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Queer Champions 2018 Participants

Queer Champions Exhibition 2018 – Participants

Alyn Smith Alyn Smith is a Scottish politician, and Scottish National Party Member of the European Parliament for Scotland.
Andrew Patterson Andrew is a former turner and care worker, an authorised preacher and an active ally, voice and supporter of the transgender community in Scotland.
Ben Hunter Ben Hunter is a masculine butch dyke lesbian, she hails from Nigeria, she currently resides in Glasgow and volunteers for the Equality Network.
Ellen Galford Ellen Galford wrote The Dyke and the Dybbuk, The Fires of Bride, and other lesbian feminist fiction. She’s now writing poetry, some of it in Yiddish.
Garry Mac Garry Mac is a Glaswegian writer and comic book artist currently working on a semi-autobiographical queer graphic novel.
Horse McDonald Horse is simply one of Scotland’s all-time greatest vocalists and songwriters. “Her voice wraps us up like a great big duvet” – The Scotsman
Jamie Valentine Jamie Valentine is co-founder and chair of OurStory Scotland, a charity which collects, archives and presents the life stories of the LGBT community in Scotland.
Leo Siebert National Union of Students, Trans Activist
Lisa Charlwood-Green Lisa is the Director of The WOW Network which exists to support, guide and connect with LGBT women in the workplace.
Mitch Alexander Mitch is a queer videogame designer and artist living in Glasgow, with work focusing on monstrous identity and queer community.
Mridul Wadhwa Mridul lives in Edinburgh and works to end gender based violence, her activism focuses on the lives of migrant women experiencing gender based violence.
Nick Shane Nick Shane is a Dundee based Mod musician and political activist, with high recognition in music, fashion and Gay Rights campaigning.
Nosheen Founder of GLITCH Festival
Robbie Norval Robbie is a proud gay man, and a proud social entrepreneur, founder of lingo flamingo – who believes in empowering older adults and challenging stigma about ageing and dementia.
Robert Gayle Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene – as actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access for disabled people.
Rowan Alison Rowan is the founder of Glasgow Free Pride
Stuart Duffy Stuart is a multi-media journalist and business owner based in Fife and the Founder of Pink Saltire and Fife Pride.
Sue John Sue John has been a feminist and LGBTQ activist for over thirty years. She works at Glasgow Women’s Library, the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history.
Tom Harlow International burlesque performer and activist
Zoe Strachan Academic and writer
Louise Welsh Louise Welsh is an academic and writer who works across genres. She lives in Glasgow.


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At A Stretch

By Jordan & Skinner
Melanie Jordan & Caitlin Skinner

Sat 17 Feb 2018, 2pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £5
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210 https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

M and E live in a big city. Life is fast and it whizzes by them everyday. But, when they accidentally bump into each other, their worlds’ stop. This person is different, and these feelings are weird. M and E find themselves continually drawn together. Magical connections start to appear between them and they won’t go away. How will they learn to live together when they can’t seem to be apart? The story follows these two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

A wordless visual theatre production for children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre from multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner.

Diva Magazine ★★★★★ “a beautiful and playful piece of aesthetically simple yet stunning theatre”

Three Weeks ★★★★★ “This show is funny, heart-warming and just glorious, no matter how old you are.”

Scotsgay Magazine ★★★★★ “A joy to watch. Get along to this pioneering treat of LGBT theatre”

Supported by Creative Scotland & Puppet Animation Scotland.


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Jumpers For Goalposts

By Tom Wells
presented by Saltire Sky Theatre Company

Wed 28 Feb 2018, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £8 (£5 conc)
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210 https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

Follow the stories of Geoff, Danny, Viv, Joe and Luke who are playing in the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side football tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test in Tom Wells’ heart-warming and comedic look into gay culture and what it means to truly be accepted no matter your story.

“Saltire Sky are certainly stamping themselves as an impressive young company to watch for the future.”

Presented as part of LGBT History Month Scotland


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Wicked Women

An evening of music & spoken word to mark International Women’s Day.

Featuring Carol Laula & guests, Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins & Linzi Clark + more.

Thu 8 Mar 2018, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £10 (£8 conc)
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210


“Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter” (Glasgow Herald)

“Laula’s songs deal with strength in adversity – especially from the modern woman’s perspective – on a personalised but universal level. (Q Magazine)


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MiX: a season of equalities work

a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History Month Scotland to International Women’s Day 1st Feb – 8th March 2018.

