Homotopia Festival 2014 programme

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MIRACLE OF MIRACLES Welcome to our 11th festival happening across Liverpool throughout October & November. With over 30 events including visual art, theatre, film, debate, dance, literature and live art this year’s programme includes UK premieres, festival firsts and a number of new commissions. We are thrilled to open this year’s festival with the UK Premiere of DV8’s ‘John’ at the Liverpool Playhouse ahead of its run at the National Theatre. Big highlights include ‘The Gang’ photographs by Catherine Opie which is the first solo show outside of London and will be exhibited at Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool born filmmaker Terence Davies is making a special appearance and we will be screening his masterpiece ‘The Long Day Closes’. Proud to announce we will be partnering with Tate Liverpool on their forthcoming ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ exhibition which opens in November until February 2015. DIVA Magazine are back with a special debate on faith including Jane Czyzselska, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Vicky Beeching. Comedy legend Fenella Fielding will be appearing at Unity reading at ‘My Scouse Voice’ and comedy from David Mill’s fresh from Edinburgh in Gimme Some Sugar. England’s avant-guardian David Hoyle is presenting a new exhibition ‘David’s Place’ and headlining at ‘Scars On Sunday’.

A big thank you to our headline sponsor Liverpool John Moores University who return for the 2nd year, working collaboratively on special events and talks. Thank you to Dr. Martens who are an event sponsor for the 2nd year running. We are also thrilled to be collaborating with DIVA and Attitude as 2014 media partners. Since our landmark 10th anniversary the last 12 months have been one of the biggest and most ambitious to date. Our year-long exhibition ‘April Ashley, Portait of a lady’ is to be extended until March 1st 2015 and already attracted over 600,000 visitors which is set to become the most successful exhibition at Museum of Liverpool and at Homotopia! One of the big achievements this year is our recent news from Arts Council England who awarded the organization National Portfolio Status securing our future until 2018. We thank both Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council for their continuing support. Hope you enjoy the programme. Gary Everett Artistic Director

THE GANG: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE OPIE Walker Art Gallery 4th October 2014 to 15th February 2015

The Gang: Photographs by Catherine Opie is an exhibition of work by the renowned American artist. Opie’s portraits of her friends from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community subvert American archetypes. Opie’s attempt to make visible a misunderstood sector of American culture, produces a body of work that is at times explicit and challenging in its content, but also playful and intimate. The exhibition has been organised with the kind support of the artist, the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London and Homotopia. Event sponsor Dr Martens. © Catherine Opie. Image courtesy Catherine Opie, Stephen Friedman Gallery (London) and Regen Projects (Los Angeles). Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of the Walker Art Gallery in 2014.

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APRIL ASHLEY, PORTRAIT OF A LADY Museum of Liverpool Extended until 1st March 2015 This exhibition of trans history places the previously unseen private archive of April Ashley MBE alongside twenty new oral histories from individuals across the gender spectrum to explore changing social and legal conditions for all British transsexuals. Born in Liverpool in 1935, April, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgendered individuals and a tireless campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many. 29 October, 5, 12 and 19 November at 3pm Exhibition tours by a member of the Museum’s Education team.


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In the exhibition April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady. A wreath laying ceremony and silence to remember Trans victims of hate crime. This will be followed by a panel discussion to explore some of the issues raised within the exhibition. Everyone welcome.


DV8 PHYSICAL THEATRE Liverpool Playhouse Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th October 7.30pm £19 (£12)

For his new dance-theatre work, Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged is a story both extraordinary and touching. John authentically depicts reallife stories, where movement and spoken word combine to create an intense, moving and poignant theatrical experience. Age 16+ Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. “Outstandingly effective and gripping dance theatre.” - Dagens Nyheter www.everymanplayhouse.com

LLOYD NEWSON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DV8 PHYSICAL THEATRE Pre-Show Talk GO1 Lecture Theatre, John Foster Building LJMU, 80-98 Mount Pleasant L3 5UZ Friday 24th October 5.00pm Free Booking essential via www.everymanplayhouse.com

Join Lloyd Newson in a free pre-show talk about his working methods, as his latest production, JOHN, visits the Playhouse. Lloyd Newson has led DV8 Physical Theatre since its inception in 1986. His work has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance and theatre. Newson’s work, be it for stage or film, has won more than 50 National and International awards and he was recently cited by the Critics Circle as being one of the hundred most influential artists working in Britain during the last hundred years. In 2013 Newson was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to contemporary dance.


