Today marks the start of LGBT History Month 2019. To support the event, Hounslow Councillors Katherine Dunne and Richard Eason raise the Rainbow flag.
Published: Friday, 1st February 2019
Today (Friday 1 February) marks the start of LGBT History Month 2019, and to support the event, Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce joined Cllr Richard Eason, ward councillor for Osterley & Spring Grove and LGBT activist, to raise the Rainbow flag at the Civic Centre.
This year’s LGBT theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation, and the council has arranged the free showing of a series of thought-provoking films highlighting the LGBT community throughout February, celebrating the borough’s diversity.
Record producer, music manager, author and journalist Simon Napier-Bell, who is also the writer and director of Fifty Years Legal, one of the films being shown, will open the screening of his film and take part in a Q&A session with the audience after the showing.
Cllr Dunne, who is also the council’s lead member for Equalities, said “Celebrating LGBT History Month by flying the Rainbow flag throughout February is an important part of our commitment to supporting LGBT equality amongst our staff, LGBT community and the wider community.
“I’m also delighted that we have been able to arrange four film showings that highlight the different situations faced by the LGBT community, and hope that as many people as possible are able to come along to the events.”
The films (all certificate 15) will be shown in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN at 6.30pm on the following dates:
- Friday 15th February Pride
- Monday 18th February Fifty Years Legal
- Friday 22nd February Beautiful Thing
- Wednesday 27th February Stud Life
The films, shown in partnership with Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre and West London LGBT Forum, are free to see but booking is required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8583 2530 to secure a place.
For the Q&A session with Simon Napier-Bell, if you would like to submit a question but cannot attend the event please email email@example.com by Friday 15 February.
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story set in the summer of 1984 when the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
Fifty Years Legal
This powerful and engaging film was created to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, showing an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in the UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.
It charts both the story of the 50-year battle for equal rights and deeply personal accounts from high profile politicians, comedians, actors and others in the public arena. Leading activists and commentators explore the changes that have taken place since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK in 1967 and the influence of gay culture on society.
Simon Napier-Bell established a name for himself in the ‘60s as manager of groups such as The Yardbirds, before going on to manage T Rex, Wham! and George Michael, Boney M, Sinitta and Ultravox, among others.
Recently named by the British Film Institute as one of the 30 best LGBT movies of all time, the film is written by Jonathan Harvey and directed by Hettie MacDonald . When Jonathan Harvey’s love story Beautiful Thing debuted in 1993 as a play, he had no idea it would eventually be heralded as a crown jewel of gay storytelling. This is a gentle coming-of-age tale of two teenagers—Jamie and Ste—struck a powerful chord among LGBT audiences.
JJ and Seb are best friends who work as wedding photographers with clients who are wide, weird and wonderful. JJ and Seb are both looking for love but in the wrong places. When JJ falls in love with the beautiful diva ‘Elle’, JJ and Seb’s friendship is tested for the first time as JJ has to choose between her hot new lover and her best mate. Set in London, the film is a sexy, young, cool, and gay British urban romance that pays homage to Spike Lee’s ‘She Gotta Have It’.
Film director Campbell X is an award-wnning transgender director based in London. The lead actress, T'Nia Miller, has also starred in Doctor Who, Silent Witness and is currently filming the new Russell T Davies TV series Years and Years.
(All film information taken from IMDB and DVD sleeves.)