating out prejudice, and enabling LGBT+ people in all their diversity to be visible and proud – sentiments much needed at this time!

... And An Update On Tony

Tony Fenwick, our CEO, is currently out of action, having had a stroke in February from which he is making a sound recovery. He also has a diagnosis of prostate cancer, from which he is expected to make a recovery after treatment which is soon to commence.

We wish Tony a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him in February 2020,  the next LGBT+ History Month. Meanwhile, if you need to contact Schools OUT UK by phone, please ring Sue on 07960 493544.


OTP 2020 Is Coming!



Timetable
 
OUTing the Past 2020
The International Festival of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History

 Organizational timetable [Ireland, UK & USA]
1st Sep 2019     OTP’20 Festival Hub Partner Applications launched.  
  OTP’20 Festival Presentations invited 
30th Sep 2019   OTP’20 Festival Hub Partner Applications closed
  OTP’20 Festival Presentations closed
14th Oct 2019  Provisional announcement of Festival Hub Partners [Ireland, UK & USA]
  Release of the OUT’20 Festival Gazette [Ireland & UK]
1st Nov 2019     Festival Briefings – an overview of the project, together with important practical details, including the opportunity for meeting members of the OTP Coordination Team, and each other
14th Nov 2019   Deadline for submission of provisional Festival Hub Programs
1st Dec 2019      Confirmation of OTP Festival Hubs ‘line-up’ & Programs
3rd Jan 2020 Public announcement of OTP Festival Hubs & their Festival Programs
  Commencement of the OTP Festival Comms strategy.


Find out more: 

www.outingthepast.org.uk
Invitation

OUTing the Past 2020
The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History
Find out more @ OTP Website Home  

OTP Festival Hub Application
  • Opens: 1st September 2019
  • Closes: 30th 2019 September
Dear Colleague,
Many thanks for your kind interest in hosting the OUTing the Past Festival Hub. The questions below  provide key advice to you on what is required to host a Festival  hub, and provides us with information to allow us to assess the application. The OUTing the Past project is part of Schools OUT UK educational charity that has worked with teachers and the wider educational sector within Europe and beyond for over forty years. We are a non-core funded organisation relying completely on voluntary endeavours and donations (i.e. we have no paid staff). However, we trust that our longevity and decades of educational campaigning speak for itself. We do appreciate that form-filling can be a pain, but in this case –– it is important. Should you have any queries just shout OUT! Please find our contact details below.
 
You may be interested to know that the theme for LGBT History Month 2020 is Poetry Plays and Prose. The four faces chosen to represent the theme are:
 
Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965): lesbian playwright; author of ‘A Raisin In The Sun’, the first the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on BroadwayThe title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes. For some time the play was part of the O Level and GCSE syllabuses. Hansberry inspired the song by Nina Simone "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".
 
E.M. Forster (1879 – 1970): gay author, widely regarded as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century. ‘A Passage To India’ brought him his first success, and he has had several other books adapted as Merchant Ivory films – ‘A Room With A View’, ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ and most significantly ‘Maurice’, a gay love story. Forster wrote the novel in 1913, but left instructions that it was not to be published until after he died. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Edward’s death, and we anticipate there will be much in the media about him.
 
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616): quintessentially British, we have chosen Shakespeare as our bisexual reference, as his work is very much at the heart of the English curriculum. This is important given the ongoing difficulties over inclusive teaching. Sonnet 20 is widely quoted as being written about a man.
 
Dawn Langley Simmons (c.1922 – 2000): our trans Face is probably the least well-known but undoubtedlyt had a fascinating story. The child of Vita Sackville West, before transitioning Dawn wrote an aclaimed biography of Princess Margaret. After transition she wrote a biography of eccentric actress Dame Margaret Rutherford, and was semi-adopted by her. But probably most interesting is the fact that Dawn’s marriage to John-Paul Simmons on 21 January 1969 was the first legal interracial marriage in South Carolina!
 
