Thursday, February 14, 2013

LGBT photo show success

Francisco Gomez de Villaboa
 By Anton Johnson

UNITE House hosted a very successful Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month event of a display of photographic works by London-based Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) photographer Francisco Gomez De Villaboa. The event was organised by the Sertuc LGBT Network and Unite London and Eastern Region LGBT Committee. It exhibited nine portrait photographs of London-based LGBTQ artists and activists from Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland to show solidarity in the fight against austerity across Europe and the impact on LGBTQ communities in those countries.

The exhibition, at Unite’s London headquarters, was curated and hosted by David Sharkey of the Unite London and Eastern Region LGBT Committee and started with a welcome from Jim Kelly the chair of the Unite London and Eastern Region, followed by Francisco introducing and explaining the works and Rachel Newton from the Greece Solidarity Campaign.
The attendance exceeded expectations with people having to stand outside the room whist the speeches were made.
The photographs will also be on display at the Horse Hospital in Russell Square in London on 26th February for the Global Queer Shorts film screening and it is planned to hang them in the Marble Hall of the TUC Congress House during LGBT History Month and later in the year show them in Norwich.

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