LGBT+ History Month

Article dated Wednesday Jan 3, 2018 at 01:56 PM

Following the huge success of last year's inaugural event, Bradford Council is working with a host of partner organisations to celebrate and promote LGBT+ History Month 2018.

With more than 130 events in last year’s programme, Bradford was hailed as one of the most active cities in the UK during the month.

People are being invited to hurry and submit ideas for events for this year’s events during February which could be fit into emerging themes such as 'Activism & Revolution', 'Art and Education', 'Community', 'Health & Wellbeing', 'Sport' and 'Film' - but other ideas outside these areas will be looked at.

The deadline for ideas is 10 January, but submissions after this may be considered on a case by case basis. Event suggestions and ideas can be sent to info@lgbtbradford.co.uk.

The full programme of entertainment, education and discussion events designed to recognise and value the local LGBT+ community will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Last year the first ever Bradford Pride Awards were held as part of the month, celebrating local groups and individuals who support LGBT+ people in Bradford.

Bradford has been identified as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the country, and everyone in is encouraged to celebrate this achievement during February.

A host of local partners will be involved in organising the events including arts organisation The Brick Box.

Cllr Richard Dunbar, Council LGBT+ Champion said: "I am very excited about what we will achieve with this year’s LGBT+ history month programme. Last year we put Bradford on the map for all the right reasons proving how welcoming and LGBT+ inclusive we are as a district.

"This year we will build on what we achieved last year and I expect to see a creative, diverse and thought provoking set of events. I would encourage organisations, individuals and groups to submit ideas."

Coun Abdul Jabar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: "LGBT+ Month last year was about celebrating solidarity and difference, and proved to be a roaring success.

"This year we are delighted to build on that success and raise the LGBT flag as part of our history month again. I would encourage as many people as possible from all communities in Bradford to get involved."

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