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Norfolk LGBT History Month returns for its third year
Norwich Pride Parade 2010
Large LGBT events have taken place in Norfolk since 2009

A festival celebrating the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities is returning to Norfolk for its third successive year.

Norfolk LGBT History Month 2011 will feature more than 50 events across the county in February.

Highlights include a multimedia Tate art exhibition at The Forum in Norwich and a launch party at City Hall.

A successful launch in 2009 led to hundreds of people taking part in festivities last year.

"It has been amazing," said events co-ordinator Katy Went.

"This year we've received support from local businesses including sponsorship of our launch.

"The rest of what is contributed has been from a core team and a great community who have voluntarily offered huge amounts of time and energy to make things happen," she added.

Back for a third year in a row, the organising committee from the Norfolk strand of the national event believe the festival remains important to instil messages of acceptance and respect into the wider public.

"Although LGBT life gets better and Norfolk is a particularly safe county there is still homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime and prejudice," said Katy.

"I know a local teen who was thrown out of home for being gay just before Christmas - that kind of thing still goes on.

"Rights and freedoms and acceptance gained are not ingrained in stone and can just as easily be lost as won - history teaches us that," she added.

Tate collection

One of this year's highlights includes a multimedia showcase of LGBT-themes, gathered from artwork in the Tate collection, which will feature in a virtual gallery.

"I've attended the last two Pride events and saw the Fusion screen and thought what a wonderful place that would be to project some works from the Tate Collection," said Tate curator Marcus Dickey-Horley.

"I took a look through our galleries and I'm projecting 10 images that I've chosen that I think have some kind of LGBT theme going on in them.

"I've taken a chronological selection of paintings.

"From a Victorian artist named Simeon Solomon, who was painting in the 1850s, right the way through to Gilbert and George who are working nowadays, taking in wonderful artists like Salvador Dali, Jacob Epstein, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon."

Art with a Capital Q is being held in Fusion at The Forum, Norwich, from 31 January to 12 February.

For a full list of events, visit the Norfolk LGBT History Month website.

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