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LGBT History Month is back this February for the sixth year in a row with numerous celebratory events across Bromsgrove.

Bromsgrove and Redditch councils are working in partnership with Artrix and the libraries to offer a month’s programme of events, exhibitions and information displays in recognition of LGBT History Month.

Celebrated throughout the month of February, LGBT History month will start with a photographic exhibition by student photographer Megan Jackson from the 1st to 26th Feb, called “Be Masculine, Be Feminine, Be Both, Be Neither, Be Unapologetic”. Megan is a student at North Bromsgrove High School who has been exploring different presentations of gender in her photography projects.

There will also be book displays featuring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans authors and related subjects at Bromsgrove Library from 1st to 28th February.

A new addition to this year’s celebrations is Artrix’s ‘Drive-in movies’. On Tuesday 14th February there will be a showing of “Dirty Dancing”, followed by a showing of “Carol” on 15th. Parking will open at 6pm with the films starting at 7.30pm. There is a cost of £20 per car and food is also available including hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers and fish and chips. Tickets for these events must be booked in advance.

On Wednesday 15th February the Artrix will also be hosting a LGBT Networking event which has been funded with a grant from Bromsgrove District Council Small Grants Scheme, from 6pm before the drive in showing.

At the end of the month LGBT events will head back to Artrix for two evenings of comedy with “Jen Brister is The Other One” at 8.00pm on 23rd Feb and “Stand Up For Women” featuring Jo Enright at 8.00pm on March 8th.

A selection of events will also be held in Redditch including a Fostering Drop-in event and an exhibition at the Redditch Library. Barbara Nice and Friends - the alter ego of Holy Mary from Peter Kay’s ‘Phoenix Nights’ – will also be showing at Redditch Palace Theatre in recognition of LGBT history month.

A number of events further afield are also being held in Birmingham and Worcester, including the Pink Sou’westers’ 8th Annual “Queer Quiz” on 22nd February.

Worcestershire residents can also look forward to the very first Worcestershire PRIDE later in the year on Saturday 23 September

Cllr Peter Whittaker, whose portfolio covers leisure services, said: “We are proud to be supporting LGBT History Month alongside Redditch Borough Council once again and this year’s programme of events is bigger, better and more thought-provoking than ever. I hope residents from across our two districts really enjoy and get involved with these fantastic events.”

LGBT History Month is held in February every year in the UK and celebrates and recognises the contribution made to society by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-gender members of the community.

A full list of events across Bromsgrove, Redditch and further afield is available here.