Event to celebrate life of pioneering gay rights activist from Sheffield

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The life of a pioneering gay rights activist from Sheffield is to be celebrated later this month.

Edward Carpenter, who lived in Sheffield during the Victorian times, is being remembered as part of a series of events taking place to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month in Sheffield.

The activities will be held between February 20 and 22 and will take place at the Millennium Gallery.

They have been organised by the community group Friends of Edward Carpenter and include a showing of the recent hit film ‘Pride’, based on the true story of how a group of gay activists decided to raise money to support the families of striking miners in 1984.

On Sunday, February 22, there will be a talk from BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson and Sally Goldsmith on the life of Carpenter accompanied by Woodhouse Prize Band playing Carpenter’s composition ‘England Arise’.

The Friends group was established four years ago to raise awareness of his life and influence as a social campaigner on issues such as workers’ rights. For more information about the events, email www.friendsofedwardcarpenter.co.uk.