February is LGBT History Month, an international celebration of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and more. This year, as part of the Homecoming 2014 festivities, you’ll find dozens of events commemorating the past, present and future of Scotland’s LGBT+ community all over the country, from 5k runs and bowling competitions to art exhibitions and ceilidhs. Have a look at our pick of the fantastic programme for fun and informative ways to get involved with this important event.
Dundee LGBT youth group Allsorts return to the Hannah Maclure Centre with their photography exhibition Streets, Sweets & Snaps, on display from 3 – 7 February. As the group’s liquorice-inspired name might suggest, the collection offers a colourful mix of pictures, each depicting life for LGBT teens in Scotland.
Get creative in Inverness with Heroic Adventures in Art, a community art workshop at The Bike Shed on 8 and 15 February. Open to over 16s who identify as LGBT+, this laidback, friendly session is a great way to meet new people and make your mark on LGBT History Month in the Highlands. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place, mentioning the materials you’d like to use.
Loud & Proud, Scotland’s LGBT choir, hosts a special Valentine’s Day Ceilidh at St Peter’s Church Hall in Edinburgh on 14 February. Expect an eclectic repertoire of show tunes, traditional music and more, followed by fast-paced Scottish dancing led by the Thunder Dog ceilidh band – much more fun than a posh dinner for two! Email email@example.com to reserve your tickets.
Inspired by the XX Commonwealth Games, LGBT History Month is getting active for 2014. Join running group Glasgow Frontrunners for their third annual Rainbow Run, kicking off from GCU Arc Gym at 11am on 16 February. Whether you want to walk the 5k route or race along the 10k, it’s a fun, relaxed way to spend a Sunday.
Milk, Gus Van Sant’s excellent biopic of by San Francisco activist Harvey Milk, is an absolute must-see for anyone with an interest in LGBT history. Come along to Forth Valley College in Falkirk for a free screening of the Oscar-winning film on 18 February and enjoy a lively discussion on the issues it raises afterwards.
Belmont Picturehouse in Aberdeen hosts Who We Are, a free cultural event celebrating LGBT+ culture in the north east on 21 February. Part debate, part open mic, the event mixes music, art and poetry with interesting presentations and open discussion. Sign up via WuFoo if you’d like to perform, or just come along and enjoy some entertainment and nibbles.
Following the ‘striking’ success of last year’s tournament, Leap Sports are back for Round 2 of their LGBT History Month Bowling Competition. Sign up your team of four at leapsports.org then play two rounds at your local bowling centre for a chance to qualify for the grand finale, taking place at AMF Bowling in Stirling on 23 February.
Scottish singer-songwriter Horse McDonald returns to her hometown of Lanark for an ‘audience with’-style concert at the town’s Memorial Hall on 28 February. Accompanied by a full live band, she’ll play a mix of songs from across her career plus tracks from her latest album, fittingly entitled Home.
Of course, this is just a small sample of the great events taking place all around the country. Download the full LGBT History Month brochure, published by LGBT Youth Scotland, to find out more, and don’t forget to share photos from your favourite events with us via twitter, instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #brilliantmoments.