Sandwell Council is marking LGBT+ History Month with a series of events. Everyone is welcome regardless of whether they identify as LGBT+ or not.
A community walk welcoming residents, allies, families and pooches to the beautiful Sandwell Valley and Dartmouth Park. The route will wind through Dartmouth Park passing our newly painted rainbow benches and LGBT+ check points. Walkers can learn more about key dates in LGBT+ history. The walk will meander back to the rainbow-filled courtyard in Sandwell Park Farm where there will be medals to take away, rainbow craft activities for the family, free face painting, confetti and some iconic LGBT+ tunes to dance along to.
A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews a leading celebrity of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get “Caught in the Act”! Award-winning actor Jonathan Goodwin plays the famed Victorian wit, in a show packed with comedy, poetry, storytelling and audience participation. Tickets cost £8. This event is suitable for people aged 11+.
Mark Farrelly‘s solo show which debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself. Tickets cost £8. This event is suitable for people aged 14+.
We are excited to announce that Drag Queen Story Hour UK will be joining us for three live library events. A fabulous Storytime Drag Queen will be reading some of her very own children’s LGBT+ books plus many more. Tickets are free but need booking in advance.
Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones said:
“One of my priorities as chair of the equalities commission is that equality, justice, fairness and diversity is always at the forefront of our decision making, our policies and how we present ourselves as a council to the world.
“This is an exciting time for our equalities agenda. It’s a time for change, new ideas, embracing our cultures, our differences, our backgrounds and making Sandwell a place where people want to live and work and just be their best selves. We are excited about what is being done and being achieved and I’d like to say a big thank you to all those getting involved, we appreciate all the extra time and effort that goes into this.”
For more details and information about booking visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/lgbtsandwell