Fall Out Factory, 97 Dale Street, L2 2JD Saturday 1st - Saturday 22nd November Tuesday - Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm Saturday & Sunday’s 12.00 - 4.00pm Free Performer & artist David Hoyle presents a new exhibition exploring addiction, gay culture and mental health which premieres at Homotopia. David often raises the issue of mental health in his performances. In his first solo exhibition for Homotopia, David Hoyle has created a stark & uncompromising series of paintings and collages reflecting his own life experiences.

‘DAVID’S DROP IN’ Fall Out Factory, 97 Dale Street, L2 2JD Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd & Saturday 8th November at 2.00pm Free but advance booking essential, email artistic@homotopia.net David will be hosting a drop-in at the gallery exploring his artistic practice and background to this new collaborative exhibition.

Photograph Lee Baxter

David’s Drop-In has been supported by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium as part of Liverpool’s World Mental Health Day 2014 programme .

RAINBOW JEWS Unity Theatre foyer Saturday 1st to Tuesday 25th November Free Rainbow Jews is a unique oral history and archive project, exploring the intersection of Jewish and LGBT identities. Discover how the stories and experiences of LGBT Jewish people have shaped British culture from the 1950s to today. Explore the truly diverse range of Jewish voices: Ultra-Orthodox lesbians, bisexual rabbis, gay Holocaust survivors and transgender activists. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


(ALL THIS MADDENING BEAUTY) FORCE/COLLISION Unity Theatre Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th November 8.00pm ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ8) With text by Obie-winning U.S. playwright Caridad Svich and film and audio content featuring over 40 performers Force/Collision founder John Moletress performs this sensual meditation on beauty, love, sex and mortality attempting to capture the essence of artist, film-maker and queer cult figure Derek Jarman. Manipulating film and sound whilst performing live, Moletress unravels his own story of survival as an artist. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT Unity Theatre Thursday 6th & Friday 7th November 7.00pm £12 (£10) A Homotopia commission last year Black returns as a fully developed production. Classically trained opera baritone and cabaret legend Le Gateau Chocolat presents his life story from Nigeria to Brighton via the Sydney


FEATURING JONATHAN HARVEY Unity Theatre Thursday 6th November 9.00pm £7 (£5) Polari Winner of the 2013 Co-operative Respect LGBT Cultural Event of the Year author Paul Burston hosts an evening with V G Lee and Liverpool favourites Jonathan Harvey, Clare Campbell and Gerry Potter.

“Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out.” - Sarah Waters www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Opera House stage. With a repertoire ranging from Wagner, and Purcell to a show-stopping, heart wrenching version of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ this production exudes warmth, humour and pathos. “Throughout the performances Le Gateau’s voice is a treat. Within a few bars we hear growling despair, softly-spoken hope and soaring joy.” - Exeunt Magazine A Homotopia & Unity Theatre co-commission.



Unity Theatre Friday 7th November 9.00pm £14 (£12) Fenella’s career has stretched over 7 decades and encompassed Carry On films, Ibsen plays, stage musicals and the Morecambe and Wise show. Now she returns to Homotopia to lend her instantly recognisable seductive vocal tones to poetry by Gerry Potter. A night of unique collaborations and conversations as Le Gateau Chocolat and Gerry join Fenella on stage. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

TRANSMITTING ANDY WARHOL Tate Liverpool 7th November - 5th February 2015 £8 (£6)

Tickets for Transmitting Andy Warhol include entry into Gretchen Bender.

Discover the master of Pop Art at Tate Liverpool. Transmitting Andy Warhol presents the first solo exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work in the North of England. Bringing together over 100 artworks including; the iconic Marilyn Diptych, the entire print run of his trailblazing celebrity magazine Interview, as well as the extraordinary stage-set for The Velvet Underground, discover how Warhol’s practice spanned every medium, transforming the way we consume culture today. Don’t miss your chance to discover Warhol this winter. www.tate.org.uk/liverpool


Andy Warhol [no title] 1967© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

‘TERENCE DAVIES IN CONVERSATION’ The Blackie Saturday 8th November 7.00pm £10 (£8) Tickets: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk Writer & journalist Laura Brown talks to Liverpool born filmmaker, Terence Davies about his long illustrious career as a filmmaker, growing up post war Liverpool and the conflict between his homosexuality and faith. Davies is arguably one of the most distinct English voices in modern cinema, renowned for the meticulous care that transforms each new release into a highly anticipated cultural event. A member of the distinctive generation of British Film Institute nurtured directors whose ranks notably included Derek Jarman, Bill Douglas, Sally Potter and Peter Greenaway “regarded by many as Britain’s greatest living film director.” - Nick Roddick London Evening Standard © Ricardo Vaz Palma / Iris Productions / Sunset Song


