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December 24, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Announcing the newest member of the Happy Valley Pride team, Terry Logan, who joins us in the role of Youth Engagement Officer.

You may know Terry as a fabulous singer and performer. She is also Head Mentor Tutor at Ryburn Valley Sixth Form where she created one of the first LGBTQ+ support groups in Calderdale. The creation of this group empowered the students to run their own Pride week and present an LGBTQ+ musical theatre production. Terry also organised a Battle of the Bands competition for all the sixth forms in Calderdale, Tim Whitehead and Helen Baron from Happy Valley Pride were judges and they were blown away by the level of organisation and the scale of the event.

Terry Logan

Tim says, “Following her appointment last week, I thought what a difference it would have made to me, as a bullied gay kid in school, to have had someone like Terry inspiring me and showing me that not only was I ok but that which made me different was something to celebrate and love.”

Terry says, “I am honoured and excited to be working with Happy Valley Pride on a project that will help lots of young people explore their identity and create a more positive community where everyone can thrive in a safe, creative and fun environment.”

Education work has always been central to Happy Valley Pride’s mission to promote equality and diversity while celebrating LGBTQ+ life in the valley and we can’t think of a better person to lead our work with local schools.



October 10, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Following the success of our digital mini-festival in the summer, we are thrilled to announce a new series of online events to lift your spirits during the coming months.

Bourgeois & Maurice, Exclusive LIVE show.

Sunday 1st November at 7pm.

Critically acclaimed musical satirists and Hebden favourites Bourgeois & Maurice make a triumphant return to Happy Valley Pride, beaming on to your devices live via the digital realm! Riotous original songs meet hyper surreal, high fashion this exclusive show promises to be a provocative, thought-provoking and hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs.

“It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material”.***** Time Out.

The show will be FREE and LIVE on our Facebook page.

Mind Your Head – LGBTQ+ Mental Health Panel.

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm

Join us for this special panel session looking at mental health from an LGBTQ+ perspective. As we approach the festive period, find more about how to improve your resiliency, how to stay connected and engaged and how mental health connects with fitness, nutrition and general wellbeing. Hear from a range of experts and champions. Share your experiences and stories. Stay connected and be part of the conversation.

Hosted by Kate Odonnell, trans performer, activist and patron of Happy Valley Pride.

The panel includes

This event will be BSL interpreted and will be free to attend on Zoom, details will be posted on our Facebook page.

Kirsty’s Poptastic Christmas Singalong Party.

STREAMING LIVE FROM THE TRADES CLUB!

Saturday 19 December at 8pm.

Our online Singalong events have been a big hit this year. For this special Kirsty Newton will lead us in a big festive singalong of classic Christmas songs live from the stage of Hebden’s iconic Trades Club. From Wham to Slade to Mariah, all your favourites will be performed – glam up, grab some egg-nog and join in!The singalong will be followed by a DJ set by our very own Red Helen, who will play the best disco and yuletide hits, she will be joined by some very special surprise guests!

This event will be FREE and LIVE on Facebook and Zoom (the show will be performed without a live audience).

Horse – Live Performance and Q&A

Sunday 24 January at 7pm.

HORSE

Exclusive live show especially for Happy Valley Pride. When we booked her, Horse told us just how much her fans in the Valley mean to her.

An iconic and utterly unique singer/songwriter, her music is both moving and uplifting. The show will be followed by a Q&A where you ask the questions.

On Facebook Live and Zoom.



September 25, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at Happy Valley Pride as we make plans for 2021. Over 5,000 people engaged with our free digital events in the summer (which was amazing) and we will be announcing more very soon.

In the meantime, we are advertising for a Chair of the Board of Directors and a voluntary Artistic Director to help lead the organisation as we move forward.

If you are interested in joining us you can download the job descriptions below.

Please note that applications should be made via email.

‘Happy Valley Pride is one of the UK’s most alternative Pride festivals that’s got bigger and better year on year, punching above its weight with legendary acts and international performers’. Yorkshire Post – 29th June 2020



July 18, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

The Info Fair is a key part of our festival each year. With all activities and events going digital for 2020, so has the fair.

