Essex joins forces for LGBTQ+ History Month

This February it’s all about LGBTQ+ History Month. We’ll be celebrating the works and artistry of our LGBTQ+ creative family through a series of exciting activities coming up this month. LGBTQ+ History Month celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary history and we’re delighted to be offering these events in collaboration with Outhouse East and Colchester Pride.

February is full of exciting opportunities to engage with the Essex offer online, no matter where in the world you may be:

Coming up…

Thursday 18th February
Mercury Connects is an opportunity to invite a safe and welcoming online space for communities and creative people to share ideas and promote work. We’ll be welcoming our LGBTQ+ creative community lead by creative director Ryan McBryde and Colchester Pride Chair Dan Deller-Thompson. We’ll also be ensuring our LGBTQ+ community have opportunities to feed into future plans and LGBTQ+ visibility at the theatre. Guests will be announced soon so keep an eye on our social media.

Connects – Meet LGBTQ+ Creatives

How To
Monday 22nd February
Our February How To session will explore ‘How To: Approach Queer Performance stylistically.’ Led by Alice d’Lumiere (Writer, Performance Artist, Poet, Comedienne and occasional Burlesque Dancer / Aerialist) and Leah Kirby (Actor, Writer and Drag activist by the name of CYRO). Leah is a recent Arts Council R&D recipient for the project ‘Wings’ that’s currently in development. Alice plans to continue touring her work and is currently the Lead Event Coordinator for Colchester Pride 2021. They will be demonstrating their own work and various approaches to Queer performances followed by a Q&A for our participants.

How To – Approach Queer Performances

Educational Resources
In collaboration with Outhouse East and Colchester Pride, we are providing an educational resource information pack that contains references to fantastic learning opportunities and awareness building for KS4 students and their teachers.

Educators and Home Learners, you can also find useful resources during this lockdown period on the Stonewall website from reception ages to post 16+.

Check out what our fantastic friends at Colchester Pride and Outhouse East are up to:

Colchester Pride
For this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month, Colchester Pride are putting the call out for Colchester (and surrounding areas) creatives. Are you an artist? A writer? Photographer?

Colchester Pride is looking for a selection of you to take part in their plans for the month, featuring the more overlooked parts of creativity that you have to offer.

If you have any work that you’d like to be featured, please get in contact with Colchester Pride by messaging them directly on their Facebook page. They would love to see and share your poetry, paintings, photographs and stories, and to find out how your sexuality and/or gender influences your art!

The Outhouse
Are you looking for some LGBTQ+ information/training for your business, school or college during LGBTQ+ History Month?

The Outhouse are pleased to announce that their LGBTQ+ awareness webinars can be accessed through Eventbrite. These sessions are a fantastic resource to help develop your understanding of different gender identities, sexualities, and the many barriers faced by LGBTQ+ people, as well as the various support services available.

The Outhouse currently offers two modules:

Module 1: An Introduction to LGBTQ+

Module 2: Breaking Down Barriers

If you belong to a larger organisation or are looking for bespoke training for your organisation please contact Outhouse at

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