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OPINION | John Dee | Hemp, History, Happy 4/20!

In Blog, Column on 04/20/2017 at 04:20
4/20 is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis and smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 (Photograph: Psychonaught)

4/20 is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis and smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 (Photograph: Psychonaught)

Dr John Dee is back and ready to party, as we look at 4/20, once again, only emerging from his haze of smoke long enough to write this article for you, the gentle reader.

Hemp. Before 1937, hemp was the world’s biggest, global crop, with a myriad of resourceful uses. It is an easily grow crop that could have been used, arguably, as an alternative to the petrochemical industry’s stranglehold on this planet, as well as a source for food, textiles and even clothes. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Robert Brenchley | Are we still intolerant of the LGBT community?

In Blog, Column on 02/13/2017 at 17:19
A couple enjoy a moment together at Birmingham Pride (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

A couple enjoy a moment together at Birmingham Pride (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

It became legal to be gay, to an extent anyway, in 1967, when I was 13. At the time it was widely viewed as something nasty, which was best left unmentioned.

I started at secondary school in 1965, and remember a lot of jokes about ‘sexual perverts’, though I wasn’t clear what sort of nastiness was involved, and I don’t think many of the others were either; it was a climate which fostered ignorance. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Adam Carver | Why solidarity is key during LGBT History Month

In Blog, Column, What's On on 02/10/2017 at 16:33
An exhibition will be held at the LGBT centre in Birmingham, exploring the Gay Liberation Front during the 1970s (Image: GLF)

An exhibition will be held at the LGBT centre in Birmingham, exploring the Gay Liberation Front during the 1970s (Image: GLF)

LGBT History Month is, for me, about celebrating, remembering, and reflecting on the history of the LGBT community.

It’s about dedicating time to acknowledging the struggles and achievements of specific groups of people who make up between 5-10 per cent of the UK population (according to the 2011 census, the real figure is probably higher) who are often ignored in mainstream narratives. Read the rest of this entry »

How is LGBT History Month being celebrated in Birmingham?

In Events, News, What's On on 02/04/2017 at 13:15
Thomas Jones from Birmingham proposed to his boyfriend David Fox at Birmingham Pride (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

LGBT History Month is observed in February and is once again being celebrated in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

February is LGBT History Month in the UK and, in Birmingham, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies use this month as an opportunity to celebrate, observe and commemorate the contribution and legacy of the community’s heritage and identity, with greater emphasis on public awareness.

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans but the month is inclusive of the wider LGBT+ community. Campaigners use this occasion to share a broad history but the aim to “educate out prejudice continues throughout the year”. Read the rest of this entry »

Brace yourselves for the Bearded Ladies of Birmingham

In Events, News, What's On on 01/23/2017 at 13:00
'Bearded Ladies' Charlotte Gregory and Melissa Hurlbutt with presenter Billy Wood (Image: I Am Birmingham)

‘Bearded Ladies’ Charlotte Gregory and Melissa Hurlbutt with presenter Billy Wood (Image: I Am Birmingham)

Birmingham based theatre collective Needless Allies is inviting the public to experience the sad and sordid tales of The Bearded Ladies.

Theatrical trio Charlotte Gregory, Melissa Hurlbutt and Kerrie Reading are hosting their work-in-progress show By The Hair of Her Chin at the mac in Birmingham next month, ahead of a possible national tour of the performance in 2018. Read the rest of this entry »