A national celebration and awareness campaign of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people is being supported by St Helens Council.
The focus of this year’s LGBT History Month campaign led by Schools OUT UK is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy’ and will seek to address issues experienced by the LGBT community arising from their various faiths and beliefs and those of others.
Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, said: “I fully support the aims of this year’s LGBT History Month. Equality and understanding are integral to a cohesive and lasting community, which is something we strive to achieve here in St Helens.
“We have long taken an active stance for equality and against discrimination of any kind with our No Place for Hate campaign. I’d encourage all residents to pledge their support and spread a powerful message that St Helens is No Place for Hate.”
Central Library will be hosting an inspiring and inclusive play for families following LGBT History Month called ‘Happily Ever After’, which tells of a prince who falls in love with another prince and who end up living happily ever after.
The “twist” in Happily Ever After will enable families to engage children in a positive conversation about same-sex relationships and equal marriage.
Created by Action Transport Theatre and The Proud Trust and featured as part of the new Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries programme, the play is based on the Dutch children’s book ‘King and King’ by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.
The play comes to Central Library on Friday 18 March at 4pm and is suitable for anyone aged five and above.
Tickets cost £3, or £8 for a group of four and can be booked online at culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or from any St Helens library.
Also following LGBT History Month, the St Helens Male Voices group are scheduled to perform at the Town Hall on 19 March 19 at 7.30pm, with special guests the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus.
The aim of the event is to demonstrate that the St Helens Male Voices group welcomes every man, regardless of sexuality, ethnicity or cultural background.
Contact Brian Atherton for tickets on 01744 612 205, and visitsthelensmv.co.uk for further details.
To sign the No Place for Hate pledge, visit safer.sthelens.gov.uk/.