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LGBT History Month is back this February for the sixth year in a row with numerous celebratory events taking place across Redditch.

Celebrated throughout the month of February, LGBT History month will start with a number of book displays featuring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans authors and related subjects at Redditch Library from 1st to 28th February.

Redditch Library will also be host to a Fostering Drop-in event on Saturday 18th February between 10am and 2pm. The event is aimed at anyone who has considered fostering or knows of anyone who has already fostered and thinks it might be the right route for them. The positive option to foster is becoming more popular within the LGBT community as well as single people and over 40’s. Find out more about the potential options at the drop in event or by going to the Worcestershire Fostering website.

On Saturday 18th Feb, visitors over eighteen can enjoy “An evening with Barbara Nice and Friends” at Redditch Palace Theatre. Housewife Extraordinaire, Barbara Nice is the alter ego of Holy Mary from Peter Kay’s ‘Phoenix Nights’. Not satisfied with having her own sitcom on BBC Radio, Barbara is planning on getting the 146 bus and heading to Redditch for an evening’s entertainment alongside Maureen Younger and Birmingham Northfield’s Lindsey Santoro. Audiences can expect an evening of fun, lots of laughter and if they are lucky the joys of experiencing dead celebrity musical chairs and a “rubbish raffle”.

There are a number of events being held in Bromsgrove throughout February too, including: Drive in movies, an LGBT networking event and numerous comedians all taking place at Artrix Arts Centre.

A number of events further afield are also being held in Birmingham and Worcester, including the Pink Sou’westers’ 8th Annual “Queer Quiz” on 22nd February.

County residents can also look forward to the very first Worcestershire PRIDE later in the year on Saturday 23 September.

Cllr Bill Hartnett, Leader of the Council, said: “I am really pleased that Redditch is working with partners to get involved in the LGBT celebrations and I hope they will continue for many years to come. There are lots of new and different events happening this year which I hope lots of people will get involved with.”

Cllr Joe Baker, Mayor of Redditch, said: “I think it is great that the council have so kindly supported LGBT history month. I feel that it is particularly important and would love it if as many members of the community can attend as many of the events as possible.”

LGBT History Month is held in February every year in the UK and celebrates and recognises the contribution made to society by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-gender members of the community.

Details of all of the events across Redditch, Bromsgrove and further afield are available here.