Life and Love: Lesbian Style

Friday 28 August, 8pm, The Playhouse, Artillery Street, £7

Life and Love: Lesbian Style by Hilary McCollum, Directed by Patricia Byrne

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 01.29.33Sole Purpose Productions presents

Winner of the Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Female Performance!

A hit at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2014!

Live and Love: Lesbian Style is an award winning, fast paced and wildly entertaining play based on true stories collected from lesbian and bi women of all ages in Ireland and England. Sassy and moving, funny and frank, it’s a brilliant queer take on The Vagina Monologues that will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. Performed by Abby Oliveira, Michelle Wiggins, Claire Dooher and Mel Bradley.

Further information at Playhouse Box Office on 02871 268027.

 

 

Football vs Homophobia

Friday 28 August, 1.30pm, Old Library Trust, Creggan, Free

Foyle Pride in association with the Rainbow Project and the Old Library Trust

A 5-a-side football tournament that is open to all communities, celebrating diversity and tackling LGBT discrimination in sport. There are 2 age categories for teams: 14-17 and 18+. Each team must have a gender mix with a 3/2 split. There will be a prize for the winning teams for each age category.

Pride and the story that inspired it

Thursday 27 August, 6.30pm, Omniplex Cinema, Strand Road, Suggested Donation £5

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 01.04.53Award-winning film by Steven Beresford inspired by the true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to support mining communities during the 1984 miners’ strike. Local man Mark Ashton founded Lesbians and Gays support the Miners (LGSM) with Mike Jackson; Mike will attend and speak at this event. He will be joined by miner’s wife, and later MP Siân James, and Micheál Kerrigan, author of the play ‘Pits and Perverts’ which looked at the same subject from an Irish perspective. Chairing the panel will be former MP and well known human rights activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey.

Pride was an unexpected box office hit that received standing ovations from audiences across Britain and Ireland. This irresistibly uplifting story of building community and friendship in hostile times will make you laugh and cry.

For more information email: Jim Doherty at [email protected]

 

Creativity and Activism Workshop

Thursday 27 August, The Void Gallery, Patrick Street, 2pm, Free

Foyle Pride in association with the Rainbow Project

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 00.55.47The Rainbow Project have the pleasure of hosting this innovative workshop with special guest Mike Jackson (a founding member of ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’). Learn how can we make resistance and change enjoyable, effective and irresistible, a form of resistance that embody the movements’ principles of diversity, creativity, horizontality and direct action.

For more information email: [email protected]

Terrible Queer Creatures – Homosexuality in Irish History by Brian Lacey

Wednesday 26 August, 7.30pm, Tower Museum, Union Hall Place

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 00.49.01The ‘love that dare not speak its name’ was as common in Ireland throughout all stages
of its history as it was in other parts of the world. Under certain cultural and historical conditions the expression of homosexuality in Ireland, as elsewhere, became more accepted or, at least, more visible than at any other times.

This book attempts to describe some of that visibility from early Ireland to the late 20th century. But it is clear that, like an iceberg, a far greater part of the story remains, and will almost certainly always remain, invisible. That is not just because homosexuality was often a deliberately concealed or secret thing. On the contrary, for some periods of our history its very absence from the record may in fact be a reflection of how ordinary, commonplace and unremarkable its expression was.

Brian Lacey has held numerous positions in Universities and Museums in Ireland and has directed a number of archaeological digs, particularly in the North West of the country. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Terrible Queer Creatures, The Story of Derry (1990) and A Pocket History of Irish Saints (2003). Followed by Q&A.

For more information email: [email protected]