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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 1, 2020 Darren Spruce0

In 2015, shocked by a piece of homophobic graffiti in the town, four strangers from Hebden Bridge met in a pub to brainstorm ideas. Happy Valley Pride was born and the strangers became a team.

The brief was simple: promote equality through art and education. 

Word spread fast, and the team of volunteers grew bigger and bigger. People travelled from Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Halifax and even further, to give their time and passion creating something truly positive for the community. I had taken on the role of volunteer coordinator, and I was overwhelmed by the number of applications from people wanting to help – and by the vast array of skills that people had to offer. 

The first festival took place in the summer of 2016 and there was so much momentum we were able to get local hero Sally Wainwright to cut the ribbon. Over the years, our team has grown and grown. Some volunteers joined the Board, some help out during the festival, and some are ready to lend a hand whenever it’s needed. I hope that because of what we do people feel supported, connected and part of something truly unique and special. I certainly do.

Alongside the hard graft of putting on the festival, many friendships have been formed. Happy Valley Pride is entirely volunteer led and run, and every single person who has ever been involved should be immensely proud of what they have helped to create. This Volunteer Week we want to say thank you to every single one of you, you are truly amazing. 

I can’t wait to work with you all again soon. I miss you all dearly, especially at the moment.

With lots of love,

Darren

Happy Valley Pride Volunteers


May 23, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

She’s back! Due to popular demand, Happy Valley Pride presents Kirsty’s Poptastic Singalong – Back to the 80s Special!

On Friday 5 June at 8pm the ‘enormously talented’ (BBC), ‘musical powerhouse’ (Chortle) Kirsty Newton will be back to lead us all in a life affirming singalong party, and this time we’re going back to the 80s!

FIND OUT MORE

The event will take place online, we’ll be singing some of the biggest 80s anthems as chosen by you. Kids are welcome too!

The last singalong attracted over 100 people, so save the date and more details will follow shortly.



May 15, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Despite lockdown, the world is getting ready to mark once again International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). Created in 2004, IDAHOBIT draws the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. This year will, of course, be quite different, but by no means any less vital. The pandemic affects every single person, however the LGBTQ+ community may be experiencing increased discrimination and are disproportionately impacted by the wider healthcare and wellbeing implications of the current situation.

Manchester based LGBT Foundation has reported a huge spike in calls to their crisis line during the lockdown. Calls include those in isolation experiencing violence or discrimination with abusive or unsupportive families. More people are concerned about not being able to attend sexual health appointments. Many just need someone to talk to.

They have a number of services to help support vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community during this time including a Coronavirus Hub. It provides a range of tools and resources to support the LGBTQ+ community during this time.

Did you know – May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.



April 29, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Happy Valley Pride present our first ever live online event – Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong – Gay Anthems Special!

Many of you will remember Kirsty Newton from the opening night of Happy Valley Pride last year. The ‘enormously talented’ (BBC), ‘musical powerhouse’ (Chortle) will blast away your lockdown blues when she leads everyone in a singalong set of your favourite gay anthems – live on Friday 8 May at 8pm.

You vote for your favourite song! We will post a list of gay anthems for you to choose from later this week. Once voting is over we will provide a lyric sheet for you to download so you can sing along with Kirsty.

The event is free, a link will be posted on our Facebook page on the day, please check back for more details.

Until then stay safe, stay at home and we’ll see you for a big LGBTQ+ knees up!



April 1, 2020 Malcolm Struthers2

Updated 29 April 2020

During this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it is vital to keep safe and important to stay positive, active and entertained. Happy Valley Pride has produced some useful links and resources to help. 

We will keep adding to the list over the coming weeks and encourage you to provide your suggestions and recommendations on our Facebook page.

The resources are listed are free to access – simply click the links below for more information.

Stay Positive!

Healthy Minds Calderdale – Calderdale’s local mental health charity is led by people who have personal experience of emotional distress. They have a number of services available during this time.

LGBT Foundation – Delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. They have a dedicated page for specific advice related to services available during the current crisis.

Stonewall – The website includes information on how LGTBTQ+ organisations are coming together during the current crisis. They also have a Stonewall home learning pack for teachers and parents.

Stay Active!

Dolly Trolley – Join in with Drag Aerobics on Facebook and Instagram every Wednesday, 7.30 to 8.30pm.

To The Max Fitness – Free online sessions are available from Happy Valley Pride supporter Max.

Cooking with Antoni from Queer Eye – As well as exercise, it is important to keep nourished and Antoni provides quick and easy recipes on his Instagram.

Stay Entertained!

Podcasts

There are a huge range of podcast available – check out the best LGBTQ+ Podcasts according to Attitude. Here are some of our additional favourites.

Queer Margins – A podcast hearing from the voices on the margins of the LBGTQ+ community.

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness – Jonathan from Queer Eye gets curious about a range of different things! Go with him on his journey to find out more.

