How you can celebrate LGBT History Month at the Harris

Posted on - 2nd February, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Travis Alabanza
Alabanza has been writing to archive the existence and experiences of gender non-conforming people of colour

The Harris is running a series of events to celebrate LGBT History Month.


Taking place each February, LGBT History Month is an observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

The first event at the Harris will take place on Wednesday 5 February from 6.30pm to 9pm. In a special Harris Late, there will be activities including a talk on Polari, a ceramics workshop, a drag life drawing session and an archive film screening.

On Wednesday 12 February, the Harris LGBTQ Working Group will meet from 6pm to 7pm for their monthly get together to explore and talk about the Harris collections.

Later in the month, writer, theatre maker and performer Travis Alabanza will be at the Harris to talk poetry, writing for theatre, activism and more.

Noted as one of the most prominent emerging queer voices, Alabanza’s is one of the more public trans political voices in the UK. This event will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 20 February.

Read more: Transgender motorsports star visiting Preston to share her inspiring life story

On Wednesday 26 February from 5.30pm to 7pm there will be a Preston Pride consultation evening, where anyone interested in giving feedback or helping plan the future of Preston Pride can go along for a chat.

The month rounds off with a talk on Thursday 27 February from 1pm to 2pm, which will cover LGBTQ resources and recent projects at the Harris and Lancashire Archives.

Read more: Discover your family history with these Lancashire Archives activities

For more information about LGBT History Month at the Harris, visit the Harris website.

Will you be celebrating LGBT History Month or attending any of the Harris’ events? Let us know in the comments.

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