Pre-launch event for next year's LGBT History Month.3:30–7:30pm Marketplace for LGBT stakeholders in the Old Hall (Ross manning the CHE stall).4:30–6pm FREE Workshops/CPD for Teachers, Youth Workers, Faith Group Leaders & Librarians. 7:30–9:15pm The ‘Showcase’ in the Fitzpatrick Hall see website for more on 2016 theme of Religion, Belief and Philosophy (tickets £5).
Campaign for Homosexual Equality
The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality. Speakers will include Sue Sanders and Jeff Evans of Schools Out / LGBT History Month, talking about ways our organisations can work together. We'll be reviewing progress on Amiable Warriors and discussing future plans. All welcome, but it would help our planning if you could let us know if you intend to come. Refreshments provided.
The main speaker will be the psychologist and researcher Donald West, perhaps better known as D. J. West, author of Homosexuality, first published in 1955, which for many years was the standard book on the subject. More recently he has come out as gay, which would have been almost impossible in the 1950s, and published his life story, Gay Life Straight Work. We will also be showing a vintage CHE video, possibly including a current CAGS member in his younger days. Open to all, no charge, refreshments provided.
A new play by John Wilman. based on the true story of the man whom Dorian Gray was named after. It follows John Gray over a period of years on his journey from Oscar Wilde's lover and muse to a newly-ordained Catholic priest. See website for details and to book.
Unveiling of a plaque at Church House, Deansgate, Manchester, followed by tea with the Lord Mayor, and evening event hosted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation.
Open to all. No charge. Speakers will include Surat Knan (who rejects idenfitication as either male or female) talking about the Rainbow Jews project. There will also be a Q&A session with pioneers from the early days of CHE.
No charge, open to all. Speakers will include Peter Kelley of Galop, Jack Gilbert of Rainbow Hamlets, and Peter Scott-Presland reading from the latest chapter of his book about the history of CHE and its times. Light refreshments provided.
LGBT History Month event commemorating CHE's Burnley public meeting (30 July 1971, chaired by the late Ray Gosling).
Chris Park will talk about “The lost language of Polari”
Tim Brunsden will give a short presentation on his project which aims to capture the heritage of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, its audiences, performers and local communities.
Peter Scott-Presland will report on his work on the official history of CHE
And we we plan to begin a discussion on the future shape of CHE: "What's the future for CHE if Homosexual Equality has been achieved?".
All welcome. Refreshments provided.
Rictor Norton, gay historian, willl talk about "Mother Clap's Molly House and the Gay Scene in 18th-century London", and Tacko Mbengue, gay actvist from Senegal, will speak about "The Movement for Justice by any means necessary".