Event / 18 Aug 2022

Paving The Way: How LGBTQ+ History Has Influenced Today's Community

Lisa Power, Norena Shopland, Yan White, Paris Tankard

Ffotogallery are excited to invite you to a very special panel discussion as part of our ‘Celebrating Pride at Ffotogallery’ Programme throughout August.

Paving The Way: How LGBTQ+ History Has Influenced Today's Community will provide the opportunity for us to consider how those who fought for current day equalities have helped to shape the modern day LGBTQ+ landscape - from the repeal of Section 28, to marriage equality, to use of language.

We are extremely honoured to be joined by historian Norena Shopland as host, and panellists Lisa Power, founder of Stonewall; Yan White of The Queer Emporium Cardiff; and Paris Tankard, Queer People Of Colour Photographer and Association Of Photographers Award Winner 2022.

This promises to be an insightful and engaging evening of stimulating conversation and we welcome you to share it with us.

Join us at our gallery on Thursday 18th August from 6-8pm.

Places are free and booking is advised via the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e...

About Artists

Portrait of Lisa Power

Lisa Power

Lisa Power is a Cardiff dyke who's been around for donkeys' years. She came out in the 1970s, spent 14 years with (Gay) Switchboard and 17 with Terrence Higgins Trust. In between she was a co-founder of Stonewall and the Pink Paper, Secretary General of ILGA, the first queer person to speak for our rights at the UN in 1991 and wrote the definitive oral history of the London Gay Liberation Front. She is currently a Trustee of Queer Britain, the new museum and a co-creator of Fast Track Cymru, the HIV coalition aiming to end new cases of HIV in Wales by 2030. She talks a lot about queer history and encourages people to make more of it for themselves and future generations.

Portrait of Norena Shopland

Norena Shopland

Norena Shopland is an author/historian specialising in the history of sexual orientation and gender identity. Her book Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren Books, 2017) is the first entirely historical work on Welsh LGBTQ+ history. Queering Glamorgan and A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA Historical Records (Routledge, 2020) have become very popular as toolkits to aid people in doing research. Shopland also researches and writes on Welsh history including her book The Curious Case of the Eisteddfod Baton and an exhibition and forthcoming book on the Tip Girls of Wales, women working in the coal industry. In 2021 Shopland was commissioned by the Welsh Government to deliver LGBTQ+ training to local libraries, museums, and archives in Wales. Her latest book is A History of Women in Men’s Clothes: from cross-dressing to empowerment (Pen and Sword Books, 2021).

Portrait of Yan White

Yan White

Yan White is the Director of The Queer Emporium, a Social Enterprise on St Mary’s St that sells on behalf of around 20 LGBTQ+ vendors. The first of its kind, The Queer Emporium also platforms events for different parts of the LGBTQ+ Community, including nights to help those who are trans, intersex and gender non conforming as well as QIPOC. This year the Social Enterprise also started The Queer Fringe Festival which aims to platform and pay as many queer artists as possible.

Portrait of Paris Tankard

Paris Tankard

Paris Tankard is an award winning photographer and recent graduate from the University of South Wales, their work focuses around social issues and promoting positive changes within our communities, including working as a protest photographer and with non profit organisations, with their most recent project exploring the lives of queer people of colour.