LGBT Events in Norfolk
LGBT History Month, February 2015
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT* community. We are committed to educate, celebrate and promote its diversity and that of society as a whole.
LGBT History Month is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people in the UK. In the past, LGBTIQ people often remained hidden due to legislation. Even though we applaud the changing legal and social climate, many still live in fear of ostracism, prejudice, victimisation, assault, and even murder. Education and awareness can change this.
LGBT History Month this year focuses on Hidden Histories and Coded Lives. Featured figures nationally include:
The National events calendar is on the LGBT History Month UK site.
- Anne Lister, who kept her sexual conquests in a coded diary;
- Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick, who revealed the secret gay men’s language of Polari;
- Frida Kahlo, whose pain from disability and bisexuality she expressed through her paintings;
- Le Chevalier d’Eon Beaumont, who lived for 30 years as a woman after the French Revolution and was nearly executed by the English.
Please submit your LGBT History Month 2015 activities via our event form.
Some are educational, some fun, but all are opportunities to meet and celebrate with LGBT people whether or not you are LGBT yourself.
View 2015's events here
LGBT History Month, February 2014
2014 was dedicated to music. Every year History Month is represented by a famous ‘face’, to inspire you to create….this year we have 4! Benjamin Britten, Angela Morley, Bessie Smith, Ethel Smyth, or suggest your own LGBTIQ faces of music history, past and present.
2014 was more than many previously, a time to reflect on the international situation of LGBTIQ rights. Russia's restrictive new laws against LGBT education are similar to Section 28 in the UK. Uganda is among several African and other nations that are hardening their laws against homosexuality, rather than liberalising them.
LGBT History Month in Norfolk had events on every day of February 2010. In 2011 we had nearly 60 events scheduled, and the 2012 and 2013 calendars had full programmes too.
Times are tough for voluntary organisations both in terms of financial support as well as volunteer's time and energy. If you want to sponsor or support us in any way, practical and/or financial please contact us.
We are grateful to Hate Free Norfolk's sponsorship in 2014.
UEA had over 24 events on in 2014, 9 are on our calendar, public lectures each Monday and Thursday throughout February in Arts 2.02, and one by Peter Tatchell on the last Wednesday in LT1:
|Mon 03, Feb
||Music in Queer Fiction inc. Alan Hollinghurst, Sylvia Townsend Warner - Dr Clare Connors</td>
|Thu 06, Feb
||“Marriage is so Gay.” The battle for same sex marriage in the US and Britain: A comparative perspective - Dr Emma Long
|Mon 10, Feb
||Southeast Gaysia! LGBT Heritage and Activism in the ASEAN Region - Yi-Sheng Ng
|Thu 13, Feb
||Thinking differently about assimilation & difference - Dr Jonathan Mitchell
|Mon 17, Feb
||“A Quiet Place”: Gay & Bisexual Classical Composers in 20th Century America - Malcolm Robertson
|Thu 20, Feb
||The Homosexual Steamroller: Queer “Propaganda” through Literature - Dr B.J. Epstein
|Mon 24, Feb
||Saints, Sinners & Martyrs in Queer Church History: The continuing evolution of religious responses to homoerotic relationships - Terry Weldon
|Tue 25, Feb
||Peter Tatchell - The Unfinished Battle for LGBT+ Rights in the UK
|Thu 27, Feb
||Gender variant history 1800 onwards: crossdressing mollies, sexual inversion, trans, non-binary gender & 80 shades of intersex - Katy J Went
Another 15 are being hosted by UEA Pride and the Union of UEA Students. Follow them on facebook.
Talks are covering the subjects of film, gender, sexuality, LGBT diversity within the animal kingdom, and the state of LGBT+ rights.
The UEA also has a vibrant LGBTQ discussion group.
City College is also promoting LGBT History Month.
"Celebrating Difference" training events to combat homophobia in primary and secondary schools are also being held during the month, please contact Carol Burgess for more information.
LGBT History Month, February 2013
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month 2013 was dedicated to Maths, science and engineering, following the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing in 2012.
You can view our 2013 calendar here:
LGBT History Month, February 2012
The LGBT History Month 2012 Calendar had a full programme with many highlights.
The Norfolk LGBT History Month 2012 Launch event took place on 31 January 2012 from 6-10pm at the Forum, Norwich.