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THREE DECADES OF HIV IN MERSEYSIDE Museum of Liverpool Friday 10th October 2014 to Sunday 8th February 2015 Now+then uncovers Merseyside’s journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day, through people’s own stories. The installation explores how local people and communities have responded to HIV and the prejudice and discrimination that still exist today. Featuring short film and sound recordings in which people living with HIV share their own remarkable stories. Now+then was created by Sahir House in collaboration with Soft Octopus Design Studio and Thinking Film. Sahir House is Merseyside and North Cheshire’s HIV charity. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

An autobiographical film set in Terence Davie’s native rainy Liverpool in the mid 1950’s. The film traces the life of 11-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack), the youngest child of a working-class Catholic family. The boy’s father died some years earlier, as Davies’ own dad did, but his mother and older siblings remain strong, loving influences in his life. The actual themes of the movie (the fear of budding gay desire and the abhorrence of death) are woven into the tapestry of beautiful images seamlessly. One of Terence Davies’s most evocative and powerful films.



Photograph Lee Baxter Makeup by Grace Oni Smith

Fredericks, Hope Street, L1 Sunday 9th November 8.00pm £12 (£10) An irreverent night of cabaret, worship, song and dance starring David Hoyle as Noele Gordon as ‘herself’. With special guests comedian David Mills & spectacular choreography by Carlos Pons Dance and Debs Gatenby. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

SAME SEX MARRIAGE QUILT Unity Theatre Friday 7th November 6.00pm Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th Various locations (check website) Artist Oliver Bliss’s ongoing participatory art project to celebrate the same sex marriage bill. The quilt will include all the MPs that voted for same sex marriage as a way of marking this historic moment in British history. You can get involved by decorating portraits of these MPs which will be incorporated into the quilt later in the year. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

DANCE TRIPLE BILL Unity Theatre Tuesday 11th November 7.30pm £10 (£8) Body of Light by Darren Pritchard Uses the Microsoft Kinect sensor to mix human movement with computer imagery. My Empty Closet by Connor Quill The emotional struggles of a gay man raised by lesbian parents. O Maria by DeNada Dance Theatre A tale of ham and bondage, where a divine apparition unleashes a torrent of unquenchable passions for an oddly paired couple in 50’s Seville. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


‘YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH’ Unity Theatre Wednesday 12th November 6pm £5 Join Diva editor Jane Czyselska and veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to discuss faith with Christian commentator and musician Vicky Beeching, Rose Neelam, a muslim and Project Director of Safra, and lesbian Rabbi Ariel Friedlander www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


Unity Theatre Thursday 13th November 8.00pm £12 (£10) American comic David Mill’s sharp suited cocktail swagger and hilarious rants come to Liverpool. An hour of jokes skewering celebrity, the gays and modern life. Equal parts witty banter and salty sarcasm. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

MOJISOLA ADEBAYO RETROSPECTIVE Unity Theatre Saturday 15th November 7.00pm £8 (£6)

Del LaGrace Volcano

Performer and playwright Mojisola Adebayo presents excerpts from her work including the powerful ‘I Stand Corrected’ which was created with support of the British Council South Africa as a response to so-called ‘corrective’ rape of lesbians. “...there are very few plays that receive an almost unanimous standing ovation on a press night. It goes without saying that I Stand Corrected was my favourite production of the year.” Iman Qureshi, DIVA Magazine www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


Unity Theatre Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November 7.00pm (Friday 14th) 9.00pm (Saturday 15th) £10 (£8) In this intimate epic cabaret, with touches of 30’s Berlin, music hall and Broadway, Naughty Nickers dishes up tales of his time with the legendary Bloolips, his 34 year romance with Dr Jeffrey and how he left his heart and much more in San Franscisco. His personal recollections become not only a love story but a testament to the social history of the gay movement from the late 1970’s to the present. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


Lantern Theatre Thursday 20th November 7.30pm £8 (£6) Hi, Anxiety explores one person’s (actually, two people’s) experience of mental illness. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental illness, Debs Gatenby’s one woman show is a laugh out loud funny yet wistful look at how mental illness affected her. And her mum.

