Update: call for LGBT history presentations; York Pride 2015

National Festival of LGBT History: call for presentations

York LGBT Forum logo

Following the success of this year’s First National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester, next year will see the festival expand to become truly national. Coordinated by York LGBT History Month, York will be one of five locations across the country to act as a hub for presentations, theatre, education activities and film.

The information below from the York LGBT History Month website provides information on the open call for presentations, to which individuals and groups are encouraged to submit. The deadline is Tuesday 30 June.

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations are now being invited from individuals and groups. We are looking for both historical presentations and case studies of archival sources, and would love to hear from activists, students, amateur researchers or anybody with a story to tell. A historical presentation might explore an event or experience in the history of LGBT activism or a personal experience of being LGBT, the history of a group or campaign, or a personal journey. An archival source case study might present an oral history, the story of a set of campaign leaflets, images, letters or other documents that reveal untold stories.

York Pride: call for volunteers and our stall/parade group

York Pride volunteering

York Pride 2015 is fast approaching! The annual celebration takes place this year on Saturday 20 June, with a parade starting at 11:30 from outside the Minster and entertainment at the Knavesmire from 13:00. York Pride are looking for volunteers to help out on the day; there will be a meeting this Thursday (4 June) evening where you can find out more. More details are on their website.

We’ll be joining the parade and having a stall at the Knavesmire again this year. Amy Lynch will rally everyone together at the start of the parade. If you’d like to help out on the stall, get in contact with Jo Thompson (j.thompson@yorksj.ac.uk). If you’d like one of our lovely LGBT Staff Network t-shirts, contact Ynda!

Ynda Jas

Founding Secretary of the LGBT Staff Network and former Equality Champion for Registry, where I was based in the Academic Quality Support team. Also founder of York LGBTQ+ History and Non-binary London, and DJ coordinator at Bar Wotever, an iconic weekly queer cabaret event. They/them.

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