What to know and where to go in Durham: LGBTQ+ history month
Celebrate LGBTQ+ history this month with everything from podcasts to club nights
As many will know, February is the worldwide LGBTQ+ history month. However, this year is significant, marking the 50th anniversary of the first pride march. So just where can you pay respects to and celebrate LGBTQ+ history in Durham?
Events and support:
Though Durham is a relatively small city with a lack of diversity, there are plenty of spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community to feel seen, protected and celebrated here. Kicking it off with the Monday regular, Durham’s only LGBTQ+ club night at Osbournes is a must-go starting up at 8pm and going into the early hours. Expect to be enamoured by Durham’s best drag acts and £2 doubles.
Wednesday’s at Whisky River are back with the LGBT+ Association hosting their weekly open mic night with free pints for every performer. The LGBT+ Association is giving us further fun events to look forward to with a one-off tie dying event on the 5th of February – check their Facebook page for more information. Needing support? The Association also run weekly welfare drop-ins both online and in person where they offer confidential support and safe sex supplies.
Furthermore, the university will be flying the rainbow flag from both the Palatine building and the castle for the duration of February.
Further afield Newcastle’s vibrant LGBTQ+ scene in the city centre is host to two nightclubs, several bars and two drag venues. We recommend Switch and Rusty’s for an authentic experience.
History and education:
If you’re wanting to find out more about LGBTQ+ history in the North East, the Handing on our History podcast boasts fascinating first-hand accounts of those who were involved in the first North East Pride and campaigned for equal rights throughout the 70s and 80s.
The Sociology department will also be running an open seminar on the 26th of February with a host of speakers offering a look back over thirty years at the lives of the LGBTQ+ community since Section 28.
The Durham library team are also calling for members of the LGBTQ+ community to join the liberate my library initiative by requesting resources that will help to diversify the university’s current collection.
There is no time like the present to get involved with local organisations who dedicate themselves to the safety and support of the LGBTQ+ community. Use this month to create a change and become a volunteer for the Albert Kennedy Trust to help combat LGBTQ+ youth homelessness.
Have a story you want to share with us about your experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Durham? Message our Facebook page.