This February, Pride Cymru celebrations return with an exploration of Welsh queer history and activism as party of its celebrations for LGBT+ History Month 2019.
Following the success of last year’s Outing the Past event and the launch of the Icons and Allies exhibition, Pride Cymru returns to the Senedd on February 9th to answer the question: How can LGBT+ history inform our activism today?
Funded by the BLF project and organised by Pride Cymru, the free event features talks and panels that will bridge the gap between LGBT+ history and youth activism, looking at how the greatest moments and characters in LGBT+ history can inspire the work we do today.
Speakers include Valley’s born LGBT+ historian and activist, Jeffrey Weeks, Trans activist and Diversity Role Model, Kate Hutchinson, and Museum Professor, Richard Sandell, with a revealing talk on the historic erasure of the ‘Dancing Marques of Anglesey’, a 19th Century Peer whose lavish lifestyle and sexuality has been disputed amongst historians.
The day will also play host to a series of panel discussions featuring Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price, Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP, Stephen Doughty, and Founder of the award-winning V&A LGBTQ Tour, Dan Vo.
Event organiser and Stonewall UK founder, Lisa Power, said “Our history can inspire us, encourage us but also warn us that our rights are not automatic; we must defend them and celebrate them. LGBT people often have that part of our lives erased by mainstream history- witness the way in which two out of five of the historically Welsh feminist icons being promoted for a statue have had their history of loving other women ignored. We celebrate the history that others forget”.
This year, Pride Cymru celebrates its 20th anniversary and From Amazons to Activism via Anglesey with be the first event in its annual calendar, kickstarting an important year of campaigning and celebration for the LGBT+ community across Wales.
The child friendly event is open to all and free tickets are available to reserve at www.pridecymru.co.uk/tickets.