Download and keep information about a range of partner organisations.

Below some fantastic organisations that make a real difference to the community tell you about what they do in their own words.

Turfed Out – LGBT Clarets

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Burnley FC LGBT Supporter’s Group work with Burnley FC and the local community to promote inclusivity and create a safe space for LGBT supporters

Turfed Out are on a mission to make Burnley Football Club an inclusive, welcoming and positive space for LGBT Supporters. The group, and the club, are committed to challenging discrimination and inequality within football. We’re always looking for new members to get involved with our activism and to grow the social side of our activities. If you’re a fan of Burnley FC and would like to get involved, please contact us via our social media links and we’d love to talk to you!

Barnado’s Positive Impact Identity Service

Website and Facebook

We provide 1:1 and family support for young people under 25 with issues around gender and sexual identity. We also have a weekly LGBTQ+ youth group.

We provide training for organisations and classroom based LGBTQ+ workshops in schools for Primary age pupils in years 5 and 6 based around the new RSE and National Curriculum expectations.

We are still taking referrals. For more information people can contact us at [email protected] or 01422 371993.

The Brunswick Centre

Website, Facebook and Twitter

The Brunswick Centre enables people from the communities we serve to make informed choices, build healthier relationships, and live positive lives free of stigma. Our services are confidential, and we care about your information, we put safeguarding and data protection at the heart of everything we do.

We have a HIV service that supports people living with HIV, work around HIV prevention, including free, rapid and confidential HIV tests out in the community, Stop Smoking support for people from LGBT communities and people with HIV, Counselling for people with or directly affected by HIV, and for homosexually active men.

We have a LGBT Youth service funded by the National Lottery for Kirklees. Provide a training service offering a variety of awareness sessions/briefings, and we are a hate crime incident reporting centre.

Happy Virtual Pride, it is great that this is happening in these unprecedented times.

  • WE ARE STILL HERE – supporting people via telephone or online.
  • CONDOMS BY POST – our condoms by post service is still running for people living in

Calderdale and Kirklees and can be accessed through a text message with an address to post them to on 07874643429 or email us on condomsbypost @thebrunswickcentre.org.uk (we do not keep or share details)

HIV TESTING – Although at the moment we cannot offer our free, confidential and rapid. HIV tests you can get a free test by post via https://freetesting.HIV or you can contact the

Calderdale and Huddersfield Sexual Health service on 01422 261370 or 01422 261365, to be triaged over the phone, they can then offer an appointment where appropriate.

West Yorkshire Archive Service

Website, Twitter and Facebook

The West Yorkshire Archive Service collects and preserves historical records of all kinds dating from the twelfth century to the present day. We offer a wide range of services including using archives in our search rooms, our Research Service, learning and community support, and conservation and preservation advice.

Whilst our physical search rooms are currently closed to the public, our virtual doors are always open! There are lots of resources available online on our website www.wyjs.org.uk/archives and you can get in touch with us with any archive related questions at [email protected]

Some collections are already fully accessible online, including:

West Yorkshire Queer Stories

From Wetherby to Wakefield, Cleckheaton to Castleford, everyone has a memory worth sharing. From 2018-2020 West Yorkshire Queer Stories collected stories about LGBTIQ+ life, from the every day to the extraordinary. Interviews took place across the region to make sure that LGBTIQ+ voices were captured and conserved as part of local history. Those stories will be preserved at the West Yorkshire Archive Service Leeds and are available to view on the WYQS website

The Diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall

We are proud to be the home of the diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, 1806-1840, often known as the ‘first modern lesbian’, and the inspiration for the BBC/HBO drama ‘Gentleman Jack’. The diaries were inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in recognition of their substantial cultural significance, and have a particular interest for the LGBTIQ+ community.

High quality digital images of every page of Anne’s diaries are available to view on the West Yorkshire Archive Service online catalogue. Find out more about how to view the diaries, and read an introduction to Anne in our online exhibition.

