February has arrived and with it, LGBT+ History month which is an annual celebration that provides education and insight into the issues that the LGBT+ community faces. It's an excellent opportunity to teach young people about the history of the gay rights movement and to promote an inclusive modern society.
It is with this in mind that we thought it would be suitable to both look back at our programme's 12-month campaign, Ageing With Pride, and to promote a fantastic project called 'We Found Love in the 80s" by artists Dawinder Bansal and Martyn Ware.
Ageing With Pride
This campaign launched back in August 2018, sought to empower LGBT people to continue to be themselves, while promoting social mixing between generations, and addressing issues around ageism. While it is no longer an active campaign, the message is not out of date. It's campaign manager, Rico Sinclair-Johnson won the 'OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE BIRMINGHAM LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY' in the Midlands Zone Honorary Awards 1997-2020. Midlands Zone said: "Rico's hugely important and successful 'Ageing With Pride' campaign (managed through Birmingham LGBT) was exceptional and very important in highlighting the visibility of the older LGBTQ+ community."
What took place in Birmingham and how did the campaign do? Find out through our learning materials:
If you're looking for activities to get involved with, Birmingham LGBT Centre has a calendar of events which you can check out here: https://blgbt.org/events/
The LGBT+ History Month website also shares a calendar of educational events throughout February: https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/calendar/
Scroll down to read about a new project called 'We Found Love in the 80s'
Dawinder Bansal and Martyn Ware are lead artists for 'We Found Love In The 80s', a project which asked members of the public to submit their stories of love in the 80s.
The result is a film which beautifully captures some fabulous love stories of the 1980s with a range of people interviewed across the UK. Dawinder and Martyn's film feature gay/queer couples, mixed heritage/faith, inter-caste relationships and a traditional arranged marriage, representing the diversity of people, love and relationships in 1980s Britain.
This is about celebrating how love unites us despite our differences.
There is a screening followed by a panel discussion with the artists, all part of Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Check it out: https://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/events/we-found-love-in-the-80s.html