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Guildhall Swansea lit up all rainbow colours celebrating LGBT History Month

COUNCIL venues across Swansea have been getting a virtual rainbow makeover to help our communities celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

Despite the pandemic, they’ve been flying the famous rainbow flag online in a range of different ways to mark the occasion.

And tonight (February 25) the Guildhall in Swansea will be lit up in all the colours of the rainbow as part of the celebrations.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for investment, regeneration and tourism said he was proud of Swansea’s commitment to celebrating the contribution made by local communities to the life of the city.

He said:

“Swansea is a place of equality and diversity. It’s essential that our cultural venues support diversity and that we increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives, experiences and contribution to society.

“Swansea has a vibrant and growing LGBT+ community and usually we’d normally be putting on a range of events and performances as part of the celebrations. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic that’s not been possible this year, but in the meantime, we’ve put a whole host of events online for people to enjoy.”

Tomorrow (February 26) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is staging its Glynn Vivian Art Night: Supporting LGBT+ History Month. It includes a podcast and a film on its YouTube channel featuring local artist Joan Jones performing a poetic journey along the streets and byways of Mayhill called ‘Gloomy Mayhill Walk’.

Also available are a range of other podcasts and videos featuring local LGBT+ activists and artists including Roy Efrat and Catrin Webster talking about their recent exhibition exploring the word ‘Pansy’ and associated meanings and themes.

There’s also a podcast contribution from former Swansea East MP Sian James remembering the times of the Miners’ Strike of 1984/85 when the people of the Dulais Valley were supported in their fight by LGBT+ activists from London.

Their story was the inspiration behind the 2014 comedy-dramaPride’ which won a Bafta and starred Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Jessica Gunning as Ms James.

There’s a lot more going on online including:

ChangeMakers video exploring themes of activism, including voices from LGBT+ community;

Podcast featuring local LGBT+ activists, Debbie Lane and Arron Bevan John;

Podcast featuring former MP, Sian James, recounting the time LGBT+ activists from London found solidarity with the striking miners of South Wales;

Video featuring local artist, Dafydd Williams, talking about his recent photographic exhibition exploring aspects of love between same-sex partners;

A retrospective look at the recent Charles Atlas exhibition at Glynn Vivian featuring New York drag artist, Lady Bunny; and

Libraries have highlighted a selection of books, exploring LGBT+ themes, that people can borrow via the Click & Collect service.

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