Birmingham based lesbian, bisexual, gay and trans* charity, Birmingham LGBT, have announced a series of events for February's LGBT History Month.
The Birmingham LGBT History Festival will see a selection of screenings, talks and events taking place across the city between Wednesday 22 - Sunday 26 February.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales with the introduction of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.
In recognition of this historical milestone, Birmingham LGBT are presenting a five-day celebration and exploration of the heritage of the LGBTQ communities to coincide with LGBT History Month.
This programme of film screenings, events, and discussions explores the changing faces of LGBTQ identities over the last fifty years, examining significant social and political changes and the representation of LGBTQ people on screen.
Here's some of the highlights:
Screening - Under Your Nose
Wed 22 Feb - Curzon Building, BCU - Free
Where and when was the world's first Black Lesbian and Gay Centre opened? Here, in Britain, back in the turbulent 80s of Thatcherism, AIDS, and Section 28. Under Your Nose documents the struggles to set up this safe space. We are delighted to welcome to Birmingham director Veronica McKenzie, to screen her film, and to facilitate discussion about it, across the boundaries between generations.
Screening - The Killing of Sister George
Thurs 23 Feb - mac Birmingham - Free
A free screening, discussion and Q&A of the iconic and controversial film ‘The Killing of Sister George’. The film follows the turbulent relationship that takes place between lovers June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) and Childie (Susannah York), and earned an X rating in the US and faced censorship challenges in Britain for its explicit portrayal of lesbian sexuality. Our panel discussion and Q&A lead by Dr. Mo. Moulton (University of Birmingham) will place the film in its historical context and talk about the importance of bars to lesbian culture, then and now.
Screening - The AIDS Generation & 'Uncle Howard'
Fri 24 Feb - Ikon Gallery - Free
Jose Arroyo (University of Warwick) will introduce the critically-acclaimed 2016 documentary ‘Uncle Howard’ with an illustrated talk on ‘the AIDS Generation’, exploring the history of the AIDS Crisis in the 1980s, its representation on screen, and the work of those now lost to us. This will be followed by a screening of 2016 critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Uncle Howard’. In 1989 35 year-old director Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to rediscover his uncle's work. ‘Uncle Howard’ opens a vibrant window on New York City’s creative culture from the 1970s and ‘80s.
Event - Sharing Birmingham's LGBT History
Sat 25 Feb - Birmingham LGBT Centre - Free
Join Birmingham LGBT for a rare opportunity to reflect on Birmingham’s LGBT History. This informal afternoon event will present an exclusive opportunity to see a newly unearthed collection of photographs documenting Birmingham’s Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s. They will also invite people to share their experiences of Gay Birmingham both past and present, launching a new long-term project to uncover more of the city’s LGBT history told through the experiences of its people.
Screening - Moonlight (Plus Q&A)
Sat 25 Feb - The Electric Cinema - £9.50/£6.50
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, Moonlight is a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, chronicling the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.
Screening - The Naked Civil Servant
Sun 26 Feb - mac Birmingham - £8.00/£6.00
A rare screening of the Emmy award winning film based on Quentin Crisp's much celebrated coming-of-age memoir The Naked Civil Servant. Spanning the life and times of the author from the 1930s-1970s, Quentin Crisp, a self-described flamboyant homosexual (played in a BAFTA winning performance by John Hurt) The Naked Civil Servant depicts a man struggling to live an openly gay, flamboyant lifestyle during a time when homosexuality was against the law in Britain. This screening will include an introductory talk on the life and legacy of Quentin Crisp, further details about speakers to be announced.
For full listings - visit www.shoutfestival.co.uk.
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