Doors opened at 6pm in the main Forum atrium with stalls and a Human Library event.
At 7pm Fusion and the Curve opened for refreshments and then speakers including Michael Cashman MEP (famous for the 1989 first gay kiss on TV on Eastenders), Carol Bundock of the BBC and a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, David Todd of Norfolk Carers Forum.
Updates from the Norfolk County Council & LGBT History Month bursary project winners were given.
The February History Month events calendar was released.
Live music in Marzanos was heard courtesy of Radio Norfolk and also from the Pride Choir.
You can download a low resolution version of our 2012 calendar and flyer here:
LGBT History Month, February 2011
The LGBT History Month 2011 Calendar had a full programme of nearly 60 events with many highlights.
The Norfolk LGBT History Month 2011 Launch event took place at City Hall and included speeches from Linda Bellos and Peter Tatchell.
The February History Month events calendar was released.
You can view our 2011 calendar and flyer here:
International Sex and/or Gender Diversity Day, 26 April
An awareness day and celebration of the existence of Sex and/or Gender Diverse people, begun in 2010. For people who are intersex, transexed, transsexual, transgendered, trans*, cross-dressers, androgynous, sinandrogynous (without sex and gender identity), genderqueer, people with culturally specific sex and/or gender differences and their families, friends, and supporters. It has emerged, in part, due to the failure of trans as an umbrella term to cover all the Sex and/or Gender Diverse (SGD) interest groups.
Cities around the world held events such as No-labels picnics e.g., in Sydney "Come along and find your label, lose your label or burn all of them!"
According to the 1999 book Sex Gender and Sexuality: 21st Century Transformations research concluded that at least 1% of the world's population is sex and/or gender diverse.
IDAHO, 17 May
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)
Norwich Pride, last Saturday of July
Norwich Pride first launched in 2009 with about 3000 people parading. 2010 saw around 4000 people despite the rain which stopped just as the parade began. At the 2011 Pride Peter Tatchell spoke and there was a lively Question Time styled debate. Pride 2012 continued what has become a now colourful Norwich tradition and in 2013 a 5th birthday Pride celebration was held.
Find out more about the latest plans at their website.
North Norfolk Pride, last Sunday of July
North Norfolk Pride began with a successful Beach Party and Comedy & Music event at Cromer in 2011. The 2010 Norwich Pride rainbow scarf was on display.
More about the latest plans at their website.
International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, 23 September Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. With at least six events around the UK marking Bi Visibility Day in 2009, and ten in 2010, and similar numbers were run in 2011.
National Coming Out Day, 11-12 OctoberNCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and Jean O'Leary, an openly-gay political leader from Los Angeles, on behalf of the personal growth workshop The Experience and National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The first headquarters was located in the West Hollywood, California offices of the National Gay Rights Advocates. 18 states participated in the first NCOD, which was covered in the national media. In its second year, the headquarters moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and participation grew to 21 states. After a media push in 1990, NCOD was observed in all 50 states and seven other countries. Participation continued to grow and in 1990 NCOD merged their efforts with the Human Rights Campaign Fund. See more history.
Wear Purple Day, 20 October
Wear Purple Day is a focus on raising the awareness of homophobic bullying and gay suicide.
Intersex Day of Awareness, 26 October The first Intersex Awareness Day (IAD) came about when the American intersex group named Hermaphrodites with Attitude (HWA) teamed up with American trans group Trans Menace to picket an American Association of Paediatrics (AAP) conference in Boston on 26th October 1996. Intersex conditions may only be initially visible for 1 in 1500 births but can affect more than 1 in 100 people.
Intersex Awareness Day
No to Hate Vigil, 28 October
A Vigil against all forms of hate. Known as the 17-24-30 No to Hate Cime campaign, it began in 2009 just two weeks after the death of Ian Baynham who died due to the injuries he received when he was homophobically abused and beaten outside South African House. Ostensibly to remember the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb Attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho and to support the communities that were attacked, it now aims to unite people against all forms of Hate Crime. Norwich 2011 vigil details.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20 November
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialise those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
World Aids Day, 1 December
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
International Human Rights Day, 10 December
IHR Day commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
*LGBT is an inclusive term representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans(gender).
It also includes other groups relating to sexual orientation or gender identity including Intersex, Queer and more.