An Lan­ntair hosts LGBT+ fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Cre­ative hub An Lan­ntair in Stornoway is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Les­bian Gay Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­der Plus(LGBT+) his­tory month this Fe­bru­ary.

The month-long ex­hi­bi­tion is an an­nual na­tional op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge, dis­cuss, pro­mote and cel­e­brate the his­tory of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der rights.

With the help of the Scottish Queer In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, An Lan­ntair has put to­gether a fas­ci­nat­ing pro­gramme of events all next month that cel­e­brate LGBT+ cul­ture and en­com­pass film, artist talks, lit­er­a­ture, and even karaoke.

Re­cent re­search by the Equal­ity Net­work (www. equal­ity- net­work. org/ wp- con­tent/ up­loads/ 2015/ 07/ The- Scottish-LGBT-Equal­ity-Re­port.pdf) has shown that life for LGBT+ com­mu­ni­ties can be par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing in ru­ral parts of Scot­land.

Scott Cuth­bert­son of the Equal­ity Net­work said: ‘There are LGBT peo­ple in ev­ery part of Scot­land, some­times for­got­ten and of­ten with vastly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences of in­clu­sion so it’s fan­tas­tic to see such a di­verse mix of film, po­etry, and artist talks as part of An Lan­ntair’s LGBT His­tory Month pro­gramme.

‘The vis­i­bil­ity and in­clu­sion of LGBT his­tory month will hope­fully pro­vide a wel­come boost to the LGBT com­mu­nity in Stornoway and the He­brides.’

An Lan­ntair’s pro­gramme for 2017 seeks to shine a light on LGBT+ is­sues, art, writ­ing, film and themes through a di­ver­sity of in­spir­ing events for ev­ery­one.

As the first ever LGBT his­tory month event on the Isle of Lewis, the pro­gramme is all about rais­ing the pro­file and vis­i­bil­ity of LGBT peo­ple, his­tory, lives and ex­pe­ri­ences. CEO of An Lan­ntair, Elly Fletcher, said: ‘ I can’t wait to launch this bril­liant pro­gramme of events for LGBT his­tory month. An Lan­ntair is an arts cen­tre that sits at the heart of and serves all com­mu­ni­ties of Stornoway and the wider Outer He­brides.

‘ For me, LGBT His­tory Month gives us a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘ For the team and I here at An Lan­ntair, this work does not stop at the end of the month – far from it – we are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to di­ver­sify our pro­gramme through­out our an­nual cal­en­dar, ex­plor­ing LGBT+ is­sues and arts across all our

work.’

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