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Queer Editorial

agentsofchange17.jpg Looks a bit gay to me…

The Tyneside Cinema is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts with ‘Agents of Change’, a programme of art and film marking this pivotal moment in the history of British LGBTQ rights.

Newcastle Pride is taking place in July and the celebrations this year will be given an extra bit of oomph because 2017 marks the 50th anniversary since the advent of the Sexual Offences Act. But such celebrations are not going to simply consist of thousands of people wigging out to Stooshe, with the Tyneside Cinema providing a more thoughtful take on matters. It launches on 4 July with a preview of British artist David Haines’s exhibition Two Way Mirror, a two channel video work in which the artist takes the viewer on a cyber journey through the bedrooms of online ‘chat boys’ in search of materiality (the exhibition will run to 25 July).

The event on 4 July will also feature Haines in conversation with Úna Henry, followed by a screening of Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising (pictured – 1965), a cult short film (with a rock and roll soundtrack to die for).

The public programme continues on 22 July with a roundtable discussion and Q&A with Clarissa Smith, Professor of Sexual Cultures at Sunderland University and Newcastle University’s Dr Gareth Longstaff, Lecturer in media and cultural theory engaging with queer theoretical critique and Lacanian psychoanalysis (hey! My very favourite kind of psychoanalysis!). The programme will also include a series of films that address some of the key LGBTQ rights issues from the last 50 years. See the below website for further information about the programme.

Seek: tynesidecinema.co.uk/agents-of-change