LGBT History Month 2013 - programme highlights
Project coordinator Amy Murphy shares some select events from the event's biggest cultural programme yet
LGBT History Month returns in February with a packed programme of events in Scotland. The festival, which began in Scotland in 2003, aims to get people engaged with LGBT issues through art, music, theatre, film and literature, encouraging people of all orientations to express themselves and challenge prejudice.
‘History Month began as very much a community project, with events run by small organisations and individuals, and we really want to keep hold of that community ethos,’ says Amy Murphy, the festival’s project coordinator. ‘This year, we’re really pleased to have secured money from Creative Scotland which allowed us to award 12 different organisations money to set up their events.’
The festival awarded cultural commissions to artist Sandra Alland, who will be making a documentary film about LGBTI artists in Scotland who also identify as disabled or deaf, and Lucy Holmes-Elliott of the multi-arts collective Lock Up Your Daughters, who will be creating illustrations and photos to be exhibited in various venues throughout Glasgow.
Festival regulars OurStory Scotland return in association with Edinburgh University Feminist Society, with Love Out Of Bounds (Wed 6 Feb), a storytelling project where people share experiences of times their relationships have been ignored or rejected by family, community or culture. Glasgay! venue Rose & Grants will host Park Bum and Other Poems, a one-man show from Derek McLuckie (Fri 22 & Sat 23 Feb), while queer cabaret event Cachin Cachan Cachunga hits Mono on Fri 21 Feb and the ever-active LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Edinburgh will be running a film project on real life coming out stories throughout February.
The List’s own Allan Radcliffe is involved in a special new writing project for History Month entitled Kin, for which he commissioned eight writers based in Scotland to create short stories on the theme of ‘family’. Two pieces will be published on the History Month website each week from the beginning of February, with two live performance events at Edinburgh’s Summerhall on 9 & 16 Feb at 3pm. Author Ronald Frame is one of the writers involved - he's allowed us to publish an extract from his short story Bill & Coo in advance.
LGBT History Month takes place across Scotland throughout February. Check the history month website for details of events in your area.