Heather’s LGBT+ Column: Happy Fall to all!
Is it really autumn already? Summer certainly seems a long time ago, but if the gloomy weather is getting you down, fear not! We have a fun-filled month of queer happenings on-hand in Sheffield to cheer you up.
First up, head to the Leadmill on 4 October for Zoe Lyons show, ‘Entry Level Human’. She’s a regular on Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4 – for whom she’s making her very own series in 2018. All this makes it sound like Zoe has some sort of idea what she’s doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human? Decide for yourself, as the popular comic returns with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction, and proper laugh-out-loud one-liners. Bringing more laughter to the Steel City, Joe Lycett takes to the stage at City Hall on 23 October in his brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance.
There are lots of opportunities to get social this month and meet up with friends old and new. LGBTQplus Social are holding their first event at Ben’s Centre on 6 October, promising an all-inclusive social space where everyone is welcome and an opportunity to share your views on issues affecting the LGBTQ community. One such issue you may want to have your say on is the current Gender Recognition Act Consultation; if so, head to SAYiT on 10 October where they will be holding a session open to those of all genders and none, where you can drop in, eat cake and complete the GRA consultation in a way that supports and shows solidarity with trans people.
Trans Active will be holding their regular fortnightly swimming sessions at Heeley Pool on 6 and 20 October, open to any trans/non-binary/gender-questioning people of all fitness levels. There’s a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to push yourself more than you want to: the focus is on meeting new people and having fun. They have private use of the pool area and there are individual changing cubicles as well as communal gendered changing rooms and showers. The lifeguards have been trained to be sensitive to trans people’s needs. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable as long as it’s safe to swim in.
Sheffield Action for Trans Health will be hosting their monthly get together on 13 October at Union Street, where you can get involved in planning campaigns and organise for upcoming events. They will also be running a session in letter writing to trans prisoners after. Rainbow Gamers returns to the Treehouse Café on 21 October welcoming all LGBTIQA+ board gamers! Just drop in and say hello from 6pm onwards for some laidback social gaming fun.
Film Unit are screening Love, Simon on 21 October, a film about Simon Spier, a normal high school senior … Except, he has one big secret – Simon Spier is gay. Following an anonymous confession from another closeted gay boy, the film follows a budding email romance between the pair. An easy-going but emotional coming-of-age story – Love, Simon is a modern teen rom-com for the generation of today.
Film Unit will also joining forces with Sheffield Horror Society on 27 October for an immersive screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Stranded on an isolated stretch of road, a young couple try to find shelter for the night. Instead, they discover the lair of the mad transvestite scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter, who is just about to reveal his latest creation, Rocky Horror, the ultimate man. Initially seduced by the doctor’s strange sexual magnetism, they are freed when the mansion’s servants take control.
And that’s your lot for this month! Until next time, lot and cupcakes…
Thu 4 Oct: Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
Sat 6 Oct: LGBTQplus Social’s First Event
Sat 6 and 20 Oct: Trans Active Swimming
Wed 10 Oct: Filling out the Gender Recognition Act Consultation – with cake!
Sat 13 Oct: Sheffield ATH Meeting
Sun 21 Oct: Rainbow Gamers
Sun 21 Oct: Film Unit: Love, Simon
Tue 23 Oct: Joe Lycett
Sat 27 Oct: Immersive Screening: Rocky Horror Picture Show