From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme.
Thursday starts with a workshop exploring consent – and the importance of informed consent to relationships of all kinds – led by Chantelle Walker from BHA for Equality. Afterwards, we create space to make noise. Take a chance to sing, shout, and find your voice with a choir session full of queer anthems and protest songs led by Ashleigh Dowler.
LGBT Foundation will be back with a pop-up stall that’s your one-stop-shop for sexual health information (including those questions you might feel shy to ask).
Chantelle Walker works at BHA For Equality, which is a health and social care charity aiming to challenge and address health and social care inequalities and support individuals, families, and communities to improve their health and well-being
Chantelle is the Inclusion Lead working on the sexual health project; PaSH (Passionate about Sexual Health) which is a partnership between BHA for Equality, George House Trust and the LGBT Foundation. The partnership delivers a comprehensive programme of interventions to meet the changing needs of people newly diagnosed with HIV, living longer term with HIV or at greatest risk of acquiring HIV.
Ashleigh Dowler is a singing teacher and vocalist based in the north-west of England. He trained at both Elliott-Clarke Theatre School in Liverpool and The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance in London. He has worked as a professional vocalist on an array of projects including jazz festivals, national and international touring productions, cruise ship musical entertainment and function bands.
Queer as F**K
As part of Queer Contact 2022, Contact are running a new after-school club for queer young people (coming after work or from home is also allowed!).
This year, our club meetings will be a chance to talk and think about sex education, queer sexuality, and being your LGBTQ+ self.
Queer sex education was a theme suggested by our young people’s steering group. Until 2003, the Section 28 law prevented schools from teaching that homosexuality was acceptable. In 2020 sex education finally became a compulsory part of the curriculum. But we know from the young people we work with at Contact that lessons are often still patchy, awkward, and very heteronormative. People leave school with a lot of questions, which continue into adulthood.
From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact. After each event, we’ll host a workshop that expands on the themes of our discussion in a creative way. Join us for zine making, portrait drawing, group singing, and swap shopping that’s all queer as f**k.
These events are designed to be safe and suitable for people aged 14 and up – but they’re open to anyone aged 30 and under who has questions to ask or wants to think about these things. Over the next few weeks we’ll be announcing our full speaker line-up.
Because the workshops and panels will be discussion-based, including audience questions, it’s not possible to say fully what topics will be covered in each. Contact staff members will be present at all events and have received trauma-informed training and safeguarding training to help them support anyone dealing with difficult and distressing issues, or who may need a moment to talk and reflect on content covered in the sessions.
This image is by Manuel Vason and was created in collaboration with Contact’s Re:CON producers (Ali Wilson, Isaac Rose, mandla rae, Nasima Begum) to commemorate protests against the Section 28 law repealed in 2003.
This event is part of Queer Contact. Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact’s programming converges in a festival of events – Queer Contact Festival – featuring the best performance, music, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual art with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent.
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