Featuring :

Full details coming soon

Presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland in association with:

  • Renfrewshire Leisure
  • Renfrewshire Council
  • LGBT History Month
  • The Equality Network
  • Streetlevel Photoworks
  • Paisley Arts Centre
  • University of the West of Scotland


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Love Song to Lavender Menace

Love Song to Lavender Menace by James Ley
Directed by Ros Philips
In association with Royal Lyceum Theatre
Supported by Red Bridge Arts

Sat 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tickets £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee*
Tel 0300 300 1210 or click here
or email box office

An LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission. Funded by Creative Scotland. Script developed with support from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. Thanks to the support of Edinburgh International Book Festival. Image by Waël Seaiby.

It’s 1987 and shop workers Paul and David are getting ready for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of LAVENDER MENACE, Scotland’s foremost lesbian, gay, feminist bookshop. From its humble beginnings in the cloakroom of an Edinburgh nightclub, (that saw a performance from the Village People!), this trailblazing venture has become the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT community. But can it survive in Thatcher’s changing Britain of capitalism and commodification?


The play appeared as a reading at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016. Garth Greenwell, internationally acclaimed author of ‘What Belongs to You’, appeared in a cameo role in the reading. Garth said of Love Song to Lavender Menace – “It does not seek to present a portrait that sanitises history or parallels ‘straight’ life; however, the evocation of desire, longing and the need to belong would strike a chord with any audience.”  Garth Greenwell

“I’m very proud to be a part of this play. As a gay Scotsman, this play has taught me incredible things about my own history, that I’d never heard before. I’m sure many generations will be grateful to James for cataloguing these significant events in such a beautiful and fun play.” Matthew McVarish (Matthew appears in Love Song to Lavender Menace as David.)

This is the right time to be telling this story. The argument in the play around capitalism versus community is what attracted me to it, along with the exploration of the feminist roots of Edinburgh’s LGBT activism. Love Song to Lavender Menace also alerted me to Rita Mae Brown, author of Ruby Fruit Jungle, and I’m very excited to share her and all the other characters with a Lyceum audience.” Ros Philips










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Fat Kid Running

TUES 13 JUNE / FREE / 7.30-9.30PM
Baker’s Arms, 87-91 Henderson Street, Edinburgh EH6 6ED
THURS 15 JUNE / FREE / 7.30-9.30PM
Eden Court, Bishops Road Inverness IV3 5SA.

What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Join Katherine McMahon as she takes you cross country on her journey from the fat kid skiving PE lessons, to a fat, fierce, feminist runner. This is not an inspiring before-and-after picture. It won’t make you thinner, or faster. It is a sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body. Brought to you by LEAP Sports Scotland, Scottish Book Trust and Edinburgh Front Runners, followed by a panel discussion.
Book via festivalfortnight.org


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Dive Queer Party

FRI 2 JUNE / FREE / 8-10.30PM (Doors 7.30)
Woodland Creatures, 60-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL

With Dive’s very own torchbearer Miss Annabel Sings (‘Divine’ TimeOut) leading the way to an Olympian line-up of cabaret athletes, riotous audience games and all the pyrotechnics the budget can stretch to! (BYOS: Bring Your Own Sparkler)

Competing for first place are Alice Rabbit, Mamoru Iriguchi, Phil Herrin and many more. Who will win
the coveted Golden Cabaret Stool?
Only you can decide….
On your marks.
Get set.
Book via festivalfortnight.org


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Creative Writing Workshop

Bridie Library, Glasgow University Union, 32 University Ave. G12 8LX

LEAP’s partnership with Scottish Book Trust and GULGBTQ+ Students Association, brings you a spoken word performance by Colin McGuire, followed by an interactive poetry workshop. Allow your own writing to guide you through themes such as masculinity, the body and sexuality within a sports setting. Check out some of Colin’s work at www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk
Book via festivalfortnight.org


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Gypsy Queen

Rob Ward and Hope Theatre Company
Gypsy Queen

Wed 7 June 2017
7.30pm, £5 (£2.50) + £1 booking fee, Theatre
15+ Book online / 0141 352 4900

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. A love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring. “There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal” So said Tyson Fury, the Brit who became World Heavyweight Champion against all odds in November 2015. Earlier this year, boxing legend and aspiring Filipino politician Manny Pacquaio said those in same-sex relationships were “worse than animals”. In both instances these men cited their faith as the reason for their views. Gypsy Queen was born of a desire to explore such notions – sport, faith and sexuality.

Gypsy Queen will be followed by a Q & A with the performers and a short panel discussion on the key themes from the film which will include LEAP Sports Scotland, Knockout Glasgow and Boxing Scotland.

This event is being performed as part of the LEAP Sports Scotland Festival Fortnight programme


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