The ‘Gay Scene’ (in urban areas only) is still male-dominated, ‘body beautiful’, anti-intellectual and commercially driven – excluding many women. Those who ‘find each other’, (e.g. online), remain largely in homogenous groups who inhabit domestic spaces to socialise. They are often depoliticised and lacking the connectedness of a ‘community’. Rarely is there the space and context in the lives of lesbian and bisexual women to explore and reflect on their own lives, and to talk with a wide range of other lesbian and bisexual women. This lack will be addressed in our event the Sapphormation Festival. Women will meet, discuss, debate and participate in fun activities – drawing both strength and action from this. We will have experts and thinkers from communities and Universities – to run lively interactive workshops plus activities, music, discussion and craft from local LGBT and women’s groups to provide a fun range of events, including an interactive panel debate, lampost climbing, drumming, engaging workshops, great food, Rapture (Women’s centered club night) and more.
Why do we need Sapphormation?
• To combat negative stereotyping
• To raise visibility so lesbian and bisexual women get the chance to see one another across the city
• A chance to get together, come back together or connect – this event gives us the chance to think and talk outside of the village/ pubs and clubs
• The event is for free, but we can take donations/ do some fundraising to help fund our lesbian and bisexual women’s services
• We can raise the profile of the services we offer
• The things we want to explore are Lesbian Lives, Spaces and Places, Bisexuality and Bi visibility, Multiple Identities (Disability/ Working Class/ Race/ Motherhood in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Lives- and how these intersect)