The entire year is dedicated to Lyra Mackee
 
Please fill-in appropriate information in the space provided.
Your name(s) – the principle points of contact  
Pronoun(s) to be used  
The name of your organisation
 
 
Your organisation’s postal address
 
 
Your preferred email address(es)
 
 
Your organisation’s website(s)  
 
Your organisation’s Twitter feed(s)
 
The name and email address of the person(s) specifically responsible for working with the OTP Communications Team.  
All OTP Festival Hubs will be required to provide the name and contact details of the person in your delivery team who will act as the custodian of private and confidential advice e.g. contact details of those listed in the Festival Gazette.  
 
Section A: The Practicalities of Delivering a Successful OUTing the Past Festival Hub
 
The aim of this section is to assess if your proposed venue is suitable for a Festival Hub celebration, for which the sought criteria is:
 
 Questions about your proposed Festival Hub Venue [PFH]:
Q. A1 What is the name and address of the proposed Festival Hub [PFV] venue, if different from above.  
Q. A2 Our Festival Hub will be ‘free to attend’
 
Yes – No
 
Does/could the PFV:
 
Q. A3 Have fully accessible (aka fully accessible) toilets?    Yes – No
Q. A4 Have sufficiently sound proof presentation space(s) (i.e.  to quieten any outside distractive noise)? Yes – No
Q. A5 Have a ‘break’ space where light refreshment is available; a welcoming, relaxing and pleasant social/networking environment (e.g. café/ lounge area). Yes – No
Q. A6 Have the means to ensure clear signposting on the day of the Festival. Yes – No
 
Several Festival Hub Partners in previous years have introduced a ‘market space’ as part of their celebrations, whereby local supportive community organisations are invited to have stalls and thus enhance promotion of the Hub among target audiences.
Q. A7 Would your PFV have the space and be interested in including a ‘marketplace’ area, where supportive local organisations could set up stalls?
(Mark Y or N)
 
Yes – No
Q. A8 Promoting the Festival Gazette’20, from which you choose your bespoke Hub Programme. To help ensure that you obtain the largest selection of presentations (i.e. including local LGBT History) you are requested to help promote the ‘Call of Presentations’ASAP. Are you able to do this? (Mark Y or N)
 
Yes – No
 
 
Section B: Dates & times of your proposed Festival Hub
 
Most OTP Festival Hubs are celebrated on a weekend afternoon to help maximise attendance, though several city centre celebrations have been successfully staged on weekday evenings. The aim of this section is to ensure that Festival Hubs located geographically close to each other do not ‘clash’ and thereby compete for similar audiences.
 
Our first preferred date for our proposed OTP Festival Hub is
            From…………..           To………………..
 
Our second preferred date for our proposed OTP Festival Hub is
From…………..           To………………..
 
At this early state we have no preferred date (please underline this statement as applicable)
 
Section C: Looking after the Festival Presenters
 
The OTP Festival Presenters are the core of the celebrations, sharing remarkable and unique readings of the past to which most of us have never had previous access. Looking after those presenters is a key commitment of OTP Festival Hub partners and includes:
 
  1. Direct payment of their travel expenses, to a maximum of the cost of advanced booked 2nd class day-return rail fare from their home to your nearest railway station.
  1. Liaising with your chosen presenters to ensure that they get to you on the day in good time ,(e.g. providing directions and local travel advice, meeting them at the station or other rendezvous points close to your venues).
  1. That you provide them with a brew and something to eat on the day.
The nominal speakers fee (or equivalent in euros/ dollars) of £20  to be paid by yourselves.
 
Section D: Promoting your OTP Festival Hub aka getting ‘bums-on-seats’
 
The OTP Communications Team in association with our National Media Partners, (to be confirmed pursue an enthusiastic promotional campaign, especially during the weeks prior to the Festival's commencement. However, to maximise the potential audience and thereby knowledge of and attendance at each OTP Festival Hub, your contribution is essential. Please detail by what means you aim to promote news of your Festival Hub (e.g. promoting OTP Festival Website, OTP promo blogs and tweets, use of your own e-media, local MSM etc.
 
