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February 16, 2021 Malcolm Struthers2

Sunday 28 February at 8pm.

Online on Facebook Live – Register – Age Recommendation 16+

Justin Vivian Bond (Tony nominated American singer-songwriter, Trans pioneer, author, painter, performance artist, and actor) in conversation with David Hoyle (English artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director). 

Bond has an illustrious career and has starred in films including Shortbus and Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the TV series Ugly Betty. They have performed worldwide, headlining at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House and touring with Scissor Sisters and opened for Rufus Wainwright. A tireless campaigner for trans rights they pioneered the use of the pronoun Mx.

According to The Guardian, Hoyle’s performances have led him to become “something of a legend” on the London cabaret circuit. They stared in Velvet Goldmine and the acclaimed Channel 4 series Nathan Barley. He regularly exhibits his paintings and tours worldwide. Since the 90’s David has been changing the face of queer performance, his career has spanned cinema, television and award-winning live performances which have influenced so many performers after him.

This will be a candid, funny and insightful chat from two internationally renowned queer artists. 

Online on Facebook Live

‘Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah’ – Time Out.

‘Glorious, extremely funny and properly unique’ – The Guardian on David Hoyle.



February 9, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

Happy Valley Pride has announced our Spring 2021 digital events. The line-up includes local performers, award-winning artists and international stars of stage and screen. 

All events are free, accessible to everyone, and broadcast on Facebook Live or Zoom. 

Happy Valley Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Throughout the pandemic, they hosted numerous digital events with thousands of people joining in from their homes in Calder Valley and around the world. 

The Spring 2021 line-up includes:

Justin Vivian Bond and David Hoyle – in Conversation

Sunday 28 February at 8pm.

Justin Vivian Bond (Tony nominated American singer-songwriter, Trans pioneer, author, painter, performance artist, and actor) in conversation with David Hoyle (English artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director). 

Bond has an illustrious career and has starred in films including Shortbus and Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the TV series Ugly Betty. According to The Guardian, Hoyle’s performances have led him to become “something of a legend” on the London cabaret circuit. They stared in Velvet Goldmine and the acclaimed Channel 4 series Nathan Barley. 

This will be a candid, funny and insightful chat from two internationally renowned queer artists. 

‘Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah’ – Time Out.

‘Glorious, extremely funny and properly unique’ – The Guardian on David Hoyle. 

FLUID – Celebrating Queer Identities in Spoken Word

Sunday 2 March at 8pm.

An evening of spoken word performances including Clare Shaw (‘fierce, memorable and visceral’ – Times Literary Supplement), and Andrew McMillan’s (winner of the Guardian First Book Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Northern Writers’ Award and more). The full line-up will be announced nearer the time.

Calder Calling – Music from the Valley

Sunday 25 April at 8pm.

An evening showcasing local performers, singers and musicians from Calder Valley. The set will be hosted by performer Sarah Courtney and includes Terry Logan (‘Original, celebratory and soulful’- John Garden, Scissor Sisters. The full line-up will be announced nearer the time. 

Happy Valley Pride Artistic Director, Tim Whitehead said:

“Happy Valley Pride will bring you some sunshine and light as we head into Spring. Our digital events, all of which are free to attend, showcase local talent and international performers. Please join us for unique perspectives, exclusive performances and a celebration of the arts and LGBTQ+ community.”



February 1, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

Big news for Happy Valley Pride.

We are thrilled to let you know that the Charity Commission has accepted our organisation and Happy Valley Pride is now a registered charity. It means the world to us to have our work and charitable aims recognised in this way.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our LGBTQ+ community, without your support and enthusiasm we wouldn’t be here and we are incredibly grateful to you. This is a new stage in our development, not only will we be able to carry on creating fantastic work but we can now find new and exciting ways to support you.

Thanks too to our generous sponsors Hebden Royd Town Council, The Community Foundation for Calderdale, Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund for their support of the LGBTQ+ community here in the valley.