On Saturday 20th July at Plymouth’s Pride in the Park 2013 we announced details of an event for LGBT History Month 2014. We distributed flyers and circulated the following press release whilst February seems far away it is important that we have time to invite the most appropriate speakers, panel members and national organisations that support alternative families, same sex parents and inclusive education.
Pride in Plymouth Presents:
‘We are Family’ LGBT History Month Event and Evening Ball
Devonport Guildhall Saturday 8th February 2014
Press Release 20.07.2013
Pride in Plymouth in partnership with Devonport Guildhall and other community groups are working to present a mega 2014 LGBT History Month Event titled ‘We Are Family’ at Devonport Guildhall on Saturday 8th February 2014. The event will be in two parts a FREE daytime community event with a focus on ‘Alternative Families’, Same Sex Parents, Adoption and Education. The evening event will be a ticketed ball supporting the 2014 LGBT History Month theme ‘MUSIC’. With the fabulous Amber Dextrous hosting, there will be a buffet accompanied by local musicians providing an acoustic musical melody, we then have an alternative musical cabaret by Topping and Butch.
Tickets for the evening ball will go on sale at the Plymouth Respect Festival on October 12th 2013 and will be available through the Pride in Plymouth website, and other outlets in the city.
The idea for the theme for the event has been born from many conversations we have had with same sex parents at various events that we have recently attended. There would appear to be great disparity between schools in the area in how they deal with incidences of bullying concerning children of same sex couples. Some schools do an excellent job whilst others don’t appear to want to deal with it or put it on their agenda.
This one day event will provide space for same sex parents and parents of LGBT youngsters to get together to discuss the problems they face and best solutions. Pride in Plymouth has invited Shaun Dellenty (founder of Inclusion For All) to head up a panel to openly discuss the issue of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools including the bullying some children of same sex couples face. We will be inviting more panel members and teachers to take part in the debate that will be hosted in the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of Mayor’s Parlour at Devonport Guildhall on Saturday 8th February 2014.
We hope to bring people together so they can share best practice and perhaps create their own support group in the city. After the discussion we will transform the Mayor’s Parlour into a cinema where we will screen a FREE FILM that fits the alternative family theme.
The Main Hall will have a selection of information stalls that fit the themes of ‘Alternative Families’, Same Sex Parents, Adoption and Education. The Plymouth LGBT Archive will be on show and we hope will be joined by a new exhibition that is being created by the Eddystone Trust.
We are in the process of inviting guest speakers to talk on a range of equality and diversity issues from the main stage. Contact Us if you would like to give a talk on the main stage or be part of the panel discussing alternative families and and the issue of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
The meeting room will provide an ideal space for community workshops – details TBA
The well lit cells provide an intimate space for artist from the LGBT community to showcase, discuss and sell their work.
Devonport Guildhall has its own artisan bakery that offers delicious homemade snacks that will be available for purchase through the day. The recently restored Devonport Column is adjacent to the Guildhall where from the top you can enjoy views across the city, Plymouth Sound, Mount Edgecumbe and into Cornwall.
Notes to the editor
About Pride in Plymouth
Pride in Plymouth is a non-profit community organisation that brings people and groups together to celebrate and promote the diversity that exist within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities in Plymouth. The information, advice and support made available through our events and the pride in Plymouth network with our website as the hub allows us to advance community education so we can work together to eliminate discrimination in relation to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) people in Plymouth, the surrounding area and further afield.
In 2012 we organised Plymouth’s first proper outdoor ‘gay pride’ that was held in Devonport Park – the event was a huge success with over 1,500 people attending. We returned to Devonport Park on the 20th July 2013 with an even bigger event. We are building on the solid foundations laid so that Plymouth can enjoy a sustainable annual LGBT festival that will be comparable to other similar sized cities in the UK.
Pride in Plymouth Website: http://prideinplymouth.org.uk/
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February the first in the UK was held in 2005. It allows us to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. The Theme for 2014 is ‘music’ so it is very fitting to hold an event with live musicians.
LGBT History Month Website: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/
Shaun Dellenty – Inclusion for All
Shaun Dellenty, Founder of IFA has supported Stonewall, the National College of School Leaders, schools and local authorities. This work has been nominated for the National Diversity Awards 2013, Southwark Good Practice Award 2013 and IFA Founder Shaun Dellenty has been nominated onto the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012 and as LGBT Inspirational Role Model of 2012 by Out In The City magazine and at the National Diversity Awards. ICA aims to support teachers, school leaders and governors in pro-actively tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and the use of associated pejorative language; thus empowering them to tackle all forms of prejudice based bullying and to raise standards. ALL children, teachers and parents in a school community can potentially be the target for abuse, especially if they are perceived to be different in some way or don’t adhere to gender stereotypes. For more information visit: http://www.shaundellenty.com/
Amber Dextrous – INTERNATIONAL DRAG ARTISTE
Not to be missed with each show tailor made for the audience – Working worldwide for over 15 years; Amber combines live songs with outrageous comedy patter and audience participation. For more information visit: http://amberdextrous.co.uk/
Award winning, comedy duo Topping and Butch have consistently enthralled audiences worldwide with their acerbic and often incisive and satirical musical take on current affairs, life, love and celebrity gossip. They bring a sharp, wry and sexy mix of high camp and spot on stand-up to their shows creating an exciting, fast-moving experience for all. For more information visit: http://www.toppingandbutch.com/
Devonport Guildhall is the Real Ideas Organisation’s social enterprise hub and a cultural venue for the community. A grade 1 listed building built in 1822 by renowned Regency architect John Foulston, Devonport Guildhall was one of his ‘picturesque group’ of buildings at the heart of Devonport.
The Guildhall was renovated in 2010 with the local community in mind and is now a thriving social enterprise and community hub. The main hall hosts events, celebrations and dances, but the police station is now RIO’s office and the cells contain exhibits of artwork, not prisoners! And the morgue with its pretty period tiles is now the cute and quirky home to an artisan baker, who cooks up delicious homemade treats in the Column Bakehouse to feed visitors and to cater to events within the building. For more information visit: http://www.devonportguildhall.org/