Update: York Pride volunteers; National Festival of LGBT History presentations

York Pride 2016: call for volunteers

York Pride

York Pride 2016 is just 12 days away! The event is due to take place on Saturday 18 June, starting with a parade setting off from the Minster at 11:45 and followed by an afternoon of entertainment on the Knavesmire from 13:00. More information can be found on the York Pride website.

We need volunteers for both parts of the event: joining the parade (with the option of holding a staff network placard) and staffing the stall. We’d also be very appreciative of any doughy donations with which to decorate the stall and delight any of its distractees who do possess a sweet disposition.

Please contact me (Andy: a.law@yorksj.ac.uk) if you are able to volunteer your time or culinary creations.

York St John is a proud sponsor of York Pride, having hosted its launch event just last month, and shown further support by raising our rainbow (#RaiseYourRainbow) on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in the middle of May.


National Festival of LGBT History 2017: call for presentations

National Festival of LGBT History

York LGBT History Month will once again lead the Yorkshire hub of the National Festival of LGBT History in 2017. This year, the National Festival formed the majority of the first weekend of activities in York (as part of the wider York LGBT History Month 2016 programme), including a day of presentations at York St John University and various events targeted at schools and young people. Next year will again feature a day of presentations, taking place on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Presentations of a historical or archival nature – including personal stories – are invited, with a submission deadline of Monday 15 August. More details are provided on the York LGBT History Month website.

A call for contributions of events to the wider York LGBT History Month 2017 programme will be circulated later in the summer.

Andy Law

I’m the Secretary of the LGBT Staff Network. With the support of the Steering Group, I take a lead on coordinating the group’s activities, including liaising with a number of external organisations. I set up York LGBT History Month, have been involved in various capacities with York Pride and York LGBT Forum for the majority of my time in York, and jointly led the student group here as an undergraduate. I also act as Equality Champion for Registry, where I’m based in the Academic Quality Support team.

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