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LGBT DVDs and books24 June to 9 July is the London Pride Festival. We’ve posted on our Virtual Learning Environment the listing of events running around the capital during the festival. Some are ticketed and priced whereas others are free. The festival culminates in the Pride Parade on Saturday 8 July which starts north of Oxford Circus at 1300 and ends in Whitehall around 1630. There is music in Trafalgar Square after the event.

if you miss the parade or you would like to celebrate further then Sunday 9 July offers Pride in the Park organised with UK Black Pride in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This event includes a dog show, baking competition, stalls, music, speakers and a chance to drag up in the drag booth. Discover the stage running order on the Pride in the Park Schedule.

The National Theatre are doing a number of reading sessions to map in with the festival. Details here on their tweet.

Channel 4 has launched a season of programmes to mark 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act (decriminalising sex between men in private over the age of 21) called 50 Shades of Gay. Take a look at the YouTube trailer. The season started with Britain’s Great Gay Buildings which you can catch up with on 4oD. Watch Monday 3 July 50 Shades of Gay at 2200 where the actor Rupert Everett looks at how the 1967 Act changed gay life in England and Wales. If you missed Britain’s Great Gay Buildings you can catch up on All 4. All 4 has also brought together the best of their LGBT programmes and films for to watch at your leisure in their Pride Collection.

Here’s a listing of our latest LGBT material to whet your appetite:

DVDs
The Danish Girl
Far from Heaven
Imitation Game
Tangerine

Books:

Queer: a Graphic History by Meg-John Barker
Trans a Memoir by Juliet Jacques
The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

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2017 Easy Read Guide to Voting in the General ElectionThis week we’re focusing on what the political parties in the General Election 2017 stand for. You’ll be glad to hear that they have created easy read versions:

Liberal Party – has an easy read version, an audio version you can download in two parts and a Braille version you can download

Labour Party – has an easy read, Braille, large print and audio version all available on the same page

Green Party – has an easy read version, audio version to listen online. They have also divided up easy read versions to cover the environment, LBTIQA, women and youth and British Sign Language versions

Women’s Equality Party – has a downloadable easy read version

You may be wondering why we’ve not added ones for the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). This is because none are yet available. Mencap is urging these parties to produce them on their website page General Election 2017 Easy Read Manifestos. They’ve also brought all the easy read ones together on the same page. We’ll update the post when ones become available.

Finally the BBC have a web page General Election  2017: Manifesto Guide on Where the Parties Stand that will guide you to what the parties think on particular issues.

LGBT History Month folder 16The LRC team along with our Welfare Officer have been busy this month in raising awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. If you haven’t been in the LRC recently we’ve put up a display with colourful folder dividers and book covers. Please take a divider and add it to a folder and devote just a page to LGBT articles. We’ve picked out the best LGBT authors along with fiction, biographies and DVDs. The key point is that it is vital to renew our support for minority groups through action, education and compassion. Libraries can help raise awareness through access to a range of resources on as many different topics as there are people.

Find out more on our Sway webpage with videos, links to useful websites and audio resources.

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Transgender DVDsOn 23 November there was an article in The Guardian Benedict Cumberpatch taking on the satirical role of androgenous model All in the film Zoolander 2. This has resulted in many people boycotting the film as being transphobic based on the trailer.

If you’d like to explore more about trans/gender issues here is a taster from our selection of DVDs and books:

Albert Nobbs – Director Rodrigo Garcia

Tomboy – Director Céline Sciamma

All About My Mother – director Pedro Almodóvar

The No Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity – Vanessa Baird

Watch out for the DVD release of Tangerine about trans people of colour which was out on general release in the UK in November. It was shot on an iPhone.

 

 


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The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched five films from the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender film festival Flare onto its BFI Player for you to watch for free. The five films look at the theme of love as a basic human right. The British Council is also promoting the films globally in countries like China, India, Ukraine, Poland and Israel.

The festival runs over 10 days starting on 19 March 2015. Each of the films will be available each day on the BFI Player. Wednesday 25 March is a ‘fivefilms4 freedom’ day dedicated to everyone using social media to view the films at the same time. The films are:

Chance –  two older men  finding love after meeting accidentally in a park
Code Academy – a girl takes on the persona of a boy in cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams
Morning is Broken – coming of age story in rural England
True Wheel – documentary about a bicycle workshop for the city’s gay, transgender and women’s communities in Detroit
An Afternoon – a teenage boy summons up the confidence to tell another boy how he feels about him.

LGBT History MonthFebruary is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans  (LGBT) History Month. This year’s theme is Hidden Histories and Coded Lives. It explores the lives of people like Anne Lister who created a coded set of diaries in the 18th century, the actor Kenneth Williams who used Polari to speak in a coded language which was prolific when homosexuality was outlawed and the artist Frida Kahlo who expressed her bisexuality and disability through her paintings.

Here is a sample of some of our material which covers this theme:
Frida directed by Julie Taymor
Tipping the Velvet directed by Geoffrey Sax
Frida Kahlo by Emma Dexter.