Sandra Barker-Donnelly tells the fascinating history of Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ community with reference to key figures and pivotal events in the city’s fight for equality.
LGBT+ History Month
February marks LGBT+ History Month in the UK. A time to shine a light on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people – making more visible their history, the impact they've had on the world, and their struggles for equality in the face of discrimination and injustice.
Read on for a roundup of events marking LGBT+ History Month in Sheffield – from a lesbian-centric film season to a display of stories and artefacts from the local community, as well as a number of shows that fit in nicely with this year's nationwide theme of Poetry, Prose and Plays.
Fri. 21 February 2020
Explore some of the ways we can use stories from the ancient world to think about modern LGBT+ identities, and how we can use LGBT+ identities to reflect back on the ancient world.
Mon. 24 February 2020
A soulful, electrifying romance against a breath-taking desert landscape, with an evocative jukebox soundtrack. Strait-laced professor Vivian arrives in Nevada to file for divorce, where she catches the eye of free-spirited young Cay.
Wed. 26 February 2020
Spirit of Sheffield, 24 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT
Join your hosts Anna Kissed and Max Satisfaction for a special LGBT+ History Month quiz raising money for SAYiT, Sheffield's LGBT+ youth charity.
Fri. 28 February 2020
SAYiT, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE
Join charities SAYiT and Ashiana for this documentary exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy – a formerly incarcerated Black transgender activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years.
Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 29 February 2020
The homecoming of Sheffield Theatres' smash hit teenage drag queen musical.
A moving tale of forbidden love by Céline Sciamma. In Brittany in 1760, painter Marianne is commissioned to create a portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Heloise. Part of the Showroom's LGBTQ+ History Month: Ground-Breaking Moments in Lesbian Cinema.