Parties, Protest and Changing Lives – LGBT History Month 2018 in Bradford

The LGBT History Month programme 2018 in Bradford is here – and it’s not all hearts and rainbows. Difficult topics, powerful art and riotous parties all combine to make the city’s second LGBT History Month celebrations just as exciting as last year. A programme of special events created just for LGBT History Month sits alongside all... View Article

The LGBT History Month programme 2018 in Bradford is here – and it’s not all hearts and rainbows.

Difficult topics, powerful art and riotous parties all combine to make the city’s second LGBT History Month celebrations just as exciting as last year.

A programme of special events created just for LGBT History Month sits alongside all the year-round events that support Bradford’s LGBT+ community.

Everyone is invited to join in with the programme, so take a look at some of the highlights and start planning your February now.

Art

  • Bradford is home to one of the world’s greatest living artists, David Hockney, so where better to celebrate Bradford’s LGBT+ creative community than with a trip to Cartwright Hall for Art Queries, where you can discuss artworks and create some interpretations of your own.
  • For some hard-hitting and historically fascinating art, head to Gallery II to see ‘The Ward’ and ‘Hard Copy’ exhibitions looking at the treatment of HIV during the AIDS crisis, as well as gay activism in Bradford in a pre-digital era.
  • Take a walk down Ivegate one evening and you’ll find the POC exhibition at The Brick Box Rooms, celebrating LGBT+ people of colour.

Parties

  • If you’ve never been to a Big Gay Disco, now’s your chance, with a huge party at The Brick Box Rooms. Everyone is welcome – gay, straight or otherwise – as long as you can boogie! 
  • ‘The Record Club’ will present a special LGBT-themed vinyl evening where you can bring your own records
  • Over at the 1in12 Club, A Big Gay Bash presents LGBTQ+ bands & artists from around the UK. 
  • Every Friday and Saturday throughout February, Alibi bar in Sunbridgewells are dedicating their clubnights to LGBT History Month
  • And if you’re in the mood to shun romance on Valentine’s Day, the Eat Your Heart Out supper club hosts a themed vegan meal by Sonia Sandhu where you don’t need to bring a date to feel loved.

Film

  • Oscar-nominated new release ‘A Fantastic Woman’ will be screening at the Science & Media Museum, starring Daniela Vega in the emotive role of a trans woman dealing with grief, transphobia and cold, humiliating bureaucracy.
  • See ‘God’s Own Country‘ – set in Yorkshire – at the Delius Arts Centre
  • If you’re free over lunchtimes, Bradford College has daytime film screenings of modern classics ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘, ‘Pride‘, and ‘Beautiful Thing‘. 

Sport

Community 

  • The Pride Awards will take place at the end of February, giving you plenty of time to nominate and honour some of the people and organisations doing great things in Bradford for the LGBT+ community.
  • Representatives from BHCA, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council, Equity Partnership, and other key district organisations will consult widely and form a new LGBT Strategic Forum to ensure safety and equality for Bradford’s LGBT+ community.

Talks and Workshops

And more…

There’s so much more to see, learn and do during LGBT History Month. Browse all the events to make sure you don’t miss something that could change your life this February.

The Brick Box Rooms on Ivegate is a dedicated safe space during the month, open every Wednesday to Friday from 4pm, and every Saturday from noon, and the staff there will be on hand to tell you all about the programme if you have any questions.