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As Deb says: ‘It’s two breakdowns for the price of one, an emotional meal deal.’


TRUANT, HOMOTOPIA & OLDHAM COLISEUM The Lantern Theatre Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November 7.30pm £10 (£8) Ulster. The Troubles are over. Police stations are closing down. Sex shops are opening up. Tommy can’t believe all the changes, but then he bumps into Gary, his old friend and fellow fan of The Smiths. The two men start a dangerous affair that pulls Tommy back into a world of violence he hoped had disappeared. A tragic gay love story between ‘the jumped up pantry boy’ and ‘the boy with the thorn in his side’. Written by Billy Cowan. Directed by Joyce Branagh. Winner of Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Award. Special Recommendation Verity Bargate Award. Box Office 0151 703 0000 www.lanterntheatre.co.uk


Liverpool Central Library & touring community youth centres across Merseyside November 2014 – February 2015 Violence has no boundaries, homophobia and transphobia do not remain within national frontiers and it is found throughout all classes of society. With the sound-sculpture project Talking Through Flowers (Durch die Blume) artist Tobi Mohring has created a freestanding vase with metal blooms that can talk. The sound sculpture project aims to raise awareness, inform and to encourage people to listen to the experiences of other people.

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(FRANCE 2013) Picturehouse at FACT Thursday 20th November 6.30pm Transgender Day Of Remembrance £8/£6 Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, the film is a documentary profile of Marie-Pierre Pruvot, an Algerian-born trans woman who had a long and prominent career as a dancer and showgirl in Paris in the 1950s & 1960s, under the stage name Bambi, before becoming a university professor. Bambi became a close friend of April Ashley having met at La Carrousel Du Paris.

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YEAR IN REVIEW Homotopia is not only an annual festival but an organisation that produces year round programmes including inter-generational projects, heritage, award winning social justice initiatives and a burgeoning international programme. Since our landmark 10th anniversary celebrations the last year has been packed with events, exhibitions and a major international symposium. Our community and education outreach continued, and, as part of LGBT History Month we toured youth and community centres with Gay Time’s Photo Archives charting LGBT history from 1970 until the late 1990’s and Rachel Adams photographic exhibition ‘Uganda Pride’ documenting the ongoing international struggle for LGBT rights and equality. In March, Arts Council England awarded the organization National Portfolio Status securing our future until 2018. Many of our theatrical co-commissions from 2012 & 2013 toured to London. The critically acclaimed ‘Epstein : The Man Who Made The Beatles’ opened in the West End for 6 weeks & Le Gateau Chocolat’s ‘Black’ opened at SoHo Theatre & Joseph Mercier ‘Of Saints & Go Go Boys’ toured, all of which attracted positive reviews and new audiences. In June as part of the International Festival of Business and in partnership with Museum of Liverpool we presented ‘The Unstraight Museum’ symposium exploring the role of cultural institutions, curators and archivists in representing marginalised communities and promoting diversity. The event was a huge success and attracted delegates and speakers from USA, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden including speakers from Tate Britain, V&A, Walker Art Gallery & Museum of Liverpool. In August Museum of Liverpool announced the extension of our year-long exhibition ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ until March 2015. The exhibition has already attracted over 600,000 visitors which is set to become the most successful exhibition at Museum of Liverpool and at Homotopia! Our long association with the artist ‘Tom of Finland’ continued in 2014 with new developments within Finland and research for new projects which will take place in the UK in the very near future. In September this year Posti Finland issued special commemorative stamps commissioned by their national post office and director of Homotopia Gary Everett, was a guest of honour at the launch of a new exhibition on Tom’s correspondence which coincided with the launch of the Tom stamp in Tampere. The stamp has become one of the most successful in Finland with orders in 170 countries. Visitor figures to Homotopia events are set to exceed 750,000 over this year. Homotopia TV grows year on year with an international audience of over 175,000 viewing our unique web based TV station. Check out our websites www.homotopia.tv and www.aprilashley.org.uk



Gary Everett: Artistic Director Bev Ayre: Development, Fundraising and Production Toby Coffey: Marketing & Digital Louise Muddle & Mike James: Marketing, Press & PR Al Mathews: Finance Officer Jordan Taylor Jones: Festival Assistant Homotopia TV: Tim Brunsden

