February, in the UK, is LGBT History Month. A time when we can reflect and acknowledge the sacrifices made by previous generations, celebrate the progress that our LGBTI community has made, and identify the areas where work still needs to be done. 2019 is extra special, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in the Greenwich Village district of New York. Demonstrations and events that led to the birth of the pride movement.
Pride Saltire was keen to actively participate in LGBT History Month. Working in partnership with staff from both East Lothain Council and The Brunton in Musselburgh, four events in February were chosen specifically to mark this occasion.
The Chair of Pride Saltire, John S Johnston, said “We’re excited about having the opportunity to work with The Brunton and East Lothian Council in curating this dynamic programme of comedy and film. Pride Saltire is a relatively new member to the Pride family, and is the only one celebrating February’s LGBT History Month. We’re also looking forward to creating more links with East Lothian communities, in the run up to our Pride Saltire Festival at Cockenzie House & Gardens on 11 May 2019.”
Michael Stitt, Chair of Brunton Theatre Trust, said “We are proud to support Pride Saltire East Lothian and its commitment to LGBTI equality. LGBT History Month in February is an opportunity to both celebrate the contribution of the LGBTI people and to tackle discrimination and The Brunton is delighted to host associated events to recognise this. We are are excited to continue our support and collaboration during East Lothian’s Pride Saltire Festival in May 2019.”
Craig Hill’s live comedy show “C’Mon The Lads” was a sell-out, as was the BAFTA & Oscar-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The films “A Fantastic Woman” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”, both of which dealt with specific and challenging LGBTI subject matters, were less popular. However we’re very grateful to The Brunton for screening them and making these movies available to a wider audience.
Pride Saltire team members also visited Dunbar Grammar School during February to talk at their LGBT History Month event. In summary, we think that our participation and activities in LBGT History Month were a great base for us to build upon next year!