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4th August 2014 6:30pm, Wharf Chambers

Leeds Queer Film Festival 2014 and Queer and Now present an evening of film, food and socialising.

We'll be showing Pay it No Mind, a documentary about radical trans activist Marsha P Johnson.

"Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960's through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for "Pay It No Mind.""

We will also be showing State of Limbo and Judgement Day, two short films about Orashia, a Jamaican born person who moved to Leeds fleeing biphobic and homophobic persecution in Antigua and his attempts to claim asylum and join his family in the UK. His mother will also be giving a talk and people can find out how they can support his campaign.

There will be vegan friendly food served and people are welcome to stick around afterwards to learn more about the Leeds Queer Film Festival, as well as the emerging group Queer and Now. Learn how you can get involved with both, or just grab a drink and hang out in a friendly, relaxed environment.


29th June 2014 1:30pm, Leeds Art Gallery

Come join us for 3 amazing films exploring gender, identity and performance.

Riot Acts - Flaunting gender deviance in music performance...
Riot Acts is a ‘trans-fabulous’ rockumentary representing the multi-faceted lives of transgender and gender variant musicians. A first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance, Riot Acts suggests that identities and bodies are undeniably political, and the journey within a trans experience isn't always one of tragedy, but one of creativity and joy.

I'm Not Your Inspiration
2 parts of the 'I'm Not Your Inspiration' series...
A series of short documentaries by Sandra Alland about queer and trans* Deaf and disabled artists in Scotland. Films so far feature Alison Smith and Maki Yamazaki. 

All films are subtitled, some include BSL. 
More information at


15th June 2014 6:30pm, Wharf Chambers

Marking the start of Refugee Week, Leeds Queer Film Festival & Leeds No Borders jointly present a night of films about LGBTI asylum seekers. There will also be a chance to find out about the amazing work of ReachOUT & Leeds No Borders.

Films include:

'Getting Out' was produced by the Refugee Law Project in collaboration with the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights & Constitutional Law. It is a documentary following the stories of five individuals seeking to escape persecution on the grounds of their gender or sexual preference. Shot in Uganda, South Africa, Geneva and London, the film is 60 minutes and is viewable in two parts.

'State of Limbo' For many asylum seekers in the UK the biggest battle they face is living with a constant sense of uncertainty. Orashia, a bisexual man from Jamaica, lives in a state of limbo as he awaits his judgement day from the UK Home Office. Will he be allowed to stay with his family in the UK, or will he be sent back to the homophobic country of Jamaica where he was born?

We will be selling tasty Vegan food.
There will also be a chance to write cards & letters to asylum seekers currently in detention, please feel free to bring any stationary along & donations/stamps appreciated.

All welcome, suggested donation £2/free for asylum seekers.


22nd May 2014 7pm, Wharf Chambers

We are running a series of fundraising and promotional events in the run up to this years film festival, this is the first one!

** FOOD **
By the QueerVegan Brunch crew
From 7.30pm
Cheap tasty and vegan food

At 8pm

'Live Nude Girls Unite!'

This award winning film follows the quest of a group of sex workers battling a lack of sick leave, unfair demotions, safety concerns and racial discrimination to form an Exotic Dancers Union. "Eye opening, goes way beyond the green door!" (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

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