The true extent of Anne’s diaries remained hidden because of Anne’s use of a code or ‘crypt-hand’ but an Award Winning volunteer project is now helping to make transcripts available. There are currently over 140 volunteer ‘Code Breakers’ globally with an active social media community sharing advice on transcribing, stories from the diaries, and their own personal and emotional interactions with Anne Lister. Join the conversation on Twitter at #AnneListerCodeBreaker.



July 14, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

We have launched a series of videos featuring LGBTQ+ friendly stories for children across Calder Valley and beyond – as part of our series of digital events for 2020. The four special stories all have an LGBTQ+ focus and have been read by friends and supporters of Happy Valley Pride.

And Tango Makes Three

The story of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who create a family together.

Authors: Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Illustrator: Henry Cole. Published by Simon & Schuster.

Read by Sean Pert.

Julian is a Mermaid

An award-winning picture book about self-confidence and love.

Author: Jessica Love, Illustrator: Jessica Love. Published by Candlewick Press.

Read by Terry Logan

Frockodile

The wonderful story of Cliff, the crocodile who wants to wear a dress.

Author: Jeanne Willis, Illustrator: Stephanie Laberis. Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Read by Jenny Wilson.

Mommy, Mama and Me

One of the only original board books about gay parents! 

Author: Lesléa Newman, Illustrator: Carol Thompson. Published by Tricycle Press.

Read by Lisa Tregellas.

Chair Tim Whitehead commented: 

“A key part of what we do at Happy Valley Pride is engaging with all parts of the community. As part of our digital focus for 2020, we wanted to provide something that teachers and parents can use to engage with children using stories with an LGBTQ+ focus. These wonderful, inspiring and powerful stories are read by friends of Happy Valley Pride and we hope children (and grown-ups) will enjoy listening to them. Thank you to the authors for their kind permission, and to our special storytellers.”

Check out what else is happening as part of Happy Valley Pride Digital.



July 3, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

We are very excited to announce a series of exclusive, free to attend, online events from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 July, the week that Happy Valley Pride should have taken place.

Happy Valley Pride Digital 2020

Jinx Monsoon – A Midsummer Night Scream – Saturday 25 July, 8pm.

Happy Valley Pride has established a reputation for bringing world class acts to the area, and following this tradition we are thrilled that international drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon will perform an exclusive show created especially for us. One of the biggest stars to come from the Netflix mega-hit TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx won season five and has gone on to tour worldwide.

‘A drag queen at the artistic genius end of the spectrum of sassiness’ – ★★★★★ Attitude

‘Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter’ – The New York Times.

More information on Facebook

Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong D*I*S*C*O Special and After-party – Friday 24 July, 8pm.

Kirsty Newton will lead another of our hugely popular singalong events, this time we’re hitting the dancefloor and singing classic Disco and pop anthems. The singalong will be followed by an after-party with ‘Legendary’ (BBC 6 Music) DJ Red Helen, who will play a set from her sell-out Trades Club night D*I*S*C*O.

More information on Facebook

Writing Anne Lister: An LGBTQ+ History – Thursday 23 July, 7pm.

Writer and academic Dr Jill Liddington, whose research into the diaries of Anne Lister inspired the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, will provide an insight into the life and times of the iconic Anne Lister ‘the first modern lesbian’. This talk was originally due to take place back in March just before lockdown hit, the event will take place live and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

More information on Facebook

Happy Valley Pride’s Chair, Tim Whitehead says

We’re pulling out all the stops with very limited funding and resources to create something special for our wonderful community in a very challenging year. Even though we can’t get together in person it’s important to still show our Pride.”

Be Here, Be You, Be Proud!



June 29, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Shantay, you stay!

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon will host an exclusive, free, online show, especially for Happy Valley Pride in July 2020.

Jinkx won season 5 of the mega-hit show and is one of the biggest stars to come from the Drag Race phenomenon. 

An accomplished singer and comedian performing shows worldwide, Jinkx tours extensively throughout the UK – most recently selling out shows in Manchester and London.

More details will be announced very soon.