Update: LGBTQ people and faith; York Pride 2016

Open meeting: LGBTQ people and faith

An open meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 18 May to discuss raising awareness to prevent cultural and religious homophobia, a topic we explored at our York LGBT History Month 2016 event “Negotiating faith, gender identity and sexual orientation”. The event will be held at 20 New Market Street, Leeds, LS1 6DG. Further details from the organisers are below, followed by contact details.

Ahmer Bashmir will talk about the Project Light and his plans for an event in Leeds this October to highlight these issues.

Project Light aims to raise awareness of cultural and religious homophobia to prevent harm. Project Light is about helping LGBT members feel confident enough to come out of the closet. We are trying to raise awareness of cultural homophobia and religious homophobia which is hurting – and has hurt – many many LGBT individuals and their loved ones. It is time to be honest. Time to repair bridges. Time to be out, proud and supported. Let us work together to highlight the issues and minimise prejudice and the risks posed to LGBT individuals and their families.

People of all faiths, sexualities and genders are invited to come along to find out more and to get involved in planning the event in October.

Ahmer: projectlightyorkshire@gmail.com | projectlight.co
Jude: 07736 151895 | 0113 244 4209 | j.woods@mesmac.co.uk | mesmac.co.uk

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York Pride 2016

Just over a month to go until York Pride 2016! The event will take place on Saturday 18 June, starting with the parade from the Minster at 11:45 (arrive 11:30). The parade will terminate at the Knavesmire, where an afternoon of entertainment is due to run from 13:00-19:00.

We need volunteers to join us on the parade (with or without LGBT Staff Network t-shirts, available for £5!) and then to help out on our stall in the afternoon (for however long you can). If you can do either or both, send me an email: a.law@yorksj.ac.uk.

Between now and the event, we should be arranging to “raise our rainbow”, the returning theme for the event! This year we’re asked to raise our rainbow in three ways: “faster, higher, longer”; through cooking (“incr-edible”); through photography (“putting yourself in the frame”). Any ideas: get in contact!

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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