LGB&T Calendar for 2012
Publish Date: 30/12/2011
The New Year is upon us and 2012 promises to be as busy as ever; there’s the Olympics, the centenary of the birth of war hero and gay icon Alan Turing, the consultation into same-sex marriage and much, much more. Here is a sneaky peak at just some of the events out there that you can pencil in your diary...
As well as being the month of New Year’s resolutions, there’s lots going on to help you beat the post Christmas blues, you can check out the FREE LGBT Skills Academy classes that are taking place this month, including social media and healthy eating. There’s a new night – Rapture - aimed at lesbian and bisexual women launching at Platt Chapel, Manchester on January 28th. On a more serious note, it’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week from Jan 22nd to 28th and The LGF’s long running “Are You Ready For Your Screen Test? campaign will be reminding lesbian and bi women that they need to go for cervical screening tests too! Also, it’s Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan 27th - like the LGB&T Manchester for Holocaust Memorial Day on facebook for more information on this year’s theme “Speak Up, Speak Out”.
It’s LGBT History Month and at the end of the month we are celebrating our Safer Schools Packs one year birthday – by then they will be making a difference in over 825 schools. They are a really good way of helping schools talk about LGB people and role models over LGBT History Month. Also, it’s the LGF’s Being Me event on February 4th – it’s an opportunity for people who identify as black or minority ethnic and lesbian, gay and bisexual to share experiences. February 14th promises to be a busy day, not only is it Valentine’s and Think about sex day, it also marks the launch of NHS North West and The LGF’s Pride in Practice patient standard – encouraging excellence in LGB healthcare.
2012 marks a 101 years of International Women’s Day on March 7th and The LGF will be hosting our annual IWD event Sugar & Spice on May 10th – now in its sixth year we’ll be running workshops on confidence building, relaxation skills, self defence, African drumming, employability, and circus skills. There will also be a lesbian power panel, complimentary therapies, lunch and it’s all free! Team LGF is taking part in the Silverstone Half Marathon on 11th March email email@example.com if you want to help cheer them on. March 14th marks No Smoking Day and we’ll be supporting you more than ever to help you lead a smoke free life through inspirational stories and much more.
For the first time ever Team LGF are taking part in the Virgin London Marathon on April 22nd. Our runners are training hard to complete the 26.2 mile course. Give our runners a boost by donating to their justgiving pages – all runners are raising vital funds for The LGF. Sponsor Iwan http://www.justgiving.com/Iwan-Roberts1, Sponsor Dan http://www.justgiving.com/dankayley or sponsor Martin http://www.justgiving.com/MartinCooperLGF
May 17th marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Enough is Enough campaign’s second year anniversary. This month also sees Mental Health Awareness Week – we offer safe spaces for people to come in and talk and events and groups for you to meet new people and learn new skills - find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be celebrating and raising awareness of LGB&T families for National Family Week at the end of the month and let us not forget – it’s the Great Manchester Run on May 20th email email@example.com to get involved!
Brace yourselves for the Bingham Cup - the world championship of gay and inclusive rugby teams – taking place in Manchester from June 1st to 3rd. June 23rd marks 100 years since the birth of war hero, gay icon and all round genius Alan Turing – expect lots of events around Manchester and beyond in 2012 to celebrate his life, achievements and place in LGBT history. This month we welcome back Blackpool Pride, and it is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week from June 10th to 16th. The Transgender Conference, TG2012, will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Friday June 15th (evening), Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th 2012.
The countdown to the Olympics will be over as arguably the world’s greatest sporting event kicks off in London, I’m not sure what we are more excited about Girls Aloud at the opening ceremony or Team GB’s chances of winning gold? The National Transgender celebration Sparkle starts on July 13th and July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day.
The Pride season is well and truly under way by this point, Liverpool Pride takes place on Saturday 4th August, Manchester Pride from Friday 17th to Monday 27th and it's BiCon between August 9th and 13th.
Hosts of young people start at Universities around the country and we’ll be at local fresher’s fairs to highlight services available for young LGB’s. In 2011, September saw The LGF’s Homo Hero Awards – will it be back in the same month in 2012?
This month sees both International and National Coming Out Day, and once again LGF will be offering 24 hour support for people questioning their sexuality, coming out, or those who are worried about family or friends. For fans of ITV sitcoms and the sun Benidorm Gay Pride is rumoured to be taking place this month.
Sees Anti-Bullying Week and the LGF and other agencies will be raising awareness of and challenging all types of bullying. November also marks Trans Remembrance Day – where we remember the pioneers of the trans movement and those who have been the victims of transphobia and transphobic hate crimes.
December 1st marks World AIDS Day – we continue our efforts to reduce HIV infections, encourage early testing, stop HIV stigma and remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and support those living with HIV. It's also Human Rights Day this month - what will rival Hillary Clinton's speech on LGBT rights we wonder?
Wishing you a safe, fun and happy New Year from everyone at The LGF.
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