Today we've got good news for those of you who enjoy a bit of
queer theory (and I number myself among you!) As part of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month, which takes place in the UK
every February to celebrate the lives and achievements of members
of the LGBT community, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (located
on the campus of the University of Birmingham), will be playing
host to a few events.
One that caught our eye was a talk on 19 April by Judith "Jack"
Halberstam (pictured), who is a bit of a queer theory icon, to say
the least. April is obviously not February, but there we go... it's
a fringe event.
Here are the details:
Judith "Jack" Halberstam
Gaga Feminism: Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women and the
End of Normal
Thursday 19 April
6.30pm - 8pm
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Feminist
Research at University of Southern California, Judith "Jack"
Halberstam is one of the world's leading gender and queer
theorists. Author of the widely-known Female Masculinity and The
Drag King Book, Judith will offer a map to the new terrain of
gender, sexuality and pleasure in a post-marriage, post-feminist,
post-heterosexual, post-gay world and considers popular culture
during the 21st century from the world's 'first pregnant man' to
musical icon Lady Gaga.
In association with Birmingham LGBT.
£7, booking essential
For more information or to book a place please contact 0121 414
2261 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaga Feminism isn't the only thing on the LGBT menu, of course.
There are a number of events happening this month, including a film
evening and a "Love Trail". More details below; check their website
(link at the bottom) to see the rest of their scheduled events.
The Love Trail III
From a Venetian dandy to a Pre-Raphaelite
Available from 14 February
Join us for the latest in our popular Love Trail series of
self-guided tour leaflets, this time looking at lovers' secrets.
Discover what lies behind the mask of Gustavus Hamilton, a young
dandy in full carnival attire - and learn about the intimate nature
of Countess Golovine's knowing gaze and her relationship with the
painter of her portrait, Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. Take heed of the
disastrous consequences of the illicit kiss between Paolo and
Francesca, and read more Rossetti's top-secret affair with his
muse, Fanny Cornforth, in The Blue Bower…
You'll be amused and entertained as you wander through the
galleries, hand-in-hand with your special someone.
In Love with Film
Tuesday 14 February
6pm - 8pm
As part of LGBTQ History Month, join us for a romantic evening of
short films and animations exploring love and desire across
boundaries in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and
straight relationships with KINO10. A firm believer in
cinematic showmanship and building an event around film exhibition,
Birmingham moving image exhibition project KINO 10 strives to
create an alternative filmic experience through specially-curated
programming and screening in unusual places. Wine and chocolates
will be served along with a love trail tour and talk throughout the
£5, booking advisable
their website which you should definitely visit to see what
else is on!