LGBT History Month 2013 - programme highlights

LGBT History Month 2013 - programme highlights

Sandra Alland

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.

Love Out of Bounds

Exhibition timed to coincide with Valentine's Day, and exploring a different side of love affairs from the hearts and flowers: those that have been rejected by family, community or culture. Stories come from a variety of sexualities and ethnic backgrounds.

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Queer and Trans* Cabaret

The boys and girls from Cachín Cachán Cachunga! are back with another evening of what might be called alt.variety: dance, film, poetry and music with a queer and trans twist. This event celebrates LGBT History Month as well as its fourth birthday, and it's a suitably sparkling line-up boasting political hip hop from El…

Kin: Short Stories for LGBT History Month

Eight Scottish-based writers, including novelists Zoë Strachan and Ronald Frame, have created short stories on the theme of 'family', the spotlight theme for next year's LGBT History Month. Theyll be published on the LGBT History Month website but hear them in surround sound at this event, where writers perform and answer…

Park Bum and Other Poems

One-man show about the highs and low of cruising, performed by Derek McLuckie. Ages 18+.