OUT with Suzi Ruffell – The fantastic lesbian comedian Suzi Ruffell, who played Happy Valley Pride last year, launches a new podcast on the 6 April. She looks at the lives of LGBTQ+ people, coming out and finding your place in the world – for anyone has ever felt like an outsider.

Film Recommendations 

Beautiful Thing – The fantastic film from 1996 by Jonathan Harvey is now available on Channel 4.

BFI Flare at home – you can experience selections from BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival’s 2020 programme from the comfort of your couch with a free 14-day trial.

Rafiki – All 4 – A moving drama exploring attitudes and laws around LGBTQ+ rights in Kenya. The daughters of two opposing politicians fall in love in this award-winning film. In English and Swahili/subs.

TV Recommendations 

Feel Good – All 4 – New LGBTQ+ comedy drama created by and starring Mae Martin.

Sugar Rush – All 4 – Classic drama series based on the novel by Julie Burchill. Teenager Kim moves to Brighton and develops an earth-shattering, hormone-surging crush on her new best friend, Sugar.

Queer As Folk – All 4 – Ground breaking drama from the nineties that chronicles the lives of three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village around Canal Street. 

Years and Years – BBC iPlayer – From Russell T Davies, an ordinary family contend with an uncertain future in that begins in 2019 and propels the characters 15 years forward into an unstable world.

Music

Club Quarantine – A daily online queer party – more details on their Instagram account.

Jinkx Monsoon Playlist – Friend of Happy Valley Pride and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon present their quarantine playlist (spotify:playlist:6RlQ9BoPrvLp0uFWfXnHZ)

Art

Face of Frida – A look at the life and work of artist Frida Kahlo.

Keith Haring and Michael Basquiat: Crossing lines, a virtual art tour – National Gallery of Victoria present Queer artists Keith Haring and Michael Basquiat.

Other stuff

Vox Tox – daily pearls of wisdom from Sandi Togsvig

OutSavvy – the UK’s ticketing company, proudly raising money for LGBTQ+ charities.  They have info on loads of great lockdown events such as virtual Cabaret from Annabelszki & Friends, Isolation Bingo with Charlie Hides, a Big Online Quiz from Pride in Surrey and much more… Updated regularly.

Go out without going out!

It is easy to go out without leaving your living room. You could watch the Bolshoi Ballet, or maybe a West End Musical is more your thing. You could take a tour of Tate Britain or keep an eye on the animals at Edinburgh Zoo. Maybe take a trip to Machu Picchu or browse The Lourve. We live in a time when the world is at our fingertips.

More on subscription services

There are a number of subscription services providing a huge amount of content. These include:

Amazon Prime includes Making the Cut, Booksmart and more.

Sky/Now TV includes Hitmen, Modern Family, Looking and more.

Netflix includes – AJ & The Queen, all of Studio Ghibli, God’s Own Country, Paris is Burning, Pose and more.



March 18, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

In line with new measures introduced recently regarding the Covid-19 virus, we will be rescheduling all programmed activities including the ‘Big Night Out’ series of events.  

Our focus at the moment is the safety of all our supporters and volunteers.

Please stay safe and take care of one another during these difficult times.

Thank you from all at Happy Valley Pride.


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February 19, 2020 Malcolm Struthers

UPDATE – THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED

Happy Valley Pride announces a ‘Big Night Out’ series of community events. 

These special one-off activities will take place all year round to complement the main festival at the end of July. They will be focussed on bringing the community together for a special night of entertainment. 

The first three ‘Big Night Out’ events have been announced. 

Writing Anne Lister: An LGBTQ+ History 

Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm. Tickets £3 here or on the door. 

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 this pioneer. The 19th-century businesswoman, mountaineer, world traveller, and science enthusiast is often called “the first modern lesbian”. Her edition, Female Fortune: land, gender & authority: the Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (1998, 2019), inspired scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack.

And Then We Danced

in partnership with Hebden Bridge Film Festival 

Hebden Bridge Picture House on Sunday 29 February at 5.30pm. Tickets available here.

A special screening of the award-wining LGBT+ film. This passionate and beautiful coming-of-age tale about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet caused violent protests during screenings in Georgia. It will bring the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival to a close.

Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong: Gay Anthems Special!

Drink, Market Street, Hebden Bridge on Friday 17 April at 8pm. Free entry

Join Kirsty for a special singalong and lots of laughs where the audience pick the songs. Kirsty is a veteran performer on the musical comedy scene, having toured with award-winning comedians Paul Merton, Rich Hall, and dozens more

Tim Whitehead, Happy Valley Pride Chair said:

“We are thrilled to announce a new series of nights out, bringing the same high-quality events that Happy Valley Pride festival has become renowned for to the rest of the year. An eclectic mix of performance, club nights, talks and film screenings, each ‘Big Night Out’ will bring the community together for a very special night of entertainment.”