Local youth groups mark LGBT History Month with two exhibitions at Coventry venues


Throughout February, two local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth groups will mark LGBT History Month by displaying their artworks at Coventry venues. From 1 – 12 February, young people from GYGL Nuneaton will showcase their artworks at the Herbert Gallery; then, from 15 February – 1 March, Coventry Central Library will host a display of pieces by GYGL Coventry. Both groups are run by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)

LGBT History Month takes place every February to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. The exhibitions are being held with the hope that – by making young LGBT people visible in their local community – this will lead to greater awareness of the issues they face.

For the first two weeks of February, GYGL Nuneaton will take over a space at the Herbert Gallery, showing the results of an art project supported by Warwickshire County Council’s County Arts service. Working closely with Birmingham-based artist Sarah Ingram, the group have created exciting and innovative artworks around the theme of love, using photography, textiles and words.

For the final two weeks of February, it’s GYGL Coventry’s turn to flex their artistic muscles with an urban art project at Coventry Central Library. With the help of local artist Jay McKeown, the young people will present a series of pieces around the theme of staying safe in Coventry.

Ewan McPherson, Health Promotion Coordinator for Terrence Higgins Trust in Coventry, said: “We’re thrilled that the Herbert Gallery and Coventry Central Library have given us this opportunity to mark LGBT History Month. We know young LGBT people can sometimes feel like they’re invisible, so projects like this are vital in helping them make their voices heard.”

For more information about the project, please contact Ewan McPherson at Terrence Higgins Trust on 02476 229 292, or email ewan.mcpherson@tht.org.uk