Celebrating LGBT History Month

Our Healthwatch team Maisy and Vicky winged their way down to Bristol Aerospace to the event run by the Diversity Trust. Maisy is seen standing next to Concorde, which was brought to its new home in Bristol, three years ago - Feb 7th, 2017.
Maisy air

The free event entitled LGBT History with Voices & Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Stories, held recently, included talks from inspiring speakers - Caroline Paige a retired RAF navigator with a thirty-five-year flying career that includes eighteen operational deployments. In 1999 she became the first transgender officer to serve openly in the British Armed Forces. There was also a presentation from Rob Hurley a Landing Gear Systems Engineer at Airbus in Bristol - the co-chair and founder of Airbus; LGBT+ Network and Finn Mackay, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at UWE Bristol, with a PhD from the Centre for Gender & Violence Research at the University of Bristol.

As part of this month's celebration, there is a ground-breaking exhibition by OutStories Bristol that reveals the hidden histories of Bristol’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities through images, artworks, oral history and memorabilia. Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) the exhibition tells how people in Bristol fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history. Book here https://aerospacebristol.org/whats-on

It was a great event and we met a wide range of people and heard a wealth of different experiences. We look forward to working with the LGBT community in South Gloucestershire to make sure their voices are heard.
— Healthwatch South Glos area lead, Maisy Griffiths

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