To further assist the promotion of your Festival Hub, the OTP Comms Team will require three 300-400-word pieces together with image(s) as follows:
 
  1)     Before 1st  October Festival Hub Partner Blog no.1, which will include:
 
  1. An introduction to the host organisation: who you are, what you do, etc.
  2. Sought outcomes for OUTing the Past 2020
  3. What can attendees expect from the venue: description of proposed space, how to get there, etc. For an example of Festival Hub Partner Blog no.1, please see: People’s History Museum, Manchester, The British Museum.
     
  2)     Before 1st January 20: Festival Hub Partner Blog no.2, which will include:
 
  1. Acknowledgment of Programme theme, if chosen (‘Eg: showcasing Trans/local queer history) mindful that ideally your programme should reflect diversity
  2. Highlight/spotlight select presentations from programme (‘X will be delivering ‘Y’, which speaks to ‘Z’).
  3. a copy of the up-to-date programme
  4. expected media/social media coverage specific to Festival celebration. For an example of Festival Hub Partner Blog no.2, please see: Pride Cymru (OTP Wales), London School of Economics
 
Section E: Post OTP Festival Briefing
 
The Face-2-Face  Post OTP Festival Briefing will  provide an opportunity for networking and feedback details to follow.
 
We will be able to have a representative at the Post OTP Festival Hubs Briefing:        YES/NO
 
Section F: OTP Festival Conference
 
An important part of the annual OTP Project is the Festival Conference held at the end of each Festival that brings together Hub partners, scholars of international standing and LGBT+/Human rights activists, Festival-goers who simply wish to know more about the still largely hidden history of LGBT+ lives in an relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. While you are not required to attend, you are very strongly encourage to do so, not simply to enhance and keep-up with the rapid development within the field, but also to participate in a rich and unique networking experience. The OTP Festival Conference 2020 will be celebrated in the summer details to follow.
 
Section G: We have read and endorse the following: 
 
The Aims of OTP Festival of LGBT+ History Document (please find below and are pleased to confirm we share those aims YES/NO
   
 
We are delighted to submit this completed application to host a Hub of the OTP Festival  of LGBT+ History 2020 and look forward from hearing from you in due course.
 
Your Name 
 
 
Your Position in your organisation
 
 
Your Signature
 
 
Today’s Date
 
 
 
 
Section H: Safeguarding your Information
 
We will keep your contact details and professional information for as long as we run OUTing the Past. They will be kept by the organising team of OUTing the Past who can be contacted at: jgm.evans@btinternet.com
 
We will only share your information to other organisations and people that are expressing interest in showcasing LGBT history and /or place it on the LGBT History Month websites if you have indicated that you wish us to do so.
Please select one: YES / NO
 
Should you wish for your details to be deleted at any time contact the address above.
 
When Competed and signed off please submit to Jeff Evans [Email: jgm.evans@btinterent.com] or Sue Sanders [Email: salsanders2003@gmail.com] . You should expect an acknowledgement within 48 hours and then a further invitation to arrange a phone/FaceTime/Skype Call to review this application.
 
Many thanks for your kind interest and application, and don’t hesitate to contact us about any aspect of this application and/or the Project. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Background Documents
 
  • Festival Document 1 - General Aims & Sought Outcome, please see below.
Kind Regards Jeff & Sue
 
JGM Evans Sue Sanders 
Schools OUT
Joint-Coordinator OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History
& Visiting Research Fellow of Liverpool JM University
Email: jgm.evans@btinterent.com
Chair Schools OUT
Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute 
Joint-Coordinator OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History
Email: salsanders2003@gmail.com
Tel: 07960493544 or Twitter @suesanders03 or
Skype salsanders03
 
Our Academic Advisory Panel (History): Dr Emma Vickers (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Fia Sundevall (Stockholms Universitet), Dr Jana Funke (University of Exeter), Dr Jeff Evans (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Jen Grove (University of Exeter), Dr Brian Lacey, (Retired Archaeologist, formally Director of the Archaeological Survey of Co. Donegal) Prof. Molly Merryman (Kent State University), Prof. Rainer Schulze (University of Essex) & Prof. Ken Valente (Colgate University, USA).
 