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Gary Everett: Curation Bev Ayre: Development & Project Manager Lou Muddle: Oral Histories & Participation Olivia Du Monceau: Design Coldlight Creative: Graphics Homotopia board Chair Dr. Tony Harvey, Graeme Phillips, Sue Williams, Bev Ayre, Gary Everett, Rob Webb


Homotopia would like to say a big thank you to:

April Ashley MBE, Culture Liverpool & Liverpool City Council, Arts Council England, Dr Edward Harcourt LJMU, Janet Martin LJMU, Claire McColgan, Amy Nelson & all Dr. Martens, Suvi Innala City of Turku, Paivi Kiski, Tom of Finland Seura Helsinki, Antti Kauppinen, Susanna Luoto, Eddy Weston, Glen & Doug @ Pushcka, Mary Colston & Hope Street Hotel, Cllr Wendy Simon, Cllr Dan Hughes, Jen Collingwood Tate Liverpool, British Embassy Helsinki, Ann Bukantas & staff at Walker Art Gallery, Janet Dugdale & staff at Museum of Liverpool, Gary Manning 60 Hope Street & The Quarter, Graeme Phillips & Sue Williams & staff at Unity Theatre, Durk Dehner & Sharp Snr Tom Of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, Warehouse 9 Copenhagen, Rob Webb & Voodou, Jacqui Everett, Chris Peters Picturehouses, Embassy of Finland Berlin, Paul Robinson, Martin Fenerty & all at Armistead, Jane Czyzselska @ Diva, Adam & Reg Fall Out Factory, Andy Kerr & Claire Stevens Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Pete Smith Marketing Liverpool, Judith Jones Liverpool Screen School, Chris Nelson Coldlight Creative, Finnish Institute London, Schwules Museum Berlin, Leslie Lohman Museum New York, Unstraight Museum Stockholm.


Thanks to Liverpool City Council for its financial support







As Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner I am proud to support this year’s Homotopia festival. When I was elected Commissioner in November 2012 I made tackling all forms of hate crime one of my 5 policing priorities. I committed to the fight to eradicate crimes motivated by prejudice, intolerance and hatred. Nobody should be targeted by abuse or criminal behaviour because of their sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or their gender identity. I am pleased to have recently commissioned Stop Hate UK’s 24 hour helpline service for victims of hate crime on Merseyside. This will provide an independent third party hate crime reporting service for victims of all forms of hate crime.

Jane Kennedy and her Deputy Ann O’Byrne with Constable Tracy O’Hara at Pride 2014

It gives people a safe and independent place to talk about their experience and to explore their options to take matters further. It is not intended to replace reporting directly to Merseyside Police when a hate crime is committed. However I recognise that some victims of hate crime do not have sufficient confidence in the police to come forward and that’s where Stop Hate UK comes in. The Stop Hate UK line 0800 138 1625 is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and its website www.stophateuk.org is available for further information or to report crimes on-line. Events like Homotopia and organisations such as Stop Hate UK will raise awareness in Merseyside’s vibrant gay communities about hate crime and how to tackle it. I would like to wish every success to the Homotopia Festival this year and participants thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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Last year was Homotopia’s 10th birthday and Merseyside Police’s LGB&T staff network attended so many fabulous events. This gave us the chance to meet many people and share our stories about being part of an inclusive and diverse Police service. We have held meetings at the Museum Of Liverpool and toured the superb April Ashley Project. This past year, we have attended Local and national Pride events, Sparkle in Manchester, Navajo awards and have been invited to run workshops on hate crime at both Sparkle and Pride. One of our network members retired this year, Karen Walker and she was awarded Navajo’s first special achievement award for her services to LGBT communities, which rewarded her years of work. Our Chair Tracy O’Hara was also a keynote speaker at both Liverpool Pride and Transgender day of remembrance, which was a truly respectful and heart-warming event. We go in hand in glove with Homotopia and look forward to this year’s launch and calendar of events. Again, some of your shows are truly ground-breaking. We will have a stall at many of the events, so, Come along and meet us, pick up some freebies and if you are LGBT and want to work for us, then come and have a chat about it. Thanks to Homotopia for enabling our relationship to prosper and here’s to many years to come, it is always a brilliant experience for us all. Merseyside Police pride ourselves on being a diverse workplace where difference is not only embraced but it is welcomed. We are proud to be a holder of the Navajo charter mark where we know our policies are scrutinised and analysed to ensure we maintain progression and implement equality policy. We are proud to work alongside Homotopia, a social justice

