February is LGBT* History Month. This has been going on in the UK since 2005, and manages to retain a make-it-up-as-you-go-along sort of feeling even now. Last year, Richard and I were over in Norwich, doing an event at UEA and attending a tea-and-cakes party in celebration of Barbara Ross. It was really rather fun.
I’ve got sort-of-involved with Bristol City Council’s planning team for the city’s contribution to LGBT History Month this year, after getting in touch with them last year when I found that the LGBTHM recommended reading list was a bit deficient in the T side of things. So I drafted a T-specific recommended reading list, a copy of which you will find here. Sorry about the formatting, I’m working on it…. (If you have any comments or further recommendations, do let me know). And I went to one of the meetings of the LGBT book club at the library, to discuss ‘Becoming Drusilla’, and I got to meet some really nice people and have a good talk about stuff, including the book.
This year, Richard and I will be doing a reading event at Bristol Central Library. It’s on Friday 25th February, between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. The reading events we’ve done so far have always been fun, and sometimes quite eventful- like in Dublin, when Richard came down with the chicken pox and was replaced at short notice by John Boyne.
*OK, gentle reader, let’s take this one stage at a time. Quite a few people don’t actually know what LGBT stands for. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. And if that sounds like a bit of a mouthful, then you may like to ponder LGBTTQQIA.