Our Distinguished Patrons: Aderonke Apata (​Founder of African Rainbow), Alison Oram (Professor in Social and Cultural History, Leeds Becket University), Angela Eagle (Member of Parliament for Wallasey since 1992 & Government Minister 2007-2010), Bernard & Terry Reed (GIRES: Gender Identity Research & Education Society), Charles Upchurch (Associate Professor of History, Florida State University), Christine Burns (Equality and diversity specialist, podcaster, campaigner), Cyril Nri (Actor, director and writer), Gareth Thomas (Welsh International rugby player, Active Captain British and Irish Lions), Harry Cocks (Associate Professor, Department of History , University of Nottingham), Ian McKellen (Actor & Campaigner), Ian Rivers (Professor  of Education for Social Change, Dept. Education, University of Strathclyde), Jeffrey Weeks (Emeritus Research Professor in the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University), John Amaechi (NBA Basketball player, psychologist & broadcaster), Labi Siffre (Poet, songwriter and singer), Matt Cook (Professor, History & Gender Studies, Birkbeck, University of London), Peter Tatchell (Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Human Rights Activist.), P​hyll ​Opuku-Gyimah (Founder of Black Pride),
Sheila Rowbotham (Professor & Simon Research Fellow, University of Manchester), Stephen Whittle (Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law, Manchester Metropolitan University), Tom Robinson (Musician, Broadcaster & LGBT Activist).
         ​                           
In partnership with Schools OUT UK . Registered in England as a charitable incorporated organisation number 1156352. Founding organisation of LGBT History Month.
Part of OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History.
 
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Festival Document 1 - General Aims & Sought Outcome
The hidden or even denied history of how past generations have experiences and understood love and gender, vital central features of our human condition, has impoverished and distorted our collective history. That denial has also robbed millions of individuals of access to a reading of a past that can and does validate and enhances their lives. The introduction and promotion in the UK of LGBT History Month by Schools OUT UK in 2005 has significantly enhanced and further stimulated public awareness and interest in what has become known as LGBT+ History enhanced by the dismantling of legal discrimination and popular presentations in soaps and other mass-media.
 
This growing public interest in ‘LGBT History’ is also fuelled by the deliberate exclusion from schools and mainstream history, therefore highlighting that much of ‘public’ history is exclusive rather than inclusive and thereby a narrow and less reliable reading of the past. The OUTing the Past Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History [OTP] is an educational undertaking seeking to address the silence and denial by promoting the rich and fascinating insights into past attitudes and behaviours related to sexuality and gender.
 
There are three Festival themes or goals that deliberately seek to bring together and promote academic and popular scholarship of this important but neglected part of our common past.
 
Theme One
Popularise the study, and hence a fuller understanding, of past attitudes towards sex and gender diversity within the academy and among the general public.
Challenge the embedded ignorance (heteronormativity) within schools by facilitating and encourage the teaching of a comprehensive - and thereby less deterministic - reading of the past
To seek to develop local and regional partnerships with like-minded partner organisations to both empower and validate their work together by providing a showcase for local research and reading of LGBT History. 
To ensure the rich diversity of our community is acknowledged and demonstrated by the Festival. 
Theme Two
Encourage and promote research into past attitudes towards sex and gender diversity, especially those endeavours seeking to question the silences and bias within general historiography. The goal being the development a comprehensive indigenous history that further compliments the global reading of past attitudes towards sex and gender diversity.
Encourage and promote the collection, archiving and utilisation of material that evidences that past. Without such material the expansion of research into this area of the past is seriously arrested.  
Theme Three
Seek to develop partnerships, including commercial, to help address the growing public (and especially media) interest in past attitudes towards sex and gender diversity.
Presenters' Application Form

OUTing the Past 2020
The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History
Find out more @ OTP Website Home  
 
OTP Festival Invitation & Application
for Popular History & Unique Oral Testimony Presentations
  • Applications Open: 1st September 2019
  • Applications Close: 30th September 2019
Dear Applicant,
Many thanks for your interest in this project. OUTing the Past International Festival of LGBT+ History is delighted to invite presentations to be celebrated at European and US Festival Hubs, during February and March 2020
 
We are keen to receive individuals and groups that showcase either: 
A historical reading of the past, or 
  1. An archival source and personal oral testimonies, sets of photos, or significant documents and the stories behind them 
2. Researched presentation on a piece of unknown LGBT history.
 