organisation which enables us to market and highlight our commitment to eradicating all forms of hate crime, to recruiting a more diverse workforce and to showcase some of the great work we do in schools and neighbourhoods where you live. We look forward to this time of year when we get out and about at great events and share with the public what it is we do and hopefully encourage you to become Independent advisors (MIAG members), employees (Special/cadet/volunteers) or simply more aware of what role you can play in keeping Merseyside safe. Merseyside Police have Sigma team’s in each policing area where Detectives investigate all hate crime/incidents, it is one of the only forces to have dedicated teams to this field of crime. Our LGBT network is a key part of our integrated working and we attend key events alongside them. This year we marched in Liverpool Pride alongside our PCC and we launched our internal Transgender Policy. We are proud to partner Homotopia – the events enhance our thinking, stretch our minds and make us look at the world differently.

WHAT IS HATE CRIME / HATE INCIDENT? -- A hate incident is any incident that may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate. -- A hate crime is any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

-- Any crime can be motivated by hate or prejudice. Where that hate or prejudice is because of a person’s actual or perceived disability, religion / belief, race, sexual orientation or transgender status. Hate crime can take many forms including: -- Physical attacks - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbourhood disputes and arson -- Threat of attack - including offensive letters or emails, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate -- Verbal abuse or insults – offensive letters and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letter boxes and bullying at school or in the workplace. We urge you to report all incidents of hate crime to Merseyside Police. It is only by working together that we can make a difference. “Merseyside Police recognises the impact hate crimes can have on victims and communities, we at Merseyside Police take the reporting and investigation of such crimes extremely seriously. We want the message to be clear to both victims and offenders that offences motivated by someone’s Disability, Race, Religion or Faith, Sexual Orientation or Transgender will not be tolerated and will be robustly investigated by the forces Sigma Teams. “Remember If you witness it or experience Hate Crime - Report it.” Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore head of the Force Community Engagement Team

SIGMA TEAMS Merseyside Police has locally based SIGMA (Hate Crime Investigation) Teams. These SIGMA teams are staffed by dedicated investigators, whose sole job it is to investigate hate crimes and hate incidents in their area.

REPORT IT If you feel that you have been a victim or have witnessed a hate crime or just want advice call 0151 709 6010 and ask to speak with your local sigma team or your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams or visit www.merseyside.police.uk You can also contact Stop Hate Uk a recognised 24 hour, 3rd party reporting centre on 0800 138 1625 and www.stophate.org or True Vision www.report-it.org.uk Remember only use 999 in an emergency if you require the Police for none emergency advice please ring 101. Reporting an emergency if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impediment you can contact the police using Typetalk emergency line 18000. You can also use the Emergency SMS (ESMS) service to send an emergency text message. Before you are able to send an emergency text message you will need to register your mobile phone with the system. Reporting a non-emergency if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impediment You can now contact the police through Typetalk for non-emergency situations on 18001 101.

CRIMESTOPPERS - 0800 555 11 There may be times when you want to report an incident, or give us information to help us solve crimes, but you don’t want anyone to know who you are. If this is the case you can call Crimestoppers. They are a UK charity, independent of the police, which means if you call them, you won’t have to give your name. It also means you won’t have to give evidence or go to court.

Liverpool John Moores University, the second highest ranking university in the Stonewall index of Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, is proud to sponsor the Homotopia Festival. LJMU recently achieved full marks in the ‘Gay By Degree’ Stonewall guide. While the average score in universities was just 4.5, LJMU scored 10 out of 10 and was one of only two universities across the country to receive maximum marks. The partnership with Homotopia demonstrates LJMU’s ongoing commitment to supporting one of Liverpool’s most exciting cultural festivals and builds upon the University’s longstanding links with the organisation and the sponsorship of last year’s 10th anniversary Festival. Importantly LJMU’s support extends beyond traditional sponsorship and has resulted in opportunities for students to work as marketing and design interns, take part in drama workshops, legal debates and master classes and curate exhibitions. Exciting collaborations have also been forged between Homotopia and LJMU’s Screen School, the School of Law and the University’s Special Collections and Archives department. The partnership with Homotopia clearly demonstrates the wealth of resources and expertise available at the University and how these can be used to engage and inspire audiences and visitors to the city. Homotopia is just one of a number of cultural organisations that LJMU works closely with to enrich the student experience. Other partners include Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Court Theatre and the Everyman and Playhouse.

We wish Homotopia every success with this year’s festival.

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