Intersectional Community Event #1

Intersectional Community Event #1
27/09/2017 Virginie Assal

Why an ‘Intersectional Community Event’?
Last year, the Women’s Programme of LGBT Foundation consulted with the community and learnt that, in our Programme, the lesbian and bisexual women who were accessing our services were mainly white, cisgender and/or young(<50). Our job is to make sure our work is relevant and representative of all the lesbian and bisexual women in Greater Manchester. 

Therefore, we decided to create regular community events for lesbian and bi women with multiple minority identities where they can meet women like them, talk about what matters to them, share their skills and experiences with each other’s, start projects together, etc. And that’s how the Intersectional Community Events were born. We previously asked you, your opinion about it here: the survey is not closed so feel free to participate as well if you’re a lesbian or bi minority (BAME, trans or older) women!

Now what?
As promised we are launching our very first Intersectional Community Event on the Saturday 7th October, 1pm-5pm, for Black History Month. This event is for lesbian and bi women of colour, organised by lesbian and bi women of colour, including trans* women, non-binary transfeminine people, older people and women from an ethnic minority. An afternoon for us, by us, to talk about us.

Program:

  • 13:30-14:30 Poetry workshop for older LB women of colour
    • This workshop will be a celebration of something positive that has happened in the women’s lives. Using the surroundings of the event as the base of their poem.
  • 13:30-14:30 Workshop: Ain’t we beautiful?
    • Redefining what beauty means to lesbian & bi women of colour and finding your way in the beauty/ hair industry when everything is targeted to white straight fem women. Open discussion around our experience of make-up and hair care, sharing recipes to make our own products (bring ours!) and sharing safe addresses in Greater Manchester.
  • 14:30-15:00 refreshments and informal chat
  • 15:00-16:30 Conference-discussion around what does intersectionality mean to us: how to navigate between race, gender and sexual/romantic orientation  

You can book your free ticket here: (limited place only).

We’re really sorry to announce that we, unfortunately, couldn’t find a facilitator on time for the workshop for trans women of colour. If you know any trans woman of colour with facilitation skills, please get in touch with us so we can have a safe space for trans women of colour next time!

Location:

People’s History Museum,

Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723067634662411/

To get involved in the day as a volunteer, speaker or facilitator, please email Virginie.Assal@lgbt.foundation

We want to make sure this event is accessible for anyone who wants to attend, so if you have any access requirements please get in touch.

We also want to give a special thank you to the People’s History Museum who is hosting this event, don’t hesitate to give them a donation as a thank you on the day, or to contact them if you would like to host an event at their wonderful venue!

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