Your historical presentation/reading/interpretation might be a presentation/explanation of a past local, regional, or national: 
  • Event or related events, of direct relevance to the Human/LGBT Rights agenda & experience of history, of a group or a specific campaign 
  •  Account of a personal journey that includes a number of view-points. 
 
The theme for Schools OUT UK LGBT History Month 2019 is Poetry Plays and Prose. This means we can connect to the English curriculum of schools and the four people we have chosen to link to them are:
 
Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965): lesbian playwright; author of ‘A Raisin In The Sun’, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes. For some time the play was part of the O Level and GCSE syllabuses. Hansberry inspired the song by Nina Simone "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".
 
E.M. Forster (1879 – 1970): gay author, widely regarded as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century. ‘A Passage To India’ brought him his first success, and he has had several other books adapted as Merchant Ivory films – ‘A Room With A View’, ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ and most significantly ‘Maurice’, a gay love story. Forster wrote the novel in 1913, but left instructions that it was not to be published until after his death. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Edward’s death, and we anticipate there will be much in the media about him.
 
 
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616): quintessentially British, we have chosen Shakespeare as our bisexual reference, as his work is very much at the heart of the English curriculum. This is important given the ongoing difficulties over inclusive teaching. Sonnet 20 is widely quoted as being written about a man.
 
Dawn Langley Simmons (c.1922 – 2000): our trans Face is probably the least well-known but undoubtedly had a fascinating story. The child of Vita Sackville West, before transitioning Dawn wrote an acclaimed biography of Princess Margaret. After transition she wrote a biography of eccentric actress Dame Margaret Rutherford, and was ‘semi-adopted’ by her. But probably most interesting is the fact that Dawn’s marriage to John-Paul Simmons, on 21 January 1969, was the first legal inter racial mariage in South Carolina!
 
The entire year is dedicated to Lyra Mckee
 
Each festival presentation is intended as a vignette of no more than twenty minutes long, followed by a ten minute Q&A session. We are particularly keen to showcase past experiences and history presentations from those sections of our community whom we too rarely hear from, such as; black and ethnic minority, disabled, and bisexual people. A fee of £20 is payable by UK based Hubs to successful applicants’ post-presentation.
 
Your presentation’s source might be: 
A testimony about a personal or collective experience 
A set of campaigning leaflets/publicity and the story behind them
A letter or document that again provides a reading of that past commonly ignored or denied.
 
All categories of presentations should commonly help educate the general public about the neglected understanding of past attitudes towards sexual orientation and gender identity
 
Your contact details and presentation information will be retained by OUTing the Past’s Gazette Coordinator for future use, unless you request them to be deleted. The Gazette Coordinator can be contacted at Festival.Gazette@outingthepast.org.uk
 
If you wish your information to be shared with third-party organisations expressing an interest in showcasing LGBT history, or if you would like your presentation submission to be placed on the LGBT History Month Websites, please tick the boxes that apply and ensure your application is signed.
 
I would like my Information to be shared with third-party organisations showcasing LGBT History.   
I would like my presentation to be placed on the LGBT History Month Website 
 
 
CLOSING DATE FOR INVITATION OF PRESENTATIONS: 30TH SEPTEMBER 2019
 
  
This form MUST be submitted using this Word Format, illegible applications will be returned.
Your Name  
Contact Address  
Contact Phone Number  
Email Contact  
Organisation representing (if applicable)  
The Title of Your Presentation   
Is your presentation:  
a) A historical presentation?  Yes / No*  b)  An archival presentation?       Yes / No*
If (a), what evidence is it based on (e.g. records, personal archive, oral testimony, etc.)?        
 
