LGBTQ+ History Month 2021

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Tune in to Bradford’s community radio station, BCB 106.6FM and online, for a unique range of distinctly Bradford programmes, interviews and features celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month. Contact us to get involved!

People all across Bradford District have played a big part in creating a truly exciting, thought provoking and vast programme of 283 events throughout February to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month.

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Download the Events Guide to find out more about online events and activities you can take part in.


Monday – Friday 11.30am
Daily interviews and features on About Bradford

Julie Longden embarks on a series of interviews to help raise those hidden LGBTQ voices. Listen to her first interview where she gets insight from a young gay Sikh man talking about his struggles in today’s society.

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Monday – Friday at 1.30pm and 5.30pm
Daily interviews and features on Bradford & Beyond

BCB’s Robbie Martin, long term volunteer and co presenter of Into the Buttercup, presents a personal reflection on Transgender identity.

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Saturday 30 Jan 4-5pm
Repeated Sunday 31 Jan 12-1pm and Monday 1 Feb 4-5pm

Join Richard and Vince Virr as they preview Bradford’s vast #LGBThistorymonth with special guests from Bradford 2025 Culture Bid, ICLS Education, Carers Resource, Bradford College and University of Bradford; sharing their own stories of struggle and celebration, who it is from the history of the movement that inspires them and what they think should happen to achieve true inclusion.

Sunday 31 Jan 1-2pm
Repeated Monday 1 Feb 1-2pm and Thursday 4 Feb 9-10am

Andy Suthers talks to Nathaniel J Hall, LGBT playwright and actor in Channel 4’s brand new drama ‘It’s A Sin’, Vince Virr, Bradford born but internationally re-known dance impresario, and Marian Hilditch, LGBT Network Chair of University of Bradford about their full #LGBTHM21 programme.

Sunday 14 Feb 1-2pm
Repeated Monday 15 Feb 12-1pm and Thursday 18 Feb 9-10am

Interviews with Greg Owen, LGBT magazine cover model, LGBT activist and lead GB campaigner to provide HIV drug PrEP on NHS, Rosie Freeman (of Brick Box and South Square Arts Centre) on her programme, ‘Queering the Brontes’, Paisley Boyd on the Bradford Fringe and their contribution to History Month, and Leon Fleming, LGBT playwright, Chair of Bradford Pride and a Trustee at the Equity Partnership on the premier of his new short play, virtual and live via Theatre in the Mill.

Sunday 28 Feb 1-2pm
Repeated Monday 1 March 12-1pm and Thursday 4 March 9-10am

Interviews with David Paisley, famous LGBT TV actor with a coming out story traumatised by sexual abuse and family rejection, Sophie Powell and Ruth Neilsen about the 2021 Keighley Pride and the launch of Keighley Pride Flag in History Month, and finally Dave Forrest, one-time manager of the Equity Partnership, Bradford’s LGBT Community Centre and founder of The Equity Radio Show which began almost 20 years ago, making it the longest continuously running LGBT show in the UK.

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Thursday 4 Feb 12-1pm
Repeated Friday 5 Feb 9-10am and Sunday 7 Feb 5-6pm

Back in Bradford for lockdown, Holme Wood resident and international dancer Vince Virr talks about Tong School, dancing in China, New York and working with autistic children in Bradford.

Thursday 11 Feb 12-1pm
Repeated Friday 12 Feb 9-10am and Sunday 14 Feb 5-6pm

Wendy Lewis, founder of Free2BMe talks about how she overcame many challenges in her life to be an award-winning inspiration to others, her overwhelming success at creating a Community Garden in Bradford and a ‘Free to be me’ Facebook Page which enables the hidden voices of Black and Minority Ethnic people within the LGBTQ community to be heard loud and clear, is well worth celebrating.

Thursday 18 Feb 12-1pm
Repeated Friday 19 Feb 9-10am and Sunday 21 Feb 5-6pm

Jack Lynch, Marketing and Campaign Co-ordinator of the Bradford 2025 Bid talks about how he’s passionate about Bradford’s chance to be City of Culture.

Thursday 25 Feb 12-1pm
Repeated Friday 26 Feb 9-10am and Sunday 28 Feb 5-6pm

Robbie Martin talks about her life and work, and the challenges she faces with coming out in public.

In-depth chat with people from all walks of life who make Bradford tick, along with their choice of music. Find out more about the programme

Wednesday 17 Feb 6:30pm
Our BCB XTRA shows, made by young people, go out at daily at 6:30pm

Join Melody as they take a look at LGBTQ+ history month from the perspective of a young person today, and pick out the vital lessons that this history can teach us.

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Thursday 18 Feb 2.15-3pm
Repeated Wednesday 24 Feb 3-4pm

Community organisation, Free2B-ME marks and celebrates LGBTQ+ history month.
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Saturday 20 Feb 4-5pm

Join Sophie from ICLS as she chats to drag performers Lady Bushra, Gerry Bell and Chastity Stone about their drag journeys and inspirations, and who they would include as a patch for Sew Keighley Pride and play their drag bangers!

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Sunday 21 Feb 1-2pm
Repeated Monday 22 Feb 12-1pm and Thursday 25 Feb 9-10am

The Brick Box’s Rosie Freemans presents a queer reading of the Brontes, their lives, works and characters. Expect feminist punk, gender-bending, and moorland Gothicism.

Purple themed scratchy illustration of trees with the words I AM NO BIRD QUEERING THE BRONTES written over black scribblings that looks like a representation of black crows

Saturday 27 Feb 4-5pm
Repeated Sunday 28 Feb 4-5pm

Join Sophie from ICLS for the second in their series of Sew Keighley Pride as she chats with Chair, David Shaw, Youth Officer, Charlie, and key KP member, Dolls Nest.

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Battenburg are Richard Sara and Owen Whitehouse.

The show derives it's name from the 4 squares that make up a slice of Battenberg. A square is a topic of conversation and Richard and Owen each bring 2 squares - 'blind baked' which means that neither knows what the others square is prior to the show.

The show is a one hour conversation interspersed with music which introduces the topics. On today's show:

'Seven Seas' X1 versus Lord Harewood's X1', 'Masters of War', 'Silly Games', 'Jargon'.

Square one and The Brothers return to the 'Perfect Day' when The Seven Seas drank Sangria in Lord Harewoods Park.

Owen and Bob Dylan ask, "Who are the 'Masters of War'?" Who makes money from War? Who is aiding war and profiting from suffering?

Richard has been playing 'Silly Games' and has a novel way of helping charity. Can you get paid for playing online games?

The show is brought to a close with a game of jargon-based bingo ballcocks.

Introductory Square music :

Lou Reed - Perfect Day
BoB Dylan - Masters of War
The Who - Pinball Wizard
Extreme - More Than WordsListen Live

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