Mu­seum takes pride in its first LGBTQ event

Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum holds LGBTQ event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A BUCKS mu­seum’s first LGBTQ pride event was cel­e­brated with a feast of bur­lesque, drag, swing dance, drama and po­etry

Hun­dreds of peo­ple flocked the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum (COAM) as it held the spe­cial day on Fri­day June 16, sup­ported by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

Hosted by Patrick and Archie from Pa­tri­arky, they kept the night on track with mu­si­cal and po­etic en­ter­tain­ment and in­tro­duced the other acts, in­clud­ing Pink Swing from Lon­don, who taught the au­di­ence Lindy Hop and Shim Shim danc­ing.

There was also a drama per­for­mance by Inky Cloak about queer friend­ship and the LGBTQ black club­bing scene, Sophia Black­well with her sassy sul­try po­etry about shared LGBTQ his­to­ries and Gin­ger Tarte per­form­ing as a fe­male drag queen with bur­lesque.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Sue Shave said: “We are just de­lighted to wel­come the LGBTQ com­mu­nity to Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum for a Pride cel­e­bra­tion night, to share our hid­den his­to­ries linked to our his­toric build­ing col­lec­tion and to show our com­mu­ni­ties the in­clu­sive na­ture of our mu­seum as a won­der­ful vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and mar­riage venue.

“One of our vis­i­tors was so over­joyed that we were of­fer­ing an LGBTQ event in recog­ni­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment of the vi­brancy and di­ver­sity of our lo­cal LGBTQ com­mu­nity that he made a rain­bow cake and brought it along to share with all the staff and the rest of the au­di­ence.”


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