Glasgay! Festival, a regular program of work celebrating equality through the arts - LGBT news, highlights and events from around the UK. New artists, comedy, music, film, theatre, visual art, performance, literature, club nights, education, community arts - varied, transgressive look at LGBT identity/ film. Line up: see website.
A year-round program includes cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance arts. Six major anual exhibitions present national and international contemporary artists in the gallery space. Home to Intermedia Gallery for emerging artists, along with other cultural and artistic organisations. See listings and links at their website:
September 24 - October 29, 2017. Exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland - queer films, workshops and parties. 46 events in Glasgow - most at CCA, but also: Glasgow Film Theatre; The GMA; Glasgow Women’s Library; Transmission Gallery; Platform/The Bridge. Also in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Stornoway and Inverness Sept 21st-23rd. See listings:
September 28, 2017, 6:15pm at CCA. Greg's dreams of university on a scholarship are put at risk as James, a wealthy married man, becomes sexually obsessed with him. As Greg resists is it for lack of interest or an inability to deal with his sexuality? As James offers to bankroll him in pursuit of a career, will Greg stay true to himself or make sacrifices for long-term ambition?
September 28, 2017, 8:30pm, at CCA. ...setting out to kidnap Michael Gove and the manager from a local job centre, and setting animals of Edinburgh Zoo free. This is that, but set in Sweden - taking on the neoliberal state with catchy tunes of zombie sisterhood, bus fare non-payment, and Ronald McDonald getting beaten up by a leftist rabbit. Come hear the angels of trans liberation!
September 28, 2017, 1:45pm. Young man gets job in a busy Canadian bathhouse; Rio de Janeiro cartoonist draws trans community members to deal with his own issues; gender/ disability toilet politics; Jewish brides' ritual baths interpreted by men; gay guy dissects family members at awkward Sunday lunch; queer oddball seeks approval from black peers despite serious lack of hip-hop cred.
September 29, 2017, 1:45pm. Traditionally a critique of male-centred/ patriarchal movie-making. What happens if the act of looking is queered? Campbell X’s new experimental short, DES!RE - foregrounding lust for masc AFAB people; The Naked Body - director documents how people relate to nudity and their own body; Leg, Arm, Head; and Harding and his camera - an ambiguous love story.
September 29, 2017, 3:30pm. LGBTQ+ people forge their own space in society and build new worlds. Communities emerge unapologetically, from creation of the trans flag to voguing on a NYC roof. We are powerful, we are those bitches, we are confident, we are not the victim bitch, we are the predator. It is our time, you live in our world. Either you respect it or you don’t.
September 29, 2017, 6:30pm. Investigating body positivity, self-love, and using porn-making as a means of therapy. Demonstrating how she used her own likeness in music videos before creating Enactone, which she directs, and in which she stars. A talk through her work as a process of self-discovery as a black queer woman not conforming to oppressive standards of beauty and sexuality.
September 30, 2017, 9pm. Scenes from gay porn productions including Falcon Studios’ pioneering 1983 film, Spokes, and the infamous Devil’s Dick scene from Treasure Island Media’s 2006 Breeding Season. Also works by Zachary Hutchinson, Georges Jacotey, Antonio da Silva, Bishop Black, plus a teaser by local grassroots producers at the GSA Pornography Society.
September 30, 2017, 12:45pm. Lives, desires, and difficulties faced by bisexual people. Enriches our understanding of sexuality, foregrounding issues otherwise not considered; eye-opening when considering cinematic representations. A ride through invocations of bisexuality: well-known Hollywood neonoir thrillers to underground queer filmmaking to extremities of European art cinema.
September 30, 2017, 7pm. The revered science fiction novel author, academic, and well-regarded literary critic, displays a candid/ iconoclastic approach. He recounts his Harlem childhood, experiences in psychotherapy, and adventures with promiscuous public sex. Interviews are juxtaposed with family home movies and footage of bridges, streets, trains, and skyscrapers in his native NYC.
October 5-8, 2017, in Edinburgh. Keep the weekend open for events including a dance party for bears, cubs and friends.
October 14, 2017, 7pm. Headlong into the world of the Female Liberation Army hiding in the heart of Gerwomany. Led by Big Mother, the FLA indoctrinates young recruits to take up the struggle to free all female people through revolutionary porn-making, songs of taking down the patriarchy, and a sneaky dancing nun. But does this radical feminism hide darker, more exclusionary beliefs?
October 19, 22, 25, 28, 2017, 7:15pm. Set in 1880s demi-monde Paris, designed with sumptuous period style by Tanya McCallin. With his characteristic eye for detail, McVicar’s production gets to the core of Violetta and Alfredo’s doomed love affair - finding a heart-breakingly human story in the midst of a hedonistic world where both the rich and the wretched have their fun.
October 28, 2017, 2:30pm. An intimate yet platonic relationship develops between a female graphic artist and an older male erotic novelist. Saul delights in Gabrielle’s tales of past affairs and relationship with her younger girlfriend. Gabrielle likes to explore masculinity through Saul. Who is finding who's artistic voice? Should she break from his patriarchy to find herself?
October 31, 2017, 10pm-2am, Poetry Club. "A dark, dirty and sexy house music dance party, hosting regular nights in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. aimed at MEN ONLY." Invite your mates and share. Resident DJ Eddy Murf. DILF Scotland Facebook.
November 3, 2017, 9pm-1am, at Underground Bar, 6a John St, Glasgow. Chat up old friends, meet new faces, 1st Fridays each month, as popular DJ Corky spins favorite tunes. The BearScots gang will be on hand to say hello and hand out a wee sweet treat. The party will keep you entertained 9pm til the wee small hours. Next 2017 dates: Dec 1st. In 2018: Jan 5th; Feb 2nd; Mar 2nd.
December 31, 2017 noon-10pm, New Year's Eve traditional celebrations with street processions, parties, fireworks and live music concerts. Part of Winter Festivals events beginning with St Andrew's Day, November 30th, through Hogmanay, to Burns Night, January 25, 2018.
February 21 - March 4, 2018 at Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St. Twelve days of international film screening; this past year featuring seven titles for LGBT audiences from Glasgow Film, in association with Outspoken Arts.
March 8-25, 2018. World-class comedy in Glasgow for over a decade; the 16th year. Top comedy stars from around the UK and beyond will be coming just to entertain you for 18 days, typically with 420 shows at 42 different venues, complemented by the very best of home-grown Scottish talent for a comedy extravaganza that makes this Europe’s largest comedy festival.
March 14-18, 2018, at Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St. With five days of screenings each year, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland returns to champion new international film talent and celebrate diverse forms of cinematic expression.
August 18-19, 2018 (TBC), Festival with main stage entertainment, fun fair, cabaret stage, community expo, bars, marketplace, safe trans and VIP space. Saturday Parade to start from Glasgow Green at noon and return to Glasgow Green by about 1pm. Headliner acts on Pride Glasgow stage on Saturday.