 
How does your presentation add to our understanding of LGBT History (e.g. Untold Story, Hidden History, etc.) Please provide a brief description.  Use Amplification Sheet
 
 
 
 
My presentation covers*: 
 
L G B T All BAME Disabled Other (Amplify)
If your Presentation is accepted, will you require access to:
Data projector                Yes / No*  
 Other (please state)                                                             
Which LGBT History Festival Hubs are you applying for?
OUTing the Past: England (South)  Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past: England (Midlands)  Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past:  England (North)  Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past:  Wales Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past:  Ireland (NI) Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past:  Ireland (Rep.) Yes / No*      
OUTing the Past:  USA Yes / No*      
My Presentation is in*: English / Welsh / Irish / Other________
This completed form should be submitted to: Festival.Gazette@outingthepast.org.uk
                     
*Tick/underline/strike through/highlight, or delete *options, as required.
 
For more information contact Caroline @ : Festival.Gazette@outingthepast.org.uk 
 
Please Note. Selection of Presentations is the decision of the individual Hub organisers.
 
Successful applicants should all be notified by the Hub by 14TH NOVEMBER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Further information about your presentation for Festival Hubs
Presentation Description
 
 
 
 
 
Any Other Detail?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Applicants are also invited to submit a blog of up to 200 words to advertise their presentation on the LGBTHM Website.
 
 
Mr Dobbin Goes To Downing Street

  

Tuesday 2nd July saw the annual Downing Street LGBT+ Pride Reception in the rose garden of the Prime Minister’s official residence. Despite being the dying days of Theresa May’s term in office, the mood was celebratory as I stepped over the threshold (and nearly tripped over Larry the cat) and fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition.

Storing my mobile phone in one of the pigeonholes provided in the vestibule, I had only a few moments to take in the atmosphere, and the rather tacky portrait of Her Majesty, before being ushered through and to the right. Immediately I found myself on the lowest landing of the famous yellow staircase, with portraits of the nation’s greatest all around me. Here I did pause and mentally pinch myself – the wee boy from Greenock in the footsteps of Wilson, Lloyd George and Attlee. Strange to think the eek of Boris Johnson will be joining them now. Probably drawn in crayon.   

 

The rose garden itself is modestly sized and was furnished on the day with Robert Dyas garden tables and chairs. A trio of musicians serenaded from a small balcony with not unpleasant oompah/jazz crossover tunes for the duration of the queer mingle, and our wine glasses were never allowed to be empty.

Being basically a very shy person, I mingled quietly with the likes of Lord John Randall, a former advisor to Mrs May, several representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Stonewall and ‘The History Boys’ actor Samuel Barnett and even managed to get a few of them badged up with our 2020 emblem. So hopefully a few more movers and shakers know that LGBT+ History Month exists.

Sadly Mrs May was unable to attend, being stuck in some more Brexit shenanigans in Brussels, so her message of goodwill was delivered unto us by Penny Mordaunt.

It’s easy to criticise the outgoing PM for her ‘lifelong ally’ claim, especially when you look at her voting record on LGBT+ equality, but such a reception would have been impossible to even contemplate during the dark days of Thatcherism, and looking at the new Cabinet it seems quite possible that we’ll look back on the last three years and think we got off lightly.
Klub Kiki


Kamp Kiki is a new retreat for transgender people of colour! November 29th – December 1st, 2019
 
They raised £605.27 at UK Black Pride this year. (Have a look, at the gofundme is now at £2,603 https://www.gofundme.com/f/kamp-kiki-a-treat-for-qtpoc-trans-people taking us to grand total of £3,208.27!!! :)
 
They still have a long way to go to reach their target of £7,000 but are hopeful that through word of mouth and more targeted marketing they can spread the word further. The good news however, is that they have put down a deposit on the house!
 
