Flower Festival in Liverpool Cathedral for the Golden Jubilee

A flower festival was held over 4 days in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral as part of their Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebrations.  Flower arrangements from over 20 different clubs were on display in side rooms and chapels. The event was free to attend with hundreds of people attending to see the displays.

For photo’s see below link:-

Floral display

3rd Annual Festival of LGBT History in the Museum Of Liverpool

On Saturday 25th Feb, the Museum of Liverpool based on the waterfront in Liverpool held the 3rd Annual Festival of LGBT History.

Highlights include a range of short talks exploring the diverse history of LGBT history, culture and activism.  Many with a Liverpool theme.  Speakers on the day include:-

Matt Exley and Lynn Wray – NML – Our Pride and Prejudice Project.  Matt is a NML researcher and dicovered objects with LGBT significance to research and publish to tell the story of Liverpool LGBT History.  Lynn Wray is also a research with NML and is working on the fine art and decorative art strand of LGBT art and artists. Lynn is currently in her final stages of her PhD at LJMU.

Paul Amann – Kop Outs – YNWA.  Paul is the founder of Kop Outs the LGBT section of Liverpool Football Clubs supporters.  Paul spoke about homophobic issues with the game and was proud in pushing LFC to become the first football team to march at Pride.  Paul has a long history of activism and has held several roles within the LGBT community.

Val Stevenson – Antiquated legalities:- the International Times proesecution – 1969.  Val is head of Academic Services at LJMU.  Part of Val’s roles involves managing the Special Collections and Archives in the Aldham Roberts Library.  This collection holds the special, rare and valuable documents in a special climate controlled area.

Caroline Paige – True Colours:- trailblazing transgender service in the military.  Caroline joined the RAF in 1999 and became the first officer to transition gender in the British Armed Forces.  She had served 19 years on fighter aircraft and helicopters.  Following her transition she completed another 16 years.  The military still barred LGBT service but gained support from her superiors to remain in the service, depsite some people not being happy with it.  She went to win awards in Iraq and Afghanistan to prove transgender service personnel were just as important as everyone else.

Meryl Cuzak and Chris Porter – Queer in the Head  Chris originally from Belfast were LGBT equality is still in its early stages.  He works for the YPAS (Young  Persons Advisory Service) as their LGBT team lead.  He works with young people and offers support and advice.  Meryl works as an Equality and Human Rights lead for Mersey Care NHS Foundation.  She began her career in mental health as a nurse and then in learning difficulties.  Activism began in the mid 80s.  She became active in Unison as a North West Rep on the LGBT Committee.

Tim Brunsden and Helena Smart – Rewind Fast Forward :- Sandi Hughes History of the Liverpool Scene.  (1975-2005).  Tim is a film and video maker with a community focus and outside culture.  He is an associated artist at Duckie and lead in the digital output for Homotopia is Liverpool.  He is currently working with Sandi Hughes on the HLF funded archive project Rewind Fast Forward.  Helena is the Archivist at Liverpool Records Office and has responsibility for managing the archives and collections.  She has identified gaps in the LRO’s holdings especially the LGBT Communities who have a minimal voice in the collection.  She has strengthened this collection and worked alongside organisations such as Re-Dock, Sahir House and Homotopia.

Jeff Evans – Liverpool’s growing police priority.  Dr Evans worked as joiner, teacher and is a historian by profession.  He has just finished the first sampled longitudinal investigation and enumeration of the impact of the laws criminalizing inter male sex with the boundary of medieval Lancashire 1850-1970.  It took Jeff 6 years to finish to complete of which he says “enjoyed every minute of it”.  One of his current projects is of the “pioneering” role of Liverpool Police, from the late 19th century in policing the well known meeting places where men met for anonymous consensual sex, whilst neighboring and other police forces done nothing or little to arrest such victimless “crime”.  Jeff holds degress from 3 local universities.

Kate Hutchinson – Blurring The Lines. Rock music had long been a voice for minority groups, this includes the trans and gender variant community.  From lyrics in songs from Lou Reed and The Kinks, to blurring gender stereotypes in image (Bowie, New York Dolls etc) through to trans pioneers such as Jayne County from the punk era to Laura Jane Grace today.  Kate is CEO at Wipe Out Transphobia.  Here she provides training and support for several organisations including, Barnado’s Cymru, Welsh Women’s Aid and the NHS.  She is a trustee of the LGBT Welsh Charity Unity Group Wales.  She has recently joined the committee of the LGBT education charity Schools OUT.  She is aslo a Stonewall Cymru Associate.  Kate is a passionate rock musician and performs with 2 bands.

For photo’s of some of the speakers, please visit the link below, and also for the video of the Liverpool LGBT Choir closing the day out, see the You Tube link below also.

Kop Outs Liverpool Top and boots

Visit My Mosque Open Day – Brougham Terrace, Liverpool

Visit My Mosque Day is a national initiative where over 150 mosques across the UK are organising an open day, the 5th of Feb is that day. Visit My Mosque Day is facilitated by The Muslim Council of Britain.

Mosques across the UK will be sharing tea and biscuits, alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship. More mosques will be participating this year from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said, “Visit My Mosque Day is our chance to welcome fellow Britons to our diverse community. In previous years we were moved by how the great British public has taken part in the day, some travelling dozens of miles to find their local mosques, and the level of enthusiasm in the number of mosques who have invited their neighbours to share in the experience has increased each year. Now its third year, we hope that Visit My Mosque Day becomes a great British institution for years to come.”

I went to the oldest Mosque in Britain earlier and met the Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes there and the Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, Parish Priest of St Nicks church in Liverpool.  Upon arriving we were greeted warmly.  Our hosts provided, tea, coffee and snacks for us before having short talks by some of the Trustee’s.  This was followed by a tour of the building and were told about the plans for the future for the place.

For pics see link below:-

Plaque on outside of building


Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) Special Running Day 31-12-16

Today the Merseyside Transport Trust ran a low key open day to mark the end of the Overhead Railway Service, and also to mark the start of the New Number 1 bus route which replaced the route.

Buses A36 and A267 provided the transport for people to travel on. Meeting at a central point in Mann Island, the buses then went to Dingle Station and then went the route to Seaforth Station.  The buses stopped a few times to get photo’s along the route, including outside the Florence Institute on Mill St and also also the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse on Great Howard St.

The day was free of charge (as usual) for people to ride the buses, but donations and change were optional at the end.

For pictures of the day please visit the link below:-

A36 and A267 in Georges Dockway