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LGBT+ Sheffield: January 2021

Well, it’s 2021 and we can officially celebrate kicking 2020 into the realms of ‬history. It has been a difficult year for many, especially so for our events and ‬venues, but we are a creative bunch and have adapted well. We’ve seen an array of events move online, from quiz ‬nights and socials to a virtual Pride. With film nights, courses, group meet-ups, ‬cabarets, and socials too, we had a busy year socialising from our own sofas with our ‬fluffy slippers on. ‬

‭So, as we enter the new year, it appears there may be light at the end of the tunnel ‬with vaccines giving a glimmer of hope that we may soon be able to ‬see each other again in the real world outside of a Zoom window. And the good ‬news is, with so many events cancelled in 2020, they all need to be rescheduled for ‬this year, so while things may still look different for a little while, we have some ‬great things to look forward to when we do open back up. ‬

‭Leadmill have half the cast of Drag Race planning a return to the Steel City with ‬Divina Di Campo, Crystal Method, Jackie Cox, Landon Cider, Jaida Essence Hall, Jan’s ‬Jukebox, Noir, Miss Vanje, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Cheryl Hole, Blu Hydrangea, Miz ‬Cracker, Adore Delano, Myra Dubois, Gigi Goode and Heidi N Closet all due to make ‬rescheduled appearances through the year. ‬

‭Our own local drag favourites are due to make a comeback with Funky Beavers drag cabaret at the OEC and Drag Queens in the Garden at the Malin Bridge Inn, both in ‬July. Horse Meat Disco have a planned return to Signal and Lucy Spraggan is playing ‬the O2, scheduled for March and April respectively, restrictions permitting. For ‬lovers of comedy, we have Larry Dean at the Leadmill in June and Grayson Perry at ‬City Hall in September. And if we can think far enough ahead to stadium gigs being ‬a thing again, then we have Steps and Heaven 17 due to play the Arena in Sheffield. ‬

‭So, we have plenty to look forward to when we can go out again, but in the ‬meantime, this past year has been difficult for many of us who may be feeling ‬isolated, struggling with our mental health and just needing to connect with other ‬people. Sheffield has an array of LGBT+ groups, most of whom are continuing to ‬meet and host groups and events online, so do check them out. SAYiT provide ‬support for LGBT+ young people from 11-25; LASS and GAFS support LGBT+ ‬refugees and asylum seekers across South Yorkshire, Sheffield Bisexual and ‬Pansexual Group host groups for all multi-gender attracted people, TransActive run ‬sports and physical activity groups for trans and non-binary people; LGBT+ Sheffield ‬run meetups and consultation events to have your say on what is happening in the ‬city and both universities have LGBT+ staff and student groups, so do reach out and ‬get in touch. ‬

‭Keep an eye on for updates and ‬announcements on the latest events and venues news. It’s been a tough old year ‬for artists and venues – so when we reopen and it’s safe to do so, get back out there and support your local venues. I’ll look forward to seeing everyone’s faces ‬again! ‬

‭Until next time, love and rainbows…

‬Heather x ‬

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