Registration for Kamp Kiki opens on the 7th August at 10am BST, if you are interested in attending the retreat please save the date! Registration will open for three days then close off to the public. Bookings will then be allocated according to the highest need, with booking fees asked for after allocations have been made. There will be two fully funded places available for people in financial or social difficulty, with clear options for this on the google form. The cost of each retreat space for Kampers will be £150 which will cover food, accommodation, workshops and an onsite therapist for the weekend.
 
Stay in the loop via Humblebee Creative's social media pages:
 
Facebook- @creativehumblebee
Instagram- @creativehumblebee
Twitter- @creativehumbleb
 
On social media you will see some common FAQ's about the project you may find helpful. We were also interviewed by Gal-Dem magazine.
 

Kamari  
Producer- Kamp Kiki
Director- Humblebee Creative
www.humblebeecreativeltd.com
Norwich Pride 2019


Now in it’s 11th year, Norwich Pride is always a fun day and lots of face to face meetings with the widest variety of people from all walks of life.

As usual we were welcomed warmly by Nic, Julie and Shelley and given pride of place at the doors to the Forum, which if you don’t know Norwich, is in the centre of the city and houses the Library, two restaurants and BBC studios as well as a large public meeting place next to city hall and the market.

The two triptychs and three pull-ups went up without delay as well as the lanyards, badges and leaflets. I think we had a good and eye-catching display, thanks to Andrew our Promotions Officer .

Badge sales were good as well as Lanyards. Interestingly a lot of people proffered the 2019 badges to the 2020 ones and the diagonal stripe lanyards to the traditional ones! We took £122.50 and packed up at just before 4pm when the event moves to the Chapelfield Gardens.
2020 Badge Design Available to Download


Don't forget, you can download all of our resources for free, including the new 2020 Badge. Just follow the link below where there are JPG and PDF versions available
Faces of 2020 - 2023 

nominate your heroes and your icons!

We have now finalised the theme for 2019 and the next four Februarys:


2020: English
poetry, prose and plays

 

2021: PSHE II  
mind, body, spirit

2022: Art & Politics  
the arc is long

2023: Art II  
behind the lens

 
For each year we would like you, our supporters, to nominate the L,G,B and T Faces who will represent queer contributions to the various chosen art forms and topics. Our only specification is that your nominee is now dead. We are particularly keen to expand the list of BAME LGBT contributors to the UK. If possible, please also let us know the source of your evidence - hearsay and rumour are not enough.

So if you have a name who you believe has been forgotten, straightened or even deliberately misrepresented by history in one or more of the above subjects, let us know:

Contact Andrew Dobbin, Promotions Officer for Schools OUT UK
here

or send a message to info@schools-out.org.uk
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Voices & Visibility


Voices & Visibility is a project to develop LGBT+ history resources. In 2015 the project produced a wallchart (available here) celebrating LGBT+ lives and the contribution they have made to life, learning, equal rights and society in the UK. This campaign is raising funds to develop a digital interactive version of the wallchart. 

The response to the wallchart has been overwhelmingly positive. It is available for free and is still in demand with over 3000 downloads in 2017 alone. 

Your donation will enable the digital interactive resource to be developed. All the information will be developed by a team of dedicated volunteers. All the information will be accessible for those with a sensory impairment. For those developing their reading skills there will be short summaries, written in plain English. The resource will be hosted on the LGBT History Month website alongside the current wallchart. It will be free and open to all.

Click here to link to our fundraising page. 
Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through youth groupspeer support, managing the LGBT Centre for Manchester, delivering of training and events, campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.

Links to support them are available here. 

Support Us


Schools OUT UK is an ambitious organisastion. 
We need your help. 

For decades, Schools OUT UK, and before that The Gay Teachers' Group, has survived - and thrived - as a purely voluntary organisation, with a small income based mainly around the sale of our annual History Month badge. None of the committee receives any income for the work they do.

We have done so much and we want to do so much more. A one-off donation of £20 (less than £2 a month) would help us. A regular donation would be amazing.

With your continued support, we can realise our dreams of more lessons posted on The Classroom, LGBT HM in every school in the UK, a festival hub in every major town in the UK, and a National Museum of LGBT Heritage.

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